Issue 67 – Term 4, November 2015










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Interface awards 2015
Five awards to choose from this year and some great prizes!

Interface News and Views 

• InterfaceXpo guest speaker announced
• There’s still time to enter our student Minecraft competition
• Wanted: Your experiences of teaching with robotics
• Meet our competition winners

• All the latest e-learning news
• Dream up your dream job
• HP Rural Schools winner
• ULearn 2015

Readers’ Comments

Book Reviews
• Raspberry Pi Projects for Dummies
• Teach YourselfVisually – Microsoft Windows 10

Girls can get their geek on#GirlsInnov8 2016
Registrations are now open for #GirlsInnov8 2016.
It’s the perfect opportunity for girls interested in technology to meet like-minded peers.

Teaching Te Reo in the technology age

Can technology fit with tradition? What part can it play in teaching Te Reo Ma-ori? Fairlie Atkinson explains how she combines computers with culture in her classroom.

Meet the team for your school’s technology
If you thought Harvey Norman was just a shop in your local shopping mall, think again. The company’s created a specialist education team keen to meet
your school’s ICT needs.

A few Do’s and Don’ts for your school’s BYOD
Seemingly everyone gives different advice about the ‘best digital device for learners’. Is there a ‘best’ device? Why don’t schools just let parents decide?

Find the ‘why’ in BYOD
Seemingly everyone gives different advice about the ‘best digital device for learners’. Is there a ‘best’ device?

Making the most of Minecraft
Have you joined the Minecraft revolution? How could you use it in you class? Teachers tell us about their experiences using this simple and hugely popular building game with their students.

Commanding pigs to fly on invisible bats
What started as an ‘unambitious’ project to produce codes for programming ‘command blocks’, now gets 4,000 hits a day and is widely regarded in the global Minecraft community,

A course for designing 
Rotorua in Minecraft
Rotorua Intermediate School is running Minecraft Design, a course where students create, connect and collaborate with peers while problem solving.

Fileshare – eight pages of online resources
• Cool Gizmos
• One-minute guide: Booktrack Classroom
• TED Lessons
• Coding
• Typing Games
• Note Taking
• Even More on Minecraft
• Six Mobile Apps
• Student Reviews

Four great Lesson ideas
• Minecraft character skins
• Creating floor plans in Excel
• Toshiba ‘dream job’ competition
• A day in the life

Some great prizes to be won!

From the back of the class
Since first opening its doors in September 2013, The Mind Lab by Unitec is now operating labs in four locations, with further expansion planned for 2016. Meet the members of the new
team in Christchurch.

Events diary 


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