Issue 61 – Term 1, Feb 2015








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Issue 61 – Term 1, Feb 2015

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Interface News and Views 

• Welcome to 2015
• Buy your books with us
• See the ‘Aura’ for our cover
• Meet our competition winners 



• All the latest e-learning news
• Local link is key for eTV
• Tech Trends 2015
•#GIRLSINNOV8 camp 2015


Readers’ comments


Digital leaders share their way to success

It’s a tough gig being a school leader in today’s modern learning environment. And that means there’s never been a time in education with a greater need for wise and strategic leadership.


You have high-speed internet, now what do you do with it?

For a decade, the Nelson Marlborough Loop was a pioneer of providing ultra-fast broadband to schools. Geoff Scrimgeour looks at what those involved learned from the experience about making the most of high-speed internet connectivity.


More ways to develop teachers’ digital learning
The Mind Lab by Unitec continues to champion digital learning for teachers with new opportunities in 2015. It’s opening new centres in Gisborne and Wellington, and a partnership with the NEXT Foundation is offering
teacher scholarships.


Are you getting sound advice about audio?
What’s the sound like in your school hall? If you’re struggling to hear when people speak then a new audio system may be the answer. Jenny Barrett looks at the options and some of the questions you need to ask.


Hagley College launches‘School of Apps’
An innovative new course aims to provide students with the knowledge, tools and environment to not only learn about computer coding and creating apps but also to put their ideas into practice.


Virtual trip preparesfor Anzac centenary
A month before Anzac Day, the last in a series of virtual field trip plans to give students the opportunity to think critically and creatively about the nation’s past.


Getting together online
NetNZ is a community of secondary and area schools from Canterbury, Otago and Southland. They’re successfully working together to provide online learning and collaboration opportunities for their students.


New app for teaching financial literacy
A former KPMG accountant aims to create financially-savvy students after developing virtual banking tool Banqer.


Be inspired with ‘Augmented Reality’
Seeing things that aren’t really there is usually cause for concern. Not so Augmented Reality, an engaging technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on views of
the real world.


Fileshare – Six pages of online resources 

• 69 free tools and apps
• Sitehoover
• Recipes
• Reference
• Learning with videos
• 6 great mobile apps


Four great lesson ideas

• Tweet the international space station
• Text Art
• NatureWatch NZ
• KiwiBank’s RenoMate 


Book reviews 

• Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement
• Adventures in Raspberry Pi


Reviews: Two new options for student devices

• HP Stream Notebook 11
• Toshiba Portégé Z20t


Some great prizes to be won!


From the back of the class
From tablets to laptops, 3D printing to augmented reality, social media to stop-motion, what’s going to be trending
in your classroom in 2015?

Events diary 


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