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Google Classroom Update


Well, Google Classroom still seems to be the “topic du jour” at many school get-togethers at the moment.  Its launch date of September fits nicely into New Zealand schools’ timeframe for a period of evaluation in Term 4, with a view to possible school-wide deployment at the start of the new school year in late January or early February 2015. Discussion and…

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Interface XPO – Alive and Kicking!


Over the years, the education sector has seen some events and conferences come and go (such as the Learning@School in February) and so it’s been nice to see the NZ Interface XPO establish itself as an integral part of the ICT professional development landscape. The XPO is held in May with one day in each of three cities around the country.…

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ICT in Australian Education


The “black budget” in Australia has certainly caught the headlines leading up to and after its announcement this week.  This is the new Coalition Government’s first budget and they have clearly decided that the first year of the election cycle is the best time to implement a wide raft of tough measures that will be unpopular with many voters! It’s always…

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Google Classroom


There was an unexpected and interesting announcement from Google last week about a new free App for Google Apps for Education called Google Classroom. It will be officially released in September but in the meantime you can apply for a preview. As Google indicates, Classroom is a logical response to the practical issues that teachers encounter when trying to work with a…

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Google Apps for Education Summit (Albany Senior High)


Congratulations to all the team who put on the GAFE (Google Apps for Education) Summit at Albany Senior High School last week, attended by about 200 enthusiastic folk from the wider education community .  It was a well-run event, with a nice variety of presentations to meet the different needs of all those attending. Compared with the previous event two years…

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Welcome to Our School!


On behalf of Brett, myself and the rest of the Our School team, welcome to our new website and blog. In a sense, our company has been under way since i-com started in 1996, and when we expanded last year, we kept that familiar name.  Now we’ve had a good 12 months to get better established and the new company name…

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