Why in schools, do we seem to snuff out this natural enthusiasm? The level of concentration in the eyes of the young people trying to learn new tricks was supported by encouragement and advice from their peers. Natural collaboration, community and culture. The skaters controlled their learning, broke big tricks down into a series of smaller ones and slowly increased the level of “danger” as confidence grew. All controlled by themselves.Read More
A wrap up of the year with a list of things that have surprised and delighted us. In this post we share our favourite updates from Google, Microsoft & Apple, our most popular blog posts, and our favourite Christmas video.Read More
This year Using Technology Better held their very first virtual staff Christmas party! With the core team spread across three countries and four time zones, a face-to-face party wasn’t practical. So in the spirit of Christmas cheer, team bonding and employee morale, Mike scheduled us a virtual one over Google Hangouts. Then, as all good leaders do, he delegated the task of organising it to the first team member that showed enthusiasm.Read More
This short video demonstrates Google Forms’ new quizzes feature. You will learn how to turn a Google Form into a quiz, input the correct answers, create custom feedback and see your student’s results.Read More
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), generally means your staff and students are bringing their personal devices to school. However BYOD can also include models where schools purchase the devices and lease them to students, schools mandate a device for parents to buy (BYODD) and everything in between.
In many schools BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Disaster, but it doesn’t have to be that way.Read More
In this video clip, Alice and I discuss how we can help resistant teachers change their mind about technology. This video was part of an hour long Google hangout. You can watch the whole hangout here Transcript: How To Help Resistant Teachers Adopt Technology __ Download PDF Version Alice: When you’re working with teachers and they’re…Read More
It used to be that parents could look at their child’s school book and feel like they had a sense of how their child was progressing. Now with work being completed on a computer, often that work is hidden behind a username and password.
In this post we show you how schools can easily empower parents to be involved in the learning process as well as improve communication between school and home by simply teaching the parents how to log into their students Google Drive or OneDrive account.
Plus you can download our step by step guides for parentsRead More
I love how you can apply mathematical principles to your teaching and school improvement plans. This principle when applied to school improvement can make a massive and sustainable change to your culture and practise.
Here is how you can make large scale changes and reduce resistance to change.Read More
In 2015 we held our BYOD symposium in Melbourne Australia. You can watch the recording of our expert presenters from Google, Microsoft and local schools as well as two prominent edtech researchers who discuss how to interpret educational research.Read More
Education has improved for the better, not radically changed.Read More