INTERFACEXpo Workshops 2018

There is always a great selection of workshops for delegates to choose at INTERFACEXpo events – and 2018 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.

Several sponsors are running workshops at INTERFACEXpo 2018. Here are their outlines:


New Cyclone LogoCompany: CYCLONE

Title: Rolling into the DTHM curriculum with Sphero

Outline: See the Sphero in action. Take a look at the SPRK Lightning Lab app, your hub to create, contribute and learn with Sphero Robots. The visual block-based building interface makes learning the basic principles of programming approachable and fun. Browse through activities, keep track of a class, and collaborate with users around the world. When creativity strikes … Make. Code. Share.

spheroPresenter (Christchurch): Emma Planicka is an experienced educator and has worked in the education sector for more than 12 years in a range of settings including, Early Childhood Education, Primary, as an e-Learning Leader and as a Digital Learning Specialist with Cyclone. Her current focus is supporting teachers to successfully integrate e-learning into teaching and learning, by providing PLD in digital fluency and PLD upskilling teachers in their understanding and skills around digital technology. Emma is accredited to deliver MOE-funded PLD. As a teacher in both Early Childhood Education and Primary, she has developed a strong understanding of New Zealand Curriculum. She has supported and worked alongside a number of schools, leaders and teachers, in so doing gaining a deep understanding of pedagogy that drives student centred learning in the 21st Century.

Emma has recently run a number of interactive, practical workshops offering PLD to teachers and leaders around Digital Technologies – Hangarau Matihiko. This covered fun and engaging learning experiences with Sphero, BeeBot, Osmo, unplugged games and learning, with links to planning and additional resources. She has continued to build her knowledge working with Tynker, Hopscotch and Swift Playgrounds. Emma is also supporting and working with a number of schools around digital technologies curriculum and strategic planning for 2018.

Presenter (Palmerston North and Auckland): Craig Render has been and an educator for the past 10 years in a low decile school in South Auckland in a wide range of roles including Health and Physical Education, Digital Coding and Robotics, ICT lead teacher, Whanau Dean, Specialist Classroom Teacher and eLearning coordinator. He is also a Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator, Microsoft Learning Consultant and accredited MOE PLD provider.

As a teacher of a predominantly Maori and Pasifika students, Craig believes in a relational approach to education and PLD, in an on-going commitment to research and upholding the values of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Craig’s knowledge of senior assessment allows a better understanding in how to implement the New Zealand Curriculum in to NCEA with the use of collaborative technologies. Craig has experience working with a large range of teachers and students from varied learning areas to support 21st Century teaching, learning, assessment and reflective pedagogy. He also has experience in working with SLT, BOT and whanau to implement strategic change.


tts logoCompany: TTS

Title: Simplifying Digital Learning

Outline: Using TTS Universal as an example, this workshop will demonstrate and discuss ways digital resources can be used in the classroom across the curriculum, as part of meaningful inquiry, and to support literacy (including, visual, oral and written) to simplify digital learning, so teachers have more time to teach.

Explore ways educators select and distribute digital resources, as well as how they can gather analytics about the use of these resources. Presenter Michael Richards will cover planning for inquiries based on, around, and with digital resources. He will look at the ways current best practice (and well implemented) teaching strategies are used using a mix of physical and digital resources. There will be time for a brief Q&A and ideas sharing to make the most of the knowledge in the room.

michael richards ttsPresenter: Michael Richards is Pedagogy Consultant. He’s a teacher with classroom experience teaching Years 1 through to 8. He has a Bachelor of Teaching and continues to learn through post-graduate studies, currently studying Te Reo Māori.

“I believe that teaching in the 21st century requires adaptive, innovative, and creative thinking to cater to the diversity of learners entering schools. I am passionate about literacy education, and how reading and writing can – and should – be made accessible and interesting for all learners in schools. I have taught gifted and talented students who struggled to be engaged by existing reading stocks, and I have taught remedial senior students who felt discouraged by the lack of age appropriate texts available at their level. As a teacher, I recognise the need for resources that engage, enable, and empower students so they can achieve a meaningful, successful, and sustainable education.”


