Issue 100 – Term 2, July 2020

WELCOME TO OUR 100TH ISSUE! INTERFACE NEWS AND VIEWS NOTICEBOARD THE MIND LAB Establishing and ensuring the ‘new norm’ ETV: IT’S TIME TO RENEW YOUR EDUCATIONAL COPYRIGHT LICENCE. Why is it so important? MOTAT’S ZOOMING INTO A CLASS NEAR YOU! When it comes to being inventive, it’s said […]

Support Pink Shirt Day on Friday

Don’t forget to give your support to Pink Shirt Day this week, on Friday 17 May. Celebrated annually around the globe, it began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new Year 10 student was harassed and threatened for wearing […]

Congrats to our latest competition winners

Thanks to everyone who entered our most recent competitions – check here for the latest groovy giveaways. The chance to win an Epson ET-2710 was very popular. First name out of the hat was Robyn Bennett, Stanmore Bay School, Whangaparaoa. We had five Gumption board games to win […]

Slip, slop, check the UV meter … and slap

It can be a challenge convincing kids that ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a danger, especially on a cloudy day. Anthony Hill’s solution was to design and build a UV meter – so they could measure the levels for themselves. This article is exclusive to the print version of INTERFACE Magazine. […]

Know the facts with the Ministry’s…

Now is the time to act! 2020 is just around the corner. Here the Ministry of Education is busting some common myths around the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content in the National Curriculum. The revised Technology Learning Area and Hangarau Wāhanga Ako – which schools […]

Are you ready for robots in your classroom?

Robotics has its challenges and teaching with robots can certainly add a layer of complexity. However, don’t be put off and relegate it to the ‘too hard’ basket. The activity can have huge rewards, bringing engaging and effective learning into your classroom, as you will see. This article […]

What is the Tahi Rua Toru Tech (123Tech) Challenge?

Partnering with the Ministry of Education, the IT industry is supporting the introduction of the new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content into schools and kurawith the Tahi Rua Toru Tech Challenge. The Tahi Rua Toru Tech (123Tech) Challenge is split into two different formats to suit […]

Having the Gumption to take risks … and succeed

By Mark Snoad, Ormiston Senior College Are board games still a thing? With the explosion of high-quality, online games, who would bother with a static physical game that involves communicating with real people? But it is precisely the collaborative interaction that makes board games a success in the […]

Ticking off a new role for AI: Taking the class roll

From automation to speech recognition to predictive analysis, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly part in our lives. A new initiative is proposing the use of the technology to record student attendance, leaving teachers to focus on other things … like teaching, writes Greg Adams. Imagine never having to […]