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Recent Blog Posts

How can we use digital technologies to capture evidence of student thinking?

The idea of digital integration is one that we get asked about a lot! Many teachers are unsure just how they could bring coding, robotics, digital activities or technology in general into their programmes without making it a stand-alone ‘something else’ they have to find time in their day to fit in. This blog will give you three easy ways to get started.

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Don’t write your stories – create them!

Why is it that in schools, more often than not, we simply ask students to ‘write’ their story. In many cultures, their traditions and histories are passed on mainly through the rituals of oral, not written, storytelling. This blog looks at a more creative way for students to tell their story.

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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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Top Tip for Google Sheets with Adrian

You use your translate but in Google sheets you can actually do it yourself, so let me just wipe out some formulas here and show you how it works, so let’s pretend that we’ve type been something over here in English.

Using the Goal Seek Add-On in Google Sheets

There are times when you are trying to find the best solution to a scenario in Google Sheets. Instead of trying multiple solutions, use Goal Seek to optimise the solution.

Our top 10 Gmail questions from 2019 answered!

Our top 10 Gmail questions from 2019 answered!

Gmail courses are always one of our most popular, which is not surprising given that so many people seem to be overwhelmed by their email. To help you use your email better in 2020, we have collated a list of the top 10 questions we were asked about Gmail in 2019, and given you the answers!

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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Two ways to snooze an email in Gmail

Sometimes an email arrives in your inbox that you don’t need right away, but you will require at a later date. While it is tempting to just leave it in your inbox until you need it, this doesn’t help you on the quest for Inbox Zero! The better thing to do is to ‘snooze’ the email until you need it.

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Pause your Gmail inbox to boost your efficiency

Have you ever been focussed and working hard on an important task, opened your inbox to find a relevant email and then been distracted by an avalanche of new emails? Or perhaps you’ve been trying to clear your inbox of old emails, but keep finding your progress is hindered by new messages. Imagine if you could temporarily stop new emails from arriving in your inbox.

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Searching effectively in Gmail

If there is one thing you can do to become more efficient in Gmail, it’s master Gmail search! Learning how to search effectively will allow you to narrow down your search results so that you can quickly pinpoint the exact email you are looking for. In this blog post, I’ll show what not to do when searching Gmail, and what to do instead.

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How to reuse a Google Form

Have you got a great Google Form that you want to reuse to collect new data? Or has someone shared a form with you that you’d like to use for your own purposes? In this blog post, we’ll share several different options for reusing a Google Form and help you pick the best option for your situation.

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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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Five tips for searching effectively in Google Drive

Five tips for searching effectively in Google Drive

Although Google Drive has a very powerful search feature, my training sessions always have participants who are having difficulty finding files in Google Drive. This is usually because they are just typing a keyword in the search box and hoping for the best! In this blog post, I’ll share my top five tips for searching effectively in Google Drive.

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How to change unread mail settings in Microsoft Outlook

Have you ever clicked on an unread email in the Outlook inbox and then wondered why it suddenly becomes marked as ‘read’, even though you have not actually read it yet? Or perhaps you sometimes find it difficult to locate your unread emails amongst all the read ones because the two don’t look that different.

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How to organise your folders in Microsoft Outlook

If you’ve been using the same email account in Outlook for a while, you’ve probably ended up with a long list of folders that can be cumbersome and time consuming to navigate. In this blog post, I’ll share three tips you can use to better organise your folders for greater efficiency.

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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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Top Tip for Google Sheets with Adrian

You use your translate but in Google sheets you can actually do it yourself, so let me just wipe out some formulas here and show you how it works, so let’s pretend that we’ve type been something over here in English.

Using the Goal Seek Add-On in Google Sheets

There are times when you are trying to find the best solution to a scenario in Google Sheets. Instead of trying multiple solutions, use Goal Seek to optimise the solution.

Our top 10 Gmail questions from 2019 answered!

Our top 10 Gmail questions from 2019 answered!

Gmail courses are always one of our most popular, which is not surprising given that so many people seem to be overwhelmed by their email. To help you use your email better in 2020, we have collated a list of the top 10 questions we were asked about Gmail in 2019, and given you the answers!

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It really gets you thinking about ‘why’ you do what you do. Great to have time out from the classroom to experiment and have time to think and discuss different ideas.

Abbey Howard

Highlands Intermediate

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.

KiKi Tsoli

Banks Town Senior College

Just replayed last week’s session and enjoyed it just as much second time around. This is a great facility!

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

Ken Sullivan

Sunning Hill School
(Juvenile Correctional Centre)

I just wanted to say an extra big thank you for providing such a great service. Online, at night and in the comfort of home – with my two young children asleep in the other room – pretty awesome actually. It was very engaging and entertaining.

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.

Vicki Nation

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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