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New network offers digital support for teachers

Funded by the Ministry of Education, CS4S Teachers’ Network supports educators working with the Digital Technology Curriculum in Years 1 to 10. It aims to grow their expertise and create a collaborative community, writes Nicola Kenny. PLANT the seed As a teacher, you have a wonderful opportunity to […]

Win! A Sony Portable Wireless Speaker

Take your favourite sounds wherever you go with the SRS-XB01 Extra Bass Portable Bluetooth Speaker from Sony. This ultra-compact but full-range 1.5-inch speaker is small enough to throw into most bags or even your pocket. The stylish, two-tone design matches a strap, so you can hang the XB01 […]

Win! An LED Astronaut Light

Need some extra light? Then how about an out-of-this-world, LED Astronaut Light? Just plug it into your computer and this super bright, USB-powered light offers 12 lumens – more than enough to help you to see what you’re doing. Open the visor to turn on (close to turn […]

Win! Littlecodr – Kids Coding Game

Littlecodr is an educational and fun card game that introduces the basic principles of computer coding to young students (it’s aimed at Years 1-3 but anyone can use them). Originally crowdfunded on Kickstarter, this game lets players use simple action cards to ‘program’ their parents or friends to […]

March Magazine Out Now!

Issue 92 – Term 1, March 2019 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. Or you can subscribe at interfaceonline.co.nz/subscribe/ Subscriptions start from just $1 a copy! Survey: A Snapshot of […]

Let’s hear it for our Minecraft maestros 2018

Thanks to everyone who entered this year’s Minecraft competition – and to School-gen for its support. The challenge was to build a home that was energy efficient and had a low environmental impact. We received some amazingly creative designs. Judging was extremely tough. Congratulations to the winners of the […]

LESSON idea 18.13: Learning with drones

Objective: 8 educational ways to use drones in your lessons Age range: 5-1 8 Website: n/a Drone technology has evolved considerably in the last few years. With decreasing costs and increasing functionality, it’s an accessible and affordable option as a teaching tool. Here’s how: Method Motor Skills: Flying […]

The challenge of coding in the classroom (Part 2)

Following on from our feature on computer programming in the last issue, here three more teachers describe how they are already introducing coding with great success. This article is exclusive to the print version of INTERFACE Magazine. To read more you can subscribe at interfaceonline.co.nz/subscribe/ Subscriptions start from just $1 […]

Leasing lets you move with the digital times

When constantly fronting up the cash to buy the latest tech devices and gadgets simply isn’t an option, where does that leave your planning? Will 2019 be the year your school chooses leasing as a practical way to move with the digital times. This article is exclusive to […]

The year of the new digital curriculum

How are you facing up to the challenge of the new Digital Technologies Curriculum/Hangarau Matihiko Curriculum? Where will it fit in your classroom? David Kinane expects an exciting and transformative journey in the year ahead. This article is exclusive to the print version of INTERFACE Magazine. To read more […]

Facebook joins Kiwi students to tackle online teen bullying

Central Otago-based anti-bullying organisation Sticks ‘n Stones has announced a pioneering partnership with a global tech company that will help take its online safety message and initiatives into high schools across New Zealand. Facebook is joining forces with Sticks ‘n Stones, a youth-driven group, to offer secondary schools […]

Taking the ocean into the classroom with NZ-VR

The Sir Peter Blake Trust, in partnership with New Zealand Geographic, has unveiled ‘NZ-VR’ – an experimental and free learning programme that aims to connect students with the marine environment through virtual reality (VR). Launching in early 2019, NZ-VR is a free initiative for schools that allows students […]