Reader Briefing

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

The future’s calling! How will you answer? In a special feature, we explore the digital challenges facing teachers in 2019 – from implementing the new Digital Technologies Curriculum to decluttering your digital life. Learn how Hauraki Plains College has added ‘hardware’ to its curriculum options, see Pukekohe Intermediate’s new ‘C3’ MakerSpace, and meet GShare, a new online marketplace for sharing resources developed by two Kiwi teachers.

PLUS, check out the new Promethean Whiteboard app, N4L’s ‘home’ access project, the winners of NEXT Foundation Expert Teacher Awards, Chrome Education licences, photos from ULearn18, and teaching a STEAM class in China via Skype. Look out for all this and more in your November issue of INTERFACE, which will reach you early next week. Don’t miss out on articles that are only available in the magazine and cannot be accessed online – make sure you get your hands on a copy!

Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2019
Another year is almost done. We hope our coverage of the e-learning world has both informed and inspired you. Thank you for being part of the INTERFACE family. We couldn’t bring you this great publication without your input and support. Everyone here wishes you, your school and students, family, and friends, a happy holiday and all the best for 2019.

Please note: The INTERFACE office will be closed from Friday 7 December to Monday 4 February. (If you have an urgent enquiry, email, as this will be checked periodically.) 


WINNERS: Let’s hear it for our Minecraft maestros in 2018
Thanks to everyone who entered this year’s student Minecraft competition – and to School-gen for its support. The challenge was to build a home that was energy efficient and had a low environmental impact. We received some amazingly creative designs. Congratulations to the winners of the School-gen Minecraft ‘Eco-House’ Competition 2018 ..

INVITE: Technovation – Girls for a Change
Every year Technovation invites teams of girls to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through digital technology. If you have girls who you think would be interested, check out the website. They’ll work with a team of friends to create, build and market a mobile app – no prior coding or app experience is necessary. Find out more.

EVENT: Students lead the way at WeLearn 2018
Last month, students from 15 North Shore schools attended WeLearn 2018. The event showcased what schools are doing with digital technology and students became the teachers for the day running workshops and presentations. Read more.


FREE RESOURCE: Taking the ocean into the classroom with NZ-VR
The Sir Peter Blake Trust, in partnerhsip with New Zealand Geographic, has uneviled ‘NZ-VR’ – an experimental and free learning programme that aims to connect students with the marine environment through virtual reality (VR). Find out how your school can take part for free.

WIN A CODING LICENCE: Full access to Code Avengers for 2019
Enter the draw to win a full access school licence to Code Avengers for 2019. Find out more.

FEATURE: 2019 – The year of the new digital curriculum
How are you facing up to the challenge of the new Digital Technologies Curriculum? How will it fit in your classroom? Where can get get help? David Kinane expects an exciting and transformative journey in the year ahead and offers advice on how to approach it. Read more.

PROFILE: Facebook joins Kiwi students to tackle online teen bullying
Central Otago-based anti-bullying organisation Sticks ‘n Stones has announced a prioneering partnership with global tech company Facebook that will help take its onine safety message and initiatives into high schools across New Zealand. Read more.

CONTINUED: The challenge of coding in the classroom (Part 2)
Following on from our feature on computer programming in the last issue, three more teachers describe how they are already introducing coding to their kids with great success. Find out more.

PROFILE: Leasing lets you move with the digital times
When constantly fronting up cash to buy the latest tech devices and gadgets simply isn’t an option, where does that leave your planning? Will 2019 be the year your school chooses leasing as a practical way to move with the digital times? Read more.


INTERFACEXpo 2019: Registrations open Friday 8 February
Make a note in your diary: Registrations for INTERFACEXpo 2019 open on Friday 8 February. We’ll be holding three events next year in Lincoln (Friday 24 May), Napier (Tuesday 28 May) and Auckland (Thursday 30 May). We’re busy planning a great day’s schedule. Supporting us will be a fantastic line-up of sponsors that supply specialist e-learning products and services. Find out more about INTERFACEXpo.

WIN: BBC Micro:bit Go – Starter Kit
We have some great prizes to give away in the November issue, including: USB Mini Desk Fan; BBC Micro:bit Go Starter Kit; Star Wars Earbuds; and Dual Charge Fusion Keyring Cable. Enter competitions here.

LESSON IDEA: 8 ways to use drones in your class
Explore ways to make great use of drones in your teaching.

FILE SHARE: FREE tools, apps, sites, and resources to explore
Four pages of online resources including 8 awesome YouTube channels for teachers, 6 video editing tools, Solvemoji (maths puzzle) and BrushNinja (animation tool); and 6 resources for learning about the human body.


FREE COPIES: Receive complimentary INTERFACE magazines
What are you doing to meet the challenge of the new Digital Technologies Curriculum? Reading INTERFACE Magazine is the perfect place to start, keeping you up with the latest ideas, resources and trends in e-learning! If you or your school don’t currently subscribe but would like to see what we’re all about, we can send you some free copies. Simply get in touch at and say you’d like to take us up on this special offer.

PLUS, there’s plenty to explore in our regulars, Noticeboard, News and Notes, Events Diary, Books, and more.

Look out for your copy! Or ask us to send you a free one!


 Thanks to ‘Technovation: Girls for a Change’ for sponsoring the November issue of ‘Reader Briefing’. 




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