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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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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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Multiple desktops allow you to multitask

Before laptops were common, when I was working on a project I would have several books open and many pieces of paper all on a big table. Nowadays we can have the same experience by using multiple desktops to multi task.

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Four ways schools can make their technology PD more effective

Many schools will require their teachers to undertake technology PD this year. However, most of them will probably see little change in the quantity and quality of technology integration after the PD. Why? Because the common ‘tick-off’ or ‘kick-off’ approach to professional development is not effective. Here are four ways that schools can break free of this approach and make their professional development programs better.

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How to turn a Gmail email into a Google Calendar event – Four options

It’s quite common for a calendar event or meeting to be triggered from an email discussion. As such, it can be helpful to have the information in the email as part of the calendar event. In this blog post, we’ll share four different ways you can add information from a Gmail email to a Google Calendar event.

Using Book Creator in the Chrome Browser

Book Creator is a favourite tool of mine for demonstrating how to create impactful, authentic digital outcomes eBooks in classrooms. Many teachers are familiar with the iPad app but haven’t seen all the great things you can do when you use Book Creator in a browser. Check out these features that you may not know about!

Workbench and Google Sheets part 1

Workbench and Google Sheets part 1

As a teacher, I am always looking for ways to integrate digital tools, especially in the STEAM space, so that meaningful learning experiences can take place. Ultimately, I want to be able to combine a variety of applications and devices together and develop some coding to gather data and control external devices. Workbench provides the backbone to be able to do that.

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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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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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Fix your language & country settings in Google Docs, Sheets & Slides

Fix your language & country settings in Google Docs, Sheets & Slides

Have you been frustrated by your Google Docs, Sheets or Slides having the wrong measurement, date, currency or language settings for your country? If so, you’ll love this simple fix! In this blog post, I’ll explain how changing the language settings in your Google account (via Google Drive) will solve this problem for good.

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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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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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How to turn a Gmail email into a Google Calendar event – Four options

It’s quite common for a calendar event or meeting to be triggered from an email discussion. As such, it can be helpful to have the information in the email as part of the calendar event. In this blog post, we’ll share four different ways you can add information from a Gmail email to a Google Calendar event.

Using Book Creator in the Chrome Browser

Book Creator is a favourite tool of mine for demonstrating how to create impactful, authentic digital outcomes eBooks in classrooms. Many teachers are familiar with the iPad app but haven’t seen all the great things you can do when you use Book Creator in a browser. Check out these features that you may not know about!

Workbench and Google Sheets part 1

Workbench and Google Sheets part 1

As a teacher, I am always looking for ways to integrate digital tools, especially in the STEAM space, so that meaningful learning experiences can take place. Ultimately, I want to be able to combine a variety of applications and devices together and develop some coding to gather data and control external devices. Workbench provides the backbone to be able to do that.

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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.

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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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