Issue 59 – Term 4, Nov 2014







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Jump into Pond now, using your e-asTTle login
N4L’s Pond is now open to all educators working in New Zealand schools. Check out the latest on this online opportunity.

Learning to love your LMS
Are you making best use of your Learning Management System? If not – or if you don’t even have an LMS – you’re wasting not only a great teaching tool but the chance to make your life a whole lot easier.

iPads and Autism
Autism expert Craig Smith visited New Zealand recently to promote the use of Apple’s iPad in the teaching of children with the learning disorder. He believes the device is making a world of difference for them.

‘Digital Technologies in New Zealand Schools 2014’
A special 4-page supplement providing a report card on selected key results from the 2014 survey on ICT in schools by the 2020 Trust.

Having a vision for digital signage
It should come as no surprise that an increasing number of schools are adopting digital signage – screens that display multi-media messages. There are compelling reasons for using this type of technology to communicate.

New partnership promises to deliver the total solution
Sitech Systems NZ has announced it’s entered into a significant relationship with Samsung to provide an expanded product range to schools, specifically the latest display technology.

Get a postgrad qualification for the new digital age
With the first programme successfully underway, enrolments are now open for The Mind Lab by Unitec’s next Postgraduate intake. Here we look at what participants think and whether it’s something for you to consider.

Tuning into learning
Omokoroa Point School recently celebrated the 2nd anniversary of its POPS 107.3 FM radio station. The on-air operation is student-led, where they take ownership through the management and running of the shows.

Biology teacher prints skulls in 3D
Teacher Mike Wilson found it hard to find skulls to use as illustration in his biology lessons. So, he turned to 3D printing and is now making them himself.

Fileshare – Six pages of online resources
• 68 free tools and apps
• Versal
• Code Editors
• Most popular websites for kids
• Video sharing
• Free online images
• 6 great mobile apps

four great Lesson ideas
• Asteroid zoo
• London literary map
• Five ways to use Instagram
• Excel timecard

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

Poetry in safer motion
On the streets and in the classroom, students now have an opportunity to become knowledge producers, with safer travel in their sights. Wayne Erb reviews ‘Everyone is a road user’, a new curriculum resource from NZTA. 

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