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UDL and Digital Inking Webinars

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Thursday June 23rd
3.30pm - 5.00pm

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

In this session brought to you by Microsoft Surface and Office365, Sam will introduce you to Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an educational framework based on research in learning sciences. During the session, you will explore what UDL is and how its application makes teaching and learning more inclusive and accessible for all students. Finally, Sam will showcase practical tools available from Office 365 and Microsoft that you can begin to use now that can make your classroom a more inclusive and accessible learning environment.

This workshop is designed to showcase how digital tools can not only lead to a more personalised learning experience but also can develop student agency over their learning. This session is appropriate for teachers of students of any age, stage or background who are regularly using Microsoft Tools or the Office365 suite.

Thursday June 30th
3.30pm - 5.00pm

Think in Ink!

Think in Ink! - In this session brought to you by Microsoft Surface, Sam Harris, PLD Facilitator at Cyclone will challenge you to think critically about the types of digital inputs that you are using when planning a teaching and learning experience. How does a mouse and keyboard compare to a stylus and touchscreen when you are engaging with students in a lesson?

What is digital ink and what is the point of using it as a student or teacher? How do I even get started with digital inking if I find myself teaching with a device that is capable of utilising it?

All of these questions will be answered and attendees will receive a OneNote book full of resources to help them get started on their digital inking journey.

Meet Sam Harris

Sam is a registered secondary teacher, who has worked in schools as a teacher in charge of History as well as an Across School Teacher within a Kāhui Ako (community of learning). In these roles, Sam has worked extensively with teachers on their use of digital technologies in the classroom and has worked collaboratively to establish localised teaching and learning opportunities that are connected and relevant to students lives.

Sam has a postgraduate qualification in digital and collaborative learning and has been a Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE). Sam is passionate about curriculum design and is particularly excited about the role that digital technologies can play in transforming teaching and learning experiences through the New Zealand Curriculum refresh and coming NCEA changes.

Below are some of the areas that he can help support within your school:

  • Office 365 for education
  • Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum
  • Senior Social Sciences curriculum development – History
  • Digital Technologies: Hangarau Matihiko
  • Digital fluency across the curriculum
  • New Zealand Curriculum Refresh & NCEA Changes
  • Middle Leadership mentoring and coaching
  • Working across Kāhui Ako (Communities of Learning)

History of Aotearoa: Minecraft Live Lessons


Join us for our series of History of Aotearoa: Minecraft Live Lessons.

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Sign up for the series


Tuesday, June 21st
9:30am – 11:00am


Wednesday, June 29th
9:30am – 11:00am


History of Aotearoa - Build your own history lesson in Minecraft

Following on from the success of the Active Citizen Live Lessons in Term 1, Cyclone is excited to announce another two Live Lessons, this time focused on your students as creators of their own Minecraft lesson based on an event or person of their choosing.

On the 21st of June, the first lesson will assist your students to pick an event or person in Aotearoa’s history to research. They will be guided on what information they will require in order to make their Minecraft lesson as impactful as possible.

Then the attendees will get hands on in Minecraft Education Edition and learn about World Builder Mode. They will be shown how to create NPCs (non playing characters) and how to make them talk and offer options to the person playing their world.

Student’s will learn about:

  • Deny and Allow blocks
  • Structure blocks
  • NPCs
  • Commands that NPCs can issue
  • How best to set their world up and build

Students will be given time to explore and test out these skills.

The students will then be given a week to research and start building their worlds.

On the 29th June, the second lesson will assist in focusing the students on the task. Any submitted questions over the week will be answered and ideas and worlds under construction will be shared.

The second lesson will introduce to the students their “Authentic Audience”. All completed worlds will be loaded to a website to be shared with educators all over New Zealand. Students will be required to construct a basic lesson plan to load up with their world.

More hands on time will be allocated for students to carry on working on their History of Aotearoa world. Q & A and more modelling will be provided to assist.

Students will be given training on how to submit the world and the lesson plan and given till end of week 1 term 3 to complete their worlds.

The end goal will be a variety of Minecraft worlds available to NZ Schools, complete with lesson plans that assist teachers all over Aotearoa to integrate Minecraft into the Histories Curriculum.

Never used Minecraft in the classroom before? Do not stress! You do not need to be using Microsoft or Microsoft Teams to join these sessions. Live lessons are a great first step to introducing you to Minecraft and it’s potential to engage students in immersive and interactive learning experiences.

A Minecraft Live Lesson is a lesson that is taught virtually. The lesson will be hosted by one of our teachers from the Professional Learning team from Cyclone. They will function as a guest teacher in your classroom for the Live Lesson. The live lesson will be approximately 90 minutes long.

A recording of the event will also be sent out to all those who have registered after the Live Lesson has finished.

These lessons can be run regardless of whether your school is operating face-to-face, remotely or in a hybrid setting. If you are teaching in person, the Live lesson will be projected in front of the class, and you will facilitate the lesson by roaming the room to support students. If you are teaching from home, you will send the Teams link straight to students to join and will need to be available to support student remotely.

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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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.