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Scratch 3.0 – What’s new?

Scratch 3.0 – What’s new?

Scratch 3.0 is available to try in beta version and it has some awesome new features. I’ll show you a couple of them in this video. If you’ve never used Scratch before or are an old pro you’ll be delighted by how much computational thinking can be developed in this user friendly system to design games, animations and stories.

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Make a Gmail contact group incredibly quickly

Make a Gmail contact group incredibly quickly

Creating email groups is an incredibly quick way to be able to send an email to a number of people at the same time without having to type in each email individually. Did you know that in Gmail you can do it from right within the compose box?

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3 ways Google Calendar makes it easy to work across multiple time zones

3 ways Google Calendar makes it easy to work across multiple time zones

Here at Using Technology Better, we have team members located in three different countries and across four different time zones. We also work regularly with clients from across the globe. This can make scheduling meetings and working collaboratively challenging! However, Google Calendar has three really useful features that can help make this much easier.

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Share to Classroom – Power up your use of Google Classroom

Share to Classroom – Power up your use of Google Classroom

If you are using Google classroom you’ll love the ‘Share to Classroom’ Chrome extension by Google. Teachers love Google Classroom! Many are only just discovering the ‘Share to Classroom’ extension which allows you to ‘Push’ sites to students and create announcements, assignments and questions quickly and easily. Check out this blog post to see how!

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Two ways to schedule an email in Gmail

Two ways to schedule an email in Gmail

One of the most frequent questions I am asked by people who are transitioning from Outlook to Gmail is “How do you schedule an email in Gmail?”. Gmail now has this functionality built in, and it is very simple to use.. Alternatively, you can use the Chrome extension called Boomerang for Gmail.

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Conditional formatting and data validation in a Google Sheet

Conditional formatting and data validation in a Google Sheet

A Google Sheet can have a lot of data and it can be hard to quickly find what you want. Sometimes the data that has been entered is not in a format you can use easily. By using colour and restricting the data that can be entered into the Google Sheet this hurdle can be removed.

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Workbench and Google Sheets part 4

Workbench and Google Sheets part 4

This is the fourth blog in the series of five in using Workbench. Workbench provides the backbone to be able to combine a variety of applications and devices together and develop some coding to gather data and control external devices. In this blog which is linked to a how-to video you will learn how to incorporate conditional loops to read and write multiple sets of data to a spreadsheet using the programming canvass.

Workbench and Google Sheets part 3

Workbench and Google Sheets part 3

This is the third blog in the series of using Workbench. In this third blog of a series of five, all linked to how-to videos, you will learn how to use read and write data from a spreadsheet using the programming canvass. When we write data via code we are also able to collect data from external devices like a micro:bit.

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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How to use Diagrams in Google Drawing

How to use Diagrams in Google Drawing

Diagrams and visual representations of ideas are a powerful method of communication. However, setting up the shapes, space, text and other diagrammatic variables can often be time-consuming – but not any more. By using the Diagram feature in Google Drawing this has now become a simple process. Read on to find out how to do it.

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A Message about Learning from Stephen Hawking

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

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

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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Workbench and Google Sheets part 4

Workbench and Google Sheets part 4

This is the fourth blog in the series of five in using Workbench. Workbench provides the backbone to be able to combine a variety of applications and devices together and develop some coding to gather data and control external devices. In this blog which is linked to a how-to video you will learn how to incorporate conditional loops to read and write multiple sets of data to a spreadsheet using the programming canvass.

Workbench and Google Sheets part 3

Workbench and Google Sheets part 3

This is the third blog in the series of using Workbench. In this third blog of a series of five, all linked to how-to videos, you will learn how to use read and write data from a spreadsheet using the programming canvass. When we write data via code we are also able to collect data from external devices like a micro:bit.

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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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

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Where was this kind of training when I did my Bachelor of teaching???

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Sunning Hill School
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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

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Coffs harbour High School

Today was amazing. By far the best PD I have done in my 5 years of Teaching.

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Head of IT – Cobham Intermediate School

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