Reader Briefing

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

There’s no doubt that games can be fun and engaging but do they deliver improved learning outcomes? In a special feature, several teachers share their experiences of how games are playing a beneficial part in their classrooms.

PLUS, check out the new Matanga (Expert Mentor) Project from TENZ, all the action from the MADE Awards 2018, N4L’s new cybersecurity technology, curriculum resources on NZTA’s Education Portal, and the latest CensusAtSchool survey. Look out for all this and more in your March 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!


READER SURVEY in association with HP: Digital Learning in New Zealand Schools, 2019
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 x 2 (RRP $3789), courtesy of HP. Tell us what you think.

EVENT: Registrations open for INTERFACEXpo 2019
It could be coding, virtual reality, 3D printing or robotics. BYOD, LMS or MLE. Chromebooks or iPads. Whatever your school’s future direction with digital technology, you’ll find it at INTERFACEXpo 2019. We’ll be holding three events next term in Lincoln, Napier and Auckland – all are free to attend for schools. 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. Don’t miss your opportunity to explore the latest e-learning ideas, trends and innovations. Book your place today.

TELA+: Procure your preferred HP laptop
Today’s HP laptops are ideal tools for teachers and principals to work whenever and wherever they want. Make full use of the Teacher Laptop Scheme and procure your preferred HP laptop from the TELA+ portal now. Find out more.


WANTED: Schools to take part in student-led anti-bullying initiative
Since 2013, student group Sticks ‘n Stones has been challenging bullying behaviours. Now it’s teamed up with Facebook to take its augmented training programme nationwide and is looking for schools to sign up. Find out more.

Got laptops, tablets, projectors, cables, cameras, robots, and other tech gear you no longer need but don’t want to just throw away (or dump into long-term storage)? Whether you’re looking to sell or give away, let us help spread the word in our new ‘Classfieds’ section. Find out more by contacting us at

FEATURE: Games and gamification in learning
The fact that games are fun is a given. The question of whether games have a place in the classroom, however, is a tad more complex – from their relevance and appropriateness to the teaching task at hand and their impact on learning outcomes. We explore how teachers are using games (digital and otherwise) to great effect. Read more.

PROFILE: New CS4S network offers digital support for teachers
Funded by the Ministry of Education, CS4S Teachers’ Network supports educators working with the Digital Technology Curriculum in Years 1-10. It aims to grow their expertise and create a collaborative community. Read more and find out how to join.

EQUIPMENT: The ups and downs of teaching with drones
With drones becoming increasingly available and affordable, Andre Kneepkens decided the time was right to introduce them into his coding and robotics programme – with some hair-raising results! Read more.

WANTED: Your experiences using robotics
Are you using robotics in your classroom? If so, we want to hear about your experiences for a ‘special feature’ in the next issue. It can be a big project or small, something complex or simple, simply tell us what you’re doing. Just get in touch with INTERFACE Editor Greg Adams, 


WIN: Epson ET-2710 wireless, all-in-one printer
We have some great prizes to give away in the March issue, including: Epson ET-2710 printer; Pandora Box 5s Arcade Games Console; Gumption board game; and Folding laptop cooler. Enter competitions here.

LESSON IDEAS: ‘The BeeBot’s Adventure’ and ‘Climate Footprint of Food’

FILE SHARE: 36 FREE tools, apps, sites, and resources to explore
Four pages of online resources including 9 new tools to try in 2019, Voices of Youth, Nature Soundmap, 6 super sites for learning about science subjects, Quizlet, and CamScanner.


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 ‘HP and EliteBook x360’ for sponsoring the March issue of ‘Reader Briefing’. 

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