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Registrations open for #edchatNZ conference in August

#edchatNZ has announce that registrations for its second conference, taking place in Hamilton 12-13 August 2016, have opened. “In 2014, edchatNZ hosted its inaugural conference at Hobsonville Point Secondary School. It was spectacular. We pushed the boundaries by offering a low cost, high quality conference,” said Philippa Nicoll Antipas. “With a registration fee of a mere […]

NZ Curriculum to include digital technology

Digital technology is to be formally integrated into the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today at the NZTech Advance Education Technology Summit in Auckland. “This is the first change to the New Zealand Curriculum since its introduction in 2007 and […]

Wanted: Your experiences using Minecraft

Are you using Minecraft in your classroom? If so, we want to hear from you for an upcoming ‘special issue’ on this popular building game. We want you to tell us about your experiences using this teaching solution. Just get in touch with INTERFACE Editor Greg Adams and […]

Special feature: Computer code in the classroom

Interested in finding out more about what computer coding can offer? Looking for ways to use it with your students?  In the latest issue, read how eight teachers share with INTERFACE their experiences of bringing programming into their classes. Learning how to adapt and change with technology, Janie Tito, Chilton […]

NZTech calls for faster implementation of digital literacy

Teaching computational thinking, digital technology and cyber security at primary school level has been identified by NZTech in a first-ever substantive report to be as integral as maths and English to the nation’s economy. The New Zealand education system is not evolving fast enough to generate local talent […]

First NZ initiative to link computer coding with te reo

A charity group has teamed up with Ngai Tahu to produce a first-of-its-kind initiative to teach primary school students how to embrace Ngai Tahu’s cultural beliefs and language by creating a variety of coding projects incorporating te reo. Code Club Aotearoa is a charity that partners with primary schools and uses the knowledge of […]

Hapara launches on Microsoft Office 365

Previously only available on Google Apps, education management system Hapara can now be used with Microsoft Office 365 and OneNote. Microsoft New Zealand’s Education Sector Manager Evan Blackman says by combining OneNote and Hapara, educators have a powerful tool that helps them focus attention on improving student learning outcomes. […]

Review: Acer Switch Alpha 12

  There are plenty of Windows-powered tablets with slim keyboard covers, varying in price, power and performance. If you’re finding it hard to choose, Acer’s latest device could well be the ‘Alpha’ in the pack. The Switch Alpha 12 is an impressive-looking (and good looking, too) 2-in-1 tablet. […]

Ubiquitous learning for Rotorua students

Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru is a Rotorua-based trust dedicated to providing ‘ubiquitous learning’ across the district and is creating its vision in two ways, writes Lee Suckling. “The first objective is to assist in putting a device into the hands of every child in Rotorua,” explained Adam Ellis, Ngā […]

Traditional teaching just isn’t enough anymore

Award-winning teacher Gareth Haddon is passionate about progressive learning and believes traditional teaching practices are no longer enough to develop lifelong learners. Gareth Haddon teaches Geography, Social Sciences and Robotics teacher at Aorere College in Auckland. He recently completed the The Mind Lab by Unitec’s Postgraduate Certificate in […]

New online education resources from the SPCA

After 18 months of research and development, SPCA has launched an exciting new education programme for schools: Teachers’ Portal teachers.spcaeducation.org.nz SPCA Kids Education kids.spcaeducation.org.nz Teachers’ Portal Teachers are invited to register for free and unlimited access to SPCA’s extensive collection of innovative New Zealand Curriculum aligned animal welfare […]

Turning gamers into digital designers

During an open night at Shirley Boys’ High School for prospective families, a group of Year 10 students waited for their audience. The lads fired up their devices, pulled out decks of cards and it was game on. The students are in a social sciences class working on […]