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Global Skype-a-Thon kicks off today

New Zealand will be the first country in the world today to kick-off the global Microsoft Skype-a-Thon, a 48-hour event aimed at connecting classrooms around the world to showcase how technology can be used to enhance the learning experience. At 1.00pm, New Zealand time, Microsoft’s Vice President for […]

Winner: Best Activity using Digital Technology

Thanks to everyone who entered our inaugural Junior INTERFACE Awards. We received a great response and some fantastic entries.  There were two categories: ‘Best Activity using Digital Technology’ ‘Best Minecraft Creation’ In the ‘Best Activity using Digital Technology’, we asked students to tell us how they’re using technology […]

Latest location announced by The Mind Lab 

Where is The Mind Lab by Unitec going next? Well, now we know. It’s taking its Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital & Collaborative Learning) to Whangarei in March 2016. If you’re an educator in the Whangarei area, why not check it out. To find out more go to themindlab.com […]

MCPA invites you to ‘Energise’

In association with Cyclone, Mid Canterbury Principals’ Association presents ‘Energise’, a conference for 21st Century teaching and learning. It is being held 28-29 April, at Hotel Ashburton. “Energise has been designed specifically with educators around New Zealand in mind. From teaching and learning to senior management needs, we know […]

INTERFACE Awards 2015: Meet this year’s winners

“Congratulations and well done to the winners of the INTERFACE Awards 2015,” said Greg Adams, Editor of INTERFACE. “This year the entries were of a very high calibre and we have top quality winners.” Our 2015 winners are … Best Teaching with ICT WINNER: Kerri Thompson, Tamatea Intermediate School, […]

Meet our magnificent Minecraft creators

Wow, what some marvellous Minecrafters you are! Thanks to everyone who entered our Minecraft competition. You blew us away with your entries. Congratulations to this year’s winners. They are:   Your Dream Classroom (Years 1-8) Winner: Minecraft Explorers Class, Riverdale School, Palmerston North Runner-ups: Sarah Calkin, Palmerston North Intermediate Normal […]

How are you keeping your students safe online?

The growing trend for secure websites could mean your school’s web filtering set-up may no longer be meeting your needs and providing a safe online environment for your students. Lee Suckling investigates what’s changing and what you can do about it. During the lifetime of most teachers, web […]

Twenty years of BYOD

Twenty years ago, Saint Kentigern College launched the first student one-to-one programme in a New Zealand school. Overseeing it from the start has been ICT Director Walter Chieng, ably assisted by partners Toshiba, Lexel and Service Plus. Remember 1996? Windows NT and MySpace were launched. DVDs were starting […]

Protecting students and staff: The Fortinet way

Cyber-security is one of the most challenging issues confronting school administrators up and down New Zealand. Fortinet has the solution. It’s hard enough keeping up with online learning, teaching and administration without having to worry about hackers, intruders, criminals and at-risk behaviour. But in this mind-bogging maelstrom of […]

Pakuranga College wins a ‘Tonne of Technology’

What would you do if you won $10,000 worth of technology for your school? That’s the challenge for Pakuranga College after its ‘outcome based e-learning initiatives’ won the first annual ‘Tonne of Technology’ competition sponsored by New Era and Acer. Earlier in the year, New Era and Acer […]