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See the power of what technology can do

Videoconferencing changed Marci Powell’s life. Here the President Elect of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) talks to INTERFACE about her experiences and how you can make the most of this technology. Can we start by defining distance learning. What is it? Distance learning is any form […]

A means to magnification

Specialist magnification software can help students with low vision to access every day computer applications, writes Mark Tweedale. If students can’t see something on a screen, there’s a simple solution: magnification. There are a number of software programs available that enable them to specify such things as preferred […]

Advantages of being in the Loop

Imagine going from dial-up to a 1GB Internet connection overnight? It was an “amazing experience” for Nayland College, as David Maida discovers. The Nelson Loop is a fibre-optic and wireless network that’s delivering Internet connection speeds of up to 1GB to schools in the Nelson/Marlborough region – schools […]

See it to believe it

From inspired to dreadful, Peter Kent’s seen just about everything when it comes to interactive whiteboards. Here he talks to INTERFACE editor Greg Adams about their potential and how teachers should be using them. What value do interactive whiteboards (IWBs) have in today’s classrooms? IWBs are very important. […]

Mastering macrons in te reo Māori

Keke or kēkē? Cake or armpit? The difference might be just a matter of macrons but it means so much more, as Sarah-Jane McCosh discovers. Maybe you have to do some classroom signs in te reo Māori? Or your students are writing up their latest project on the […]

Excite the learning

Chris Rogers is more than just an advocate, he’s a legend of Lego. Here he talks to INTERFACE editor Greg Adams about robotics, developing ROBOLAB and building a new way of teaching. What’s so good about Lego? Really, the thing we’re pushing for is not so much Lego, […]

We made our own TV studio

It didn’t cost much for WPS TV to start broadcasting successfully each morning, explains James Campbell. We hand-built our school’s TV studio three years ago in the storage area behind the hall stage (where the gym mats and spare chairs are supposed to be stored, a much more […]

Violin via videoconference

If you’re in a rural school, chances are music lessons are not that easy to come by. So, if you have a budding Dame Kiri or Neil Finn growing up in your classroom – or kids who just want to give a musical instrument a try – what […]

New curriculum, new responsibilities for e-learning

There’s plenty to consider in the new curriculum from an e-learning perspective. How will it affect teachers and their use of technology? We asked the Ministry’s Sarah Jones to outline its impact on ICT in the classroom. The New Zealand Curriculum (English medium) gives new emphasis to the […]

Is the classroom cramping your style?

The best technology provides support without drawing attention to itself, according to design innovation specialist Sean McDougall. Here he talks to INTERFACE editor Greg Adams about the perils of “totally archaic” classrooms. How important is the physical space where teaching and learning takes place? Most people will agree […]

Looking the picture of health

Chris Parsons has an eye-catching red sofa in his office – and it’s there for a very good reason (besides sitting on). Relaxed, smiling, comfortable, and happy. You can see the principal of the Southern Regional Health School is a convert to videoconferencing (VC) – and that’s the […]

A new lease on tech life

Need to buy some ICT kit but don’t have the cash? Leasing is a way you can have something without having to buy it outright. What’s the catch? Here are 10 things you should know about leasing. 1. Almost any equipment can be leased Desktop computers, laptops, servers, […]