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Researcher and Outline in Office 365

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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Customising Google Sheets cells to display text and numbers

Customising Google Sheets cells to display text and numbers

The custom number format allows you to have text and numbers in the same cell in a Google Sheet. This adds visual clarity to your spreadsheet and helps the user enter data. Calculations are still possible as Google Sheets ignores the text you have entered and uses the numerical data in the cell.

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How to use Spell Check in Google Docs, Slides and Sheets

How to use Spell Check in Google Docs, Slides and Sheets

With the development of digital technologies, the mistakes you make in your spelling are becoming easier and easier to fix. Did you realise Google not only has the little red line to help you fix these mistakes, it also has a spell checker built right into Docs, Slides and Sheets.

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Two classroom activities for teaching students about password security

Two classroom activities for teaching students about password security

Creating and managing strong, secure passwords is an essential part of life in the 21st century. But how can we help our students to develop the skills to create and manage their own online accounts? In this blog post, I’ll share two sequential classroom activities that you can use to teach your students about password security.

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Winning back time

Winning back time

Time has become a precious commodity and when I ask teachers about what they would like, they reply ‘more time’. The lack of time is a constant issue. The good news is, you can win back some time by putting into place these four practices.

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Google Sheet tips

Google Sheet tips

There are many uses for Google Sheets in the classroom. I like to be able to have my own class list where I can keep track of my students. I would use a sheet for attendance, recording homework, anecdotal notes and marks. Many LMS’s can do this, but I like the ability to customise what I see and enter, Google Sheets allow me to do this easily.

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Bookmarks in Chrome – Everything you need to know to use your bookmarks like a pro!

Bookmarks in Chrome – Everything you need to know to use your bookmarks like a pro!

With so many resources available online it’s important to know how to effectively manage and organise digital content that you rely on. Bookmarking frequently visited websites or documents is a great way to be more efficient when working online. Here are five key things to know when you are using bookmarks in Chrome.

Organise your files with the Google Drive Priority page

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.

Using the Goal Seek Add-On in Google Sheets

Using the Goal Seek Add-On in Google Sheets

There are times when you are trying to find the best solution to a scenario in Google Sheets. Instead of trying multiple solutions, use Goal Seek to optimise the solution.

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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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3 ways to share your Paint 3D Creations

3 ways to share your Paint 3D Creations

We want our students to be creating, not simply consuming content. This blog post offers three ideas for how to share objects that have been created in Paint 3D.

Microsoft Paint 3D is a user-friendly tool that helps you and your students create unique objects in 3D. It will allow them to explore their creative ideas and develop spatial literacy.

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Smarter Image Searching – Five Ways

Smarter Image Searching – Five Ways

We all love having beautiful images to enhance our documents. But how often do your students (or you) just jump into Google and grab the prettiest image they see in a search? This blog will show you five easy ways you can share with your students to make sure they are getting gorgeous images that they can feel confident they are using legally.

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3 options for managing templates in Google Drive

3 options for managing templates in Google Drive

f your organisation has recently transitioned to G Suite, you might be wondering about what to do with your document, spreadsheet and presentation templates. Existing templates can be converted to Google format (Docs, Sheets and Slides) and stored in Google Drive, but what’s the best way to manage the distribution and use or Google Drive templates?

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Spring clean your device

Spring clean your device

It is good to spring clean your device every now and then. With memory being cheap and being able to search for anything, we tend to be a bit lazy saving files and installing apps. Before we know it, our desktop is a mess and we have a stack of apps that we may have used once but now just take up room, so where do we start?

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5 strategies for increasing your efficiency in Gmail

5 strategies for increasing your efficiency in Gmail

Gmail efficiency strategies are on the top of the training wish list for most of the clients we work with.
They’re tired of being overwhelmed by emails and frustrated with trying to keep their inboxes organised. In this post, we share five Gmail efficiency strategies from our Get efficient with Gmail the SMART way online course.

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Bookmarks in Chrome – Everything you need to know to use your bookmarks like a pro!

Bookmarks in Chrome – Everything you need to know to use your bookmarks like a pro!

With so many resources available online it’s important to know how to effectively manage and organise digital content that you rely on. Bookmarking frequently visited websites or documents is a great way to be more efficient when working online. Here are five key things to know when you are using bookmarks in Chrome.

Organise your files with the Google Drive Priority page

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.

Using the Goal Seek Add-On in Google Sheets

Using the Goal Seek Add-On in Google Sheets

There are times when you are trying to find the best solution to a scenario in Google Sheets. Instead of trying multiple solutions, use Goal Seek to optimise the solution.

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