Online eSports Event


Unlock the power of play with Minecraft Esports

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Thursday 10th February, 2022
4.00PM – 5.00PM


Thursday 17th February, 2022
4.00PM – 5.00PM


Thursday 24th February, 2022
4.00PM – 5.00PM


Thursday 3rd March, 2022
4.00PM – 5.00PM


Esports offers players opportunities to make connections and form communities of organised play. 

In education, esports can be integrated with a games-based learning approach, promoting future ready skills and career technical education (CTE) pathways, and prepares students for careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). 

In this workshop teachers will learn how to…

  • Setup and implement a Minecraft esports programme within their school
  • Explain why esports belongs in education
  • Safeguarding and Online Safety for students
  • Recognise the health and wellbeing of students and using esports as a driver in this.
  • Inspire the Gamers in your classrooms to recognise that a healthier, sport driven lifestyle can lead to industry careers.

You will also receive:

  • Tips and tricks from the PLD Team Minecrafters 
  • Work towards the esports Microsoft Badge 
  • Take part in a Minecraft Build Challenge 

Who is this Programme for? 

This workshop is designed for Teachers with some experience with Minecraft: Education Edition who teach Years 6 – 9.

Empowering teachers to transform their classrooms with training, tools, and resources.

This growing industry has a great many connections to roles such as game design, coding, data analytics, technical set up and management, streaming, event organization, marketing, social media and brand management, and more. These employment opportunities offered by the growing esports industry are in addition to those directly associated with the gameplay itself, such as coaching, team management and esports athletes. 

In partnership with Microsoft Aotearoa and to support the growth of esports the Cyclone PLD Team are running online workshops throughout February. By taking part in the workshop, you will become part of a nationwide community of teachers. You will build connections with teachers in your region, across the country and on a global scale with opportunities for your students to take part in the Minecraft Global Build Challenge and Minecraft Masters. In this workshop, you will learn how to use Minecraft: Education Edition in esports to develop an esports Club within your school community. By taking part in the programme, you will also work towards a Microsoft qualification as an esports leader.

You will be supported with Minecraft Resources to use with your students and the in-person event will be supported by a series of online “Office Hours” session with the PLD Team following the regional event and to help with the Global Build Challenge in 2022. 

Classroom Air Purifiers


Know your air.

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Breathes in the things you shouldn’t.

Protecting the health, safety and welfare of New Zealands students from the spread of SARS-Cov-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 disease) is essential to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the entire population.

Consideration of mobile air purifiers is an option, with a number of authorities advising that this is one more protective tool that may help.

The states of New South Wales and Victoria are now rolling out these units for thousands of classrooms – based upon evidence to support this protective stance.

Cyclone has identified the two devices being used in Australia and now has access to them in New Zealand. However, scale will not happen this year because the supply chain is filling up quickly as demand intensifies (stock will now arrive in quantities early January).

Say hello to Trusens

TruSens eliminates 99.99% of airborne coronavirus. *

*Results from independent third-party testing using aerosolized airborne concentration of human coronavirus 229E over a two-hour period in a sealed chamber. HCoV-299e is a well-established surrogate for SARS-Cov-2.

New air with Samsung

Remove 99.97%* of ultra-fine particles from the air, certain harmful gases and captured bacteria.*

*Tested on the AX40M3040WMD for xylene, benzene, ethylbenzene, styrene & formaldehyde gases. The filter media has over 99.97% dust collection efficiency, based on a particle size of 0.26㎛, as specified by 42 CFR part 84. Antibacterial function tested on the filter media of the dust collecting filter. Tested in the National Test Institute of Korea.

If you are considering portable air filters for your classrooms, register your interest by filling out the form on your right, talk with your Cyclone Account Manager or call 0800 686 686.

Talk to us today to help with the solutions that are right for your organisation

Our office hours are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Give us a call on 0800 686 686 or email us with the form below.

Apple DEP Program

Apple DEP purchasing


Apple DEP purchasing now available at Cyclone

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Simplify your setup with Apple’s Device Enrolment Program

Cyclone is pleased to announce that we can now offer Apple’s Device Enrolment Program (DEP) in New Zealand.

You can now combine your Mobile Device Management software (MDM), your Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) and your hardware purchasing directly through Cyclone and enjoy true zero-touch configuration of your devices – both iOS and OSX.

While Cyclone is able to offer our customers the choice of an MDM solution, DEP enables us to enroll into whichever MDM you may have (Casper, AirWatch, Meraki…). With DEP we are now able to combine your VPP and MDM together so that device management is at last … simple!

