Tell us your BYOD story

Are you running a BYOD programme at your school? Maybe you’re in the planning and trial stage? Or perhaps just thinking about it? Wherever you are at in your BYOD journey, we want to hear from you for an upcoming ‘special feature’, where we’ll be investigating this exciting yet challenging concept. Share your experiences, high […]

Congrats to our latest winners

Thanks to everyone who entered out latest competitions. The Nescafé Dolce Gusto MiniMe Machine was hugely popular – we can’t think why! This stylish and innovative device is just the thing for any coffee craving. Well done to Dianne Mayall, of Long Bay Primary School in Auckland, whose name was drawn first from all correct […]

Calling all coders … Dive into our competition!

Want to give your students a tough but engaging coding challenge? We’ve teamed up with The Mind Lab to put together a cunning Scratch-based competition – we provide the template and your students then add their code to finish the own unique game. The theme is ‘Clean Our Ocean’. The aim is to program the […]

Wanted: Tutors for after-school coding

Code Champions is seeking tutors for its after-school computer coding classes. Run your own courses with our support. For more information about this exciting new initiative contact info@codechampions.nz   Code Champions is supported by INTERFACE.  

It takes a community to support teaching

The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) programme has been refreshed and updated. Its courses provide measurable PD and helps members become more confident using digital technology. Here three teachers talk about the benefits they get from being part of this exciting community. Bridget Crooks, Kerikeri High School, Northland   “I once heard that if you are […]

Who’s taking care of student devices?

Where does a school’s responsibility for student devices begin and end? Talking to INTERFACE, Linewize’s Scott Noakes advocates an ‘All Care, No Responsibility’ approach. “A student BYOD device is not a school device, so the student will have definite obligations regarding the provision of and the condition of it,” said Scott Noakes, CEO of Linewize. […]

Mind Lab and Hutt City Council announce scholarships for teachers

Lower Hutt teachers will have access to scholarships to complete The Mind Lab by Unitec’s Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital & Collaborative Learning) thanks to a new partnership between The Mind Lab and Hutt City Council. The Council will provide teachers within the Lower Hutt City area $650+GST towards tuition fees for the course. […]

Book your spot for 2017

BYOD? MLEs? Data? Coding? Robotics? Chromebooks? Flipping? Whatever your school’s next step with digital technology, you’ll find it at INTERFACEXpo 2017. And registrations are now open!  Don’t miss your opportunity to attend. If you’re part of the digital development for your school, make sure you don’t slip up. Join us to explore the latest e-learning […]

Mapping out your strategic thinking

Need help coming up with an action plan for developing your digital technology? The Connected Learning Advisory’s ‘Strategic Thinking Roadmap’ is designed to help schools implement a strategic direction that ensures technologies are integrated into effective teaching and learning. “How can I put together a strong, strategic case to help our board understand why we […]

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 […]