Issue 79 – Term 2, May 2017

Previous issues of Interface available for just $4.60, plus P&P, for orders in New Zealand. (Overseas rates available on request.) Click here to place and order. INTERFACEXPO 2017 – Are you coming? Don’t miss out! INTERFACE News and Views Noticeboard New app tells parents what’s happening at school The Parent […]

Scratch competition: Entries close in one week

There’s still time to enter our student Scratch competition. But don’t delay. Entries close Friday 7 July (the end of Term 2). 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 […]

Ministry unveils $40m ‘digital fluency’ package

Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced an investment package of around $40 million over three years to enhance the digital fluency of our young people. “This investment will support the biggest change to our curriculum in 10 years,” said Kaye. The package includes $24 million of new and […]

Epson unveils research showing how display size matters

Epson has announced new findings by Radius Global Market Research that evaluated the readability of content displayed on 70-inch screens in average-sized classrooms in Singapore and the UK. According to the two surveys, more than 50 per cent of students in each country found that contents displayed on […]

Win an Ultra Thin Power Bank!

Don’t get caught short or cut off! The Ultra Thin Power Bank from Antares offers a power boost when you’re on the go. Suitable for most mobile phones with a micro USB connector, it comes with a 2600mAh capacity, which is between a half and full charge on […]

Win Minecraft Exploded Builds: Medieval Fortress!

Looking for something to create in Minecraft? Or just some inspiration? Minecraft Exploded Builds: Medieval Fortress is a medieval-themed building book, packed with guides, schematics and ideas to construct, defend and customise your very own castle. It features dozens of builds, ranging from sturdy walls and turrets, to […]

Win Epson Expression Premium XP-900!

Print. Copy. Scan. Whatever you need doing, the all-purpose Epson Expression Premium XP-900 (RRP $399) can do it. A compact and stylish ‘Small-in-One’ multifunctional printer, it has all the functions you need for photos, documents and more. Print borderless photos up to A3 and for easy photo enhancements […]

Students use 3D printing to tackle global issues

A Christchurch school’s students are using 3D modelling and printing to build board games – and discover new ways of thinking to solve world problems, explains The Mind Lab’s Catherine Johnson. Year 9 and 10 students at Te Kura Kaupapa Ma-ori O Te wha-nua Tahi are visiting The […]

Keeping a copy of OneNote Class Notebooks

Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook and a popular tool in schools that’s used for collecting information and multi-user collaboration. Here Sam McNeill explores how a new feature lets you take your OneNote Class Notebooks wherever you go. One of the most common questions that I get asked by students […]

Review: Apple iPad

What’s new? What do we think? What do you need to know? There is a selection of new devices being pitched at the education market. INTERFACE Editor Greg Adams checks out a new version of an old favourite. I bought my first iPad some seven years ago. It’s […]