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Recent Blog Posts

Tips for inserting pictures into Google Docs and Slides

Tips for inserting pictures into Google Docs and Slides

More and more teachers and students are using G Suite to redefine the learning journey. Teachers are using technology to increase student agency by supporting students to reflect on their learning and think critically and creatively. By showing students how to use the insert > camera image tool in G Suite students will be well placed to do this

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What does STEAM look like?

What does STEAM look like?

Do you find yourself wondering what other schools are doing with STEAM? Have you started STEAM in your school but feel like you don’t know what it should look like?

The answer, rightly so, is that STEAM looks quite different from school to school. With unique communities and local curriculum, there is no one size fits all approach.

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3 ways to use your iPads without relying on wifi

3 ways to use your iPads without relying on wifi

Do you have iPads in your classroom but the wifi isn’t always reliable? Instead of ditching them in frustration, read on to find ways you could incorporate them into your classroom practice – without the need for an internet connection.

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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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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.

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 2

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 2

Can you believe we’re in autumn already! March, it just feels too crazy to say that aloud.
As always, we’re delighted that you choose to read our newsletter each fortnight – thank you! We hope you find something useful in each issue.

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

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

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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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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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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Four ways to see if someone has edited your Google Sheet

Four ways to see if someone has edited your Google Sheet

If you have multiple people contributing to a shared Google Sheet, it can be difficult to keep track of all the changes being made. However, Google Sheets has some really useful features that can tell you when something has been changed and help you pinpoint exactly what was changed and by whom.

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Gmail’s Send + Archive button explained

Gmail’s Send + Archive button explained

Gmail’s Send + Archive button is a great feature that lets you perform two actions with one click. However, many of the attendees at my training sessions either don’t know it exists or are confused about how it works. In this post, I’ll explain what the Send + Archive button does, how to turn it on and why it should be your new favourite Gmail feature!

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Three Ways To Use The Screen Recording Tool on iPads

Three Ways To Use The Screen Recording Tool on iPads

Capturing evidence of a student’s learning is vital in order to be able to show how you know, and how they know, they have been successful. I’ll share three different ways you can leverage this tool in your class programme to showcase students’ learning.

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Use Gmail filters to auto-label & file your emails

Use Gmail filters to auto-label & file your emails

Managing the never ending avalanche of emails that arrive in our inbox can sometimes feel like a full time job in itself! One strategy that can help you overcome this is using filters to automate email management and keep less important emails out of your inbox. In this post, we’ll show you how to setup filters in Gmail.

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Demystifying Gmail’s Archive button

Demystifying Gmail’s Archive button

For many people that attend our Gmail workshops, the ‘Archive’ button in Gmail is a bit of a mystery. Some people even tell me that they’re a bit scared about clicking it, as they’re not sure what will happen to their email if they do! Read on and demystify the Archive button for good!

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Know what you don’t know – Four strategies to help you take control of change

Know what you don’t know – Four strategies to help you take control of change

In education it seems change is the only constant. Schools are rapidly integrating new ways of teaching and learning in order to make the most of new technologies and innovative ideas. It is difficult for school leaders and teachers to stay perfectly in tune with best practice and emerging trends and as several teachers have told me this last week, ‘We just don’t know what we don’t know!’.

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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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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.

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 2

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 2

Can you believe we’re in autumn already! March, it just feels too crazy to say that aloud.
As always, we’re delighted that you choose to read our newsletter each fortnight – thank you! We hope you find something useful in each issue.

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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???

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Sunning Hill School
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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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