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New Zealand Schools
Rocket Lab joins Skills Bright Sparks to inspire Kiwi kids
“I’ve been fascinated with space ever since I was a kid but when I was at school, I was told to be ‘realistic’ and bring my ideas back down to Earth,” says Peter Beck. 
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3D Printing
Kiwi company trains future innovators with robotics, coding and more
'Normal' people like you and I could soon be left in the dust by the generation or two below us as OMGTech! trains our future innovators.
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New Zealand Schools
Kiwis don't have to face growing tech skills shortage alone
"As long as we maintain a focus on the children and the pedagogy , we have an opportunity to not only do well, but to lead the world."
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Apple
Want to use Apple at your school? JAMF offers solution for full integration
School networks can often be confined to the devices they use due to minor contingencies. Fortunately, this is soon to change.
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New Zealand Schools
5 golden rules for using technology in classrooms
Is technology a distraction? Does it help teachers and students in their learning journeys? The debate is never ending.
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New Zealand Schools
Fortinet: Protecting your students, teachers and staff in the cloud, at your school and online
It’s your responsibility to protect your students, teachers and staff whenever, however and wherever they log onto your school’s network.
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Samsung
One in three Kiwi parents buying tech for the classroom
A Warehouse Stationery survey has found technology is playing a growing role in children’s education in New Zealand.
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Education
Kiwi school lunch ordering system quicker than making a sandwich
The Lunchonline programme will provide enough control by the school and parents and caregivers so students can enjoy a great tasting lunch with good nutritional value.
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Education
Digital tech having positive impact in Kiwi schools
Over 75% of schools are noticing an impact on student achievement as a result of using digital technologies in the classroom
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New Zealand Schools
Canon’s green grants grow community
"We realise that there are so many amazing projects throughout New Zealand that would greatly benefit from extra support and resources to help them capture, document or share the beneficial work they are doing for our environment."
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AVG Technologies
AVG: NZ teachers need online safety support...
"Today’s teachers are not only using the internet regularly as part of their lessons, they are increasingly having to deal with the wider issues it generates and quite often, without any formal training."
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New Zealand Schools
Labour’s education policy aims to reduce digital divide
A Labour Government will ensure that all students in Years 5-13 will have access to a portable computer in the classroom and their home, says David Cunliffe, Labour Leader.
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HP
Rural schools compete for HP prize pool
HP New Zealand (Printing and Personal Systems Group) and Rural Women New Zealand are inviting rural primary schools to compete for a share of $20,000 worth of HP products and support.
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Unified Communications
Japanese and NZ students to become virtual buddies
Selected schools in New Zealand and Japan have the opportunity to connect thanks to a collaborative effort by NEC New Zealand and Lower Hutt's Hutt City Council.
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Government
Rotorua’s students to benefit from e-learning community
Rotorua principals are developing an e-learning community that aims to have internet connectivity and personal learning devices available to all students, resulting in equal learning opportunities, and improved educational outcomes.
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Government
School WiFi passes safety tests
WiFi in schools does not post a health risk to children or staff says a Ministry of Health report welcomed by Jo Goodhew, Associate Minister of Health.
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BYOD / Bring Your Own Device
Communication, device, security, GO!
A one size fits all approach doesn’t always work for schools looking to introduce BYOD
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Cloud
Should schools have their head in the cloud?
There is a lot of hype surrounding the cloud, but what is it and what benefits does it hold for schools?
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Education
Training in IT helps teacher win award
An Auckland secondary school teacher who took night classes in computer studies so she could use ICT in her teaching, has won the 2013 Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize.
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Education
Is the end nigh for cyberbullies?
Facebook, Twitter, Ask.fm, Snapchat and other forms of digital media have all come under fire for the ease of which they can be used for cyberbullying.
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Education
Thinking beyond the ‘on’ switch
A new high-tech facility in Auckland aims to get students to think beyond the ‘on’ switch on the devices that consume much of their lives and to focus on what it is that makes things work.
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Education
Students help build record of NZ nature
New Zealand citizen science website NatureWatch NZ is celebrating more than a year of people reporting a staggering variety of natural history discoveries.
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Education
Literacy and numeracy improve in tech trial
An Auckland school recently put a new touchscreen device to the test, with surprising results.
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Education
Auckland schools get tech boost
Two of New Zealand’s most tech-savvy schools, both in Auckland, have been awarded classroom sets of Microsoft Surface RTs as recognition of their leadership in digital learning.