INTERFACEXpo Workshops 2019

There is always a great selection of workshops for delegates to choose at INTERFACEXpo events – and 2019 will be no exception. These 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. We’re currently finalising the content for this year and delegates will be asked to choose their workshops in April.

To give you a feel for what they’re about, here are a selection of workshops from 2018.



A selection of workshops in 2018

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.



themindlabbyUnitec* Please note this workshop was limited to 30 places and is currently full.


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.


schoology logoCompany: Schoology

Title: Building Engaged, Connected School Communities with a Culture of Collaboration, Co-Construction and Sharing

Outline:  In this workshop, Brad, Sam and Bronwen will share the simple it is for teachers to build and nurture their own subject driven personal learning networks to enjoy collaboration, co-construction and shared resources and ideas that sees a greater choice delivered for their students learning. Schoology has made it so easy for teachers to connect into a rapidly growing national and international network of educators via subject driven groups to collaborate, co-construct and share their teaching resources. We have been building the framework for a New Zealand teacher to share and access an expanding resource bank that spans primary, intermediate and secondary schools and will be looking at this in our workshop. Teachers can join this movement for FREE and we’ll show you how.

We’re also interested in your feedback on how we’re doing this – so please do come along and be open to sharing your views with us – we want to hear from you and make this work. The collaborative nature of Schoology has the potential to help teachers begin to develop cross-curricular links.  We know that this is something that a lot of schools are hoping that collaborative learning management systems are going to better enable them to do. Schoology is built for these types of tasks.

We’ll also look at how to engage the entire school community – teachers, students, SLT’s & deans, school – literally anyone that’s connected to and has a role in your school community. With Schoology parents and guardians are provided with a 360 degree visibility of their children’s learning regardless of their school age, you’ll see how you can actively involve this important and often hard to reach part of your community in the dynamic life of your school.

Schoology is more than a learning management system. It’s your virtual learning environment. A simple-to-use educationally driven toolbox that operates as a ‘hub’ to deliver all the tools needed to empower teachers, engage students and connect your entire education community – everything in one place accessed with a single login. Whether you’re a primary, intermediate or high school Schoology has the tools needed to elevate connection, engagement and collaboration.


code avengers logo


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.


Company: ETVetv logo

Title:  EVA in Education – Enhanced Video Annotation: Don’t just watch,

Outline: eTV is proud to announce our newest online tool, EVA. With 17 different types of interactions, EVA makes videos come alive with added content such as labels, text, tables, links and images. Enrich any eTV video with response-enabled tools including single, multiple and cloze text questions, drag and drop, true/false and hotspots.
eva-new.pngWith the ability to fit in at any point in a student’s learning journey, EVA is more than just video annotation software and can be used as an interactive assessment tool, from diagnostic testing, to in-depth analysis which allows the teacher to easily-monitor student progression towards desired academic outcomes.
In this workshop learn how educators can easily use EVA to introduce the student to a topic to gain maximum engagement, carry out simple/advanced diagnostic testing in a common, non-threatening environment and utilise reporting functions to assist and monitor student progression towards desired academic outcomes. And because EVA can be actively edited, students can continue to use the same resource (video) while the teacher changes the annotations and layered content. Teachers can easily scaffold the student through levels of progress by updating the EVA when needed, so that the student will have continuous access.
elink logoEVAs are not just a ‘watch it once’ DVD on the resource room shelf, but a ‘Watch and Learn’ interactive tool. Accessible at any time and available wherever the student has access to the internet, EVA creators can use embed codes for Learning Management Systems and direct links for sharing.
EVA enables the personalisation of content and context while stimulating engagement and facilitating student-centered and differentiated learning opportunities.


Company: CYCLONENew Cyclone Logo

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.



To register your interest to attend INTERFACEXpo 2018, go

Once registered, you will receive an invitation to select the workshops of your choice in early Term 2. If you have any questions, please contact us at