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Could Twitter spell twouble for teachers?

Twitter’s great isn’t it! It’s a fun, quick and easy way to communicate with friends. Twouble is, what happens when others are watching, too? Greg Adams investigates. You’ve probably heard of Twitter. You may even be among the growing number of ‘Twitterers’. What exactly is it? Well, the […]

12 ways to get the best out of your board

Making effective use of your IWB can enrich the teaching and learning experience. Here are a few tips for getting the best out of your interactive whiteboard. 1. Location, location Always think about where the board is positioned and space around it. Make sure there’s plenty of room […]

Facing up to what’s said online

Recently Diocesan School for Girls suspended a number of Year 10 students for making derogatory comments on social networking site Facebook. How would you deal with a situation like this? Here’s what some INTERFACEreaders had to say on the matter. “I think it was good for the school to […]

Grants give go ahead for innovation

Last year’s Unisys Kidz Connect initiative handed out $1,000 cash grants to primary school teachers. Here’s how three of them spent their money. Project: Little Language Experts Name: Amanda Signal School: Elm Park School Little Language Experts was a collaborative languages project that took place between Jess McCulloch’s […]

Making the most out of mobile

What are the potential uses and pitfalls for mobile phones in the classroom? E-fellow Toni Twiss used her research time to find out. The technological capabilities of mobile technology such as cellphones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) are developing at a furious pace. While today’s Web-capable mobile devices […]

Securing your software future

Deal or no deal? Whatever ends up happening with the Microsoft Schools Agreement, now’s the time to take control of your software, writes Greg Adams. “Before the Microsoft Schools Agreement, my ICT expansion policies were determined by the cost of licensing the software on the computers in my […]

Finding ways to save & prosper

Technology doesn’t come cheap. Thankfully, there are ways to make your tech dollar go further. Greg Adams finds some practical ways to ensure your ICT spending is worth every cent … and more. Money’s always tight in schools and it pays to make the most of what you […]

Do you need provoking to use technology?

The successful use of ICT in teaching is as much about engagement and curiosity as it is about technology believes education specialist Bruce Dixon. In your experience, what’s stopping teachers using technology? I think it’s a misconception that teachers themselves are challenged by technology. What they’re challenged by, […]

Engaging students with Xbox 360

Late last year, Southwell School was selected for a Microsoft Innovative Schools Pilot Project. Its winning proposal, Colab, is investigating the potential of online gaming as a way of engaging students in deep learning. Jo Wilson explains how it’s going. The work of Mark Prensky, Lisa Garlaneau and […]

Quick Q & A: Copyright

Can’t I copy things if it’s for an educational purpose? No. Usually the permitted uses under the Copyright Act do not give institutions enough leeway to use copyright for educational purposes. What types of work are covered by copyright? Most educational resources are copyright works – books, songs, […]

Plagiarism: Catch classroom cheats

Technology has made it easy for students to copy. a simple Google search will find a stack of information they can present as their own. if you’re worried about plagiarism, Matthew Humber suggests a solution. Plagiarism is a problem that affects all educational institutions. It undermines the hard […]

Projectors for Classrooms scheme

As part of its TELA Laptops for Teachers initiative, the Ministry of Education has set up a similar scheme for data projectors, called ‘Projectors in Classrooms’. Deals have been negotiated with five manufacturers: Acer, Epson, Panasonic, Sony, and Toshiba. A total of 22 projectors are currently available through […]