Issue 55 – Term 2, May 2014

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interface News and Views

• INTERFACEXpo Last chance to book your place!
• Subscribe to INTERFACE and you could win an iPad Mini
• Welcome to the new-look
• School TV – and Radio – directory
• Congratulations to our winners

Noticeboard All the latest e-learning news and views

New way for digital PD
Together The Mind Lab and Unitec are offering an applied, progressive and blended postgraduate qualification specialising in digital and collaborative learning.

How social is your classroom?
For his Masters dissertation, Chris Swanwick looked at how teachers are using social media in the classroom. He found some surprising results.

Coming soon to Xpo
We’re delighted to have 25 sponsors supporting us. Some are old hands, others are new. Between them, they cover a wide range of specialist technology products and services to schools. Find out what delegates can expect at this year’s events.

Decisions, decisions … How do schools choose their technology? What are the tipping points for selecting one solution or product over another? Or simply making the call to purchase new gear? Lee Suckling talks to two schools about their decision-making journey.

What’s best – a regular camera or smartphone?
Teachers and students are increasingly using smartphones and tablets in the classroom – and with them comes a snazzy built-in camera. It begs the question, do schools still need to invest in regular digital cameras? Here is a list of pointers that Jenny Barrett believes will help you make a decision.

Giving it your best shot
Want to take great photographs? How do you get the best shots? Here are a few tips from the INTERFACE Team for getting the most from the camera on your smartphone or tablet.

Sharing stories at Mahara Hui 2014
With the increasing use of e-portfolios in New Zealand schools, this year’s Mahara Hui was popular and productive as participants shared their experiences, writes Kristina Hoeppner.

Staying safe online with a single solution
When Auckland’s Selwyn College made the move to BYOD, its existing security measures weren’t up to the challenge. So, it turned to a single solution from WatchGuard and hasn’t looked back.

Finding a clever way to use touch
At the start of the year, Clevedon School introduced Clevertouch Stations for its Year 1 classes. They’re now in constant use and after just one term there’s been “great progress” in the students’ learning, according to Team Leader Sarah Park.

Teachers design app for tracking students
Three Taranaki teachers had a dream to design software that they could use every day in their classrooms to make teaching easier. The result is appT.

A perfect partnership
Rosehill College partnered with Noel Leeming to implement a carefully-managed BYOD programme – and it’s been to the benefit of every Year 9 family involved.

Fileshare – Six pages of online resources
• 53 free tools and apps
• Books Photos GAFE
• Dinosaurs
• 6 mobile apps to try

four great Lesson ideas
• Gigaschools Video Competition
• Fotobabble
• ‘Simons Says’
• Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill

In the sandbox
How are other educators bringing technology into their classrooms? INTERFACE talks to teachers at Milford School in Auckland, about their favourite tech tools.

Behind the best class blog
NetSafe’s Martin Cocker reports back from Australia on the latest measures being taken to tackle serious cybercrimes against children. 

Events Diary 


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