Category: Article

Game design creates collaborative ‘hum’

Wellington  teacher Diana-Grace Morris makes time for her students to design games in class because it fosters a unique interaction among them she doesn’t see in any other learning activities, writes Wayne Erb. There is an energetic rise and fall of sound when a class of Year 7-8 […]

Safer Internet Day partners work to tackle internet harms

Twenty-nine organisations are joining forces today to mark 2016’s Safer Internet Day in New Zealand as Kiwis report an increasing number of incidents involving internet harms, says online safety and security organisation NetSafe. Safer Internet Day is celebrated worldwide to encourage the safe and positive use of the internet […]

Refugee’s story becomes school computer game

A refugee whose family made a perilous journey across eastern Europe to escape the Nazis has seen her life transformed into an educational computer game. Students from Glasgow Caledonian University have teamed up with Gathering the Voices, an organisation that collects the stories of survivors who settled in […]

Dealing with dyslexia

One in 10 New Zealanders is affected by dyslexia, including 70,000 school children. Learning can be daunting and challenging for these students, so one Tauranga teacher has developed an app to improve the way they approach exams, writes Lee Suckling.  Physical education teacher Charles Leota, of Otumoetai College, […]

Shelve paperbacks in favour of E-books in schools?

E-books are increasingly being used in classrooms by children as young as three – and they are making a big difference to the reading habits of boys. But there are concerns the expansion of electronic devices in schools may undermine the position of traditional paper books. E-books, where […]

NZ’s most remote students connected to the world

New Zealand’s 49 most remote schools are all now connected to faster broadband just in time for the start of Term One,Communications Minister Amy Adams has announced. The Remote Schools Broadband Initiative (RSBI) was established in 2012 to improve broadband services to remote schools. The programme provides point-to-point […]

Minecraft to launch education edition

An ‘education edition’ of Minecraft is to be launched by Microsoft. The product will offer teachers new ways to use the world-building video game in a range of subjects. Microsoft paid $2.5bn (£1.8bn) for Mojang, Minecraft’s Swedish creator, in 2014. And late last year, it bought the four-year-old MinecraftEdu […]

Looking forward to the year ahead!

We’re back on deck, refreshed and raring to go for 2016! Last year was great but we’re expecting the year ahead to be full on. Our next issue publishes Friday 12 February – the second week of Term 1. Among other things, we’ll be looking at learning with robotics […]

See you at Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Everyone who received tickets to join us to watch STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has now been notified. Judging by the reaction, it’s been a popular promotion! You should also have received instructions for attending tomorrow night (17 December). If not, please contact Editor Greg Adams – – […]