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Issue 91, November 2018

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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news and views

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND BEST WISHES FOR 2019! Well, another year’s almost done. How was the digital journey for you? AI. Coding. Gamification. Virtual reality. STEAM. We hope our coverage of the e-learning world has both informed and inspired you!How are you preparing for the digital challenges ahead? From embracing the new Digital Technologies Curriculum to using innovative new apps, check out this issue’s feature looking at what lies head in 2019. Rest assured, whatever does happen, we’ll be right there with you.Once again, thank you for being part of the INTERFACE family during 2018. We couldn’t bring you this great publication without your input and support. Everyone at INTERFACE wishes you, your school and students, family, and friends, a happy holiday and all the best for 2019! …

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Palmy teachers scoop teacher awards College Street Normal School teachers Katie Gordon and Kristen Liddell have been named NEXT Foundation Expert Teacher Award winners at The Mind Lab graduation last month. Both were granted $5,000 for their outstanding achievements after completing The Mind Lab’s Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning, which provides educators postgraduate training for the digital age.“We’ve always had this future-focused mindset. The Mind Lab reinforced and validated that perspective,” said Liddell, reflecting on her training. “It feels like our hard work has paid off and what we believe in as teachers matters.”NEXT Foundation has contributed teacher scholarships since 2014 to allow public school teachers to undertake The Mind Lab’s postgraduate programme. David Parsons National Postgraduate Director at The Mind Lab says both teachers demonstrated real…

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A painting by an AI program – Portrait of Edmond Belamy – has sold at auction for US$432,000. The artwork was produced using an algorithm and a data set of 15,000 portraits painted between the 14 and 20 Centuries. ■…

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the view from ulearn18


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let’s hear it for our minecraft maestros 2018

PRIMARY (YEARS 1-6) Winner: Daniel Turinsky, Nelson Central School Judge’s comment: “Totally thought through and explained the sustainability of all elements of his eco house. Concrete thermal mass, energy efficient appliances, two sources of power LED/light sensors, local materials, grass roof for insulation, glazed windows. All expertly blended in with the environment.”Second: Hayden Townsend, ACG Strathallan Third: Kayte Ginger and Kora-lee Hulsdouw-O’Brien, St Patrick’s Catholic School, Taupo INTERMEDIATE (YEARS 7-8) Winner: Gemma Lovewell, Adventure School Judge’s comment: “Would consider this the best entry in the competition based on thoroughness of thinking around environmental impact, use of sustainable materials and energy efficiency. It was innovative and interesting.”Second: Millie Keith and Sophie Hayden, St Andrew’s College Third: Timmy Cowdrey and Davis Grigg, Broadgreen Intermediate School SECONDARY…

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taking the ocean into the classroom with nz-vr

Launching in early 2019, NZ-VR is a free initiative for schools that allows students to explore the wonder of what’s beneath the surface of our oceans through an underwater virtual reality (VR) experience.Sir Peter Blake Trust CEO, James Gibson, says the programme brings to life Sir Peter Blake’s vision of “reaching every classroom” and allowing everyone to get up close and experience the environment so they will want to take care of it.“The programme aims to connect thousands of young New Zealanders with the marine environment, most of whom have never experienced what’s under the surface of our ocean. Through virtual reality, we can take the ocean into the classroom.”The Sir Peter Blake Trust’s objective from the NZ-VR project is to deliver an immersive experience to schools, so students…