Computers to replace teachers in the classroom by 2016

A new flagship ‘free school’ in the UK is planning to replace teachers with computers for some day-to-day lessons. One of England’s biggest academy chains – Ark Schools – wants to set up a new ‘blended learning’ model – which will see children taught over the internet for […]

Camera plan to beat bullies

Schools are increasingly putting students under closed-circuit television surveillance to cut bullying. The practice is suggested in new Ministry of Education bullying prevention guidelines – and some schools have already put cameras near toilet blocks after learning bullied children were avoiding them for fear of getting bashed. One […]

N4L Managed Network rollout ahead of schedule

Six months after Massey Primary became the first school to connect to Network for Learning’s Managed Network more than 500 schools have now joined N4L, representing over 157,000 students. “N4L is well on track to achieve its target of connecting 700 schools in 2014 and are now working to a new projection of […]

Isometric Solutions seeks interest in RM Unify

A new, simpler way to work in the cloud has arrived. Isometric Solutions is bringing RM Unify to the NZ education market – and is asking schools to register their interest. “RM Unify enables your school to access online services easily with just one user name and password […]

Who will WIN five Toshiba Z10t’s? You decide!

In the last issue, we announced the three winners of the Toshiba Portégé Z10t competition: Jo Day, of Churchill Park School; Ngaire Addis, of Havelock North High School; and Marije Knevel, of Lyall Bay School. Each received a Portégé Z10t for their classroom. However, this was a two-part […]

NSW Education culls 600 tech support roles

As many as 600 technology support officers working in public high schools across New South Wales will lose their jobs at the end of June after funding for the national digital education revolution program dries up. The former Labor Government announced the $1 billion DER program in 2007, […]

All-girl schooling helps tech success

Attending an all-girls college can keep women on the technology track, a panel of women investors and executives said at Bloomberg’s Next Big Thing Summit in the United States. The panelists at the Women & Tech Next Wave session in Sausalito said that being in a same-sex academic […]

10 HP digital learning scholarships up for grabs

The Mind Lab by Unitec recently launched a new Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital & Collaborative Learning) qualification. To celebrate the launch, HP New Zealand is offering 10 $1,000 scholarships towards the cost of the course for teachers wishing to participate in the programme and enhance their digital […]

Improving literacy with text and tablets

Auckland’s Ponsonby Primary School tried an innovative way to help motivate a small group of Year 2 students improve their writing skills. It introduced Samsung Galaxy Notes as part of an accelerated literacy programme and the results were ‘amazing’.    Kids read and write at a variety of […]

Six steps to beat the ‘technology trap’

More and more teachers are using technology in their classroom – but are they using it effectively? Auckland teachers Saunil Hagler and Brandon Laurenson explain their unique and successful methodology that they believe is a way to avoid the ‘technology trap’ facing schools. We have worked with many […]