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G Suite – Sweet As. Tips and Tricks from the UTB Team.

Here at UTB we do loads of training in G Suite with both corporate and education clients. So often we find that it’s the ‘little things’ that get the biggest reactions from our trainees. These ‘little things’ are usually pretty basic and simple but make a huge impact as they can help to increase your efficiency with tasks that you do everyday.

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Collaborative Goal Setting

Education is a demanding and complex occupation and educators can often be time poor so at the forefront of my mind when supporting a school is the importance of clarity and cohesion. These two keys elements in supporting empowering change are summed up nicely by one of my favourite Māori quotes, ‘He waka eke noa, We’re all in this together’

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Share class videos with Microsoft Stream

If your school uses Microsoft Office 365, you and your students will probably have access to Microsoft Stream. This video tool makes it very easy for teachers and students to securely share videos within classes and the wider school. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to use Microsoft Stream to share videos with your class.

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A method of teaching the micro:bit

The BBC micro:bit is an amazing tool but what is the most effective way to introduce it to students? By initially focusing on the hardware could we support the students to be more creative in the long term?

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Using Book Creator in the Chrome Browser

Book Creator is a favourite tool of mine for demonstrating how to create impactful, authentic digital outcomes eBooks in classrooms. Many teachers are familiar with the iPad app but haven’t seen all the great things you can do when you use Book Creator in a browser. Check out these features that you may not know about!

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Student ICT skills mapping

Students skills and fluency with ICT are just as important as teachers. As students progress through their schooling they are building a certain skill set with using ICT for learning and for life so schools need to consider what this progression looks like and where it is headed. I encourage schools to collaboratively map out students acquisition and mastery of key ICT skills.

Samantha’s Top Tip for Google Keep

Google Keep is amazing. So it’s kind of a bit like a hybrid sticky note. Kind of task list, just ways to capture information that you want to keep hence the name so if you’ve not seen it before, when you have got any G suite tool open or you’re even on the Google search page.

Top Tip for Gmail with Samantha

Top Tip for Gmail with Samantha

It’s time for Gmail and let me tell you I’ve been doing this for a long time with Gmail and I’m going to put out a scenario to you all and I can’t see if you’re nodding but my guess is going to be, you will.

5 ways to resize the Gmail compose box

Some people find the Gmail compose box a little bit small and cramped. That’s why the five resize tricks I am about to share with you are so popular whenever I show them in our Gmail workshops. They’re guaranteed to get a shout of excitement from at least a couple of people in the room!

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How to edit images inside Google Docs & Slides

Image editing is one of things that can seem a little daunting. However, Google Docs and Google Slides both include some basic image editing tools that are very easy for anyone to use! In this blog post, we’ll show you how to use each of the tools available to put your own flair on images.

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Make a Gmail contact group incredibly quickly

Creating email groups is an incredibly quick way to be able to send an email to a number of people at the same time without having to type in each email individually. Did you know that in Gmail you can do it from right within the compose box?

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3 ways Google Calendar makes it easy to work across multiple time zones

Here at Using Technology Better, we have team members located in three different countries and across four different time zones. We also work regularly with clients from across the globe. This can make scheduling meetings and working collaboratively challenging! However, Google Calendar has three really useful features that can help make this much easier.

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Two ways to schedule an email in Gmail

One of the most frequent questions I am asked by people who are transitioning from Outlook to Gmail is “How do you schedule an email in Gmail?”. Gmail now has this functionality built in, and it is very simple to use.. Alternatively, you can use the Chrome extension called Boomerang for Gmail.

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4 reasons to love the new Gmail

Google have rolled out a new interface in Gmail. While many of the old features we know and love are still there, there are some great new features that will help you to increase efficiency in your Inbox. This short video will show you how to switch to the new Gmail and give you 4 tips to getting started.

