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Technology, sustainability and saying goodbye to some old friends.

Technology, sustainability and saying goodbye to some old friends.

If you were to create a pile of all the LPs, cassettes and CDs you ever owned how big would it be? Where are they all now? Did you throw them out? Recycle them?
Technology has both positive and negative consequences – the impact of some technological change on the environment has been massive. Exploring technology, sustainability and the environment should be part of all curriculums.

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Getting started with computational thinking

Getting started with computational thinking

Ask many teachers what computational thinking is and they’ll look at you with a blank face. I used to feel like that! But actually, it’s not that complicated at all. This blog will unpack what it is and give you some simple ideas on how to get started with unpacking what it could look like in your classroom.

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How to do an Inbox spring clean in Outlook for Windows

How to do an Inbox spring clean in Outlook for Windows

Spring has sprung here in the Southern Hemisphere, so it is a perfect time to do an Inbox Spring clean! Imagine what it would be like to open your Outlook mail and see all your mail with minimal scrolling…that’s what an Inbox spring clean can help you do.

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How to do an Inbox spring clean in Gmail

How to do an Inbox spring clean in Gmail

Spring has sprung here in the Southern Hemisphere, so it is a perfect time to do an Inbox Spring clean! Imagine what it would be like to open your Gmail Inbox and have only one page (or less) of emails sitting there…that’s what an Inbox spring clean can help you do.

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How to get your students started with G Suite tools the right way!

How to get your students started with G Suite tools the right way!

Do your students end up with their Google Drive full of untitled files? Does their poem about aardvarks show up first in their Drive?

Getting your students started with G Suite the right way can make all the difference to your classroom. Use our checklist to build good habits from the beginning to save them (and you) from frustration.

3 steps to developing a PD plan that actually works

3 steps to developing a PD plan that actually works

If you are organising the learning for your staff, you know that it is near impossible to organise anything that pleases everyone!
Let’s take a step back and look at WHY you are organising profession learning opportunities for your staff…

Outclassed Podcast: Episode 3: Balancing Policy, Security and Innovation

Outclassed Podcast: Episode 3: Balancing Policy, Security and Innovation

Get Notified Of Future Episodes: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcast | Stitcher | TuneIn + Alex | Podcast Addict | Podchaser | Deezer | Listen Notes In this Episode: In this week's OutClassed Podcast, Mike and Blake dig into how schools can strategically prepare...

Make a Gmail contact group incredibly quickly

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

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

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

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

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

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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How to reuse a Google Form

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 do an Inbox spring clean in Gmail

How to do an Inbox spring clean in Gmail

Spring has sprung here in the Southern Hemisphere, so it is a perfect time to do an Inbox Spring clean! Imagine what it would be like to open your Gmail Inbox and have only one page (or less) of emails sitting there…that’s what an Inbox spring clean can help you do.

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Create a collection of images in Chrome

Create a collection of images in Chrome

Do you often find yourself searching for online images to use and then wishing you could remember where you found certain ones? This blog post will show you how you can curate a collection of these online images using the Chrome web browser so that you can easily access anytime you like.

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Four ways to see if someone has edited your Google Sheet

Four ways to see if someone has edited your Google Sheet

If you have multiple people contributing to a shared Google Sheet, it can be difficult to keep track of all the changes being made. However, Google Sheets has some really useful features that can tell you when something has been changed and help you pinpoint exactly what was changed and by whom.

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

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!

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.

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

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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How to get your students started with G Suite tools the right way!

How to get your students started with G Suite tools the right way!

Do your students end up with their Google Drive full of untitled files? Does their poem about aardvarks show up first in their Drive?

Getting your students started with G Suite the right way can make all the difference to your classroom. Use our checklist to build good habits from the beginning to save them (and you) from frustration.

3 steps to developing a PD plan that actually works

3 steps to developing a PD plan that actually works

If you are organising the learning for your staff, you know that it is near impossible to organise anything that pleases everyone!
Let’s take a step back and look at WHY you are organising profession learning opportunities for your staff…

Outclassed Podcast: Episode 3: Balancing Policy, Security and Innovation

Outclassed Podcast: Episode 3: Balancing Policy, Security and Innovation

Get Notified Of Future Episodes: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcast | Stitcher | TuneIn + Alex | Podcast Addict | Podchaser | Deezer | Listen Notes In this Episode: In this week's OutClassed Podcast, Mike and Blake dig into how schools can strategically prepare...

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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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