HPCompany: HP

Title: Top 10 tips that are changing teachers lives in the classroom

Outline: John has extensive experience with providing PD to teachers, so HP’s decided to turn it around and get him to give the answers to teachers’ most common issues. The Top 10 will be what you can take away today to make your life easier tomorrow. Simple, effective and relevant.

john phelpsPresenter: John Phelps, from Technology Concepts, has more than 45 years’ experience as an educator in New Zealand schools. For the last five years he has been a Microsoft Learning Consultant and will be sharing the tips that have most affirmation from teachers and students he works with. David is an ex-secondary teacher, author and teacher advocate for digital technology making life better for teachers and students.


themindlabbyUnitecCompany: THE MIND LAB BY UNITEC

Title: Electrical engineering and Coding

Outline: During this workshop, explore the processes of building and testing an early detection device that has been constructed from off-the-shelf components. It’s for all skill levels and it can be easily implemented into a classroom setting. After completing this workshop, you will be able to deliver a lesson plan that allows students to expand their knowledge about basic circuitry and coding.

damon the mind lab

Presenters: Damon Kahi and Matt Sorkin.

Damon is the National Technologist at The Mind Lab by Unitec and has been involved in education for the past 10 years. In addition to teaching, he develops new programmes and activities that teachers can implement in their classrooms.

Matt The Mind LabMatt is the Educational Technology Experience at The Mind Lab by Unitec and has been working on implementing Design Thinking into primary schools. He was the co-content creator of the Digital Passport (, which is the new educational platform that empowers teachers to deliver key digital competencies to New Zealand children.


linewize-by-familyzone-blue-10000pxCompany: LINEWIZE and FAMILY ZONE EDUCATION SOLUTIONS

Title: A school’s duty of care: the Family Zone education solutions welfare module

Outline: Online behaviour can be insightful. Family Zone’s education solutions include reporting on search terms used in major search engines, and on Youtube content viewed. Students will be flagged with ‘at risk’ indicators if their online activity raises concern, enabling schools to gain insights into:

  • top ‘adult content’ users
  • top ‘offensive content’ users
  • top VPN users

Tim Levy, CEO of Family Zone Cyber Safety, discusses the duty of care responsibilities schools have to keep students safe, and the importance of an ecosystem approach that includes the school community.

tim levyPresenter: Tim Levy is a successful telecommunications and technology entrepreneur. He is the founder of Vodafone’s largest Australian retail partner Mo’s Mobiles and was the former CEO/COO of listed Optus reseller B Digital Limited. Prior to working in commerce, Mr. Levy was a management consultant at Andersen’s working in technology and change projects across Australia, South Africa, Zambia, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Currently the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Family Zone, he is a passionate advocate for making the online world a safer place for our children through an integrated community approach to cyber safety. With a focus on developing technologies to help empower our school communities to educate students, teachers and parents alike.


norrcom-logoCompany: Norrcom

Title: Managing a constantly evolving ICT environment

Outline: With digital technology changing so rapidly, it is hard to know if the changes are beneficial and should be adopted in your school. In this workshop, Norrcom will cover the trends and areas that are currently hot topics. They’ll discuss the pros and cons, enabling you to be both informed and prepared for your school to make educated decisions about its ICT solutions. ​


New Cyclone LogoCompany: CYCLONE

Title: Exploring the Digital Technologies Curriculum with

Outline:  Minecraft: Education Edition is a collaborative and versatile platform that educators can use across subjects to encourage 21st century skills. Find out about the key features of M:EE and take some time to immerse yourself in the Minecraft world. We will cover:

  • Assess and Reflect – The camera and portfolio allow students to take screenshots of their work and document their progress.
  • Immersive Learning – Non-Player Characters act as tour guides in the game, extending learning by linking to additional resources.
  • Classroom Collaboration – Students can work together in pairs or groups simply by joining their classmates’ world.
  • Curriculum Resources – Including the Chemistry update
  • Coding and Computer Science – looking at how to teach these concepts through Minecraft

MinecrafteduPresenter (Christchurch): Rachael Hoddinott is an experienced educator who has worked in the education sector in a range of roles including Primary Teacher, Assistant Principal, Numeracy Facilitator / Mathematics Advisor, and is currently working for Cyclone as a Digital Learning Specialist. She has worked with both primary and secondary students, as well as teacher education and distance learning. Her current focus is upskilling teachers in Numeracy pedagogy and digital technology skills. Rachael is accredited to deliver MoE funded PLD.

