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INTERFACE jumps into Pond

For all you Pond users, there’s a new resource to follow … us! INTERFACE has set up a profile on the site, where we’ll be posting information and communicating with the site’s users. We’re looking forward to making ‘Ripples’ and also following what others in the community are […]

Spreading the cost of education for parents

A new partnership between education ICT specialist Cyclone and payment solutions provider Debitsuccess is giving parents new and affordable options to pay for the costs involved in their child’s schooling. From donations and fees to uniforms, sports gear, field trips, music classes and now digital devices, there’s no […]

FlexiGroup buys Telecom Rentals

FlexiGroup – which runs the Equico leasing brand – has agreed to buy Telecom Rentals (TRL). “Bringing TRL into the FlexiGroup portfolio will consolidate our distribution footprint in New Zealand and provides significant scale,” said FlexiGroup CEO Tarek Robbiati. “With approximately 1,350 customers across education, data centres, digital […]

Digital skills should be core subjects, says report

Children should be taught ‘digital literacy’ as a core skill alongside maths and English, a report by a House of Lord committee says. Computer technology brings “huge opportunities for the UK, but also significant risks”, the Lords Digital Skills Committee warns. The internet should be viewed as a […]

YouTube Kids: Child-friendly video app launches

YouTube has launched YouTube Kids, a special version of its service designed for children, showing content aimed at younger views and keeping them from watching videos for too long. The app will be distinct from the normal YouTube app and will initially be available only as an app on Android and iOS. […]

Registrations now open – book your place

What’s on your tech radar? Whatever it is, you’ll find it at INTERFACEXpo 2015. If you make the ICT decisions for your school, this is a day not to be missed, with presentations, workshops, an exhibition, and networking opportunities. We’ll be holding three events in May – all […]

Local link is key for eTV

Social studies teacher Rich Rowley says he ‘couldn’t have managed’ without video service eTV and its easy access to New Zealand content. What attracted you to eTV? The main reason was easy access to New Zealand specific content. I’ve heard some teachers say: “why do we need eTV when […]

Review: HP Stream Notebook 11

Pink’s not traditionally been my thing but I can definitely make an exception for the new Stream Notebook 11 from HP (although it’s officially Orchid Magenta and also comes in Horizon Blue). First impressions are this device looks good, performs pretty well and is very affordable. The RRP […]

Enjoy Professional Learning over breakfast

If you are a busy, inquiring educator, who enjoys face-to-face opportunities for professional development, check out the CORE Education Breakfast Seminars and Workshops programme for 2015. Breakfast Seminars and Workshops have been running successfully in New Zealand’s five main centres for a number of years now, and a […]

Safer Internet Day partners work to combat rising internet harms

Nineteen organisations have joined forces to mark today’s Safer Internet Day in New Zealand as Kiwis report an increasing array of internet harms, reports organiser NetSafe. Safer Internet Day is celebrated worldwide to encourage the safe and positive use of the internet and digital technologies, especially among families and young people. In 2015, […]