UTB eNews AU: Sept 2022

Published
1 September 2022
by
Team UTB

It’s been an action-packed few weeks for Aussie trainers. Now borders are opening up again we’re traversing the travel lounges, treading the tarmac and jumping on planes to take tech training to even more schools and organisations around Australia.

While Paul was running Apple workshops for secondary teachers across Queensland, Adrian, Sam and Glen caught up in Melbourne to attend EduTech where Sam gave a standing-room-only workshop on how to Work smarter, not harder with Google Drive & Google Docs.

 

Content Overview


1 Tech Tools for Teachers
2 Trainer Tip
3 Lesson Planning Made Simple
4 Blog Bites
5 UTB Team Milestones

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Tech Tools for Teachers


A necessary evil of modern life, Gmail enables essential communication with colleagues and parents. But then there’s the barrage of emails that take up precious real estate – not just in our inboxes, but in our mental space. You know the one. Those that infiltrate our inboxes from sites we’ve subscribed to over the years.
  

I’ve seen many teachers’ inboxes – some with upward of 140,000 unread emails. While some of you may be on the verge of a panic attack at the mere thought, others may well be thinking “that’s nowhere near as bad as mine!”  

If you get emails you don’t want and will probably never read, don’t just delete them; unsubscribe. Yes, it takes a little longer, but it will save you a whole lot of time in the long run.  

Keep your eyes peeled over the next few newsletters for more stellar tips to help you reduce the clutter.

Trainer Tip


Calling all junior teachers! Introduce computational thinking to year 0-3 students with the help of Bee-Bots.
  

If you’re lucky enough to have Bee-Bots but your school can’t afford to buy mats for the bots to navigate around, there is a Virtual Bee-Bot App that has a dozen map options that are absolutely free! 

Click on Select your mat to choose your free map from the dropdown menu that includes number lines, treasure maps and loads more!

Try this exercise: Ask your students 2+2. Instead of giving their answer directly, they must code their bot to move to the correct answer.  

We’d love to see how your students enjoy this exercise!   

Tag us on social media so we can share with others the positive impact the tech has on students and inspire other teachers to give it a go! 

@usingtechnologybetter @utb.edu.au | #usingtechnologybetter #utbpd 

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Lesson Planning Made Simple


Minecraft: Education Edition is certainly a buzzword in schools right now – and for good reason. 
 

I’ll be honest and confess that when I was in the classroom a couple of years ago, I wasn’t using Minecraft: EE for its true purpose, using it only as an incentive for students to get their work done. I was completely oblivious to the abundance of curriculum-focused content available through this game-based platform.   

Minecraft: EE lessons are already built out for teachers and many include comprehensive lesson plans that will save you time and energy! I highly recommend you give it a go! If your school doesn’t already have it, you can download a free trial.  

Download your free trial here > Minecraft Education Edition 

If you lack confidence in this space, we offer fabulous hands-on Minecraft training that will get you up to speed in no time! 

Blog Bites


If you’ve got hundreds, thousands, or maybe even tens of thousands of emails in your inbox, it’s time for an inbox spring clean! Why bother?
 

Because it’s very likely that opening your inbox to a huge email count every day is causing you some level of frustration, anxiety and cognitive overload (even if you don’t realise it).  

Imagine the weight lifting off as you open your inbox to find only one page of emails (or less). What a sign of relief! That’s what an inbox spring clean can do for you. Happy spring cleaning!  

Click here to read > How to Spring Clean Your Inbox in Gmail

UTB Team Milestones


Celebrating Work Anniversaries
We’re celebrating a few work milestones this month. Here’s what it means to us to be part of the UTB family for Mark, Fran and James.

“All I want in a vocation is to make a difference in people’s lives, work alongside great people, and have the chance to grow professionally and personally. UTB gives me all of that in spades.”  
Mark, Learning & Development Lead – 3 years  

“Being a part of the UTB team has helped me believe in myself more than ever. I’ve been given opportunities to grow, which has motivated me to do so much more than I thought possible. I’m very grateful to be a part of this team.”  
Fran, Customer Service – 1 year 

“Great people and great culture with constant improvement of processes to make things better. I’m glad to be part of UTB and look forward to many more years to come!”
James, Customer Relations Manager – 1 year 

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