Issue 70 – Term 1, April 2016








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Interface News and Views 

• Keeping in Touch with Interface
• Have You Missed An Issue?
• New Faces and New Ideas at  InterfaceXpo 16
• Wanted: Your ‘Coding’ Experiences
• Congratulations to our competition winners



• All the latest e-learning news


Finding out about ‘Future Schools’

A group of teachers from 10 New Zealand schools check out the National FutureSchools Expo 2016 in Sydney, courtesy of Cyclone and Apple.


Connect and collaborate

Resources. Advice. Knowledge. Experience. Support. Joining the Microsoft EducatorCommunity (MEC) – one of the largest networks of teachers in the world – brings you these benefits and more. And simply signing up could win you a Surface Pro 4!

Meet new Ambassador Morgan McKeen

One of Microsoft Education’s goals is to help teachers and students understand different technologies, how to use them and how they benefit the learning experience. Enter Teacher Ambassadors.

Adding a new dimension to your students’ learning

Interested in 3D printing? Looking for ways to use this exciting activity in your classroom? Six teachers share their experiences of designing and printing in a third dimension.


‘Liking’ being social
Everyone is part of a network, whether at school, work, home or online. With millions of students using social media, it makes sense to leverage this to engage them in learning.


Ensuring the worth of your device warranties
Have worries about warranties? What does this piece of paper promise and how does it protect you and your device?.


Liking the Lync solution
When Bay of Plenty Polytechnic needed to upgrade its communications capability, Lexel Education Solutions answered the call. It came up with the perfect solution by identifying and installing Microsoft Lync.


ActivPanels in action
After more than seven years with interactive whiteboards (IWBs) in every classroom, Hamilton’s Berkley Normal Middle School decided it was time for a change and swapped to ActivPanels, touch-capable, LED displays.

PD for an age of uncertainty and change
As the demands on teachers change, so do the skills and ideas needed to meet them. You’re invited to join #edchatNZ for a 12-week, online course and “talk about all things future focused” with other educators.


Networked projectors offer easy access
St Andrew’s College has worked with Epson to find a way to do things differently and has rolled out 35-40 Epson EB-535W short-throw projectors.


‘Game on’ for empathy in learning
Empathy meets technology when students consider the people they are designing outcomes for – be it a piece of writing, a technology product or a game design.

Playing a part in your students’ learning
Do you experiment and create in the classroom? How can you bring fun and engagement into learning? David Kinane explores some of the options and suggests you look as much to the past as the future to promote play.


Fileshare – eight pages of online resources

• Cool Gizmos • NoteBookCast • Apps for Maps • 12 Huia Birds
• Game Design • TED Lessons • The Path to President
• Mobile Apps


Lesson ideas

• Keyboarding with Boxer Shorts • Happy


Book reviews 

• Build Your Own PC on a Budget:



• Drive coding with Sphero SPRK


Some great prizes to be won!


From the back of the class
New Zealand’s technology sector is facing a shortage of skilled dgital workers. HPE’s David Eaton believes part of the solution is including digital skills in the Curriculum from a young age and upskilling teachers to use digital technology more effectively.


Events diary 


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