Reader Briefing

Welcome to Reader Briefing, your ‘heads up’ on what’s in the latest INTERFACE.

Another year’s nearly done. How was the digital journey for you? From the cloud to coding, wearble tech to gamification, we hope our coverage of the e-learning world has both informed and inspired you. What will the next 12 months bring? The December issue’s feature article explores exactly that. Look out for this and all the other great stories below. The magazine will be hitting your desk early next week – make sure you grab your copy!

Thank you for being part of the INTERFACE family during 2017. We couldn’t do it without your input and support. Everyone here wishes you, your school and students, family and friends, a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2018!


STUDENT COMPETITION: Design and win a classroom makeover
What does the perfect classroom look like? We’ve teamed up with Woods Furniture to challenge your students to design the best space for their learning using the Space Planner app – and maybe see it created for real. Choose from two age categories (Years 1-8 and Years 9-13). One will get an awesome classroom makeover, up to the value of $5,000. Find out more.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Great Expectations for digital learning in 2018

What’s on your radar for digital technology next year? And where does the new Digital Technologies Curriculum fit with your plans? We investigate what lies ahead.

  • The digitisation of things
  • Some smokin’ hot apps you must try in 2018
  • Meeting the Ministry’s Digital Technologies Curriculum
  • Education 3.0 in 2018

OPINION: Shaping a new digital vision for teaching
New minister Clare Curran shares a few thoughts about how she sees her new Ministerial roles in supporting the changing nature of education.

WINNERS: Meet our Minecraft marvels for 2017
Thanks to everyone who entered this year’s INTERFACE Student Minecraft Competition. Your efforts to design the perfect eco-house were outstanding! Judging was extremely tough. But we’ve made our decisions. Congratulations, the winners are …

CASE STUDY: Taking recognition online: how to reward students in the digital age
One parent’s journey to discover more about her children’s education led her to discover the world of digital badges.

REVIEW: Loads of learning and fun at WeLearn17
Last month, Torbay Primary School hosted WeLearn17, a student-led conference showcasing what a group of Auckland’s North Shore schools are doing with their digital technologies.

CASE STUDY: Ready player one: Games aren’t just for playing
Computer games are often dismissed as nothing more than a way to fill in some down time but for one group of teachers joining gaming project ‘Super Street Arcade’ offered a way to deliver an authentic learning experience.

MADE AWARDS: And the winner is … digital excellence
With more than 500 entries across eight categories, it could only mean one thing – it was time to annouce the winners of the MADE awards 2017.


NEWS: Latest news and views from the world of education and digital tech
N4L extends beyond schools; Cyclone collects HP Award; Parent Teacher Calendar App goes international; new Minecraft tutorial released; Ministry reaches out to students; Deal provides 3,000 Chromebooks – all these and more.

LESSON IDEA: Create a bookmark using Word
Step-by-step guide on how to research, design and draw an informative and educational bookmark.

GAMING: Learn algorithms and sequencing with Crossy Road
The latest instructions and ideas for using game-creation tool Gamefroot.

INTERFACE Xpo: Dates and venues for 2018
Check out dates and venues for next year’s INTERFACE Xpo. Registrations will open early 2018.

WIN: Epson Expression Premium printer
We have some great prizes to give away in this issue: Epson Expression Premium XP-900; UBTECH Alpha 1S; and Portable Speaker System with Party Lights. Check them out.

FILE SHARE: FREE tools, apps, sites, and resources to explore
Four pages of online resources including art resources, TED-Ed Lessons, Google Maps in Space, and WordWanderer.

NEXT TIME: Learning from Artificial Intelligence
In the next issue, we’ll be looking at what the future holds for AI in education. Plus, check out Dynobots (3D printed dinosaurs) and how a student has created a voice-controlled app.


There’s plenty to explore in our regulars, Noticeboard, News and Notes, Lesson Ideas, From the Back of the Class, Events Diary, Books, and more.

Look out for your copy!


 Thanks to ‘INTERFACE Xpo 2018’ for sponsoring the December issue of ‘Reader Briefing’. 

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