If you already have iPads and want to know how to simplify your management of them… apps and devices – we are able to help.

Talk to the experts at Cyclone today to start using Apple DEP ASAP!

Cyclone’s participating DEP Reseller ID is: 76AB750

For more details, please email use at:

Talk to us today to help with the solutions that are right for your organisation

Our office hours are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Give us a call on 0800 686 686 or email us with the form below.

Home Learning with Seesaw


An introduction to Seesaw

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What is Seesaw?

Seesaw is a platform for student engagement. Teachers can empower students to create, reflect, share, and collaborate. Students “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. It’s simple to get student work in one place and share with families, and nothing is shared without teacher approval

Logging in using a home learning code

Communicating with students and families

Accessing home learning codes

Using the creative tools

Talk to us today to help with the solutions that are right for your organisation

Our office hours are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Give us a call on 0800 686 686 or email us with the form below.

Google Meet Top Tips


Google Meet is a place where you can host real-time meetings by Google.

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Download the guide

Microsoft Teams


Keeping in touch with Microsoft Teams Chat and Meetings

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Using Teams Chat

  • In chats you can have a One on One and group chats
  • You can make a video and audio call directly from Chat – Making Calls
  • You can pin your chats so that they sit at the top of your Chat Feed – you can pin up to 15 chats. (See above)
  • You can hide a chat if it is no longer relevant and you can delete a message you just sent
  • You can share your screen in a Chat
  • Creating Chat Groups
  • You can search for messages within Teams in the command box at the top of Teams.


Why Chat is important?

A lot of remote workers find the thing they miss the most about the office is casual conversations. Chats keep us connected. Be deliberate about reaching out and connecting with your co-workers.

Think of chat messages as your virtual watercooler and set yourself a reminder to check in with people regularly. Emojis, GIFs, and stickers are a fun way to keep in touch.


Meetings and Calls

Meetings in Teams include audio, video, and screen sharing.

Teams meetings are best when you create and join them from the Teams app. The PLD Team recommend creating meeting using the Calendar within Teams. The meetings synchronize with your Outlook Calendar.

Schedule a Meeting from the Calendar within teams

  • Select New meeting
  • Type in a meeting title
  • An online meeting is created by default
  • Choose a start and end time and add details if needed
  • Enter names in the ‘invite people’ box to add them to the meeting


View Meetings

  • Select Calendar to view your appointments and meetings for the day or work week
  • These appointments stay synchronized with your Outlook calendar
  • Select a meeting invite to see what the meeting’s about, who’s attending, and to respond to the meeting.


Joining Meetings

You can join from a link, the Calendar within Teams (recommended), from a Chat and from a Channel.


Video on Joining a Team


In a Meeting

  • We encourage you to turn your video on for the meetings if you feel comfortable. The face-to-face interaction goes a long way to help us feel connected
  • When you join a meeting, you can set your audio and video settings- turning video/audio on or off and blurring your background
  • Once the meeting has started you can change these settings. You may want to mute your mic when you are not talking but remember to turn it back on when you are speaking.


  • Teams tries to anticipate what you’ll want to see in a meeting. When someone starts speaking, Teams shows them. When someone shares content, Teams shows that.
  • A crowded call can make it difficult for people to share their opinions and contribute.
  • Whoever is leading the meeting – pause frequently to allow time for questions and people can use the chat window to share their thoughts during the meeting. An agenda for the meeting is also very helpful.
  • You can also use a Digital Collaborative Whiteboard (it is integrated into Teams) during a meeting.


Sharing your Screen during a Meeting


Record your Meetings

Record your meetings in Teams to capture audio, video, and screen sharing activity. Team members wo aren’t able to join can watch the meeting later. That way, people can easily review anything they missed or need repeated.

For more details on Meetings, see: Microsoft Teams Help and Learning


Blurring your Background during a Meeting

In Microsoft Teams, you can show your desktop, a specific app, presentation, or any file while in a meeting.

  • Select Share
  • Select what you want to share:
    – Desktop lets you show everything on your screen
    – Window lets you show a specific app
    – PowerPoint lets you show a presentation
    – Browse lets you find the file you want to show
  • After you select what you want to show, a red border surrounds what you’re sharing
  • Select Stop sharing to stop showing your screen.

Talk to us today to help with the solutions that are right for your organisation

Our office hours are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Give us a call on 0800 686 686 or email us with the form below.