Finding ways to save & prosper

Technology doesn’t come cheap. Thankfully, there are ways to make your tech dollar go further. Greg Adams finds some practical ways to ensure your ICT spending is worth every cent … and more. Money’s always tight in schools and it pays to make the most of what you […]

Do you need provoking to use technology?

The successful use of ICT in teaching is as much about engagement and curiosity as it is about technology believes education specialist Bruce Dixon. In your experience, what’s stopping teachers using technology? I think it’s a misconception that teachers themselves are challenged by technology. What they’re challenged by, […]

Engaging students with Xbox 360

Late last year, Southwell School was selected for a Microsoft Innovative Schools Pilot Project. Its winning proposal, Colab, is investigating the potential of online gaming as a way of engaging students in deep learning. Jo Wilson explains how it’s going. The work of Mark Prensky, Lisa Garlaneau and […]

Quick Q & A: Copyright

Can’t I copy things if it’s for an educational purpose? No. Usually the permitted uses under the Copyright Act do not give institutions enough leeway to use copyright for educational purposes. What types of work are covered by copyright? Most educational resources are copyright works – books, songs, […]

Plagiarism: Catch classroom cheats

Technology has made it easy for students to copy. a simple Google search will find a stack of information they can present as their own. if you’re worried about plagiarism, Matthew Humber suggests a solution. Plagiarism is a problem that affects all educational institutions. It undermines the hard […]

Projectors for Classrooms scheme

As part of its TELA Laptops for Teachers initiative, the Ministry of Education has set up a similar scheme for data projectors, called ‘Projectors in Classrooms’. Deals have been negotiated with five manufacturers: Acer, Epson, Panasonic, Sony, and Toshiba. A total of 22 projectors are currently available through […]

There’s more to it than just buying a projector

Data projectors have become a ‘must have’ technology in modern classrooms but installing them can come with some unexpected challenges, warns Andre Kneepkens. At Maidstone Intermediate everyone is breathing a collective sigh of relief as the last stage of an ICT implementation policy has drawn to a close. […]

What’s it take to put a laptop in every teacher’s hands?

It’s one of the Ministry’s most successful ever ICT initiatives. Colin McGregor talks about how it’s happened and what the future holds for TELA. What is TELA? The Laptops for Teachers Scheme (TELA) was established in 2002 and provides state and integrated schools the opportunity to lease subsidised […]

Teachers are only as good as their online resources

Malcolm Hay wanted to learn how to develop online resources that would encourage independent learning among his carpentry students. His research led him to test how students actually use the Web and how they react to simple interactive learning environments. Here’s what he found. We now have online […]

Are teachers responsible for cyberbullying in classrooms?

Nearly half of all kids have been bullied online. Cybersafety expert Marian Merritt talks to us about the “enormously important” role teachers have to play in keeping students safe. What’s so wrong with the Internet? There’s nothing wrong with the Internet – the problems on the Internet are […]