Issue 53 – Term 1, Feb 2014

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DESIGNS ON GREEN LEARNING
Schoolgen’s Mean Green House Design Competition is running again this year.EXAMINING AND SHAPING OUR LEARNING FUTURE
From wearable technology and gestural interfaces, to new ways of teaching, the future of learning has some exciting possibilities, says Steve Wheeler.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOUR STUDENTS LEAVE BEHIND
How anonymous are your students when they go online? How private is their activity and the information it generates? Can you ensure their personal data is free from unwanted surveillance? David Kinane explores the challenges of privacy.

12 SIGNS OF E-LEARNING IN 2014
What’s new? What’s still hot? What’s on the horizon? Here are some of the key technology trends to look out for in your classroom in the year ahead.

YOU’LL LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER
Wherever your school is on its ICT journey, you need a plan – both for the here and now and what comes next.

MAKING WEBSITES WORK
A school’s website plays a key role in its digital strategy. How well does it showcase life at school and how easy is it to manage, asks KiwiSchool’s Paul Stuart.

FARNET CELEBRATES 10TH BIRTHDAY IN STYLE
FarNet was established a decade ago and has helped to promote and pioneer the use of blended e-learning to small rural schools in Tai Tokerau (Far North).

DIGGING DEEP FOR VIRTUAL LEARNING
Two virtual field trip programmes this year aim to get students involved with nationally important road projects – ‘Memorial Park’ and ‘Waterview Connection’.

LEARNING THAT’S BIGGER THAN TEXAS
A trip stateside has opened up a whole new world of e-learning and PD opportunities for Canterbury Principal Simon Mutch … not to mention some celebrity surprises, too.

VISUALISING SCIENCE
Palmerston North Boys’ High School teacher Rick Jochem and his Year 13 Horticulture students review the AVerVision F50 visualiser they won in a competition last year.

OPENING YOUNG EYES TO OPEN SOURCE
While most students are kicking back for summer, a select few were heading back to the classroom.

FILESHARE – SIX PAGES OF ONLINE RESOURCES
• 52 free tools and apps
• International Space Station
• Winter Olympics Sochi 2014
• 6 mobile apps to try

FOUR GREAT LESSON IDEAS
• Personalised ‘Street View’
• Eight Ways To Use Edmodo
• Plan It Green: The Big Switch!
• NFC Tags Names

IN THE SANDBOX
How are other educators bringing technology into their classrooms? INTERFACE talks to teachers at Balmacewen Intermediate School, Dunedin, about their favourite tech tools.

GOODBYE FACEBOOK, ‘HI’ SNAPCHAT (AMONG OTHERS)?
Are the rumours of Facebook’s impending death greatly exaggerated? If not, what new challenges could its demise mean for schools?

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