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Why the ‘Why’ is Critical for your School’s Steam Learning Program

For most teachers and educational leaders, the STEAM acronym conjures images of robots, computers and scientific equipment. There’s no doubt that these tools can often be found in a classroom engaged in STEAM learning. But it can be far too easy to be blinded by the ‘whats’ and ‘hows’, without considering your vision or ‘why.’ Here are 3 reasons why you should consider YOUR ‘why’ of STEAM before you think about anything else.

Don’t want to ready the whole article? Here’s a quick summary:

Your ‘why’ will drive your ‘whats’ and ‘how’s.’
Your purpose indicates your values and beliefs and this is what people are drawn to.
Your vision helps people see through the pain of change.

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Microsoft Paint 3D – Digital Postcards with Magic Select

This post will show you a fun and quick activity to help students develop ideas for creative writing and become familiar with the Microsoft Paint 3D workspace. We’re going to explore using the ‘Magic Select’ tool to turn one part of an image into a sticker and then put this on a background of your choosing.

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Three simple tips for working with data in Google Sheets

We can get frustrated with spreadsheets because they don’t do what we want them to do, or we just think that they are used by statisticians. With more data around than ever before, especially in schools, it can be hard to use the data well. Here are three simple hints in Google Sheets that allow you to be able to analyse and display your data like an expert.

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How to mail merge letters in Google Docs

In a recent post, we shared the top five add-ons you can use to perform a mail merge in Google Drive. In this post, we’ll show you how to use one of those tools, autoCrat, to perform a mail merge in Google Docs that creates and emails personalised letters. This same technique can also be used to personalise any other type of document that is based in Google Docs.

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The start of a school year and technology

The start of the school year with technology can be messy, but by following these five steps your journey may be easier ! The relationships they help build with students will create a sense of community and belonging with technology assisting learning.

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Term 1 2018 Professional Development For Teachers In NZ

In this short blog post, we outline some of the professional development events we have planned for New Zealand teachers. We have STEAM / Digital Technologies training, Google Certifications and more. Check out all the details as well as ways you can request expert professional development for your school.

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How to make a single Google Doc available offline

Many of us are now working with a G Suite account as our primary source of a digital word processing tool. Some of us are using it as our secondary source – but whichever way we are doing it, there are times when we just may want to access it offline. Here’s a way to do it with just a few minutes of forward planning.

Five advanced tips for working with Gmail labels

In a recent post I explained how labels work in Gmail and how they can be a very powerful and useful tool for keeping your inbox organised. In this post I’m going to dig deeper and share five advanced tips for working with labels

How to organise your folders in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

How to organise your folders in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

If you’ve been using the same email account in Outlook for Mac for a while, you’ve probably ended up with a long list of folders that can be cumbersome and time consuming to navigate. In this blog post, I’ll share three tips you can use to better organise your folders for greater efficiency.

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Searching effectively in Gmail

If there is one thing you can do to become more efficient in Gmail, it’s master Gmail search! Learning how to search effectively will allow you to narrow down your search results so that you can quickly pinpoint the exact email you are looking for. In this blog post, I’ll show what not to do when searching Gmail, and what to do instead.

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See the view history of Google Docs, Sheets & Slides

The new Activity Dashboard feature in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides lets you see who has viewed your file, and when they last viewed it. In this blog post, I’ll show you how the feature works and how you can configure the related privacy settings.

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Getting started with Google Drive File Stream

Getting started with Google Drive File Stream

Does you or your organisation store non-Google files in Google Drive? If so, you’ve probably found it frustrating to have to download and upload these files every time you want to open or edit them in their native applications. Drive File Stream can solve this frustration for good by giving you a seamless way to work with non-Google files.

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Transferring data between Google accounts – Part 1

A very common question at my training sessions is ‘How do you transfer data between Google accounts?’. This usually comes from a teacher who began using their personal Google Drive for school purposes and now has a school G Suite account, who is planning on moving schools, or has students who are graduating and want to take their data with them.

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Using the Files App on iOS11

With any update of an operating system, there are always a couple of really nice improvements lurking within. The Files app in OS11 provides a fantastic file management system.

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Using labels as coloured flags in Gmail

Keeping track of emails can be tricky – when an email is out of sight it is also often out of mind. Creating custom coloured labels to flag your messages is a great method for keeping track of emails you need to action or have delegated. In this blog post I’ll show you how to implement a custom label solution to suit your needs.

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iOS11 Screen Recording

Screen recording from an iOS device is now easier with iOS 11. A good use for this in the classroom when demonstrating to students how to use an app or other function like split screen or multi tasking.

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How to choose the right STEM / STEAM tools for your school

Is your school looking at developing a STEAM Learning program? In today’s environment of limited resources, It’s crucial that schools are very intentional about which tools they invest in and choose those which are right for their students. Here are 5 things we suggest you do to help make those important decisions.

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How to make a single Google Doc available offline

Many of us are now working with a G Suite account as our primary source of a digital word processing tool. Some of us are using it as our secondary source – but whichever way we are doing it, there are times when we just may want to access it offline. Here’s a way to do it with just a few minutes of forward planning.

Five advanced tips for working with Gmail labels

In a recent post I explained how labels work in Gmail and how they can be a very powerful and useful tool for keeping your inbox organised. In this post I’m going to dig deeper and share five advanced tips for working with labels

How to organise your folders in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

How to organise your folders in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

If you’ve been using the same email account in Outlook for Mac for a while, you’ve probably ended up with a long list of folders that can be cumbersome and time consuming to navigate. In this blog post, I’ll share three tips you can use to better organise your folders for greater efficiency.

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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

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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