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Researcher and Outline in Office 365

There are some useful functions native in Microsoft Office 365 that help you research and create great presentations that can make learning easier. In the classroom, helping students research and summarise is a skill we need to develop. These tools will help stem the cut and paste epidemic.

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Customising Google Sheets cells to display text and numbers

The custom number format allows you to have text and numbers in the same cell in a Google Sheet. This adds visual clarity to your spreadsheet and helps the user enter data. Calculations are still possible as Google Sheets ignores the text you have entered and uses the numerical data in the cell.

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How to use Spell Check in Google Docs, Slides and Sheets

With the development of digital technologies, the mistakes you make in your spelling are becoming easier and easier to fix. Did you realise Google not only has the little red line to help you fix these mistakes, it also has a spell checker built right into Docs, Slides and Sheets.

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Two classroom activities for teaching students about password security

Creating and managing strong, secure passwords is an essential part of life in the 21st century. But how can we help our students to develop the skills to create and manage their own online accounts? In this blog post, I’ll share two sequential classroom activities that you can use to teach your students about password security.

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Winning back time

Time has become a precious commodity and when I ask teachers about what they would like, they reply ‘more time’. The lack of time is a constant issue. The good news is, you can win back some time by putting into place these four practices.

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Google Sheet tips

There are many uses for Google Sheets in the classroom. I like to be able to have my own class list where I can keep track of my students. I would use a sheet for attendance, recording homework, anecdotal notes and marks. Many LMS’s can do this, but I like the ability to customise what I see and enter, Google Sheets allow me to do this easily.

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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.

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

A method of teaching the micro:bit

A method of teaching the micro:bit

The BBC micro:bit is an amazing tool but what is the most effective way to introduce it to students? By initially focusing on the hardware could we support the students to be more creative in the long term?

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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

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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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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A Message about Learning from Stephen Hawking

When was the last time you reflected on the suite of tools that you are using? Are you a Google user or are you a Microsoft user? Or are you taking the best from each?
It was wise words from Stephen Hawking that made me rethink my approach.

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Randomising question and answer order in Google Forms

Google Forms gives you the option to randomise questions and answers. This is very useful if you are concerned that the order in which questions or answers are presented in might skew the results or create bias. It’s also useful in classroom situations if you have students who may take a peek at other students’ screens and choose the same answer!

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Macros in Google Sheets

A major sticking point with moving from Excel to Google Sheets was the lack of ability to use macros. A macro will let you automate calculations and other aspects in spreadsheets. For instance, if you regularly tally up marks, allocate a grade and then draw a graph or chart of the results for your class, the you can create a macro to do this for you. Google Sheets now have the capacity to write and run you own macros. This will increase your efficiency and save you time.

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Google Sheets – Starter Tips

Google Sheets is a great tool for classroom teachers. It can help you increase your efficiency and organisation. If you’ve never used spreadsheets before they can be a little intimidating, but once you get started I’m sure you’ll realise how powerful Google Sheets really is. This blog post will give you five tips that I wish I’d known when I started using them.

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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.

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

A method of teaching the micro:bit

A method of teaching the micro:bit

The BBC micro:bit is an amazing tool but what is the most effective way to introduce it to students? By initially focusing on the hardware could we support the students to be more creative in the long term?

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