Scratch competition: Entries close in one week

There’s still time to enter our student Scratch competition. But don’t delay. Entries close Friday 7 July (the end of Term 2). 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. For […]

Ministry unveils $40m ‘digital fluency’ package

Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced an investment package of around $40 million over three years to enhance the digital fluency of our young people. “This investment will support the biggest change to our curriculum in 10 years,” said Kaye. The package includes $24 million of new and $16 million of existing funding, and comes […]

Epson unveils research showing how display size matters

Epson has announced new findings by Radius Global Market Research that evaluated the readability of content displayed on 70-inch screens in average-sized classrooms in Singapore and the UK. According to the two surveys, more than 50 per cent of students in each country found that contents displayed on 70-inch screens was difficult to read, with […]

DigiTech Roadshow provides digital technology support to teachers

CORE Education is providing digital technology support to educators with the DigiTech Roadshow during August 2017. In response to the Ministry of Education’s announcement that digital technologies will be recognised as part of the Technology Learning Area in the New Zealand Curriculum from 2018, the Roadshow offers an interactive experience for educators from New Entrants […]

Students use 3D printing to tackle global issues

A Christchurch school’s students are using 3D modelling and printing to build board games – and discover new ways of thinking to solve world problems, explains The Mind Lab’s Catherine Johnson. Year 9 and 10 students at Te Kura Kaupapa Ma-ori O Te wha-nua Tahi are visiting The Mind Lab once a week over the […]

Keeping a copy of OneNote Class Notebooks

Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook and a popular tool in schools that’s used for collecting information and multi-user collaboration. Here Sam McNeill explores how a new feature lets you take your OneNote Class Notebooks wherever you go. One of the most common questions that I get asked by students and teachers is: “How do I keep […]

Review: Apple iPad

What’s new? What do we think? What do you need to know? There is a selection of new devices being pitched at the education market. INTERFACE Editor Greg Adams checks out a new version of an old favourite. I bought my first iPad some seven years ago. It’s not an itch that’s made me pick […]

INTERFACE Xpo 17: Rocking in Rotorua

Thanks to everyone who made it to INTERFACE Xpo 2017 in Rotorua. It was great to see so many of you at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre on Monday.

Xpo 2017: Thanks for a great day in Blenheim

It was INTERFACE Xpo’s first visit to Blenheim and we had a great time. Thanks to everyone who came along. We hope you all had an inspiring and informative day exploring digital technology.

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 […]