UTB eNews NZ: Nov 2022

27 October 2022
Team UTB

From Invercargill to Kaitaia – and everywhere in between – Kiwi trainers are busy delivering end-of-year PLD and in-class training. It is hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner! 

Jim and Rachel are now operating like seasoned veterans, making heartfelt connections while delivering transformative tech training experiences to schools around the country. 

We have also been running fun Canva modelling sessions making posters and social media-style videos, which is a great tool you could use to engage students in the lead-up to Christmas. 

Content Overview

1 Tech Tools for Teachers: Gapminder
2 Trainer Tip: Stop Repeating Yourself
3 Lesson Planning Made Simple: How to Create a Pick a Path Story with Google Forms
4 PLD Update: Enrich Learning Opportunities for Ākonga
5 Events: Cloud Computing Student Summit
6 Blog Bites: How to Create Self-Grading Quizzes with Microsoft Forms


Tech Tools for Teachers


Searching for the perfect way to get your students hooked on statistics?  

It can be a real challenge to get students excited about bar graphs and data. But we have found a handy website that is a real game changer.  

Gapminder makes stats much more engaging for your students and has a raft of valuable teacher resources that are absolutely free. Using real data from all over the world you can challenge the most common global misconceptions together with your students.  

Use the worldview upgrader to kick off a class discussion on hot topics such as suicide rates, companies with women as CEOs and safe drinking water.

Trainer Tip

Stop Repeating Yourself 

Do you ever feel like your instructions are falling on deaf ears? No matter how clearly you think you’re communicating something always seems to get lost in translation.  

VMaker is the answer! This screen recording tool will make all the difference so you can be sure you’ll never have to repeat yourself again! 

Do you struggle to give meaningful feedback that also encourages your students to do better? Make it easier on yourself with Book Creator. This app has a raft of options for typing written feedback, using the pen tool to draw comments onto student work, leave a voice message or a video! 


Lesson Planning Made Simple

How to Create a Pick a Path Story with Google Forms 

Scratching your head for fun ways your students can tap into their creative mojo? 

Get your students’ creative juices flowing by helping them design their very own pick a path story. 

Create your own pick a path story in Google Forms with handy screenshots that illustrate each step.


PLD Update

Enrich Learning Opportunities for Ākonga

Keen to develop localised curriculum as a priority in your school but aren’t sure where to start …? Read on … 

We love bringing the new Aotearoa NZ history curriculum to life with the support we offer schools through MoE funded PLD.

Working with Waipahihi School in Taupo for the past four years, UTB’s Learning & Development Lead, Mark Herring collaborated with teachers and their students to create this magical movie that shares the school’s core values of courage, bravery and adventure in this poignant tale of their school’s guardian, Tia. 

This shining example shows how we can integrate Aotearoa New Zealand’s Histories with the digital technology curriculum.

Get in on the action! Get PLD with UTB.

Our resident NZPLD Relationship Lead, Bex is here to get the support your school needs to integrate digital technology into your curriculum for maximum impact and outcomes that exceed expectations.  

Schedule A Call Here > 


Cloud Computing Competition a First for New Zealand Students

If you’re an Auckland teacher, ask your year 9-13 students the following questions:
1. Would you be pumped to learn that your daily cloud-based activities like gaming, streaming, and hanging out on social media could be a real career you’d be excited to get out of bed for every day? 

2. Do you get a kick out of building things, thrive on problem-solving and love dreaming up new ideas to change the world? 

3. Do you want a career that inspires you to make a difference in the world? 

4. Are you curious to meet the talented people behind the companies who are creating and building cloud solutions to find out if this could be the right industry for you? 

5. Are you excited to see the world-changing innovations the creative minds at cloud-based companies are producing? 

If they answered yes to any of the above, you have to register them for this upcoming epic event: 

Cloud Technology Student Summit 
The Trusts Arena, Auckland 
2 December 2022 
9:00 am – 2:30 pm 

You’ll meet industry experts at the Cloud Technology Student Summit, hosted by Using Technology Better in collaboration with Amazon Web Services. 

Students will get the lowdown on what the cloud is, and the steps you need to take to get skilled and dive into real-world applications of the cloud. 

You do not want to miss this opportunity!  

Calling All Auckland & Wellington School Leaders & Curriculum Designers!   

Get the information, resources and support to equip your students with the skills they need for an exciting career in cloud computing!

Amazon Web Services (AWS) invites school leaders and curriculum designers to join New Zealand Education to Workforce (E2W) members to learn about the free education programs available to schools across Aotearoa that offer your learners access to vital knowledge that can transform their future.  

Register here for a one-hour session at AWS headquarters in Auckland or Wellington (21 or 22 November), where you will learn how AWS can help to support you to prepare your students for in-demand cloud jobs.

Blog Bites

How to Create Self-Grading Quizzes with Microsoft Forms 

Creating surveys and quizzes is a great way to lighten your workload.  

If you are an Office 365 Education user then Microsoft Forms has a powerful in-built quizzes feature which includes self-grading and automatic feedback. And because Forms can be viewed and completed on any computer, tablet or phone they are suitable to use with students, colleagues, parents and the wider community.

How to Reuse a Google Form 

For Google users we have a great tip to help you collect valuable data – without having to reinvent the wheel every time you have a new event, project or cohort of colleagues or students. Or perhaps you see a form that someone’s shared with you that you’d like to make your own. 

There are a bunch of different options for reusing a Google Form. Get the lowdown on how to pick the best option to suit your situation. 

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