Issue 107 – Term 3, August 2021





The Mind Lab: If you want to be a good teacher, you should always like studying

Smart projections transform the learning experience

Game on as Esport Zone Day scores with students

Keeping everyone safe online from growing threats and distractions Network for Learning’s (N4L) latest report shows schools face ever increasing threats to online safety and security. It outlines where students are spending their time online, what type of data is being consumed and where, and what type of online threats are being blocked.

Repair, re-use, refurbish, recycle … or in the rubbish? How sustainable are your STEM resources? What happens when they break or need replacing? Individually, they may be small and relatively inexpensive. But put them together and the process of buying, maintaining and disposal becomes far more of a challenge.

Enhancing literacy studies in class with Minecraft Those of you who attended INTERFACEXpo in Lincoln will have seen students from Heaton Normal Intermediate demonstrating Minecraft Education Edition (MEE). Here they tell us their thoughts about a recent literacy project they completed using it.

Students compete to create a sustainable world Last term, Fruitvale School in West Auckland hosted its annual digital technology competition. The challenge for students was to design and construct solutions for creating a modern and sustainable world using any form of technology.

Using creativity and technology to bring local history alive ‘Stories from the Valley’ recalls the history of Oratia District School and its surrounding community. Funded through the Creatives in Schools scheme, the 45-minute animated documentary was made by Year 5 and 6 students, who collected reminiscences from local celebrities.

File Share: Four pages of online resources

Lesson Ideas: ‘Emotion Recognition’ and ‘Fake News Trainer’

Gamefroot: Where digital technologies meet science

Competitions: Some great prizes to be won!

Third STEM activity added to The Wonder Project The Power Challenge is a new, free in-school STEM programme. Part of The Wonder Project, its aims to help students learn how different energy sources can be used to create electricity and deliver power to New Zealand’s homes and communities.

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