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 […]

INTERFACE Student Minecraft Competition – Selection of entries

Thanks to all you magnificent Minecrafters who entered this year’s INTERFACE Student Minecraft Competition. Here is a selection of the entries we received:   Your Dream Home (Years 1-6)   Your Dream Home (Years 7-8)   Landmarks and Locations/New Zealand (All Years)

WIN: DJI Phantom 3 Drone 

Christmas could be coming early thanks to Equico. Simply ask them for a quote and your school could win 1 of 2 DJI Phantom 3 Drones (RRP $950). Contact an education leasing specialist, quotes@equico.co.nz. But be quick. This offer ends 31 December, 2016.

What do you think about a Minecraft event?

Are you mad for Minecraft? Would you like a Minecraft event? Minecraft is a powerful and engaging tool in the classroom; we want to make it even more so. So, we’re considering hosting a Minecraft event next year. We’ve been brainstorming ideas … but we’re also looking for your input and guidance. What would you […]

WANTED: Your experiences teaching with digital technology

How are you using digital technology in your classroom? Tell us about what you’ve done and how you’ve done it, and all that you’ve learned along the way. What successes and learning outcomes have you achieved? What challenges have you met and overcome, big or small, success or ‘chalked up to experience’, we want to […]

INTERFACE Xpo 2017: Registrations open 10 February

Not long to go now until registrations open for INTERFACEXpo 2017. It’ll coincide with the publication of our first issue next year. Of course, we’ll let you know as soon as it happens, so you can book your place! We’ll be holding three events next year: Blenheim – Thursday 25 May Rotorua – Monday 29 […]

MADE Awards 2016 – Action and winners

Congratulations to all this year’s winners in the MADE Awards. The awards ceremony at the Bay Court Theatre in Tauranga was a glamorous affair and a huge success. Check out the full results and all the action from the night. “A HUGE Congratulations to each and every finalists and an extra special shout out to […]

Kiwi-developed computer science education program gets a $343,000 grant from Microsoft

A New Zealand-designed school programme for developing computational thinking skills is being given a major global boost, thanks to a new grant announced today by Microsoft NZ. The Computer Science Unplugged project is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and physical […]