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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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Share class videos with Microsoft Stream

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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Getting started with Jamboard

Getting started with Jamboard

Jamboard is now a core G Suite app, yet it’s amazing how many people don’t realise it exists. Designed as a collaborative whiteboard tool, it has a number of really useful applications. If this is new to you, read on – this blog will give you all the information you need to get started with this great addition to your suite of tools.

Protecting your workflow from the Coronavirus and natural disasters by utilising Microsoft Teams

Protecting your workflow from the Coronavirus and natural disasters by utilising Microsoft Teams

In our current environment, the certainty of running our schools or businesses the same as always, maintaining efficiency and continuity when disruption occurs can become frustrating. The capacity to pivot key processes so that it is business, as usual, is important. Utilising Microsoft Teams can help this in schools and business.

Here are three areas where you can use familiar tools in G Suite (and a few other free online tools) to empower the students in your classes!

Searching effectively in Gmail

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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See the view history of Google Docs, Sheets & Slides

See the view history of Google Docs, Sheets & Slides

The new Activity Dashboard feature in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides lets you see who has viewed your file, and when they last viewed it. In this blog post, I’ll show you how the feature works and how you can configure the related privacy settings.

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Macros in Google Sheets

Macros in Google Sheets

A major sticking point with moving from Excel to Google Sheets was the lack of ability to use macros. A macro will let you automate calculations and other aspects in spreadsheets. For instance, if you regularly tally up marks, allocate a grade and then draw a graph or chart of the results for your class, the you can create a macro to do this for you. Google Sheets now have the capacity to write and run you own macros. This will increase your efficiency and save you time.

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Customise Gmail’s Priority Inbox to boost your efficiency

Customise Gmail’s Priority Inbox to boost your efficiency

The default Gmail Priority Inbox configuration is centred around stars and Gmail’s importance indicators. However, this is not the only way to use Priority Inbox. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to customise Priority Inbox to suit your email flagging and follow up system and boost your efficiency.

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Inserting images in Google Forms

Inserting images in Google Forms

There are numerous ways to work with images in Google Forms. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to insert images into the form header, into a question, as an answer option and into anywhere else in your form too!

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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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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 quickly find an email in Microsoft Outlook

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

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

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!

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

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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Create your own personalised translator in Google sheets

Create your own personalised translator in Google sheets

How could you combine a language lesson with mathematics and spreadsheets? The magic of Google sheets allows us to be able to use certain functions to create our own language translating spreadsheet using Google translate. Follow these three steps to create your own personalised translator for you and your students.

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Getting started with Jamboard

Getting started with Jamboard

Jamboard is now a core G Suite app, yet it’s amazing how many people don’t realise it exists. Designed as a collaborative whiteboard tool, it has a number of really useful applications. If this is new to you, read on – this blog will give you all the information you need to get started with this great addition to your suite of tools.

Protecting your workflow from the Coronavirus and natural disasters by utilising Microsoft Teams

Protecting your workflow from the Coronavirus and natural disasters by utilising Microsoft Teams

In our current environment, the certainty of running our schools or businesses the same as always, maintaining efficiency and continuity when disruption occurs can become frustrating. The capacity to pivot key processes so that it is business, as usual, is important. Utilising Microsoft Teams can help this in schools and business.

Here are three areas where you can use familiar tools in G Suite (and a few other free online tools) to empower the students in your classes!

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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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