INTERFACEXpo Workshops 2017

There is always a great selection of workshops for delegates to choose at INTERFACEXpo events – and 2017 will be no exception. They are 40-minute sessions, designed to give a more in-depth view of particular products, services and solutions.

This year they will be divided into three groups with delegates selecting one from each group to attend. We will be asking delegates to make their choices very soon. In the meantime, here is a selection of what will be available.


Save Money – become a Server-less School

By pcMedia

In this workshop, you’ll learn about the Ministry of Education’s Schools ‘Cloud Transformation Pilot’.

Hear about the latest Digital Strategy from the Ministry and how you can reduce your school’s ICT costs by being a part of the Schools Cloud Transformation Pilot.

The presentations will cover:

  • How to transform your digital school and what it will look like in 2018.
  • The MoE Schools Cloud Transformation Pilot and how your school can take part.
  • How to make you IT budget go further (some schools have already saved $150,000 over three years!)
  • How schools have made savings, plus the learnings of the Proof of Concept
  • Are you making best advantage of MoE funded Cloud resources or are you purchasing your ‘Cloud’?

Speakers: Stuart Wakefield, CIO, Ministry of Education, and Lee Harper, Education Specialist, pcMedia

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Robots in disguise

By Norrcom

Be in the know on one of the hottest topics in education. This workshop is an introduction to discovering the world of robotics for education. You will learn about what robotics is, the future of where this engaging and exciting technology is going, and how you can bring this fascinating world into life in your classroom.

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Prototyping, Hovercrafts, Cars and more 

By The Mind Lab

Due to importing issues we are unable to run the Rapid 3D Prototyping workshop we previously advertised, we apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. So, we have slightly revised the content, although the workshop will still be based on the principles of rapid prototyping.

In this workshop, we will be exploring the processes of building and testing two different vehicles that are made with similar household components. These vehicles can be structured in different ways allowing the user to rapidly make changes to them so they can correct issues in real time. Finally, we will show some examples of how you can take your creations one step further and control them with a device.

This is a great workshop to take back to the classroom and teach students about basic circuitry, aerodynamics, weight distribution and more.

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Create, Collaborate and Problem Solve with Minecraft: Education Edition

By Cyclone

Get ready to play, craft and learn! Minecraft: Education Edition is an open world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. During this session, you will receive an overview of Minecraft: Education Edition, learn to play the game, and create curriculum and classroom resources you can take back to your classroom and continue your journey.

Presented by Tim Muir

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Device distraction driving you mad? – learn how to manage device use in the classroom.

By Linewize

Keeping students focused on the lesson when devices are present can be challenging, especially where BYOD can often mean ‘Bring Your Own Distraction’. Linewize has been working directly with schools for more than three years to develop internet management solutions designed specifically for learning environments.

In this workshop, Linewize will share the insight it’s gained over this time by launching a brand new version of Classwize, a teacher dashboard that provides live visibility and control over classroom internet use.

See a live demo of Classwize on the INTERFACE Xpo network, so bring along your devices to see how you can:

  • Gain live insight into class and student website and application use;
  • Understand class and individual use to highlight both focused and distracted behaviour;
  • Focus internet use to specific websites and apps for the class or individual students;
  • Identify students who are offline and possibly disengaged from the lesson; and
  • Provide access to resources that are lesson relevant but blocked by default policy.

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The LMS is dead! Long live the VLE

By Canvas

The notion of the traditional LMS has died. Walled gardens of isolated content inside proprietary systems is obsolete. Yet how do we find ways of unifying content from diverse sources in one location? How can we enable teachers and students to use the ecosystems and tools they want to use to best effect without forcing a huge learning curve on either of them?

In this workshop, Canvas will introduce you to the new way of thinking, ‘The Virtual Learning Environment’, away of unifying the needs and purpose with the right tools.

Speaker: Tristian Penrose, Regional Director Canvas

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Keeping Kids Safe with Google for Education

By Cyclone

Schools provide students with access to a wide array of online tools and information sources through the use of exciting new and emerging technologies. Yet this access comes with great risk, often underestimated and poorly managed in schools. Ask yourself:

  • What are some of these online risks students face?
  • How are these managed by your school?
  • Have you taken all possible steps to ensure students are safe on technology?
  • How can schools help families ensure safety on the home network?
  • How can you ensure flexibility and a nimble response when changes are required?

Recent events, widely publicised in media, highlight the need for schools to take ownership of their technology solution and ensure they’ve done everything in their power to keep kids safe. Has your school?

In this session, Saunil Hagler, Cyclone’s Google Education Manager, will explore how the Google for Education solution (G Suite and Chromebooks) can be fine-tuned to ensure kids are as safe as possible online, whether at school, home or the local McD’s. This is a must-attend session for schools using Google’s solution who feel they may not have properly configured the settings in their Chrome Management Console, or who have assumed their services company or local IT support have done this for them. Key areas of Chrome Management will be overviewed, including how to effectively manage Chromebooks. Attendees will leave with knowledge of areas that may need addressing in their own context and available support mechanisms to remedy security and safety weaknesses.

