Issue 74 – Term 3, September 2016


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INTERFACE News and Views

  • INTERFACEXpo17: Dates and venues
  • Entries are open for our student Minecraft competition
  • Show us what you can do with digital technology
  • Grab yours at uLearn


All the latest e-learning news

Use of Tahi grows as students trial online exams 

The number of schools using N4L’s new digital service Tahi is set to rise, as trials for the NZQA digital assessments begin this month.

Mastering the awesome world of Minecraft 

Minecraft is having a big impact in education. Here teachers and students talk about their experiences and successes using this simple building game in their classrooms.

Going where the real and digital worlds collide

Augmented Reality combines the real and digital worlds, and has the potential to provide a whole new view on life … and learning.

Apps for accessing AR 

Here are some great AR apps that are well worth a look.

Code sharing students

A group of enthusiastic Year 12s has opened the door to coding for nearly 100 students in the small Eastern Bay town of Opotiki.

The importance of being a computer coder

Learning to read and write gives students a language to use and interact with the world around them. Code isn’t much different.

Meeting the challenge of running robotics 

The biggest challenge for Buller High School’s robotics teacher Jessica Wilkes isn’t getting students interested or even teaching the coding. It’s finding the funding for equipment and competitions.


Electronic ‘Bits’ and hybrid ‘Elite’

File Share – Four pages of resources

Cool Gizmos – StoryJumper – Video Calling – Mobile Apps

Book Reviews

Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids: Projects for Exploring and Teaching Math, Science, History, and Culture

Lesson Ideas

SETI@Home – Quiver


Some great prizes to be won!

From the back of the class

There may not seem a natural connection between classical guitar lessons and robotics. But this unlikely combination started the ball rolling for a robot phenomenon we now all know as Sphero.

Events diary 


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