As a classroom teacher, school leader and learning specialist, Rachael has developed a strong understanding of the New Zealand Curriculum and has worked closely with senior management teams and teachers to develop sound insight to the pedagogy that underpins student learning. In her classroom practice, Rachael made innovative use of digital technology and more recently, as a digital learning specialist, she has been working with teachers and schools to develop greater capacity to make use of Digital Technology to support student learning outcomes. She has also delivered content to schools around Canterbury to support engagement around the new addition to the NZC.

Presenter (Palmerston North and Auckland): Craig Render – Bio as above.


code avengers logoCompany: CODE AVENGERS

Title: Launch your digital technologies curriculum with Code Avengers

Outline: Digital technologies is a foundational field for 21st Century learners and, while its addition to the New Zealand Curriculum is exciting, it also presents challenges for busy teachers and administrators. Code Avengers provides a comprehensive package of engaging teaching and learning resources for delivering the new digital technologies curriculum from Year 1 to 13. Learn how to use Code Avengers to streamline your school’s adoption of the new Digital Technologies Curriculum.

Participants will:

  • Explore the ‘Code Avengers Junior’ teaching and learning resources.
  • Get ideas for teaching digital technologies in a cross-curricular way.
  • Discuss three keys to blending online learning with traditional classroom methods in a way that engages learners.
  • Learn how to set your school or class up with Code Avengers.

Code Avengers is the first company in the world to have a comprehensive suite of digital technologies teaching and learning resources that go all the way from Year 1 to 13 and beyond. These resources make it easy for teachers to deliver the digital technologies curriculum in a fun and effective way.

mark walmsley

Presenter: Dr Michael Walmsley comes from a family of 29 school teachers and has been programming computers since he was 12 years old. For his PhD, he combined his passions for education and computers to build an app that helps people learn to read Spanish. This app had significant commercialisation opportunities, including CIA backing to get it working for Russian and Arabic. He’s subsequently founded Code Avengers, which is based in Hamilton and has grown from one to 20 staff during the past six years.


adobe-logoCompany: ADOBE

Title: Linking Photoshop tips and tricks to Adobe’s free mobile apps

Outline:  Adobe Photoshop is the most widely used image manipulation software in education and industry. This workshop will go through a range of Photoshop tips and tricks that are commonly used by teachers and students to enhance their communication and creativity. The end product will be an Adobe Spark Page outlining what was learned throughout the workshop. No experience in Adobe Photoshop is required. Attendees should bring a laptop with Adobe Photoshop CC installed if possible. Further Professional Development is available at no cost for schools nationwide. Find out more at the Adobe stand at INTERFACEXpo 2018.

Presenter (Christchurch):  Dr Tim Kitchen. With more than 20 years of teaching and education leadership experience in Australia, Dr Tim Kitchen is currently Adobe’s Senior Education Specialist for Asia Pacific. He regularly liaises with government officials, schools, universities, Adobe partner companies and organisations with a focus on enhancing creativity in education. He also manages the Adobe education leadership and active use programmes throughout Australasia, and supports the professional learning activities within the Adobe Education Exchange (, which now has about 4,500,000 members.

A passionate advocate for creativity in education and a well-recognised education thought leader, Tim is a regular writer and presenter for a wide range of national and international journals and conferences

rosie sue adobePresenter (Palmerston North and Auckland): Rosie Sue is an Adobe Solution Consultant who works directly with Adobe to engage with customers, running workshops around the country for

corporate and government organisations and schools. She offers product training on a range of Adobe Creative Cloud programmes, which include Photoshop, InDesign, Character Animator, Adobe Spark, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and many more. Rosie has engaged with both students and teachers from primary to secondary schools in New Zealand, up-skilling staff and inspiring students to tap into their creative skills by using our Adobe products.


etv logoCompany: ETV

Title:  ETV has transformed into five amazing services, all connected together through ELINK!

