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Recent Blog Posts

Have fun with the Emoji Keyboard in Microsoft Word

Teaching is a serious vocation – we know that. But we also know it’s important to have some fun with your students. Using the Emoji Keyboard in Microsoft Word can be a great way to engage in the writing process, among other things, and bring lots of smiles to everyone’s faces.

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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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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.

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.

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.

Microsoft Power BI Preview

Microsoft Power BI—Microsoft's latest suite of online tools and services for visualizing data, sharing discoveries, and collaborating intuitively in several new, exciting ways—is the Holy Grail of educators seeking the best online experience. Watch this video to prove...

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Surface Pro 3 Review

I picked up my surface Pro 3 two weeks ago. I was interested to see how the Surface pro 3 would compare to the Surface Pro 2 and more importantly my new MacBook Pro.

Here is what I like and disliked, as well as an evaluation of the Surface pro 3 in an educational context

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LastPass: Password security best practice

If you have a Google password, you may have heard that a number of usernames and passwords were leaked by a third party company.

It is a good reminder that we shouldn’t take internet security for granted.

In this post we show you what can you [practically] do to keep your password safe

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Can you download YouTube videos?

One of the questions I am asked all the time is "Can you download YouTube videos so you don't have to stream them in class?" In a recent post I introduced you to YouTube EDU, a fantastic resource for finding great videos to support your lessons.  The problem is that...

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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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How to make your handwriting editable text

Sometimes it’s simply quicker and easier to hand write the notes you want to take. But what happens to them once you’ve written them? Well here’s 2 ways to save those notes and make them editable text at the same time.

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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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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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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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Conditional formatting and data validation in a Google Sheet

A Google Sheet can have a lot of data and it can be hard to quickly find what you want. Sometimes the data that has been entered is not in a format you can use easily. By using colour and restricting the data that can be entered into the Google Sheet this hurdle can be removed.

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Ways to Use Google Slides in the Classroom- Part Three

Google Slides is one of the most versatile apps in the G Suite suitcase and can be used very effectively to provide more student agency within your classroom. The ability to link within slide decks or out to other files can add another level of functionality for both the teacher and the student. This is part three of a three part series.

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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.

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.

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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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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