Issue 71 – Term 2, May 2016

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  • Solving the case of the missing ‘E’
  • Time to start thinking about the interface Awards
  • Congratulations to our competition winners
  • Postage prices going up


  • All the latest e-learning news
  • Energise Conference

Readers’ Comments

Robotics, the missing ‘E’ and Twitter

Introducing: The Digital Learning Experience

Want to re-imagine learning but don’t know where to start? Microsoft is offering schools the chance to explore the future of learning with a free ‘Digital Learning Experience’.

Bring your own Pi for BYOD on a budget?

Have you considered the Raspberry Pi for your school’s BYOD programme? David Kinane investigates whether this simple device can be served up as a practical and functioning one-to-one student device.

10 Ways to stop your BYOD going bad

If you’re thinking about BYOD, there’s plenty of things to consider. But before you make any decisions, here are 10 steps you can take to make sure you don’t stuff it up.

Acer offers the answer
When one solution for student devices wasn’t working, Whangarei Girls’ High School took the initiative and changed its supplier. It turned to Acer and hasn’t looked back.

Taking the BYOD journey
St Mary’s College is in its second year of BYOD. Here we talk to Elena Grant about the direction they’ve chosen to take and the decisions they’ve made along the way.

What happens when the power goes out?
If the power fails, how will your school cope? Lexel investigates the implications for the classroom and beyond, and why you should seriously consider Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).

Why are teachers heading back to school?
As momentum continues to grow around The Mind Lab by Unitec’s Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital & Collaborative Learning), two schools share their experiences of this innovative and exciting programme.

Going into lockdown
It started off as most teachers’ worst nightmare – an intruder in the classroom. But the experience has led to a ground-breaking new lockdown app to keep students and staff safe.

Game design helps the learning cycle
The NZ Transport Agency’s Game Design Competition has prompted cross-curriculum delivery for a class of Year 9 students.

fileshare – four pages of online resources

  • Cool Gizmos
  • Piktochart
  • Polls
  • Pindex
  • TED-ED Clubs
  • Mobile Apps

Student Reviews

  • Thematic
  • Synap
  • Pablo
  • Render Forest

Book reviews 

Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need

lesson ideas 

  • Study with Snapchat
  • DIY smartphone microscope


Two options for your BYOD device

Some great prizes to be won!

From the back of the class
Already a ‘Google Premier Partner – Education’, Cyclone has been recognised on the global stage, recently being awarded the prestigious ‘Google APAC Partner of the Year 2015: Devices’.

Events diary 


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