Issue 54 – Term 1, Apr 2014

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EXCHANGE SAFETY IDEAS
Last month, Yahoo’s Connie Chung came to New Zealand to work with NetSafe. She plans to use what she’s learned to make the internet a safer place for Kiwis.SEAMLESS SWAPOVER FROM WINDOWS XP TO 8.
Knowing Microsoft was ending support for its XP operating system, Ponsonby Primary in Auckland has made the switch to Windows 8.1.WORKING OUT WHAT’S BEST FOR YOUR BYOD
It’s a key part of most schools’ e-learning strategies. If you’re just starting out or reviewing your BYOD path, here are a few things to think about.

PROJECTION IN ACTION
Wellington’s Queen Margaret College has implemented several interactive technologies over the past few years. However, it’s the latest acquisition that has added a truly new dimension in the classroom.

NETWORK FOR LEARNING LAUNCHES POND
‘Jump in a discover Pond!’ That’s the invitation from Network for Learning (N4L), which has just launched Pond, its portal for accessing online services.

IS WIRELESS INTERFERING WITH YOUR BYOD PLANS?
You’ve been SNUP-ed, so now it’s full steam ahead with your BYOD roll-out, right? Well, possibly but before launching into it, determine the capability of the network and ensure it’s up to both the challenge and the expectations.

OLD TEACHER, NEW TRICKS
Returning to the classroom after having a family, Jacqui-Ellen Price was surprised at how much technology had changed things – and so began her journey to change the way she teaches.

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.

EDUCATION AND INFORMATION IN ISOLATION
Niua School is in Pukapuka, one of the most isolated places in the Pacific. Matthew Easterbrook recalls his experiences visiting and how the small school’s making big steps towards utilising technology as a learning and teaching tool.

IN TUNE WITH THE TIMES
Music lessons are being conducted differently at Christchurch’s Hagley Community College. Its School of Music is using a selection of iPods touches and iPads to increase student autonomy and change the way they’re learning.

PEER SUPPORT IN THE COUNTRY’S BIGGEST STAFFROOM
After several years with the same year group, Te Kura O Takaro’s Josie Woon admits teaching felt a ‘bit stale’. So, she joined the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) and is enthused again thanks to a little help from her friends.

FILESHARE – SIX PAGES OF ONLINE RESOURCES
• 58 free tools and apps
• Poetry and typing
• World War I
• 6 mobile apps to try

FOUR GREAT LESSON IDEAS
• TED-Ed
• Write comics
• Making travel plans
• Draw and design with Excel

IN THE SANDBOX
How are other educators bringing technology into their classrooms? INTERFACE talks to teachers at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, in Hamilton, about their favourite tech tools.

BEHIND THE BEST CLASS BLOG
What does it take to create the best class blog in New Zealand? We thought we’d ask Stephen Eames who won last year’s INTERFACE Awards.

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