Issue 17 – Term 3, July 2009


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Facing up to what’s said online
Recently Diocesan School for Girls suspended a number of Year 10 students for making derogatory comments on social networking site Facebook. How would you deal with this situation? Here’s what some INTERFACE readers had to say on the matter.Securing your software future
Deal or no deal? Whatever ends up happening with the Microsoft Licensing Agreement, is now the time to take control of your software?

Opting for open source
Warrington School’s Nathan Parker explains why he decided to install open source software Ubuntu and Edubuntu.

Soft Options
Would you like to know more about your software options? Here are some of the key operating systems and applications you may want to explore.

Picking the perfect printer
Know what you’re getting before you press ‘print’. Check out our guide to choosing the office printer that’s right for your school.

Review: Meet the HP9500

Grants give go-ahead for innovation
Find out what three primary teachers did with their $1,000 grants from the Unisys Kidz Connect initiative.

Ask the teacher @ Bayview Kindergarten,
Thames Early Childhood Education Centre, and Takapuna Kindergarten

Lesson Plans
38. Personal News
39. Four ways to use Wordle

Two-minute guide:

The Creative Commons Code

An outline of the licences available under the system and how they work.

Converting video file formats

Starting Up: 10 Things About Deleting Files

File Share – Web 2.0 Tools:
Revizr,, Yarp, Vocaroo, AudioBoo,, and Timetric.

10 for Teachers – Search Engines

From the back of the class: Making the most out of mobile.
What are the potential uses and pitfalls for mobile phones in the classroom? E-fellow Toni Twiss used her research time to find out.

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