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How to get your students started with G Suite tools the right way!

How to get your students started with G Suite tools the right way!

Do your students end up with their Google Drive full of untitled files? Does their poem about aardvarks show up first in their Drive?

Getting your students started with G Suite the right way can make all the difference to your classroom. Use our checklist to build good habits from the beginning to save them (and you) from frustration.

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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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5 ways to up your maths game with G Suite tools

5 ways to up your maths game with G Suite tools

During 2109 I worked with over 1,700 teachers and there was overwhelmingly one question that I was asked most often, “How can I use digital technologies in my maths program?”.

This blog will get you started with five ideas for using G Suite tools purposefully in your maths program.

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UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 1

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 1

We are super excited to be back for another year of sharing some awesome ideas and content, tips and tricks and #FUNPD with you. In this issue Mike kicks us off with a lovely welcome back note and shares a little bit about what we have been up to as a team. We’ve also got some unreal tips for Microsoft, Google and Apple tools that we think you’re going to love!

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Protecting your workflow from the Coronavirus and natural disasters by utilising Microsoft Teams

Protecting your workflow from the Coronavirus and natural disasters by utilising Microsoft Teams

In our current environment, the certainty of running our schools or businesses the same as always, maintaining efficiency and continuity when disruption occurs can become frustrating. The capacity to pivot key processes so that it is business, as usual, is important. Utilising Microsoft Teams can help this in schools and business.

Here are three areas where you can use familiar tools in G Suite (and a few other free online tools) to empower the students in your classes!

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UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 3

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 3

Flying through March and super excited to be bring you the latest updates, tips and tricks.
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.

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?

Top tips for working from home by a remote working team

Top tips for working from home by a remote working team

Here at Using Technology Better (UTB), working from home is a core part of our organisation and our day-to-day lives. As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to spread across the world, working from home is becoming a new reality for many. Given our extensive experience in this way of working, the UTB team has joined forces to share our top tips for working from home.

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.

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Using a flag & categories to better manage your emails in Outlook on the web

Using a flag & categories to better manage your emails in Outlook on the web

In the 10+ years that I have been training people in email tools, I’ve discovered that many people use a ‘mark it unread again’ system to ‘manage’ their email. Is it any wonder their brains feel overloaded and their inboxes are out of control?! In Outlook on the web, using a flag or categories is a much better way to tag messages that require follow up or action.

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How to do an Inbox spring clean in Outlook for Windows

How to do an Inbox spring clean in Outlook for Windows

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 Outlook mail and see all your mail with minimal scrolling…that’s what an Inbox spring clean can help you do.

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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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Five tips for searching effectively in Google Drive

Five tips for searching effectively in Google Drive

Although Google Drive has a very powerful search feature, my training sessions always have participants who are having difficulty finding files in Google Drive. This is usually because they are just typing a keyword in the search box and hoping for the best! In this blog post, I’ll share my top five tips for searching effectively in Google Drive.

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How to setup G Suite for Single Sign-on Login from Office 365

How to setup G Suite for Single Sign-on Login from Office 365

Many organisations use both G Suite and Office 365 which involves creating and deleting user accounts for each system independently. This is not only more work for the administrator but also confusing for users who have to manage separate passwords. Single Sign-on allows G Suite and Office 365 users to log in to both with the same account.

Here are three areas where you can use familiar tools in G Suite (and a few other free online tools) to empower the students in your classes!

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Up your Slide Design Game

Up your Slide Design Game

How many slides have your students produced – whether it be in Google Slides or Microsoft’s PowerPoint – where there has been little, or no, thought given to the design of the slides? This blog will look at four sites designed to easily solve this problem for you.

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Protecting your workflow from the Coronavirus and natural disasters by utilising Microsoft Teams

Protecting your workflow from the Coronavirus and natural disasters by utilising Microsoft Teams

In our current environment, the certainty of running our schools or businesses the same as always, maintaining efficiency and continuity when disruption occurs can become frustrating. The capacity to pivot key processes so that it is business, as usual, is important. Utilising Microsoft Teams can help this in schools and business.

Here are three areas where you can use familiar tools in G Suite (and a few other free online tools) to empower the students in your classes!

VIEW POST
Protecting your workflow from the Coronavirus and natural disasters by utilising Microsoft Teams

Protecting your workflow from the Coronavirus and natural disasters by utilising Microsoft Teams

In our current environment, the certainty of running our schools or businesses the same as always, maintaining efficiency and continuity when disruption occurs can become frustrating. The capacity to pivot key processes so that it is business, as usual, is important. Utilising Microsoft Teams can help this in schools and business.

Here are three areas where you can use familiar tools in G Suite (and a few other free online tools) to empower the students in your classes!

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How to setup G Suite for Single Sign-on Login from Office 365

How to setup G Suite for Single Sign-on Login from Office 365

Many organisations use both G Suite and Office 365 which involves creating and deleting user accounts for each system independently. This is not only more work for the administrator but also confusing for users who have to manage separate passwords. Single Sign-on allows G Suite and Office 365 users to log in to both with the same account.

Here are three areas where you can use familiar tools in G Suite (and a few other free online tools) to empower the students in your classes!

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Three ways to empower your students with G Suite

Three ways to empower your students with G Suite

I always get so excited when I’m visiting schools and see teachers using technology in ways that EMPOWERS students and completely TRANSFORM learning! The tools they use to do this are varied but many of them are right there, within G Suite!

Here are three areas where you can use familiar tools in G Suite (and a few other free online tools) to empower the students in your classes!

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Up your Slide Design Game

Up your Slide Design Game

How many slides have your students produced – whether it be in Google Slides or Microsoft’s PowerPoint – where there has been little, or no, thought given to the design of the slides? This blog will look at four sites designed to easily solve this problem for you.

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UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 3

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 3

Flying through March and super excited to be bring you the latest updates, tips and tricks.
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.

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?

Top tips for working from home by a remote working team

Top tips for working from home by a remote working team

Here at Using Technology Better (UTB), working from home is a core part of our organisation and our day-to-day lives. As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to spread across the world, working from home is becoming a new reality for many. Given our extensive experience in this way of working, the UTB team has joined forces to share our top tips for working from home.

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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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