Issue 63 – Term 2, May 2015








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Readers’ comments


Creating a safer online environment with N4L


Stretching your school’s technology budget
Paying for technology is a challenge all schools face. One option is to spread the costs by leasing.


Are you keeping tracking of your school’s data?
Or losing it? Or worse still deleting it? More data than ever before is being created in classrooms. Schools need to develop a strategy to properly archive digital content and manage their digital heritage.


Seven things to consider about cloud services
Andrew Fergus of Lexel Education Solutions investigates seven server roles that your school should consider for migrating to the cloud.


Ways to code in class
Computer coding is quickly gaining popularity in schools. Why all the fuss? Here four teachers talk about introducing programming in their classrooms.


Flipping with Te Reo
Sacred Heart College’s Ben Christie has ‘flipped’ his Te Reo Ma-ori and Kapa Haka classes, sharing materials using iPads ahead of class.  

Making headlines with HNN
HNN (Hillmorton Network News) is a television broadcast led by Year 7/8 students that aims to record and celebrate the success of the school, its staff and students, as well as the local community.

Personal and social learning at your fingertips
How can educators support ‘personalised’ and ‘social’ learning for both their learners and themselves? Kristina Hoeppner believes she has the answer: MyPortfolio.

Fileshare – Six pages of online resources 

• 60 free tools and apps  • Tiki-Toki
• Colours • Bookmarking sites • Ad Free YouTube
• How does it feel to be… • 6 great mobile apps

Four great Lesson ideas

  • Roman mosaics
  • Solar storm watch
  • Budget calculator
  • Whodunnit?

Book reviews 

  • Minecraft in the Classroom: Ideas, Inspiration, and Student Projects for Teachers
  • Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, and Liberal Education in the Digital Age

Countdown creates ‘country’ cards project
No doubt you’re aware of supermarket Countdown’s recent ‘Super Animals’ cards promotion. It was so popular with Denise Gordon’s class that they decided to design their own set … and their efforts were rewarded with an amazing outcome.

Some great prizes to be won!

From the back of the class
As the digital world continues to evolve it’s important to keep asking ‘why’ schools should use technology and to keep thinking deeply about the opportunities these tools give our teachers and students

Events diary


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