Minecraft Cyber Fundamentals: Network Heroes Workshop


Join us for our Network Heroes Workshop

Recommended ages 12-14

The first of the Cyber Fundamentals Minecraft Education worlds: Network Heroes

Register below for your class to attend the upcoming workshop on Network Heroes, the first of the Cyber Fundamentals Minecraft Education worlds. In this 60-minute-long experience, your students will be able to visualize and experiment with network components, encryption methods, password creation, layered security practices, and malware identification, making cybersecurity concepts more tangible and relatable.

Each student will need to have Minecraft Education downloaded onto their device and be able to access the Cyber Fundamental worlds. See the lesson page here for the direct download link to the world, and more information on the learning materials and lesson plan.

As each district and school organization is different, if you are not sure your students are licensed, or if you have specific questions on licensing, please reach out to your IT administrator with any questions.

Wednesday 11th October 2023
9.00 – 10.00am (Pacific/Auckland)

Duration: 60 minutes

Hosted by Cyclone

Based in Aotearoa New Zealand, Cyclone’s Digital Skills Team are highly skilled and experienced Digital Learning Specialists who are dedicated to providing comprehensive Digital Skills Training and education-focused Professional Learning and Development (PLD) Our team are all educators with a wealth of experience and knowledge to assist educators in developing effective and authentic digital teaching and learning strategies and experiences.

Cyclone is a Microsoft Global Training Partner and our team includes a Microsoft Certified Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Educators and Global Minecraft  Education Ambassadors.

Danny Bedingfield

Danny is a highly experienced and dedicated educator with a strong background in both academic and corporate settings. With over 15 years of teaching experience, Danny has honed his skills in facilitating learning in schools and commercial organizations. As a Microsoft Certified Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Minecraft Education Ambassador, Danny possesses in-depth knowledge of Microsoft tools and platforms and embodies the belief that education should be an enjoyable and transformative experience.

Thane Williams

Thane Williams brings over 10 years of teaching experience as a registered teacher in New Zealand.  Driven by a genuine passion for facilitating transformative learning experiences, Thane excels in equipping educators with the necessary skills to create dynamic and future-focused learning environments. They possess a high level of proficiency in Microsoft 365, Design Thinking, eLearning, eSports and strategic planning. Thane’s diverse skill set enables them to empower educators to adopt cross-curricular and student-centered approaches, fostering an inclusive and engaging learning environment.

Microsoft June Webinars

Your June Webinars

Preparing future ready people

Cyclone has a skilled team of Digital Learning Specialists who lead a wide range of meaningful PLD across New Zealand. Our passionate, future-focused teachers have extensive classroom and facilitation experience, and bring a practical, personable approach.

Wednesday 7th June
4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Inclusive Learner Succeeding with Microsoft Accelerators

Join the webinar to see how the Microsoft Accelerator tools can blend seamlessly into your teaching and learning programme. Search Coach, Reading Coach, Math Coach, Rehearse with Coach, Dictate and Immersive Reader are all ground-breaking tools but are often hard to embed into day-to-day teaching. Attend this webinar to learn about the power of these tools and how they can be utilised with all students to bridge gaps in their learning. This webinar is perfect for teachers, teacher assistants and all staff in the Learning Support Team.

Run Danny Bedingfield and Thane Williams

Tuesday 4th July
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Maximising Learning for All with UDL and Microsoft Technologies

Join our UDL and Microsoft Technologies webinar to learn practical tips and strategies for creating an inclusive learning environment. Discover how Microsoft Technologies such as OneNote, Immersive Reader, and PowerPoint can support UDL implementation and enhance accessibility for all learners. Whether you're new to UDL or an experienced educator, this webinar will provide valuable insights to make your teaching more effective. Don't miss out!

Run by Thane Williams and Danny Bedingfield


Low cost device options for big thinking students

Cyclone have researched tested and recommend these low cost devices that are great options for modern learning.

NEW Lenovo Yoga 300w Gen3 Convertible w/ Stylus & 3 Year Warranty

The ultimate learning machine
Built for the future of education, with features that make it perfect both in and out of the classroom. The 360-degree hinge enables comfortable and convenient modes especially while using the touchscreen with Pencil Touch technology. Students can use their hands to swipe and do, or use the optional pen to take notes, sketch, and more.

Acer TravelMate Spin B3 Convertible with Stylus & 3 Year Warranty

Perfect for interactive learning
Take advantage of more interactive learning activities with the TravelMate Spin B3’s high performing, ultra-durable design. Featuring a long battery life, mechanically anchored keys, a 5 Megapixel HDR world-facing camera, and a dockable Wacom AES pen, the Spin B3 empowers students to get even more out of their classes.

Microsoft Surface Go 3 Detachable with Stylus and 3 Year Warranty

Go anywhere with ease

The most portable Surface touchscreen 2-in-1 is perfect for your every task. Optimised for digital pen and touch, plus a faster Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery, tablet-to-laptop versatility and built-in Microsoft security.

Ask for pricing details

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: sales@cyclone.co.nz

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.