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May Issue Out Now!

Issue 99 – Term 2, May 2020 INTERFACE NEWS AND VIEWS NOTICEBOARD THE MIND LAB: Education after lockdown ETV: Overcoming the tyranny of distance learning MOTAT.FUN: Supporting remote learning for young Kiwis. ARE WE GOING TO LEARN FROM THE LOCKDOWN? Educators rising to the challenge and delivering digital learning. […]

Schools give students internet at home

A pilot programme in the US is bringing internet access at home to students. Green Bay Area Public School District said more and more of its curriculum is based online. “A lot of our classes are going paperless, a lot of the technology is just becoming intertwined with […]

Seven things to consider about cloud services

Thinking of ditching your physical server and adopting computing in the cloud? Here Andrew Fergus of Lexel Education Solutions investigates seven server roles that your school should consider for migrating to the cloud. 1. Email services Email is the first function schools traditionally have looked to move to the cloud. […]

Stretching your school’s technology budget

Technology doesn’t come cheap and paying for it is a challenge all schools face. One option is to lease. This lets you not only spread the costs but also enjoy other benefits, as Ross Fodie of Advaro explains. There’s more to ICT that just technology; it’s more about […]

Local and personal learning with eTV

ACG City Campus chose eTV because of its access to local content, particularly news and current affairs, and its ability to be a repository for its own videos, writes Debbie Williams.  What are the benefits to using your own content? The main advantage is that students are listening […]

Personal and social learning at your fingertips

How can educators support ‘personalised’ and ‘social’ learning for both their learners and themselves? Kristina Hoeppner believes she has the answer: MyPortfolio. The New Zealand Curriculum encourages social and personalised learning as it emphasises community engagement, collaboration among students, relationship building, and learning to manage oneself. There are […]

Why you should ask ‘why’

As the digital world continues to evolve it’s important to keep asking ‘why’ schools should use technology and to keep thinking deeply about the opportunities these tools give our teachers and students, writes Carolyn Stuart. When schools first began to consider using digital technologies to support learning, there […]

Gallipoli in Minecraft opens at Auckland Museum

After a year’s hard work from students at Alfriston College (right), a new exhibition was opened at Auckland War Memorial Museum: Gallipoli in Minecraft. Working in collaboration with museum staff and assisted by teacher Mark Sutherland, they utilised its First World War collections to re-create the landscape of […]

HP launches Rural Schools Competition

HP has launched its Rural Schools Competition for the second year, giving rural New Zealand primary schools the chance to win a share of $20,000 worth of HP products and support. It’s again partnering with Rural Women New Zealand offering rural primary schools the chance to enter the […]