Reader Briefing

Are you ready for robots in your classroom or letting a machine take the student roll? How much do you really know about the 123 Tech Challenge or the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content? And do you want to give your students a tough but engaging (and rewarding) challenge in our new coding competition?

Look out for all this and more in your May 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!


STUDENT CODING COMPETITION: Calling all young coders … entries now open
Want to give your students a tough but engaging coding test? Challenge them to showcase their coding and game-building skills in our new coding competition. INTERFACE has teamed up with Gamefroot – an educational, coding and game-making platform based in New Zealand. We provide the template and your students then add their code and creativity to finish their own unique game. For more details and entry form.

EVENT: Places filling fast for INTERFACEXpo 2019. Book your spot!
Are you interested in the latest trends and innovations in e-learning? From AI to VR, to coding and robotics, to BYOD and the new Digital Technologies Curriculum, join us to explore and learn more about where your school’s digital journey will take you next. We’re holding three events in Lincoln (24 May), Napier (28 May) and Auckland (30 May) – all are FREE for school educators to attend. It’s just a couple of weeks away. Don’t miss out. Book your place today.

WINNERS: Congratulations to our latest competition winners
Thanks to everyone who entered our most recent competitions – there were some awesome prizes up for grabs. Find out who won.


PROFILE: What is the Tahi Rua Toru (123) Tech Challenge?
Partnering with the Ministry of Education, the IT industry is supporting the introduction of the new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content into schools and kura with the 123 Tech Challenge. Find out more.

FEATURE: Are you ready to roll with robots
Robotics has its challenges and teaching with robots can certainly add a layer of complexity. However, don’t be put off and relegate it to the ‘too hard’ basket. The activity can have huge rewards, bringing engaging and effective learning into your clasroom. We profile nine teachers successfuly using robotics. Read more.

ARTICLE: Know the facts with the Ministry’s Mythbusters
Confirmed. Plausible. Busted. You know the routine from the popular TV show. Here the Ministry of Education does some mythbusting of its own around the new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content. Myths busted here.

PROFILE: Ticking off a new role for AI – Taking the class roll
From automation to speech recognition to predictive analysis, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly part of our lives. A new initiative is proposing the use of the technology to record student attendance – and is seeking your input on the idea. Read more and find out how you can get involved.

READER SURVEY in association with HP: WIN an Elite X2
How are you using digital technology? What are the biggest challenges? What e-learning opportunities would you like to see? We’d like to hear about you, your school, and your use of digital technology. It only takes a few minutes to complete. Your feedback is important and helps us to keep bringing you this great magazine. PLUS, take part and you’ll be in the draw to win an awesome HP Elite x2 (RRP $3789), courtesy of HP. Tell us what you think.

WANTED: Attention all eSports fans – We need your help!
If you’re an eSports fan and already using competitive gaming with students – or you’d like to give it try – we’d like to hear from you. Check out what we’re looking for and get in touch with INTERFACE Editor Greg Adams, 


WIN: Solar-Powered Power Bank
We have some fantastic prizes to give away in the May issue, including: Solar-powered Power Bank; Sphero Bolt; Illuminated charger cable (Lightning or Micro USB); and Bluetooth Behind-the-neck Earphones. Enter competitions here.

LESSON IDEAS: Prepare for the INTERFACE-Gamefroot Student Coding Competition by downloading the Nga Takaro art pack.

FILE SHARE: 36 FREE tools, apps, sites, and resources to explore
Four pages of online resources including 9 new tools to try, 3 photo collage makers, BBC Reel, 6 super sites for learning about maths, history timeline Chronas, and The New York Times’ ‘Country of the Week’.


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 ‘Tahi Rua Toru (123) Tech’ for sponsoring this May issue of ‘Reader Briefing’. 

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