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5 ways to develop creative STEAM projects.

5 ways to develop creative STEAM projects.

It is possible to deliver a STEAM project to students which kills creativity. Without significant and purposeful learning design STEAM learning can inhibit the very things we are trying to support students to develop. Here are five tidbits of thought to help you think critically about STEAM and creativity.

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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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How to organise your folders in Microsoft Outlook

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

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

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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Top Tip for Google Drawings Part 1 with Donna

Top Tip for Google Drawings Part 1 with Donna

How you could spend a lot of time playing around with this. The gaps between your stops here you can see other gaps in your gradient here. If you want a really solid line between them, just drag this one on top of that one.

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.

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.

Add a calendar preview to Gmail

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

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

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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Check spelling in a Gmail message

Check spelling in a Gmail message

In the rush to reply to all the emails we receive, it’s easy to overlook common spelling mistakes or typing errors. Whilst Gmail does not have as-you-type spell-check built-in, it does have another little known spell-check feature that is useful. You can also use your browser’s as-you-type spell checking to show those squiggly lines we’ve all become used to seeing under misspelled words.

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The Notes App – the Hidden Gem on an iPad

The Notes App – the Hidden Gem on an iPad

The Notes app is what I often call ‘the hidden gem’ of apps. Why? Since like most of us, you have probably opened it up at some stage, typed a few sentences and then overlooked it for apps that can do more of what we need in the classroom. The Notes app is closed, never to be opened again. But the reality is that the simplicity of this app, combined with some great features, makes it a hidden GEM!

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How to make a single Google Doc available offline

How to make a single Google Doc available offline

Many of us are now working with a G Suite account as our primary source of a digital word processing tool. Some of us are using it as our secondary source – but whichever way we are doing it, there are times when we just may want to access it offline. Here’s a way to do it with just a few minutes of forward planning.

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Five advanced tips for working with Gmail labels

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

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How to organise your folders in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

How to organise your folders in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

If you’ve been using the same email account in Outlook for Mac 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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Getting started with Google Drive File Stream

Getting started with Google Drive File Stream

Does you or your organisation store non-Google files in Google Drive? If so, you’ve probably found it frustrating to have to download and upload these files every time you want to open or edit them in their native applications. Drive File Stream can solve this frustration for good by giving you a seamless way to work with non-Google files.

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The line of best fit and scatterplots in Google Sheets

The line of best fit and scatterplots in Google Sheets

Collecting data and finding the strength of the relationship between the variables, a method used in statistics. Making a scatterplot and finding the line of best fit or trendline in Excel was a piece of cake. I could never do it in Google Sheets until I found a solution! It is easy to build a meaningful scatterplot, put in a trendline and find the correlation coefficient within a couple of clicks.

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Fast, easy formatting in Google Docs

Fast, easy formatting in Google Docs

Clear Formatting and Paint Format are often overlooked tools in Google Docs. Once you know how to use them they will save you time when copying and pasting, as well as applying formatting across a document.

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How to watch a YouTube video effectively

How to watch a YouTube video effectively

How useful is YouTube when you are wanting to learn a new skill? You can find tutorials on almost anything! One thing students can often struggle with though, is flicking back and forward between tabs to try something out, then going back to view the next step. Well no more! Read on to find out about a super easy way to enable the Picture in Picture mode.

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Improve your organisation and efficiency with Google Keep

Improve your organisation and efficiency with Google Keep

Haven’t tried out Google Keep yet? Only using it for the basics? The capabilities of this awesome tool to improve organisation and efficiency make it a personal favourite of mine. Google Keep allows you to capture your thoughts in multiple ways, sort them, share them and search through them with ease.

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When Good Tech Goes Bad

When Good Tech Goes Bad

We’ve all had that moment. That moment when your tech lets you down. The computer freezes and won’t move on, the screen goes black…. if this happens when you are presenting in front of a group of people it can really send you into a spin. Here’s a few thoughts on this and a couple of tips too.

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Top Tip for Google Drawings Part 1 with Donna

Top Tip for Google Drawings Part 1 with Donna

How you could spend a lot of time playing around with this. The gaps between your stops here you can see other gaps in your gradient here. If you want a really solid line between them, just drag this one on top of that one.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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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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