Author Archives


Shelve paperbacks in favour of E-books in schools?

E-books are increasingly being used in classrooms by children as young as three – and they are making a big difference to the reading habits of boys. But there are concerns the expansion of electronic devices in schools may undermine the position of traditional paper books. E-books, where […]

NZ’s most remote students connected to the world

New Zealand’s 49 most remote schools are all now connected to faster broadband just in time for the start of Term One,Communications Minister Amy Adams has announced. The Remote Schools Broadband Initiative (RSBI) was established in 2012 to improve broadband services to remote schools. The programme provides point-to-point […]

Minecraft to launch education edition

An ‘education edition’ of Minecraft is to be launched by Microsoft. The product will offer teachers new ways to use the world-building video game in a range of subjects. Microsoft paid $2.5bn (£1.8bn) for Mojang, Minecraft’s Swedish creator, in 2014. And late last year, it bought the four-year-old MinecraftEdu […]

Looking forward to the year ahead!

We’re back on deck, refreshed and raring to go for 2016! Last year was great but we’re expecting the year ahead to be full on. Our next issue publishes Friday 12 February – the second week of Term 1. Among other things, we’ll be looking at learning with robotics […]

See you at Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Everyone who received tickets to join us to watch STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has now been notified. Judging by the reaction, it’s been a popular promotion! You should also have received instructions for attending tomorrow night (17 December). If not, please contact Editor Greg Adams – – […]

Global Skype-a-Thon kicks off today

New Zealand will be the first country in the world today to kick-off the global Microsoft Skype-a-Thon, a 48-hour event aimed at connecting classrooms around the world to showcase how technology can be used to enhance the learning experience. At 1.00pm, New Zealand time, Microsoft’s Vice President for […]

Winner: Best Activity using Digital Technology

Thanks to everyone who entered our inaugural Junior INTERFACE Awards. We received a great response and some fantastic entries.  There were two categories: ‘Best Activity using Digital Technology’ ‘Best Minecraft Creation’ In the ‘Best Activity using Digital Technology’, we asked students to tell us how they’re using technology […]

Latest location announced by The Mind Lab 

Where is The Mind Lab by Unitec going next? Well, now we know. It’s taking its Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital & Collaborative Learning) to Whangarei in March 2016. If you’re an educator in the Whangarei area, why not check it out. To find out more go to […]

MCPA invites you to ‘Energise’

In association with Cyclone, Mid Canterbury Principals’ Association presents ‘Energise’, a conference for 21st Century teaching and learning. It is being held 28-29 April, at Hotel Ashburton. “Energise has been designed specifically with educators around New Zealand in mind. From teaching and learning to senior management needs, we know […]