Reader Briefing

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

Look out for all these stories in your September issue, which is packed full of great ideas, information, and inspiration, and hitting the streets 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 copy!


UNVEILED: Locations and dates for INTERFACE Xpo 2018
We’ve been working hard planning to make next year’s events the best ever. There are some details to finalise but we can reveal that we’ll be hosting events as follows – more also at
  • Christchurch – Friday 25 May
  • Palmerston North – Tuesday 29 May
  • Auckland – Thursday 31 May

SPECIAL FEATURE: Are you making the most of your tech investment?

Getting the best from your digital technology is not just about choosing carefully what to buy. It’s also about being smart when you’ve already spent your money.
  • Parent Teacher Calendar App saves time, effort and money
  • Nayland College transforms learning … and saves $150,000

WANTED: What are you planning for 2018?
How is your school going to continue its digital technology journey? Any new technologies? New solutions? Maybe it’s just a new app you’re going to try in the classroom? Whatever changes you are planning, we want to hear from you. Just get in touch with INTERFACE Editor Greg Adams,

CASE STUDY: Fast-moving transition for Tauranga Boys’ BYOD
Making the journey from old school to new with a transition to a digtial learning environment.

REVIEWED: ‘STM Ace Always on Cargo Bag’ and ‘TTS Universal’
We check out two great new tech-related offerings to schools.

PROFILE: Students look to the future with ‘The Day Ahead’
What started as an idea among friends at Sancta Maria College in Auckland has developed into an app that could have profound impact on their future … and yours!

OPINION: Coding offers ‘the same’ opportunities for all
Allenvale School introduces computational thinking and computer coding to students requiring learning support.

PHOTOS: ‘Games for Learning’ Conference
All the action from NZCER’s ‘Games for Learning’ conference held at Te Papa last week.


LAUNCHED: Entries open for our Minecraft competition for students
Are your students mad for Minecraft? Get their thinking caps on and digital blocks on the move with our Minecraft competition. This year we’ve teamed up with Schoolgen and the challenge is to design an ‘eco-house’. But don’t delay. Entries close end of Term 3, Friday 29 September. 
More details here.

WINNERS: Meet our sensational student Scratchers
Thanks to everyone who entered our student Scratch competition. The theme was ‘Clean Our Ocean’. We provided the template and the challenge was for students to add their own unique code. Thanks to The Mind Lab for its support.
Congratulations to our winners.

SEEKING: Schools to test Civil Defence app
Can you help? Auckland Civil Defence is working with GEO AR Games – the makers of Magical Park – to bring Augmented Reality (AR) to its latest app. Volunteer schools are needed to run tests. 

Calling all digital creators … entries are now open for the MADE Awards 2017. There are eight sections to choose from, including the INTERFACE-sponsored ‘Documentary’ category.

WIN: Retro Turntable and Bicycle Phone Holder
We have some great prizes to give away in this issue: a Flea Market Retro Turntable Case, two Bicycle Phone Holders, a Canon Selphy Printer, and five DUX Rugged iPad Cases. Check them out.

FILE SHARE: FREE tools, apps, sites, and resources to explore
Four pages of online resources including maths apps, free photos, online message boards, and typing games.

NEXT TIME: Wearable technology
In the next issue, we’ll be exploring wearable technology and how it can impact education. Plus, check out the latest trends and developments in BYOD, as well as new resources from Young Ocean Explorers. 


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 September issue of ‘Reader Briefing’. 

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