Category: Issue 55

Students leaving ‘dark ages’ for cyberspace

New Zealand students will move out of “the dark ages” and complete experimental NCEA assessments online this year. The Qualifications Authority will test an online NCEA level one mathematics test at 20 schools in September. Its deputy chief executive, Richard Thornton, said the pilot was an online version […]

Gigaschools Video Competition

Organised by Chorus, the Gigaschools Video Competition challenges your students to create a video showing what they think learning will be like in the connected schools in Gigatown. There are two age groups – Junior (Years 1 – 8) and Senior (Years 9 – 13) – and some […]

What’s best – a regular camera or smartphone?

Teachers and students are increasingly using smartphones and tablets in the classroom – and with them comes a snazzy built-in camera. It begs the question, do schools still need to invest in a regular camera? Jenny Barrett investigates. How important is image quality? Phones and tablets do not […]

Teachers design app for tracking students

Three Taranaki teachers had a dream to design software that they could use every day in their classrooms to make teaching easier. The result is appT. No more files and folders. No more moving between paper, cameras, computers, and school management systems. Just you, your class and an […]

Staying safe online with a single solution

When Auckland’s Selwyn College made the move to BYOD, its existing security measures weren’t up to the challenge. So, it turned to a single solution from WatchGuard and hasn’t looked back. Six years ago, Selwyn College’s academic results were poor, with less than half of students passing NCEA […]

A perfect partnership

Rosehill College partnered with Noel Leeming to implement a carefully-managed BYOD programme – and it’s been to the benefit of every Year 9 family involved, writes Lee Suckling. Last year, Rosehill College spent time fine-tuning its requirements for BYOD before going out to market. “We’d employed a director […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]