Outline: Learn about ELINK, the hub of our brand new ETV, EVA and ELIVE platforms.Digital resources can be uploaded to the ELINK School Library to provide schoolwide access and with the ELINK Library and Workspaces, you can organise your content and control who can see it.

elink logoFrom both ETV and ELINK, you can take any video directly to EVA to make them into engaging interactive experiences and EVA’s annotation tools make it easy to turn your video into an interactive lesson or quiz. The 5 no-response tools are free and let you add lables, text, tables, links and images onto the screen and EVA Pro’s navigation and response-enabled tools help you easily create and adapt quizzes and puzzles for differing levels and learning progressions by using single, multiple and cloze text questions, drag and drop, true/false questions and hotspot navigation.

  • elive logoETV records dozens of programmes daily from 55 Freeview, SKY and international channels, and you will find 1000’s of instructional videos in Curriculum Collections. Plus, over 30 Freeview and International channels are all streamed live.
  • ELIVE is a powerful live streaming service that can be used for open or secure viewing.
  • The LINKTV Set Top Box makes it easy to watch any of our 30 live streaming Freeview and international TV channels or videos from ETV’s huge collection, directly on any screen, without needing a PC or laptop.

Presenter: Kerry Leaf eTV Manager Learning Resources, has been with eTV since 2014 after teaching a range of levels at a Mayfield Primary School in Otara, Auckland. She graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) in 2011 and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education with distinction, in Early Career Teaching. Her journey through education led her to eTV through her passion for education and life-long learning, as well as for the growing use of information technology to enhance and provide relevant and authentic learning experiences for the Rangatahi o Aotearoa.


pcmediaCompany:  PCMEDIA

Title:  Cloud should be free, debunking the myths!

Outline: How is the Ministry of Education’s Schools Cloud Transformation strategy going to impact your school? The strategy is real and there are decisions and actions to be considered right now that will have a major impact in ensuring your school is prepared and at the forefront of ‘moving spend out of the server room and into the classroom’.

lee harper

Presenter: Lee Harper, Education Specialist at pcMedia. For the past three years, Lee and his team have worked closely with schools across New Zealand. In 2016, pcMedia successfully carried out the Ministry of Education’s ‘Schools’ Cloud Transformation Project’ proof of concept.


Microsoft-LogoCompany: MICROSOFT

Title: Supporting student achievement with Learning Tools and Immersive Reader

Outline: Join the Microsoft team for a workshop showcasing the applications that are creating huge interest in New Zealand schools and across the globe: Learning Tools and the Immersive Reader. These two applications are built into Microsoft applications and are having a huge impact supporting literacy in schools around the world.

Learning Tools for OneNote is a free Add-in for OneNote that helps everyone improve reading and writing skills, including gifted learners, students with learning differences or a combination of any of a broad range of unique learning abilities.


New Cyclone LogoCompany: CYCLONE

Title: Coding with iPads

Outline: In this session, learn about tangible coding in play with Awbie. Coding Awbie teaches logic skills and problem solving, and it helps kids succeed in an increasingly digital world. Coding Awbie is the easiest way to introduce coding to your child.

swift playgrounds logoThe session will then move into Swift Playgrounds, a revolutionary app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun. It requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out. Solve puzzles to master the basics of Swift – a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by the pros to build today’s most popular apps. Then take on a series of challenges and step up to more advanced playgrounds designed by Apple and other leading developers.

Presenter (Christchurch): Emma Planicka – bio as above.

Presenter (Palmerston North and Auckland): Craig Render – bio as above.


To register your interest to attend INTERFACEXpo 2018, go

Once registered, you will receive an invitation to select the workshops of your choice. If you have registered but have not receive this information, please contact us at