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Issue 93, May 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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CALLING ALL STUDENT CODERS: ENTRIES OPEN FOR INTERFACE-GAMEFROOT 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…

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MAKE A MOVE ON THE MADE AWARDS 2019 Interested in digital creativity? Now in their 12 year, the MADE Awards 2019 are an awesome way to challenge your students’ digital media skills. Entries are now open and close on Friday 20 September.There are multiple categories to choose from; each is divided into three age groups – Years 1-3, 4-6 and 7-8. INTERFACE is delighted to once again be sponsoring the Documentary Category.For some inspiration, check out past winners on the Awards’ website. madeawards.com MADE-UP LANGUAGE MORE POPULAR THAN REAL ONES More people are trying to learn the Game of Thrones language High Valyrian than the number who understand Scottish Gaelic, which stands at 87,056, according to the last UK Census. More than 100,000 Brits have…

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etv offers new creation and sharing options with v.5

ETV, E LINK and EVA (Enhanced Video Annotation) is an exciting triumvirate of services now available to schools for creating and sharing. The new-look, V.5 of the platform not only provides educators with a vast array of programmes (more than 100,000 videos) but also the ability to upload their own content – literally a ‘dot anything’ – and to share all of these riches with learners and colleagues alike.Teachers can curate learning materials, which include both media files and related materials linked via URL, in Workspaces on E LINK. They are then able to share these with groups of users or make it available across the institution. By using E LINK in conjunction with EVA, teachers can manage the amount of content that students are exposed to and ensure…

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connecting communities with support, opportunities and a future

THE TEAM AT CONNECTED HAEATA ConnectED Haeata is part of the Ministry’s Equitable Digital Access For All Program and is testing access points in the community as a Wi-Fi solution in Aranui, Christchurch – where census data shows that 47 per cent of homes do not have internet.“The ConnectED project is supporting our community to engage in the learning of their tamariki and connecting them to educational opportunities previously not accessible,” said Irihapeti Mahuika, Kaihautu whakaako /Director of Learning at Haeata.Within the project team there is a range of skills, from programming the solution, setting access permissions, testing, communications, evaluation through to the wha - nau engagement team who work out in the community helping people to connect. Bridging the digital divideSince September 2018, the team has worked…

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what is the tahi rua toru tech (123tech) challenge?

The Tahi Rua Toru Tech (123Tech) Challenge is split into two different formats to suit all age groups at school. Students up to Year 4 undertake a series of fun activities and puzzles to learn computational thinking, without the use of computers. Those who complete eight or more activities receive a Discovery CREST Award and can participate in the Regional, then National 123Tech Championship.Students in Years 5 to 13 undertake a project-based challenge in teams of 3-4. The Challenge brief is simple: identify a problem in their school or local community and, using digital technologies, devise a means to solve it. Once the challenge is completed students will receive a CREST certificate and have the option to present their projects to industry professionals at Regional and then possibly National…

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where next on your digital journey?

Make the first step to Xpo ! Are you interested in the latest trends and innovations in e-learning? From Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality, to coding and robotics, to BYOD and implementing the new Digital Technologies Curriculum, join us to explore and learn more about where your school’s digital journey will take you next. Reserve your spot today! Go to interfacexpo.co.nz/register2019 Keep in touch @Interfacemag #xpowhereto This year we’ve again teamed up with Schoology and will be using the LMS as our conference app to interact with delegates.…