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10 tips for taking a Google Certified Educator exam

Google offers numerous certifications for educators who want to prove their proficiency and classroom practice with G Suite for Education tools. The starting point is the Google Certified Educator Level 1, which includes a 3 hour practical exam. For the teachers we work with, this exam is always the most daunting part of becoming certified! In this blog post, I’ll share some tips and advice for tackling a Google Certified Educator exam (either level 1 or 2) and becoming certified.

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Having a growth mindset as a teacher

There is a lot of talk in education at the moment about teaching our students about having a growth mindset, about perseverance, and having grit.

Here is what I have noticed about teachers and growth mindset in my teacher training seminars.

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Two ways to insert symbols, superscript and subscript in a Gmail message

If you are reading this article, chances are you’ve realised that Gmail does not have an in-built function for inserting symbols, superscript or subscript into an email message. However, Gmail can display these characters, you just need a way to actually get them into the email. In this blog post, I’ll outline two ways you can do this.

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Notes in iOS11

The functionality of Apple Notes has been improved and it is now a great tool that integrates seamlessly with all the other native Apple apps.

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Google Keep vs Apple Notes

Now with iOS11, Apple Notes has a lot more functionality and ‘cool things’ that makes it a great alternative to Google Keep. When you line them up next to each other on a mobile device, which one comes up trumps?

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How to get a date picker in a Google Sheets cell

I recently learnt a nifty trick in Google Sheets that will force a cell to display a pop-up date picker box when you double click on it. This is a great alternative to typing in dates manually! The secret is to use the Data validation feature to limit the cell data to dates only.

Blogger for Teacher Appraisal

Using Google Blogger is not only a great way to reflect on your practice but it also offers an efficient way to align samples of your practice with the Teaching Standards. I have seen many teacher blogs which are done on Google Slides or Sites but the awesome thing about Blogger is that you can label your evidence with the Teaching Standards.

Five ways to make the most of your micro:bit

Five ways to make the most of your micro:bit

Integrating STEAM and robotics in the classroom can be expensive. Thankfully there are many low-cost options such as the BBC micro:bit which, with a little resourcefulness and tinkering can be a great tool to get started with. If you are new to the micro:bit be sure...

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Customise Gmail’s Priority Inbox to boost your efficiency

The default Gmail Priority Inbox configuration is centred around stars and Gmail’s importance indicators. However, this is not the only way to use Priority Inbox. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to customise Priority Inbox to suit your email flagging and follow up system and boost your efficiency.

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Inserting images in Google Forms

There are numerous ways to work with images in Google Forms. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to insert images into the form header, into a question, as an answer option and into anywhere else in your form too!

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Photo Gallery by Awesome Table

Photo Gallery by Awesome Table

Photos are a great way to capture evidence of the activities and the learning that happen within a classroom. Sharing those photos can sometimes be frustrating though- but not with the Photo Gallery by Awesome Table add-on for Google Sheets. Read on to see how easy it can be to embed a folder of folders into your Google Site with this awesome tool.

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Five ways to get more efficient with G Suite for Education

When we asked the teachers we work with what their biggest challenge was in implementing technologies into their classrooms, the overwhelming response was lack of time. This led us to develop the Get efficient with G Suite for Education 30 day challenge to help them learn how to save time with the tools they already have. In this blog post, we bring you five of the efficiency tips that feature in the challenge.

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Flipping and blending

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Seven years ago I started flipping my class. I wish I knew what I learnt through the process when I started, as it would have been so much easier. But really, good teaching stems from good learning. Join with me as I jump in my Delorean and go Back to the Future and share my top 10 tips gained from my journey.

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Schedule time with your students using Google Calendar Appointment Slots

If you often have students visiting your office outside of class time, you’ve probably noticed things can get a bit hectic. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get students to schedule a time with your first? Better yet, one that you had predetermined to be OK? The appointment slots feature in Google Calendar can deliver both of these things.

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5 great add-ons for Google Forms

Google Forms make data collection quick and easy. If you want to do even more with your forms, the growing range of add-ons are a great way to add extra features and functionality. In this post I’ll share the five add-ons I always tell our education and business clients about.

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5 Ideas For Your Student Tech Team

One way for your school to grow the digital learning capacity of its students, teachers and community is to have a student leadership group, often called ‘The Tech Team’ or even, ‘Digital Ninjas.’ Here are 5 ways that these teams can supercharge the digital learning environment in your school.

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How to get a date picker in a Google Sheets cell

I recently learnt a nifty trick in Google Sheets that will force a cell to display a pop-up date picker box when you double click on it. This is a great alternative to typing in dates manually! The secret is to use the Data validation feature to limit the cell data to dates only.

Blogger for Teacher Appraisal

Using Google Blogger is not only a great way to reflect on your practice but it also offers an efficient way to align samples of your practice with the Teaching Standards. I have seen many teacher blogs which are done on Google Slides or Sites but the awesome thing about Blogger is that you can label your evidence with the Teaching Standards.

Five ways to make the most of your micro:bit

Five ways to make the most of your micro:bit

Integrating STEAM and robotics in the classroom can be expensive. Thankfully there are many low-cost options such as the BBC micro:bit which, with a little resourcefulness and tinkering can be a great tool to get started with. If you are new to the micro:bit be sure...

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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)

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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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