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Watchdog to hold seminars on internet usage

  Are you moving onto the N4L? Do you plan on introducing a BYOD programme? Watchdog is holding a series of seminars across the country to help schools manage their internet usage. “With the introduction of BYOD, free internet access and an increase in devices using the net, […]

Projection in action

Wellington’s Queen Margaret College has implemented several interactive technologies over the past few years. However, it’s the latest acquisition that has added a truly new dimension to the classroom, writes Lee Suckling.   When he started looking, Richard Knuckey thought he was in the market for just another […]

Digital signage: Getting the message

Opened in 2004, Alfriston College in South Auckland was purpose built to provide not just an inspiring learning environment but a practical one, as well. A key part of its overall success has been the introduction of digital signage. With more than 1,500 students segmented across five whanau […]

Seamless swapover from Windows XP to 8.1

  Knowing Microsoft was ending support for its XP operating system, Ponsonby Primary in Auckland has made the switch to Windows 8.1 – it proved a “seamless” process and the school’s already loving the results. On April 8, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. What that means […]

Targeting science misconceptions in middle school students

INTRODUCTION Overcoming students’ misconceptions can be a challenging process for even the most proficient middle school science teachers. Students need the opportunity to confront and examine their own thinking, make their own predictions and resolve any conflicts that arise through inquiry-based exploration. Britannica’s Pathways: Science provides teachers and students with […]

Confidence in a managed wireless network

As part of Balmoral School’s strategic plan, the Auckland school focused on developing a 21st Century learning environment. It began with a BYOD programme, facilitated by a managed wireless network. “We wanted wireless all the time but not for the features, we just needed it to work,” said Doug […]

Far better hi-tech access needed to improve pupil results

Irish schools need “vastly improved access” to modern computer equipment if our students are to achieve better results in international student assessment tests, the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) has said. The union was responding today to the lacklustre performance by Irish 15-year-olds in tests for problem-solving compared to […]

Lack of internet access affecting education

The Smith Family has said a lack of access to a home computer and the internet among disadvantaged families could undermine the successful implementation of school curriculums. In its submission to the federal government’s Australian curriculum review, the national children’s education charity said the curriculum along with schools, […]

Windows XP is officially no longer supported

Microsoft has stopped its support of the Windows XP operating system worldwide. Windows XP still runs on approximately a quarter of a million PCs in New Zealand and Microsoft is urging the remaining New Zealand consumers still running the 12-year old software to upgrade their system immediately to […]

Study finds Wi-Fi is safe in schools

Wi-fi in schools is safe according to a new Ministry of Health study. Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew welcomed the report which she said confirmed wi-fi in schools was not a health risk to pupils or staff, with exposures many thousands of times lower than the relevant […]