Author Archives


Minecraft student competition: Entries closed

Entries to this year’s INTERFACE Minecraft competition have now closed. Thanks and good luck to everyone who sent us their ‘make a machine’ design. We’re now in the process of judging the entries. The results will be revealed in the November issue of INTERFACE. Find out more about […]

Minecraft competition: Entries close tomorrow!

Time is running out to take part in this year’s INTERFACE Minecraft Student Competition. Entries close tomorrow, Tuesday 15 October! The challenge is to ‘make a machine’. This could be any number of things – maybe a computer, rollercoaster, elevator, windmill, boat or vehicle – the choice is […]

App brings disaster into your classroom

From storm to tsunami to zombie apocalypse, a new augmented reality app aims to help teach young students how to react in an emergency and will be available before October’s nationwide ‘ShakeOut’ drill, writes Melanie Langlotz.  Schools have been looking for new digital resources to teach emergency management […]

Grow contemporary skills in a low-risk environment

The Goodfellow Centre at Saint Kentigern College was a long time in the planning. It started life as two separate buildings with a breezeway between and finished as a single building incorporating flexible spaces to allow for collaborative and creative work. The architectural plans included a central space […]

Recreating a Māori world with virtual blocks

Microsoft is launching a whole new world to explore in Minecraft: Education Edition. Ngā Motu (The Island) will offer students a taste of what life was like in a traditional Māori pā thanks to this virtual world’s creator Whetu Paitai. Whetu Paitai’s always been good at building. In […]

Creating a space for making

Makerspaces give students the opportunity to be creative and innovative, problem-solve and learn new skills. How do you go about setting one up and what can you do in it? Six educators share their experiences of creating a space for making. This special feature on makerspaces is exclusive […]

Don’t miss the 2019 MADE Awards

Interested in digital creativity? Now in their 12th year, the MADE Awards 2019 are a fantastic way to challenge your students’ digital media skills. But you’ll have to be quick – entries close Friday 20 September. There are eight categories to choose from: Commercial Music Video Story Telling […]

Tell us your vision for 2020

As winter turns to spring, we’re heading into the last quarter of the year and that means your thoughts will be well and truly turning to 2020. How is your school going to continue its digital technology journey? What new solutions and approaches will you be trying? Maybe […]

Sign up to after-school workshops on Minecraft education

Microsoft is running a series of after-school workshops to learn about using Minecraft: Education Edition. “Educators around the world are working hard to equip their students with skills to meet this challenge,” said Microsoft’s Otako Kaufusi. “Minecraft: Education Edition is a powerful tool you can use to engage […]

Explore the appeal of ‘learning with games’

A sure bet to injecting some enthusiasm and engagement in the classroom is to let your students dig deep into the primal appeal of games. Games hold an important biological function and can play a part in teaching a host of social, physical, and psychological skills. Young and […]