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Proving the power of podcasting

Can including podcasting in teaching and learning activities contribute to improved reading habits and literacy? E-Fellow Dorothy Burt went in search of the answer. As teachers, one of the dilemmas we face in e-learning is that it can be time consuming, often costly, and there’s little research available […]

The answer to the ultimate kiwi question is…

Need to know something about New Zealand? Online encyclopedia ‘Te Ara’ is the answer to every teacher’s prayers, believes Jock Phillips. Wouldn’t it be great to have a website that had answers to everything you wanted to know about New Zealand – and presented those answers in easy-to-read […]

Six ways to make sure you don’t suck at technology

Do your computer skills put you bottom of the class? Looking to learn more about technology, so you can improve your understanding of ICT? Greg Adams investigates some of your options. In his former life, Marcel Ollman was a teacher. He remembers how his school had an interactive […]

The 10 spookiest sites on the Web

Halloween’s fast approaching. For some ‘trick or treat’ fun, check out ‘click or treat’ guide for websites your class can use to learn about and enjoy this spooky holiday. 1. This excellent site from the History Channel investigates the haunted history of All Hallow’s Eve. There are video clips, stories from around the world, […]

Whose plans will get your vote?

The gloves are off. Education will be a key issue in next month’s election. We asked the two main parties to offer their thoughts on ICT in education and outline their plans for the future should they form the next Government. Here’s what they told us: Labour Party: […]

Interview: Engaging & exciting

Teachers are losing control and Travis Smith, Assistant Principal at Frankston High in Melbourne, couldn’t be happier. Here he talks to INTERFACE about his school’s pioneering use of Tablet PCs. As a teacher, what excites you about ICT? It’s the possibilities it affords students and teachers. Traditionally, in […]

CSI in the classroom

The use of electronic evidence has resulted in a new breed of investigator, the forensic computing examiner. Chris Budge and Campbell McKenzie look at some of the issues involved for schools. • A Christchurch school recently found suspicious Web activity by a teacher. Forensic investigators found thousands of ‘adult-themed’ […]

Reader Survey 2008 – Results

Thanks to everyone who took part in our reader survey – you’ve given us plenty to think about. Here is what we found. How are you using ICT? The majority of you use your computers ‘all the time’ (72.9%). Nearly three-quarters (74.1%) have attended an ICT educational event […]

A challenging job in unchartered territory

They’re a select and talented group that’s making a real difference to teachers across New Zealand. Chris Allott McPhee looks at the role of the ePrincipal. eLearning Clusters are an exciting and interesting place to be teaching and learning in New Zealand. These largely rural-based groups of schools […]

Eight habits of highly effective 21st century teachers

We hear a lot about the 21st century learner – but what about the 21st century teacher? Andrew Churches investigates what makes them succeed. What are the characteristics we would expect to see in a successful 21st century educator? Well, we know they are student-centric, holistic, and they’re […]

Creating a ‘can do’ culture for using technology

Technology presents many challenges and obstacles. Here INTERFACE discovers ways schools are getting staff interested and excited about using ICT. With the speed new computers, software and other ICT equipment comes out, it can sometimes be daunting for teachers to get their head around it all. This is […]