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How To Get Onboard with the New Digital Technology Curriculum

The New Zealand Digital Technologies Curriculum is now in its draft from and teachers all around NZ have begun to implement it in their classrooms. But are you one of the many teachers who are sitting there thinking about where on earth to begin with it, and how will you possibly be able to fit one more thing into your already frantic class timetable?

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Why Doing One Thing is a Good Thing

What is potentially the most common phrase ever spoken by teachers?
“I’m just so busy! There’s never enough time.”
And they would be right. It can be a frantic job. That’s why doing just one thing might be just what is needed. Read on to see what I mean.

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How to give feedback super easily in Google Classroom

Giving feedback to students can often be a timely exercise – well, no more! The newly updated Google Classroom has just solved that for you with a grading system that makes it super quick for you to insert comments and provide meaningful feedback. Read on to find out how to use it.

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5 ways to resize the Gmail compose box

Some people find the Gmail compose box a little bit small and cramped. That’s why the five resize tricks I am about to share with you are so popular whenever I show them in our Gmail workshops. They’re guaranteed to get a shout of excitement from at least a couple of people in the room!

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5 Great Chrome Extensions for Teachers

FREE STUFF! Free stuff that’s useful! Even better! Google Chrome Extensions are tools that you can add to your toolbar. There are thousands out there, but this blog post will tell you about five that I found extremely useful in my classroom practice. If you haven’t been using extensions yet, this is a great place to start.

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Immersive reader and accessibility tool

There are some great functions native in Microsoft O365 that assist people to access technology making learning easier. Not only can handwriting be converted to text and read to you in OneNote, but the Immersive reader can assist access to the information on your screen. Additionally, the accessibility tool informs you if what you have written is easily accessible to others.

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Organise your files with the Google Drive Priority page

When I ask people what their biggest frustration with Google Drive is, the overwhelming response is always ‘keeping it organised!’. That’s why I am so excited about Google Drive’s Priority page. In this blog post, I’ll explain what it does, how it can keep you focused and efficient and how you can use Workspaces to organise the files you use the most.

Free sites for current events

Being aware of the wider world around them is important for our students today, but often the news sites can be inappropriate for younger learners. The challenge is how to make them aware of what’s occurring without exposing them unnecessarily to situations beyond their understanding.This blog will share four sites that are written especially for our younger people.

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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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

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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How to change unread mail settings in Microsoft Outlook

How to change unread mail settings in Microsoft Outlook

Have you ever clicked on an unread email in the Outlook inbox and then wondered why it suddenly becomes marked as ‘read’, even though you have not actually read it yet? Or perhaps you sometimes find it difficult to locate your unread emails amongst all the read ones because the two don’t look that different.

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Back to Basics

Copy, paste, undo, refresh, right click (secondary click), resizing an image, opening a new tab, drag and drop…….. basics right?!?!?! Just like riding a bike! Driving a car!

But, we all had to learn to ride that bike and drive that car. Who’s teaching you, your colleagues or your students these seemingly basic skills?

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How to Share a Google Doc Four Different Ways

Google Docs is designed to be a collaborative tool and has made the lives of many teachers around the world much easier. It’s a tool that allows for multiple uses and has a huge variety of applications in the classrooms of today. But sometimes you want to share them without others being able to edit them. Here are four ways to do this.

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Pause your Gmail inbox to boost your efficiency

Have you ever been focussed and working hard on an important task, opened your inbox to find a relevant email and then been distracted by an avalanche of new emails? Or perhaps you’ve been trying to clear your inbox of old emails, but keep finding your progress is hindered by new messages. Imagine if you could temporarily stop new emails from arriving in your inbox.

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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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Organise your files with the Google Drive Priority page

When I ask people what their biggest frustration with Google Drive is, the overwhelming response is always ‘keeping it organised!’. That’s why I am so excited about Google Drive’s Priority page. In this blog post, I’ll explain what it does, how it can keep you focused and efficient and how you can use Workspaces to organise the files you use the most.

Free sites for current events

Being aware of the wider world around them is important for our students today, but often the news sites can be inappropriate for younger learners. The challenge is how to make them aware of what’s occurring without exposing them unnecessarily to situations beyond their understanding.This blog will share four sites that are written especially for our younger people.

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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