Category: Article

Join ‘Web Rangers’, for a safer web

Two of New Zealand’s brightest social media stars are backing a programme to help teenagers create their own campaigns to encourage better online behaviour. Caito Potatoe, who has nearly 30,000 YouTube subscribers, and Liam WaveRider, who has more than two million Instagram followers, have both thrown their support […]

Accelerating uptake of technology skills

The ubiquity of ICT in New Zealand schools is a myth, according to Accelerating Aotearoa. The charitable organisation that has been conducting a series of community-based programmes to grow technology skills in underserved areas in South Auckland, writes Lee Suckling. “We believe every child in New Zealand could […]

Road project ramps up virtual learning

This August, a virtual field trip will let students experience how engineers and workers build giant ramps over a busy motorway as part of a major infrastructure project. Wayne Erb looks into the potential for classroom learning. Cars and trucks move along a motorway beneath the wide concrete […]

Running BYOD with MDM solution from Lightspeed

Schools across the country are running BYOD programmes for their students. Looking after these BYOD devices is called Mobile Device Management – or MDM for short. One option is software from Lightspeed Systems, writes Andrew Fergus. If your school currently has a BYOD programme without an MDM, Lightspeed […]

Kids use Twitter to chat in class

Add Twitter to teaching and what do you get? Award-winning Kidsedchatnz is a great way to get students connecting, sharing and learning … and enjoying every minute of it, writes Stephen Baker. Have you ever had a student say to you, “Wow, this is so much fun, do […]

Closing down of Moodle in NZ Schools

Moodle in NZ Schools is closing down. Here’s the message posted on its website: “The Moodle in NZ Schools project started in 2009 and was launched officially in July 2009. Its purpose was to promote the use of Moodle in New Zealand schools and make it possible for Moodle […]

Windows 10 available as a free upgrade on 29 July

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be available 29 July in 190 countries. The new operating system will be a free upgrade to people using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. “Windows 10 is a new generation of Windows designed to empower you to do great things,” said Terry Myerson, […]

New Era finalist in global award

New Era has been named a finalist in the 2015 Microsoft Public Sector: Education Partner of the Year Award. “Microsoft’s selection of New Era as a global finalist in a very competitive market is an affirmation that our people and processes are truly world class,” said MD Anthony […]

Lexel awarded ‘Apple Education Partner Status’

Lexel Systems has been awarded authorisation to sell Apple products to education customers at education pricing. Following an evaluation and certification process, Apple has awarded Lexel Authorised Apple Education Reseller status. As a nominated Apple Education partner, Lexel can offer schools and education institutions education-specific product and pricing. […]

Student video of Xpo 2015 in Auckland

  Thanks to the team of Year 6 students from St Kentigern Boys’ School for creating a video of INTERFACE Xpo 2015 at the Aotea Centre in Auckland. “Fantastic video guys,” said INTERFACE Editor Greg Adams.” Thanks for creating this for us. It’s a great record of the […]

HP extends deadline for Rural Schools Competition

Due to requests from schools, HP has extended the deadline for entries into its Rural Schools Competition. Entries must now be in by June 15. So, if you’re a school that thought you didn’t have time to enter … you do now. The competition is in its second year and gives rural primary schools the […]