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Recent Blog Posts

How to rename a version history in Google Docs, Slides or Sheets.

I’ve always loved the Revision History feature in Google Docs. Being able to go back and see the changes that have been made, and who made them, has many advantages. A recent update to what is now called Version History allows us to name different versions as changes are made. What does this mean for teachers?

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How To Integrate the Micro:bit In Classroom Activities

How do we use STEAM tools and ideas in our everyday classroom programmes without it being just one more thing we have to include in an already incredibly busy environment? The micro:bit offers an excellent entry point. With some subtle adjustments we can begin to incorporate coding into what we are already doing.

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How To Get Onboard with the New Digital Technology Curriculum

The New Zealand Digital Technologies Curriculum is now in its draft from and teachers all around NZ have begun to implement it in their classrooms. But are you one of the many teachers who are sitting there thinking about where on earth to begin with it, and how will you possibly be able to fit one more thing into your already frantic class timetable?

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Why Doing One Thing is a Good Thing

What is potentially the most common phrase ever spoken by teachers?
“I’m just so busy! There’s never enough time.”
And they would be right. It can be a frantic job. That’s why doing just one thing might be just what is needed. Read on to see what I mean.

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Five advanced tips for working with Gmail labels

In a recent post I explained how labels work in Gmail and how they can be a very powerful and useful tool for keeping your inbox organised. In this post I’m going to dig deeper and share five advanced tips for working with labels

Tips for inserting pictures into Google Docs and Slides

More and more teachers and students are using G Suite to redefine the learning journey. Teachers are using technology to increase student agency by supporting students to reflect on their learning and think critically and creatively. By showing students how to use the insert > camera image tool in G Suite students will be well placed to do this

How to change unread mail settings in Microsoft Outlook

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.

How to stop signing in and out of your Google accounts in Chrome

If you have a business or school Google account (often called a G Suite account), then chances are you have a personal Google account as well. One of the most common things we see when training people who are beginning to use Google tools is the frustration that signing in and out of different accounts can cause.

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Synchronise your Google Drive files to your computer

If you store non-Google files in your Google Drive (e.g. Microsoft Office files, PDFs, Photoshop files etc.), it can be really convenient to synchronise them to your computer. The Google Drive for Mac/PC tool allows you to synchronise either all the contents of your My Drive, or just selected folders. Synchronised files can be accessed offline and easily opened and edited in their native applications.

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Add a calendar preview to Gmail

The Google Calendar gadget lab gives you a preview of your Google Calendar from the Gmail interface. It can display upcoming events from multiple calendars, and also lets you add new events using the Quick Add feature. You can also choose to show a mini date-picker if desired. The great thing about this lab is that it gives you visibility of your calendar without needing to leave Gmail.

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Travelling with Technology Tips – Part 1

The great thing about technology is that it enables us to be more mobile. However, if you have ever travelled long distances you may have found that some of the functions and conveniences of being connected can fall over.

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Customise themes in Google Slides

Google Slides have a good range of themes you can use to add some colour and fun to your presentations. However, sometimes the look and feel of the theme might not be quite what you’re after. The good news is that you can use the Edit master feature in Google Slides to make changes to colours, fonts and images in the theme. Editing the master will automatically implement the changes across all the slides in your presentation. The end result is your own customised theme.

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Photo Gallery by Awesome Table

Photos are a great way to capture evidence of the activities and the learning that happen within a classroom. Sharing those photos can sometimes be frustrating though- but not with the Photo Gallery by Awesome Table add-on for Google Sheets. Read on to see how easy it can be to embed a folder of folders into your Google Site with this awesome tool.

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Gmail’s Send + Archive button explained

Gmail’s Send + Archive button is a great feature that lets you perform two actions with one click. However, many of the attendees at my training sessions either don’t know it exists or are confused about how it works. In this post, I’ll explain what the Send + Archive button does, how to turn it on and why it should be your new favourite Gmail feature!

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Fix your language & country settings in Google Docs, Sheets & Slides

Fix your language & country settings in Google Docs, Sheets & Slides

Have you been frustrated by your Google Docs, Sheets or Slides having the wrong measurement, date, currency or language settings for your country? If so, you’ll love this simple fix! In this blog post, I’ll explain how changing the language settings in your Google account (via Google Drive) will solve this problem for good.

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Immersive reader and accessibility tool

There are some great functions native in Microsoft O365 that assist people to access technology making learning easier. Not only can handwriting be converted to text and read to you in OneNote, but the Immersive reader can assist access to the information on your screen. Additionally, the accessibility tool informs you if what you have written is easily accessible to others.

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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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Scratch 3.0 – What’s new?

Scratch 3.0 is available to try in beta version and it has some awesome new features. I’ll show you a couple of them in this video. If you’ve never used Scratch before or are an old pro you’ll be delighted by how much computational thinking can be developed in this user friendly system to design games, animations and stories.

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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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Share to Classroom – Power up your use of Google Classroom

If you are using Google classroom you’ll love the ‘Share to Classroom’ Chrome extension by Google. Teachers love Google Classroom! Many are only just discovering the ‘Share to Classroom’ extension which allows you to ‘Push’ sites to students and create announcements, assignments and questions quickly and easily. Check out this blog post to see how!

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How 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?”. At present there isn’t a built in feature in Gmail that enables you to schedule emails. However there is a browser extension called Boomerang for Gmail that provides this functionality.

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Five advanced tips for working with Gmail labels

In a recent post I explained how labels work in Gmail and how they can be a very powerful and useful tool for keeping your inbox organised. In this post I’m going to dig deeper and share five advanced tips for working with labels

Tips for inserting pictures into Google Docs and Slides

More and more teachers and students are using G Suite to redefine the learning journey. Teachers are using technology to increase student agency by supporting students to reflect on their learning and think critically and creatively. By showing students how to use the insert > camera image tool in G Suite students will be well placed to do this

How to change unread mail settings in Microsoft Outlook

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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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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