Issue 50 – Term 3, Sep 2013

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Should you be going mad for Minecraft?You’ve probably heard of Minecraft. Maybe you’ve seen it being played – or even had a go yourself. But what about using it in the classroom as a teaching tool? INTERFACE investigates.Veni, vidi, construxi

Minecraft proved a great way for some Year5/6 students at St Paul’s School to show what they learned about Roman ideas and inventions.


Digital exams pass student test

NZQA has announced that digital exams could be the norm in 10 years. However, Auckland’s Sacred Heart College in Auckland is already successfully using this type of assessment.


Things you need to know about N4L (so far)

Last month, Network for Learning (N4L) announced it had started building its managed network for schools. Here CEO John Hanna talks to INTERFACE about the company’s plans for digital learning.


Picking a LMS solution to suit your school

There are a range of LMS options for schools to consider. When it comes to choosing the right one for your school, many factors should come into the decision-making mix.


Making the most of Moodle

Wellington Girls’ College is in its second year of using Moodle as a school-wide tool. One department that making the most of it is Languages.


Review: Microsoft Surface RT

Principal Bruce Warren took a Microsoft Surface RT with him during a recent two-week study tour of Korea. How did he go with it? Does he see a need for this sort of device?


Playing with design

A competition to design a playground for Christchurch’s city centre proved a great way for teacher Arnika Brown to use a range of skills and tech tools in her classroom – winning and playing rap music to the Prime Minister was just a bonus.


Learning with iPads in paradise

A tourist’s donation and a Principal’s vision are bringing exciting e-learning opportunities to students at Araura Primary School in the Cook Islands.


Lesson Ideas

13.21 – Project Noah: Explore and document nature

13.22 – #kidsedchatnz: Using Twitter to give kids an audience to share their learning

13.23 – SearchyPants: Create and use a customised search engine

13.24 – Dictionary v Online Dictionary: Finding out which is the quicker resource


In the Sandbox: West End School, New Plymouth


File Share

Rewordify, Quip, Quotesome, FatURL, Flask, Zoho Survey, ARKive, 24 Theory, G’Day Math!, Musopen, Giza 3D, and more.

One-minute guide: Presenter

Shortening Tweets

Hangman Games

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Mobile Apps


The challenges of being free to learn

Promoting internet availability in some of the most censored countries in the world has its problems but should not be a barrier to education, believes education consultant Nuriya Ansari.

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