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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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How to effect change with your colleagues – some tips for effective training.

How to effect change with your colleagues – some tips for effective training.

One of the things I love the most about my job is the opportunity I have to meet with so many dedicated teachers. Our schools have some amazing teachers who are doing fantastic things within their programmes. But like anything, some are more digitally savvy than others. Inspiring the less digitally savvy to join the digital revolution can be challenging. Here’s some ideas to help you effect that change.

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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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Top Tip for Gmail with Samantha

Top Tip for Gmail with Samantha

It’s time for Gmail and let me tell you I’ve been doing this for a long time with Gmail and I’m going to put out a scenario to you all and I can’t see if you’re nodding but my guess is going to be, you will.

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…

How to resize the label column in Gmail

How to resize the label column in Gmail

**Note: The Chrome extension in this article is not functioning as expected in the new Gmail interface (2018). You may find that it does not work as explained below.** If you’ve ever wished you could resize the label column in Gmail, you’ll love the Gmail label column...

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5 simple things you can do to make your MacBook run faster

5 simple things you can do to make your MacBook run faster

Are you getting frustrated with the speed of your MacBook? Often this is a sign that either you have too many applications running or you may need an upgrade. If neither of these solves your issues then there are 5 simple things you can do to make your make run like a Cheetah again!

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Approval workflows in Google Docs & Sheets

Approval workflows in Google Docs & Sheets

Managing document reviews and approvals can be time consuming, but the Worflows add-on in Google Docs and Sheets makes it quick and easy. Simply enter the email address of the reviewer, along with a message, and they are notified that you want them to review your work.

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Add a table to a Gmail message

Add a table to a Gmail message

A common feature people miss when transitioning to Gmail is the ability to insert a table into an email. However, although Gmail does not have an in-built function to insert a table, it does support the use of tables in a message. The trick is to copy an existing table into the email. The quickest and easiest way to do this is by…

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How Team Drives solve one of G Suite’s biggest problems

How Team Drives solve one of G Suite’s biggest problems

The schools, universities and businesses we work with love how G Suite makes sharing and collaboration easy. However, there has always been one big problem they don’t love – the potential for shared data loss when people leave an organisation. Google’s recent early adopter release of Team Drives is a long-awaited solution to this problem. In this post, we’ll explain how shared data loss can occur, what Team Drives are, how they differ to existing shared folders and how your organisation can use this new feature to protect against shared data loss.

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How do labels work in Gmail?

How do labels work in Gmail?

Gmail’s label feature is very powerful and useful, however it can be quite confusing for people who have spent most of their working lives using ‘folders’ in other email applications. In this blog post, I’ll explain everything you need to know about how labels work in Gmail.

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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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How to quickly find an email in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

How to quickly find an email in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

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 for Mac search feature works and how you can use it to quickly find the email you are looking for.

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How to customise & use text styles in Google Docs

How to customise & use text styles in Google Docs

One of the easiest ways to be more efficient when using Google Docs is to configure and use text styles. Using styles ensures that your document is formatted consistently and makes it easy to use features like a table of contents and in-document hyperlinking. In this blog post, I’ll explain how to customise your text styles and how to use them in your document.

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Want to save time? Get to know your keyboard shortcuts

Want to save time? Get to know your keyboard shortcuts

Ever wondered how you could save some time and be more efficient with your workflow? One solution could be to use keyboard shortcuts and save yourself an average of 8 days per year! Yes, 8 days! How was that calculated and what can you do with this information? Read on to find out.

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How to get a date picker in a Google Sheets cell

How to get a date picker in a Google Sheets cell

I recently learnt a nifty trick in Google Sheets that will force a cell to display a pop-up date picker box when you double click on it. This is a great alternative to typing in dates manually! The secret is to use the Data validation feature to limit the cell data to dates only.

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Blogger for Teacher Appraisal

Blogger for Teacher Appraisal

Using Google Blogger is not only a great way to reflect on your practice but it also offers an efficient way to align samples of your practice with the Teaching Standards. I have seen many teacher blogs which are done on Google Slides or Sites but the awesome thing about Blogger is that you can label your evidence with the Teaching Standards.

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Improve your Design Skills in Google

Improve your Design Skills in Google

All teachers are designers. By mastering a few simple techniques, you can be sure the resources that you create and use engage all students. This is not just about making things look good, as effective design can make information more accessible and easier to navigate.

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Top Tip for Gmail with Samantha

Top Tip for Gmail with Samantha

It’s time for Gmail and let me tell you I’ve been doing this for a long time with Gmail and I’m going to put out a scenario to you all and I can’t see if you’re nodding but my guess is going to be, you will.

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…

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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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