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Getting smarter with digital distractions

Distraction of the digital kind is on the rise in classrooms. How can you successfully oversee devices and online access? Smart classroom management tools like Classwize could be the answer, writes Scott Noakes. In the aptly named article ‘We have met the enemy and he is us’1 the […]

New app tells parents what’s happening at school

Dates, times, events, announcements, and messages. Whatever the information, the Parent Teacher Calendar App offers a great way to communicate.  Sharlene Barnes-Ealam was fed up with finding old school notes and newsletters buried in the bottom of her children’s school bags. So, she started to investigate ways schools […]

Issue 78 – Term 2, April 2017

Previous issues of Interface available for just $4.60, plus P&P, for orders in New Zealand. (Overseas rates available on request.) Click here to place and order. INTERFACE News and Views  INTERFACEXPO 2017 – Registrations now open! Noticeboard Denver is latest stop on digital journey From South Taranaki to Colorado, the […]

Win a Star Wars R2-D2 Desktop Vacuum!

  He’s everyone’s favourite astromech droid – and now could be working for you to keep your desk in tip top condition. The R2-D2 Desktop Vacuum comes with a micro USB cable that can be plugged into any standard laptop USB port or mains adapter. Measuring approximately 14cm […]

It takes a community to support teaching

The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) programme has been refreshed and updated. Its courses provide measurable PD and helps members become more confident using digital technology. Here three teachers talk about the benefits they get from being part of this exciting community. Bridget Crooks, Kerikeri High School, Northland   […]

Who’s taking care of student devices?

Where does a school’s responsibility for student devices begin and end? Talking to INTERFACE, Linewize’s Scott Noakes advocates an ‘All Care, No Responsibility’ approach. “A student BYOD device is not a school device, so the student will have definite obligations regarding the provision of and the condition of […]

Win a Sing & Share: My Karaoke Mic!

  Singing has never been so easy or sounded so good than with the My Karaoke Mic. Download a karaoke app (like Smule, Yokee or Starmaker), plug in and away you go. Hear your voice through the built-in speaker or connect to an external speaker via Bluetooth. It […]

Win a Sing & Share: My Karaoke Mic!

  Singing has never been so easy or sounded so good than with the My Karaoke Mic. Download a karaoke app (like Smule, Yokee or Starmaker), plug in and away you go. Hear your voice through the built-in speaker or connect to an external speaker via Bluetooth. It […]

Mapping out your strategic thinking

Need help coming up with an action plan for developing your digital technology? The Connected Learning Advisory’s ‘Strategic Thinking Roadmap’ is designed to help schools implement a strategic direction that ensures technologies are integrated into effective teaching and learning. “How can I put together a strong, strategic case […]

What’s your journey? The PM wants to know!

The Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in education. And, this year, the Education Focus Prize puts the spotlight on the innovative use of digital technologies. Winners in 2016: Rangitoto College won the Education Excellence Award for Excellence in Governing. Proud of what you’re […]

Competition seeks ideas for ‘future transport’

A curriculum-based competition challenges Year 1-13 students to create games or narratives about transport for the future, writes Wayne Erb. You may have heard an electric car whisking by. The person standing at the bus stop is tracking real-time progress of their bus on a phone app. A […]

Measuring e-learning PD

The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) programme has been refreshed and updated. Its courses and recognition provide measurable PD for teachers and helps them become more confident in their use of digital technology, explains Sam McNeill. One of the challenges that many educational institutions face is setting measurable professional […]