Issue 72 – Term 2, July 2016

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Thanks for a great three days at this year’s INTERFACEXpo. Everyone who came along helped make it such a success. 

INTERFACE News and Views

  • Reader survey 2016: what do you think?
  • How are you using Minecraft?
  • Paying invoices and postage
  • Competition winners



  • All the latest e-learning news
  • Early access to Minecraft: Education Edition

Finding the talents in tablet devices

Do you choose tablets or not? Is it the best computing device for your students? Do they need to be tied to desk or can they run free? Fairlie Atkinson discusses some of the things to think about when it comes to the talents of tablets.

Cracking the code to bring programming into the classroom

Interested in finding out more about what computer coding can offer? Looking for ways to use it with your students? Seven teachers share with INTERFACE their experiences of bringing programming into their classes.

Learning from Scratch across the curriculum

Students don’t have to code for coding’s sake. For sure, it’s a skill but it’s one that can easily be applied in many different ways across the curriculum, as Jill Pears
has discovered with popular programming language Scratch.

Reading and sharing with Chapter Chat
Do you read books aloud to your class? Do you want your students to connect with other kids throughout New Zealand? Chapter Chat could be the answer.

Ubiquitous learning
Nga Pumanawa e Waru is a Rotorua-based trust dedicated to providing ‘ubiquitous learning’ across the district and is creating its vision in two ways.

Turning gamers into digital designers?
Students designing games for a national competition put a secondary school’s innovative learning environment through its paces.

fileshare – four pages of online resources


Ways to learn to code

Interested in the potential of computer code? Like to introduce your students to programming? Try this selection of resources, each helping to make learning and exploring basic coding fun and engaging.

Book reviews 

  • Knowledge Games: How Playing Games Can Solve Problems, Create Insight, and Make Change

Lesson ideas 

  • Monarch tagging programme
  • The making of me and you


Some great prizes to be won!

From the back of the class
Traditional teaching just isn’t enough anymore. Award-winning teacher Gareth Haddon is passionate about progressive learning and believes traditional teaching practices are no longer enough to develop lifelong learners.

Events diary 


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