Videos – Issue 79, May 2017

Throughout the magazines, wherever we come across a video that’s about or relevant to a resource we’re featuring, here’s where we’ll post the link. Just click and watch!

You can also view these videos on our YouTube channel. Check out the playlist for our May 2017 issue at

Ideas for Using QR Codes in the classroom

QR codes are a way to provide information – perhaps a link to a resource or details about an image, item or person. On top of that, they’re engaging and fun, so can be used in things like games and treasure hunts. Check out ‘Ideas for Using QR Codes in the classroom’, a YouTube video demonstrating 11 activities.

Musink overview

Musink is a free music-composition software package. You can use it to make anything from orchestral scores, to short-musical-snippets, to exercise books. It automatically calculates note durations, music rules and layout. Export your work as MIDI files.

Parent Teacher Calendar App

The Parent Teacher Calendar app is a free school calendar app with all the functionality you will ever need. Including push notifications, absentee function, newsletter link, notices link and a comprehensive event calendar that can link to your school google calendar.

3D Cloud Printing Farm New Zealand

3Design is excited to introduce our new 3D printing farm which allows you to 3D print your products from anywhere you have access to a computer and the internet.This new system gives you the control to 3D print the models you want without the hassle of owning and maintaining a 3D printer.

3D Printed Apartment block

Watch our five 3D printers printing this large apartment block and underground car park.

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‘Mission:ISS’ from Oculus

Only about 500 people have been into space – you could be next … albeit virtually. A new virtual reality (VR) simulation lets you explore the International Space Station, go on spacewalks and perform other tasks high above Earth’s surface. Created in collaboration with NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, Mission:ISS ( is available in the Oculus Store.

“Based on NASA Space Station models as well as discussions with multiple astronauts and the VR Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, this simulation recreates the International Space Station in painstaking detail,” said Oculus.

All 69 New Emojis for 2017

Emojipedia has unveiled a new set of emojis that will be hitting our phones later in the year. Scheduled for release in June 2017, these include smileys, people, food, drink, flags, and, for the first time, fantasy characters such as a mermaid, genie and vampire. There are 69 emojis that vendors are expected to support; there will be 239 in total when gender and skin tone recommendations are taken into account.

Apis Cor: first residential house has been printed!

It took just 24 hours for this house to be 3D printed – a world record. Near Moscow, Russian company Apis Cor. constructed the 38 square metre building, complete with a living room, kitchen, bathroom, and hallway. Costing around $14,000, everything was built on-site and in freezing temperatures, down to -35°C.