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How to search for Google Drive share emails in Gmail

When someone shares a Google Drive file, they usually also choose the option to notify the recipient via email. Although the shared file is accessible from ‘Shared with me’ in Google Drive, I have had many people tell me that they prefer to refer back to the original notification email to access the file. This post will show you an easy way to quickly find these emails!

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How to save a Gmail search

If you’ve mastered Gmail’s advanced search, you’ve probably found that you are frequently performing the same or similar searches. Because we love to help you be more efficient, in this post I’ll show you how you can save Gmail searches to speed up the process even more!

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How to use Diagrams in Google Drawing

Diagrams and visual representations of ideas are a powerful method of communication. However, setting up the shapes, space, text and other diagrammatic variables can often be time-consuming – but not any more. By using the Diagram feature in Google Drawing this has now become a simple process. Read on to find out how to do it.

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How to quickly find an email in Microsoft Outlook

It’s so easy to waste time digging through folders and scrolling through search results trying to find that email that you just know is hidden somewhere. In this blog post, I’ll explain how the Outlook search feature works and how you can use it to quickly find the email you are looking for.

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Reflective teaching using the time-lapse feature on iPad

It would be great if we could observe our own classes from a distance and then analyse what is going on and reflect, identify areas of strength and growth. By using the time lapse feature on an iPad (or on iPhone) you can easily reflect on your teaching practice.

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Using Named Ranges in Google Sheets

Using named ranges in Google Sheets will stop cell references being messed up inside formulas when you copy or move cells. They also help you become more efficient in creating great, functional spreadsheets.

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Logic Branching in Google Forms – Get the info you really want in the most efficient way!

Google Forms are a simple yet powerful way to collect information from people. An often overlooked feature is ‘logic branching’, where people are directed to different parts of a Form, based on how they answer. In this example we look at collecting information from parents but branching is also great for student writing (Pick-a-Path), student agency and talking about computational thinking.

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Five ways to make the most of your micro:bit

Integrating STEAM and robotics in the classroom can be expensive. Thankfully there are many low-cost options such as the BBC micro:bit which, with a little resourcefulness and tinkering can be a great tool to get started with. If you are new to the micro:bit be sure...

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Student ICT skills mapping

Students skills and fluency with ICT are just as important as teachers. As students progress through their schooling they are building a certain skill set with using ICT for learning and for life so schools need to consider what this progression looks like and where it is headed. I encourage schools to collaboratively map out students acquisition and mastery of key ICT skills.

Samantha’s Top Tip for Google Keep

Google Keep is amazing. So it’s kind of a bit like a hybrid sticky note. Kind of task list, just ways to capture information that you want to keep hence the name so if you’ve not seen it before, when you have got any G suite tool open or you’re even on the Google search page.

Top Tip for Gmail with Samantha

Top Tip for Gmail with Samantha

It’s time for Gmail and let me tell you I’ve been doing this for a long time with Gmail and I’m going to put out a scenario to you all and I can’t see if you’re nodding but my guess is going to be, you will.

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Abbey Howard

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Thank you Mike! I really found the 4 week course on ‘How to Motivate, Manage & Engage Your Students’ really interesting and great food for thought on how to improve my class routines and student engagement. I look forward to the next sessions with the technology course.

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Banks Town Senior College

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Where was this kind of training when I did my Bachelor of teaching???

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Sunning Hill School
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Leda McFadzean

 

OMG!!! What a change! This class has a lot of students in it, and I find the room very small for all the different personalities. But after I set the picture, the students were working with me instead of against me.

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Chair Mathematics Faculty
Billanook College

I have been teaching for four years, and this was the best Professional Development course I have completed…even the students said to me “you should do these things more often.

Ailie Granger

Griffith High School

Mike, awesome course, fantastic resources and a real wake-up for someone who considers himself technically astute but not necessarily updated!

Shaun Hardy

Technological and Applied Studies Teacher
Coffs harbour High School

Today was amazing. By far the best PD I have done in my 5 years of Teaching.

Josh Harding

Head of IT – Cobham Intermediate School

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