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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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How to easily remove the background of a photo

How to easily remove the background of a photo

A question we often get asked is how can the background of a photo be removed to create a png image.
Until recently the answer involved a few steps and sometimes quite a bit of fiddling around. Now – if you are connected to the internet – the answer has become a whole lot easier.

Watch the video below to see how simple the process can now be.

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How to Convert Google Classroom Grades into Letter Grades.

How to Convert Google Classroom Grades into Letter Grades.

In Google Classroom you have the ability to give feedback, manage and grade student work all in one place. Teachers are able to give students a number grade and the total grade can be customised to your marking system. There is also the ability to copy all grades into a Google Sheet, allowing teachers to work with student data in powerful ways.

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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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Samantha’s Top Tip for Google Keep

Samantha’s Top Tip for Google Keep

Google Keep is amazing. So it’s kind of a bit like a hybrid sticky note. Kind of task list, just ways to capture information that you want to keep hence the name so if you’ve not seen it before, when you have got any G suite tool open or you’re even on the Google search page.

Are you seizing the moment?

Are you seizing the moment?

I began to write this blog on a flight to Sydney. Once the meal service began there was no room for both the food and the iPad. As the iPad took a break, I began to watch ‘Rocketman’ and was struck by a line in the movie; ‘You only get so many chances in life and this is one of yours – so take it and make the most of it.’ How often do we do this in our classrooms?

Our top 10 Gmail questions from 2019 answered!

Our top 10 Gmail questions from 2019 answered!

Gmail courses are always one of our most popular, which is not surprising given that so many people seem to be overwhelmed by their email. To help you use your email better in 2020, we have collated a list of the top 10 questions we were asked about Gmail in 2019, and given you the answers!

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 create great presentations with Adobe Spark tools

How to create great presentations with Adobe Spark tools

Do you often wish that you could create a visually appealing task for your students, but design is just not your forte? Well now you can with Adobe Spark tools. They’re SO easy to use and allow you to create amazing presentations in next to no time – all for free.

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Is your Google Chrome Browser Up To Date?

Is your Google Chrome Browser Up To Date?

Is Google Chrome your browser of choice? Are you regularly diving in to websites and Google tools through the Chrome web browser?
So just when was the last time that you checked it was up to date?

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Working offline in G Suite

Working offline in G Suite

Your G Suite account operates in the cloud, so does mean you can only use it when you’re online? Nope! G Suite has increasingly good offline functionality that enables you to access your Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive while offline. In this blog post, I’ll explain how to setup offline functionality for each of these applications.

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Four ways to access Google Sheet Templates

Four ways to access Google Sheet Templates

Are you a Google Sheets novice? Does just the sound of the word ‘sheets’ send shivers down your spine? That used to be me. Then I discovered ready made templates that gave me the confidence to dive into the world of cells and formulas. Read on to find out about four easy ways to access Google Sheets templates.

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Secure your Google account with 2-Step Verification

Secure your Google account with 2-Step Verification

It’s easier than you think for someone to steal your password and gain access to your Google account. One thing you can do to prevent this is to add an extra layer of security to your account by implementing 2-Step Verification. This will help prevent access to Google your account even if your password is compromised.

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Improve organisational efficiency and effectiveness with the Results platform

Improve organisational efficiency and effectiveness with the Results platform

Have you heard about one page plans, 12 week years, the 4 disciplines of execution, the Rockefeller habits? If you are looking at how to improve efficiency and need a tool or platform to bring your data to life, give visual cues to employees and keep everyone on track to hit your goals, then the results.com platform is exactly what you need.

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Samantha’s Top Tip for Google Keep

Samantha’s Top Tip for Google Keep

Google Keep is amazing. So it’s kind of a bit like a hybrid sticky note. Kind of task list, just ways to capture information that you want to keep hence the name so if you’ve not seen it before, when you have got any G suite tool open or you’re even on the Google search page.

Are you seizing the moment?

Are you seizing the moment?

I began to write this blog on a flight to Sydney. Once the meal service began there was no room for both the food and the iPad. As the iPad took a break, I began to watch ‘Rocketman’ and was struck by a line in the movie; ‘You only get so many chances in life and this is one of yours – so take it and make the most of it.’ How often do we do this in our classrooms?

Our top 10 Gmail questions from 2019 answered!

Our top 10 Gmail questions from 2019 answered!

Gmail courses are always one of our most popular, which is not surprising given that so many people seem to be overwhelmed by their email. To help you use your email better in 2020, we have collated a list of the top 10 questions we were asked about Gmail in 2019, and given you the answers!

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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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