Getting smarter with digital distractions

Distraction of the digital kind is on the rise in classrooms. How can you successfully oversee devices and online access? Smart classroom management tools like Classwize could be the answer, writes Scott Noakes. In the aptly named article ‘We have met the enemy and he is us’1 the […]

New app tells parents what’s happening at school

Dates, times, events, announcements, and messages. Whatever the information, the Parent Teacher Calendar App offers a great way to communicate.  Sharlene Barnes-Ealam was fed up with finding old school notes and newsletters buried in the bottom of her children’s school bags. So, she started to investigate ways schools […]

INTERFACE Xpo 2017: Have you registered yet?

Places are filling fast – don’t miss out and books yours now! Whatever your school’s next step with digital technology, you’ll find it at INTERFACE Xpo 2017. If you’re part of the digital development for your school, make sure you don’t slip up. Join us to explore the latest […]

MindLabKids.com launches at a home near you

Launching this week, MindLabKids.com is a new video-based learning portal where children aged 5-12 can discover science and technology from the comfort of their own homes. Welcome to MindLabKids.com, a new video-based learning portal designed to offer Primary School-age kids the chance to have a Mind Lab experience […]

Cultivate collaborative learning with OneNote

A collaborative, note-taking software program and a Surface laptop may not immediately spring to mind as gardening essentials. Yet that’s exactly what’s at the centre of a growing project at Mairehau High School in Christchurch. Spade … check. Seeds … check. Compost … check. Watering can … check. […]

Issue 78 – Term 2, April 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. INTERFACE News and Views  INTERFACEXPO 2017 – Registrations now open! Noticeboard Denver is latest stop on digital journey From South Taranaki to Colorado, the […]

Epson launches new ultra-short throw projectors

Take classroom creativity and collaboration to another level with the new Epson EB-600 series ultra-short throw projectors. Designed for today’s BYOD classroom, these projectors are easy to install and use. The EB-600 Series display images from just 29cm away and the lamp lasts up to 10,000 hours in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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   […]