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INTERFACE

Issue 94, July 2019

Be informed and inspired to use digital technology to learn INTERFACE aims to support the use of digital technology by schools through providing informative, inspiring and independent coverage of the issues relating to the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in learning. Whether you’re an educator, parent, student or just interested in the latest trends and developments in e-learning, INTERFACE is the magazine for you. It’s easy to read and full of resources, tips and advice to help gain a better understanding of the ways in which digital technology can be successfully and safely integrated into classrooms.

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New Zealand
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English
出版商:
G Media Publishing Limited
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CALLING ALL CODERS: ENTRIES ARE OPEN FOR OUR STUDENT COMPETITION Challenge your students 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. With the theme of New Zealand history, the aim is to create a computer game by adding your own twists and turns to a basic, starting template. There are three age categories: Junior (Years 1-6); Intermediate (Years 7-8); and Senior (Years 9+). The competition runs for the duration of Term 2 and there’s an awesome prize up for grabs for the winner of each age category. An overall winner will be chosen from the three, who will be invited to visit Gamefroot’s Wellington studio. The other two will receive a Kaiser Bass X2 Action…

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TRUST SELECTS FIRST SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE SOLAR AND STEM EQUIPMENT The Genesis School-gen Trust has announced the six schools that will receive STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) equipment packages and one school a solar equipment package from its initial pool of $50,000. They are: • Bradford School, Otago • Corinna School, Wellington • Manurewa South, Auckland • Maungatapu School, Bay of Plenty • Otamatea High School, Northland (solar) • Pukenui School (Houhora), Northland • Tamatea High School, Hawkes Bay Otamatea High School will use its solar equipment package in conjunction with the Genesis School-gen educational resources. Equipment provided to the others includes electronic devices and robots. Science equipment packs cover chemistry, physics and biology. “We were overwhelmed by the number of schools demonstrating real and pressing needs,” said Lee Mauger, Genesis School-gen Trust Chair. “We are delighted to…

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student robotics team wins third global award

A robotics team from Fielding’s Manchester Street School has once again brought home a prestigious award from the VEX IQ Robotics World Championships held in May. Receiving the coveted Judges Award for “exemplary effort and perseverance”, the Year 5/6 group has gained an international following with their third VEX Robotics award in three years. “We are incredibly proud of our robotics team, the Odderbots,” said Manchester Street School Principal Glen Richardson. “A huge amount of effort goes into the competition every year from the students, teachers and the community. And what’s more incredible is that the Odderbots membership turns over every year so that we are always bringing younger students into the club with the same impressive results.” Solve, build, test, re-test This year’s challenge saw hundreds of teams from schools around the…

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girl-powered team crowned world’s best

The first all-female team from New Zealand has been crowned winners of their division at the world championship for Middle School (Years 6-8) students and best all-girl team at the VEX IQ Robotics World Championships. Tara Stevens (14) and Riley Pollard (11), from New Plymouth and Okato and the Nakibots team, fought off around 80 others in their division from 24 countries, including the United States, China and the UK. Not only did they win their division but also went on to compete and be placed sixth in the world across all 400 teams in the wider competition, in front of 20,000 spectators!…

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don’t just watch, interact and learn with eva

The difficulty of developing questions and tasks to support critical literacy in digital contexts, prompted me to make Critical Questioning the focus of my doctoral thesis. Professional Learning and Development (PLD) is pivotal in growing teachers’ capacity to leverage critical competencies through the creation of online learning activities. To support PLD on the EVA platform, I am developing a resource base of question- and task-exemplars, that encourage deeper levels of critical and creative thinking; and creating a community, sharing EVAs, with a focus on supporting teachers’ creation of resources to enhance their students’ critical literacy, as they develop their content knowledge. Developing critical literacy With EVA, teachers can create the types of questions and tasks that support the development of critical literacy in digital contexts. The 17 EVA tools, available on the…

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thanks for telling us what you think!

Thanks to everyone who took part in our Reader Survey, in association with HP: Digital Learning in New Zealand Schools, 2019. Your feedback and comments are important and provide us not only with a valuable insight into the use of digital technology in schools but also help us to keep bringing you this great magazine. We learned so much from your responses and appreciate the time and effort you put into responding. Overall impressions Clearly, digital technology is now part of teaching life. A whopping 95 per cent of respondents use technology ‘all the time’ and the rest use it ‘most days’. A third of you describe your digital technology abilities as ‘excellent’ and more than half say they’re ‘good’. Nearly four out of five have a laptop; 93 per cent have…

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