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Ways to Use Google Slides in the Classroom- Part Three

Ways to Use Google Slides in the Classroom- Part Three

Google Slides is one of the most versatile apps in the G Suite suitcase and can be used very effectively to provide more student agency within your classroom. The ability to link within slide decks or out to other files can add another level of functionality for both the teacher and the student. This is part three of a three part series.

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4 reasons to love the new Gmail

4 reasons to love the new Gmail

Google have rolled out a new interface in Gmail. While many of the old features we know and love are still there, there are some great new features that will help you to increase efficiency in your Inbox. This short video will show you how to switch to the new Gmail and give you 4 tips to getting started.

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Inserting Audio into Google Slides

Inserting Audio into Google Slides

In this short video I’ll show you a workaround to add audio to your Google Slides. You will learn how to add a hidden video from YouTube into your slides, meaning that anything (voice recording, student created music or already available music) can become soundtracks for your presentations.

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Workbench and Google Sheets part 2

Workbench and Google Sheets part 2

The coding space in Workbench has a Blockly workspace that resembles Scratch, so it is readily familiar with students and teachers and it works super well on Chromebooks as well as other laptops. This blog is the second in a series of five and you will learn how you can add devices that can interact with the code.

Up your Slide Design Game

Up your Slide Design Game

How many slides have your students produced – whether it be in Google Slides or Microsoft’s PowerPoint – where there has been little, or no, thought given to the design of the slides? This blog will look at four sites designed to easily solve this problem for you.

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Why Doing One Thing is a Good Thing

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 quickly find an email in Microsoft Outlook

How to quickly find an email in Microsoft Outlook

It’s so easy to waste time digging through folders and scrolling through search results trying to find that email that you just know is hidden somewhere. In this blog post, I’ll explain how the Outlook search feature works and how you can use it to quickly find the email you are looking for.

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Google Sheets – Starter Tips

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 your writing invisible

How to make your writing invisible

How cool is it to be able to make your writing invisible? What an air of mystery you can create when you’re able to ‘hide’ your messages or provide an opportunity for your student to ‘discover’ hidden text. This blog will share some fun ways you can do this with your students.

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QR codes and your classroom

QR codes and your classroom

QR (Quick Response) codes are a great tool for using in your classroom. The latest software in smartphones has the capability to read them from the camera app, and it’s quick and easy to download a QR code reader if not. Use them to engage your students, bring classroom displays to life digitally and more!

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Customise Gmail’s Priority Inbox to boost your efficiency

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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Extract text from images

Extract text from images

How often have you gone to use an older resource that is still relevant to the current learning in your classroom programme – but the effort to retype it and be able to use it digitally is just too much? Well, now there’s an easy solution. Simply take a photo of it and extract the text using Google Keep.

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How to get more out of your STEAM lessons in class

How to get more out of your STEAM lessons in class

Have you been engaging your students with STEM or STEAM projects and experiences but wondering how you can better focus the learning? Here are two simple ways you can maximise the learning outcomes for your students and they both begin at the planning phase.

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Workbench and Google Sheets part 2

Workbench and Google Sheets part 2

The coding space in Workbench has a Blockly workspace that resembles Scratch, so it is readily familiar with students and teachers and it works super well on Chromebooks as well as other laptops. This blog is the second in a series of five and you will learn how you can add devices that can interact with the code.

Up your Slide Design Game

Up your Slide Design Game

How many slides have your students produced – whether it be in Google Slides or Microsoft’s PowerPoint – where there has been little, or no, thought given to the design of the slides? This blog will look at four sites designed to easily solve this problem for you.

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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

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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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