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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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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 do an Inbox spring clean in Outlook for Mac

How to do an Inbox spring clean in Outlook for Mac

Spring is the perfect time to do an Inbox Spring clean! Imagine what it would be like to open your Outlook for Mac mail and see all your mail with minimal scrolling…that’s what an Inbox spring clean can help you do.

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.

How to maintain best practice when teaching remotely

How to maintain best practice when teaching remotely

The nature of education is a continually changing landscape and over the years the way it has been delivered should be altering significantly. Sometimes these changes are driven by education research and sometimes they are driven by societal or business influences. Currently many schools across the world are facing a marked shift in how they deliver their curriculums – what makes for best practice when teaching remotely?

How to hold a great virtual Christmas party

How to hold a great virtual Christmas party

This year Using Technology Better held their very first virtual staff Christmas party! With the core team spread across three countries and four time zones, a face-to-face party wasn’t practical. So in the spirit of Christmas cheer, team bonding and employee morale, Mike scheduled us a virtual one over Google Hangouts. Then, as all good leaders do, he delegated the task of organising it to the first team member that showed enthusiasm.

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2 tips for advanced Google Forms users

2 tips for advanced Google Forms users

If you’ve ever been a teacher you can sympathise with the pain that organising teacher interviews can bring. The actual interviews are usually very rewarding rewarding but getting them organising them can often be a nightmare. BUT, there’s a much better way. Google...

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What does the new Google Sites have to offer and how does it compare to the classic version?

What does the new Google Sites have to offer and how does it compare to the classic version?

Google have just released their long awaited Google Sites rebuild. The new Google Sites design is still under development, but has some great new features.

In this post, Samantha answers the most frequently asked questions as well as giving you an insight to the new features. You can also download our comprehensive comparison guide which compares the the old Google Sites features to the new Google Sites.

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Save to Google feature and how to use it

Save to Google feature and how to use it

Google have recently released a new feature called Save to Google. The save to Google tool combines the power of bookmarks with the ability to save your images and store everything in 1 place.

All your saves live at google.com/save

Here are 3 ways to use save to Google:

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How do you get your new Chrome tabs looking like that?

How do you get your new Chrome tabs looking like that?

Here are 2 of my favourite chrome extensions that make your new tabs in your chrome browser look great.

They always capture the attention of people who see them. These chrome extensions have two different functions. The hardest part is deciding which one to use.

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How to Quickly Check Activity on a Google Doc, Sheet or Slide

How to Quickly Check Activity on a Google Doc, Sheet or Slide

Do you sometimes share a Google Doc, Sheet or Slide with someone only to wait for what then seems like forever for their contribution? Wouldn’t it be great if you could quickly check when they actually viewed it and then send them a prompt to action what you’re waiting for? Well, you can! Here’s how to do it.

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How to set reminders in Google Calendar

How to set reminders in Google Calendar

The reminders feature in Google Calendar is a quick and easy way to make sure you don’t forget time sensitive tasks. You can set reminders from within Google Calendar in the web browser, or via the Google Calendar app for iOS or Android.

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Create a collection of images in Chrome

Create a collection of images in Chrome

Do you often find yourself searching for online images to use and then wishing you could remember where you found certain ones? This blog post will show you how you can curate a collection of these online images using the Chrome web browser so that you can easily access anytime you like.

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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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How to make your handwriting editable text

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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Hour of Code – Brilliant resource for you and your students!

Hour of Code – Brilliant resource for you and your students!

Coding is a great way for your students to put computational thinking into action. The Hour of Code resources are an exceptional place to explore and be guided through some coding activities. Awesome for teachers who may be feeling uncertain and great for students to get stuck into some cool coding challenges as the tutorials are clear and easy to follow.

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Photo Gallery by Awesome Table

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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How to do an Inbox spring clean in Outlook for Mac

How to do an Inbox spring clean in Outlook for Mac

Spring is the perfect time to do an Inbox Spring clean! Imagine what it would be like to open your Outlook for Mac mail and see all your mail with minimal scrolling…that’s what an Inbox spring clean can help you do.

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.

How to maintain best practice when teaching remotely

How to maintain best practice when teaching remotely

The nature of education is a continually changing landscape and over the years the way it has been delivered should be altering significantly. Sometimes these changes are driven by education research and sometimes they are driven by societal or business influences. Currently many schools across the world are facing a marked shift in how they deliver their curriculums – what makes for best practice when teaching remotely?

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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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