Reader Briefing


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

Wondering how to introduce coding into your classroom? In a special feature, teachers explain how they’re already successfuly teaching with code. Could you reduce your stress and workload by flipping? And is you school prepared to deal with a cyberattack?

Plus, check out the latest on Code Avengers, Microsoft’s new Surface GO, the Open Polytechnic’s NZ Certificate in Education Technology, Equico’s Guide to Leasing, eTV’s EVA, Apple Finance, Epson’s newest projectors, coding app Kai’s Clan … and much more.

Look out for all this in your September issue of INTERFACE, which is packed full of great ideas, information, and inspiration, and 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!


EVENT: Prepare for the future at HP’s ‘The New Paradigm’ Education Symposium
You’re invited to the inaugural HP Education Symposium: The New Paradigm at Skycity Convention Centre next week. The event is on Thursday 13 September, from 9am to 3pm. It’s free to teachers, facilitators and school leaders from primary through to secondary. Find out more.

WANTED: Tell us your plans for 2019
How is your school going to continue its digital journey? New solutions? Different approach? How about in your classroom? And where will the new Digital Technologies Curriculum fit? Whatever it is, we want to hear about your plans for next year. Big or small. Complex or simple. Just get in touch with INTERFACE Editor Greg Adams and he’ll explain what we’re looking for,

EVENT: Last chance to attend Reach Every Student Conference (RESCON) NZ 2018
How can you reach every student, every day? “What is the best use of class time? This is the single most transformative question any educator can ask.” – Jon Bergmann, Author of 10 Books on Flipped Learning. Come along and meet Jon at Ormiston Senior College, Auckland on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September, 2018. Find out more @


NEWS: Matific launches in Te Reo
Game-based learning resource Matific, whose aim is to make maths fun and immersive for students, is now available in Te Reo Mãori. And see which Kiwi school won last month’s trans-Tasman ‘Matific Games’.

PROFILE: Digital learning with days at the museum
The Raranga Matihiko / Weaving Digital Futures programme is offering students with limited digital learning opportunities the chance to tell their stories using museum taonga. Read more.

NEWS: Ready to be a Master of Contemporary Education?
Popular demand has prompted The Mind Lab to announce a second 2018 intake of its Master of Contemporary Education (MCE) course. Find out more.

LOCATIONS: INTERFACEXpo 2019 is heading to …
We’ve been working hard planning next year’s INTERFACEXpo events. While there are still some details to finalise, we’ve made our choice of locations for 2019. We can reveal we’ll be heading to … 

EVENT: Reimagine – ‘Teaching Innovation Conference’
St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland is hosting two-day conferences, in Terms 3 and 4, where delegates will hear from educators exploring technology and the impact it has had on their teaching. Find out more and sign up.

PROFILE: Schoology enables new e-learning vision
Rototuna High Schools have been purpose-built to encourage collaborative and creative learning. The choice of LMS has been fundamental to enabling an innovative learning environment.


STUDENT COMPETITION: School-gen Minecraft ‘Eco-House’ 2018
Not long to go now. Entries close at the end of Term 3 (Friday 28 September)! INTERFACE and School-gen have teamed up for the 2018 Minecraft competition and invite you to enter. Choose from three age categories and win fantastic prizes. Find out more at

WIN: 50-piece Action Cam Accessory Kit
We have some great prizes to give away in the September issue, including: Action Cam Accessory Kit, Wireless Weather Station, USB Mug Warmer, and copies of ‘Help! My students write like they text’. Enter competitions here.

LESSON IDEA: Mixing colours without mess
Explore digitally how colours are created.

FILE SHARE: FREE tools, apps, sites, and resources to explore
Four pages of online resources including screen recorders, digital annotation tools, resources for finding sounds and music online, and a quick guide to stoytelling app Tolks.


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’s The New Paradigm’ for sponsoring the September issue of ‘Reader Briefing’. 




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