What’s your journey? The PM wants to know!

The Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in education. And, this year, the Education Focus Prize puts the spotlight on the innovative use of digital technologies. Winners in 2016: Rangitoto College won the Education Excellence Award for Excellence in Governing. Proud of what you’re achieving in your classroom? Could this be […]

Competition seeks ideas for ‘future transport’

A curriculum-based competition challenges Year 1-13 students to create games or narratives about transport for the future, writes Wayne Erb. You may have heard an electric car whisking by. The person standing at the bus stop is tracking real-time progress of their bus on a phone app. A rocket launch facility is ready for business […]

Measuring e-learning PD

The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) programme has been refreshed and updated. Its courses and recognition provide measurable PD for teachers and helps them become more confident in their use of digital technology, explains Sam McNeill. One of the challenges that many educational institutions face is setting measurable professional development goals in e-learning. Many have opted […]

Students become data detectives in this year’s CensusAtSchool

Students will be able to see how their pocket money stacks up against their peers and whether they’re getting less after-school screen time when they become data detectives in this year’s CensusAtSchool/TataurangaKiTeKura. The online statistics project, which started this week, is open to all English and Māori-medium schools. Teachers can register their classes and take […]

Arrowtown tech start-up develops app to help schools communicate

An Arrowtown teacher and her web-developer husband have designed and developed Message My Way, a new software product for schools to effectively get their messages to parents and students. Nicole Fawcett, Tim Young and Greg Fawcett Nicole and Greg Fawcett, owners of Virtual Industries Group and developers of the popular School Interviews booking system (schoolinterviews.co.nz), […]

Get smart and track PTC evidence the easy way

What was it like collecting evidence for your registration in 2016? Was it a struggle? A messy pile of paper? Something you just didn’t get to? Make a resolution for 2017 to collect your evidence the smart way, with SmartEvidence in MyPortfolio. Collecting evidence and tracking your progress against the Practising Teacher Criteria (PTC) can […]

Lightning Lab seeks your ideas for sustainable energy

Organisations from across New Zealand’s energy industry are backing a first-ever, nationwide call for innovative ideas, ventures and products in electricity and sustainable energy. Lightning Lab Electric is inviting every coder, inventor, tinkerer, engineer, or ideas person to enter an Innovation Challenge, with ideas pushing boundaries in how consumers and businesses use, manage, distribute, transmit, […]

Check out an ‘Open Lab’

You’ll know the name but what really goes on at The Mind Lab by Unitec? What is it’s postgraduate course all about? Well, now’s your chance to find out. It’s The Mind Lab by Unitec’s Open Lab season! With 20+ locations across the country, there’s bound to be one in your back yard this February […]

Today is Safer Internet Day

Today is Safer Internet Day and it’s being marked across the world. So many of us use the Internet on a daily basis – and 89 per cent of Kiwis say the positives of using the Internet outweigh the negatives, according to InternetNZ. Chief Executive Jordan Carter says the internet has massive potential for New Zealand […]

ACTIVboardNZ rebrands as ‘Active Vision

Technology in education is about looking forward with new learning opportunities, but when David Parker bought ACTIVboardNZ in May 2015, he saw the name of the company as holding back its potential, writes Lee Suckling. “An interactive white board (IWB) is still a fantastic educational tool but has now been replaced with the new ActivPanel,” […]

Develop your e-learning skills with ‘Tech Toolbox’

Are you struggling to keep up with your students when it comes to digital technology or maybe looking to test out technologies set to transform the classroom? Introducing The Mind Lab’s ‘Tech Toolbox’. This month, The Mind Lab by Unitec is launching Tech Toolbox. Based in Auckland, the 10-week course has been specifically created to […]

Continuing the digital journey in 2017 …

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to the new year from the INTERFACE team. We hope you all had a great holiday – or maybe are still enjoying the last few days. Wherever you’re at with your digital journey, 2017 promises to be another exciting step and we’re busy gearing up for a great year. […]

Happy holidays and best wishes for 2017

Well, that’s it for another year. How was 2016 for you? From robotics and computer coding, to BYOD and the Cloud, to virtual and augmented realities, we hope our coverage of the digital world has both informed and inspired you! What will the next 12 months bring? Fancy trying something new in 2017? Whatever does […]

School terms and holidays for 2017

Not sure what day you need to be back at school? Check out the Ministry of Education’s advice and information for school term dates next year: parents.education.govt.nz/essential-information/school-terms-and-holidays/

Minecraft tutorials now available in Te Reo for ‘Hour of Code’

The annual ‘Hour of Code’ event will have a distinctly Kiwi flavour this year with new Minecraft tutorials on the popular Code.org website being made available in Te Reo Māori for the first time. New Zealand students will join with 1,000s of others around the world this week as they jump into the world of computer coding […]

N4L completes roll-out of Managed Network to 2400+ schools

N4L has completed its Managed Network. The roll-out began at the end of 2013 and now is being used by nearly 800,000 students and teachers from 2,400+ schools. “Today is really about marking the end of the beginning,” said N4L CEO John Hanna. “Schools are using more online learning programmes, more devices and are producing more digital […]

New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards 2016: Winners named

Recipients of the 2016 New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards were named at a ceremony held at Auckland’s Massey University in Albany last week. For the second year running, teachers from around the country joined the official panel of education experts and cast their votes to add their choice of best resources to the judge’s […]

Digital Education Design Opportunity

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is looking for digital educational design expertise to help it enhance and develop its driver education programme, http://www.drive.govt.nz “We are looking for experienced educators with a relevant tertiary education qualification and expertise in creating digital educational tools to act in a consultancy capacity. You will need to work collaboratively with […]

INTERFACE Awards 2016: Meet this year’s winners …

Congratulations and well done to the winners of the INTERFACE Awards 2016. This year the entries were of a higher standard than ever. Well done on your awesome achievement.       OUR 2016 WINNERS ARE … Best Digital Resource WINNER: Monique Roser, Bethlehem College, Tauranga. Students’ Skill Tutorial Videos RUNNER-UP: Catherine Wooller, Westlake Girls’ […]

Meet our Minecraft Masters for 2016

Thanks to all you magnificent Minecrafters who entered this year’s INTERFACE Student Minecraft Competition. We were stunned by the quality (and number) of entries. Your creativity and skill are remarkable. Well done! There were four categories: Your Dream Home (Years 1-6); Your Dream Home (Years 7-8); Landmarks and Locations (All Years); and New Zealand (All […]