Presented by Saunil Hagler

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Sharing a passion for effective learning with Microsoft Office365

By Microsoft

Bronwyn Edmunds is an experienced teacher who has taught at all levels of primary school in Australia, England and New Zealand. She is currently the Empowerment Learning Leader (e-Learning and Curriculum) at Freemans Bay School in Auckland, where she co-teaches part-time in Years 5 and 6. Bronwyn completed the Master in Education – Teaching and Learning (with Distinction) in 2013 where her thesis focused on how to use digital tools to personalise learning for students. She was seconded in 2015 and 2016 to Auckland University to co-author

Bronwyn works with teachers and students, assisting them in using ICT to support the teaching and learning process embedded within effective teaching theory. She’s passionate about the potential of effective learning to ignite and engage students and develop skills and values to be lifelong learners. Bronwyn enjoys sharing her skills and knowledge with others in a way that is easily transferable into the classroom.

Bronwyn will share some of the easier ways to start using Microsoft Office365 to support teaching and learning that are unique to Microsoft Office365.  She will share some ways to:

  • Use the features of OneNote Class Notebook:
    • OneNote Class Notebook to personalise learning for students through using the personal workspace for each and distribution of content to meet learning needs;
    • Collaboration Space to encourage students to share ideas, work together on projects and communicate in real time;
    • Review Student Work feature to easily track work; and
    • Learning Tools to support students who may struggle with aspects of reading and writing.
  • Utilise the power of Microsoft Forms for student feedback but also to create learning tasks.
  • Use Office Lens to quickly take snapshots of learning and save to a place of your choice like OneNote or OneDrive.
  • Using Office Mix, an extension to PowerPoint, to create a modelling book/ lesson that students can refer to when needed.

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Technology as the support tool – hear how you can get some time back!


Use technology to not only save time, but also improve feedback and your engagement with students by better productivity with your time.

HP will demonstrate why the stylus is so popular in the teacher’s toolkit, and how a teacher’s OneNote can be the time saver you wish you had known about years ago.

When teachers notes are written on student work, and supported by an audio file if required for elaboration, students/parents have a valuable opportunity with the personalised feedback to develop deeper thinking about the task.

Plus, HP will show you how to add tags that mean your Practicing Teacher Criteria Requirements can be collected, stored and retrieved easily over the course of the year.

Teach smarter, not harder or longer.

Presented by Tim Muir (Microsoft Teacher Ambassador and just out of the classroom!) and David Farquhar, HP Education Specialist.

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TTS Universal: Quality content and analytics, written by New Zealand authors for the New Zealand Curriculum


TTS Universal is a suite of applications developed by TTS specifically for New Zealand schools. This workshop will explain all, including:

  • Enables leaders to direct staff and students to specific internet resources;
  • Sets of cross-curriculum inquiry modules, with fully integrated reporting;
  • Teachers can create and distribute material and get feedback on student engagement; and
  • Interactive, dual reading level books have been written and produced in New Zealand.

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Creating with iPads

By Cyclone

Tired of learners doing the same old thing with their iPads?  Stuck on how to move from consumption to creation? In this workshop you will explore the potential of the iPad in transforming teaching and learning. Delegates will have the opportunity to gather ideas and share ideas of their own, as well as be inspired to raise the bar as to how iPads are used in your school.

Presented by Kate Friedwald

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Enhancing math and literacy learning through personalised eLearning tools

by 3P Learning

At the heart of every successful eLearning program is the ability to enhance student learning through the creation of a personalised and adaptive learning journey, something that eLearning programs Mathletics and Reading Eggs both excel in. Whether it’s the assessment and diagnosis tools of Mathletics or Reading Eggs’ game changing use of audio-visual lessons this session will cover how successful eLearning tools go from being just another computer program to an essential learning tool for teachers.

The math portion will focus on the eLearning program Mathletics, whose focus on ‘Engagement, Assessment and Motivation’ has driven it to become one of the most used eLearning tools around the world.  Mathletics’ use of adaptive practise activities, step-by-step guides, competitive fluency exercises, embedded rewards system and wealth of additional resources all build sustained student engagement, whilst powerful reporting functions ensure teachers can instantly identify and target weakness areas.  We will also cover ‘The Mathletics Advantage’, a recent finding from an independent numeracy study that showed a possible 9% advantage in standardised tests for schools that use Mathletics for just 30 minutes a week. Mathletics covers Years 1 to 13.

For the literacy portion of the session we will cover the engaging eLearning program Reading Eggs.  Don’t let Reading Eggs’ plethora of bright colours, interactive games and student motivators take away from the fact that it is the one of the deepest and most content rich literacy tools being used in Kiwi schools today.  Combining over 1,700 eBooks, 120 engaging literacy lessons and a wealth of in class teaching resources Reading Eggs is a complete learning experience from the building blocks of reading through to developing advanced reading skills and strategies.  During the session we’ll show you how Reading Eggs can create a personalised reading journey for each of your students from Years 1-8.

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