Meeting the challenge of computer coding

Teaching computer coding in schools is becoming ever more popular, from robotics to modifying open source software to writing games and apps. If it’s something you’d like to introduce in your classroom, there are plenty of simple and effective ways to do it, as Jen Zajac and Kristina […]

500 schools connected to Network for Learning

The rollout of fast internet to schools has reached a milestone ahead of schedule, with 500 schools now connected to the Government’s Managed Network, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. The Government is investing $211 million in the Network for Learning (N4L) programme, which will provide quick […]

Keep tabs on your tech with SPoT

Created by Ruckus, SPoT – short for Smart Positioning Technology – is a cloud-based, Smart Wi-Fi location-based service (LBS) designed to help you keep tab of technology at your school – from tracking devices to monitoring students’ attendance. It’s the first of its kind and utilises a user […]

Thanks for making Xpo 2014 such a big success

Wow, what a great three days we had for INTERFACE Xpo this year. Nearly 700 delegates joined us at Te Papa (Wellington), the Great Lake Centre (Taupo), and North Harbour Stadium (Auckland). Thank you for coming. We know that your time is precious and appreciate you taking time out […]

Monte Vista Christian School iPad Conference

On June 23, 26, 27 and 30, five teachers from Monte Vista Christian School in California are presenting an iPad Conference as part of the Australasian leg of their Speaking Tour – and you’re invited to join them. Hosted by schools around the country and co-ordinated by Cyclone, this day will allow […]

500 ‘Pioneer Educators’ now in Pond

Network for Learning’s Pioneer Educator programme now more than 500 Pioneer Educators splashing around inside Pond, as the N4L team reports: ‘The support from the education sector has been amazing and demand for Pioneer invites far exceeded our expectations. We kept our promise of giving everyone who attended one […]

Minecraft’s virtual worlds can teach real history

Minecraft explorers worldwide excavate sand to smelt into glass, diamonds to hone into swords and redstone to power millions of digital creations. Amber Palmer’s fifth-graders visit the Minecraft universe to dig into history. At the beginning of the school year, the Bennion Elementary students learned about explorers and […]

Thailand selects Office 365 for every student nationwide

The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and Microsoft (Thailand) Limited on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding that will provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers across Thailand with free access to Microsoft Office 365 for education. The agreement, which also includes the extension of the […]

Online and free – lessons for the future

New Zealand’s largest university is about to give away its teaching free as the Government calls the tertiary sector together to discuss whether such an approach is the way forward. Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce will host the Innovations in Tertiary Education Delivery Summit next week, where the […]

Future-focused learning report released

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye has released a report showing that widespread and mobile access to the internet will lead to new and significant opportunities and challenges for the education system. “The report – Future-focused learning in connected communities­ – was developed by the 21st Century Learning Reference Group. It […]