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Term 1 2018 Professional Development For Teachers In NZ

In this short blog post, we outline some of the professional development events we have planned for New Zealand teachers. We have STEAM / Digital Technologies training, Google Certifications and more. Check out all the details as well as ways you can request expert professional development for your school.

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Use the Google Docs Explore tool to build student research skills

The Explore tool lets students search for websites, images and Google Drive files without leaving Google Docs. They can also cite the web sources they find with just one click. This makes it very easy for students to quickly gather a range of web sources they might find useful, without having to move in and out of the document.

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Apple Shorts – Episode 1 – Notes

   Download PDF Transcript Transcript: Apple Shorts - Episode 1 - Notes Good day and welcome to this episode of Apple shorts.  I'm Adrian from Using Technology Better and in under four minutes you're going to learn some new tips or tricks that you can...

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5 Myths about STEAM Learning

STEM and STEAM would be one of the biggest buzz words going around education at the moment. But there are also lots of misconceptions about what it is and how to implement it effectively. Here is a list of the 5 most commonly held myths I often hear about STEAM Learning.

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Want to save time? Get to know your keyboard shortcuts

Ever wondered how you could save some time and be more efficient with your workflow? One solution could be to use keyboard shortcuts and save yourself an average of 8 days per year! Yes, 8 days! How was that calculated and what can you do with this information? Read on to find out.

5 power tips for working with Google Calendar events

Scheduling and managing calendar events can sometimes be a time consuming and complicated task – particularly when large groups or very busy guests are involved. However, Google Calendar has several features specifically designed to make this process quicker and easier for both event creators and guests.

Logic Branching in Google Forms – Get the info you really want in the most efficient way!

Logic Branching in Google Forms – Get the info you really want in the most efficient way!

Google Forms are a simple yet powerful way to collect information from people. An often overlooked feature is ‘logic branching’, where people are directed to different parts of a Form, based on how they answer. In this example we look at collecting information from parents but branching is also great for student writing (Pick-a-Path), student agency and talking about computational thinking.

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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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How to make your handwriting editable text

How to make your handwriting editable text

Sometimes it’s simply quicker and easier to hand write the notes you want to take. But what happens to them once you’ve written them? Well here’s 2 ways to save those notes and make them editable text at the same time.

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Transferring data between Google accounts – Part 1

A very common question at my training sessions is ‘How do you transfer data between Google accounts?’. This usually comes from a teacher who began using their personal Google Drive for school purposes and now has a school G Suite account, who is planning on moving schools, or has students who are graduating and want to take their data with them.

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Using the Files App on iOS11

With any update of an operating system, there are always a couple of really nice improvements lurking within. The Files app in OS11 provides a fantastic file management system.

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Using labels as coloured flags in Gmail

Keeping track of emails can be tricky – when an email is out of sight it is also often out of mind. Creating custom coloured labels to flag your messages is a great method for keeping track of emails you need to action or have delegated. In this blog post I’ll show you how to implement a custom label solution to suit your needs.

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iOS11 Screen Recording

Screen recording from an iOS device is now easier with iOS 11. A good use for this in the classroom when demonstrating to students how to use an app or other function like split screen or multi tasking.

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How to choose the right STEM / STEAM tools for your school

Is your school looking at developing a STEAM Learning program? In today’s environment of limited resources, It’s crucial that schools are very intentional about which tools they invest in and choose those which are right for their students. Here are 5 things we suggest you do to help make those important decisions.

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Want to save time? Get to know your keyboard shortcuts

Ever wondered how you could save some time and be more efficient with your workflow? One solution could be to use keyboard shortcuts and save yourself an average of 8 days per year! Yes, 8 days! How was that calculated and what can you do with this information? Read on to find out.

5 power tips for working with Google Calendar events

Scheduling and managing calendar events can sometimes be a time consuming and complicated task – particularly when large groups or very busy guests are involved. However, Google Calendar has several features specifically designed to make this process quicker and easier for both event creators and guests.

Logic Branching in Google Forms – Get the info you really want in the most efficient way!

Logic Branching in Google Forms – Get the info you really want in the most efficient way!

Google Forms are a simple yet powerful way to collect information from people. An often overlooked feature is ‘logic branching’, where people are directed to different parts of a Form, based on how they answer. In this example we look at collecting information from parents but branching is also great for student writing (Pick-a-Path), student agency and talking about computational thinking.

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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

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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
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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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