Just a week to go until we kick off in Blenheim

One week. Seven days. That’s all it is until we kick off INTERFACE Xpo 2017 in Blenheim. Can’t wait to get going! There are still a few places left in Blenheim. So, if you’re keen to come along or know of anyone who might like to attend, go to interfacexpo.nz/register2017/ It’s going to be a great day […]

Digital technologies are having a positive impact on student achievement

Eight-in-ten principals report that digital technologies are having a positive impact on student achievement, according to the latest research results from the ‘Digital Technologies in Schools’ survey, prepared by Research New Zealand for the 20/20 Trust. A special supplement in the latest INTERFACE Magazine is a summary report card on selected key results from the 2016/17 […]

Tell us about your experiences learning with games

Calling all games-curious educators! NZCER is hosting ‘Games For Learning’, a two-day event that will “explore the potential of games, game design, and gameful thinking to enrich education and support equity and positive social impact for all learners.” It’s being held at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa on 31 August and 1 September – […]

Schools can do amazing things in the cloud

The introduction of ‘cloud technology’ provides all schools with a landmark opportunity to transform learning, increase efficiencies and reduce overheads, writes Anne Taylor. Yes, the ‘Cloud’ can be complex but not when you have the right guidance from suppliers and partners. They’ll look after all the technical details of your cloud transformation and, once you’re […]

Farming out your 3D printing needs

Interested in 3D printing but don’t have the budget to buy the equipment – or the know-how to run it? 3D Printer Farm is a simple idea that its operators hope will shape how schools across the country use 3D printing. It’s a simple idea that could solve a complex and costly 3D challenge facing […]

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 authors rate self-produced distractions, such as playing […]

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 could better engage with families and wha-nau, […]

INTERFACE Xpo 2017: Have you registered yet?

Places are filling fast – don’t miss out and books yours now! Whatever your school’s next step with digital technology, you’ll find it at INTERFACE Xpo 2017. If you’re part of the digital development for your school, make sure you don’t slip up. Join us to explore the latest e-learning ideas, trend and innovations. We’ll be […]

MindLabKids.com launches at a home near you

Launching this week, MindLabKids.com is a new video-based learning portal where children aged 5-12 can discover science and technology from the comfort of their own homes. Welcome to MindLabKids.com, a new video-based learning portal designed to offer Primary School-age kids the chance to have a Mind Lab experience beyond the lab. The brainchild of The […]

Cultivate collaborative learning with OneNote

A collaborative, note-taking software program and a Surface laptop may not immediately spring to mind as gardening essentials. Yet that’s exactly what’s at the centre of a growing project at Mairehau High School in Christchurch. Spade … check. Seeds … check. Compost … check. Watering can … check. OneNote … er … um … what? […]

Epson launches new ultra-short throw projectors

Take classroom creativity and collaboration to another level with the new Epson EB-600 series ultra-short throw projectors. Designed for today’s BYOD classroom, these projectors are easy to install and use. The EB-600 Series display images from just 29cm away and the lamp lasts up to 10,000 hours in ECO Mode They offer 3x Higher Colour […]

Tell us your BYOD story

Are you running a BYOD programme at your school? Maybe you’re in the planning and trial stage? Or perhaps just thinking about it? Wherever you are at in your BYOD journey, we want to hear from you for an upcoming ‘special feature’, where we’ll be investigating this exciting yet challenging concept. Share your experiences, high […]

Congrats to our latest winners

Thanks to everyone who entered out latest competitions. The Nescafé Dolce Gusto MiniMe Machine was hugely popular – we can’t think why! This stylish and innovative device is just the thing for any coffee craving. Well done to Dianne Mayall, of Long Bay Primary School in Auckland, whose name was drawn first from all correct […]

Calling all coders … Dive into our competition!

Want to give your students a tough but engaging coding challenge? We’ve teamed up with The Mind Lab to put together a cunning Scratch-based competition – we provide the template and your students then add their code to finish the own unique game. The theme is ‘Clean Our Ocean’. The aim is to program the […]

Wanted: Tutors for after-school coding

Code Champions is seeking tutors for its after-school computer coding classes. Run your own courses with our support. For more information about this exciting new initiative contact info@codechampions.nz   Code Champions is supported by INTERFACE.  

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   “I once heard that if you are […]

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 it,” said Scott Noakes, CEO of Linewize. […]

Mind Lab and Hutt City Council announce scholarships for teachers

Lower Hutt teachers will have access to scholarships to complete The Mind Lab by Unitec’s Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital & Collaborative Learning) thanks to a new partnership between The Mind Lab and Hutt City Council. The Council will provide teachers within the Lower Hutt City area $650+GST towards tuition fees for the course. […]

Book your spot for 2017

BYOD? MLEs? Data? Coding? Robotics? Chromebooks? Flipping? Whatever your school’s next step with digital technology, you’ll find it at INTERFACEXpo 2017. And registrations are now open!  Don’t miss your opportunity to attend. If you’re part of the digital development for your school, make sure you don’t slip up. Join us to explore the latest e-learning […]

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 to help our board understand why we […]