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Keep track of student grades in Google Classroom

In Google Classroom, you can assign grades to question and assignment tasks given to your students. Although Classroom does not yet have an in-built gradebook, it is still possible to keep track of student grades across different tasks using a linked Google Sheet. This shows students’ grades for each task, as well as average grades for individual students and the class.

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How to blur faces in YouTube videos

YouTube has an in-built editing tool which lets you quickly and easily blur faces in your videos. This is really useful if you have a video which includes students or colleagues who have not given permission for their image to be put online. Or for those times when a stranger is behaving oddly in the background of your video! You can choose to automatically blur all faces, or just blur selected faces/sections of the video.

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6 reasons why you should become digitally certified

One of the most important tools we have in the modern classroom is a digital one. We use laptops and tablets for communication, creation, assessment and probably most importantly, learning. And it’s no wonder that for teachers, one of the important parts of our roles...

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Why we need to start paying more attention to IT support in schools

When things don’t go to plan with technology in the classroom, educators need to know they can rely on someone to help them out. They also need to be confident that their technology environment won’t suddenly change unexpectedly. Having a customer-focussed, well-resourced and supportive IT department is the keystone to creating this type of confidence. Yet, too often, IT support in schools is seen as a necessary evil. Here are my four key improvements to help change that.

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Secure your Google account with 2-Step Verification

It’s easier than you think for someone to steal your password and gain access to your Google account. One thing you can do to prevent this is to add an extra layer of security to your account by implementing 2-Step Verification. This will help prevent access to Google your account even if your password is compromised.

Improve organisational efficiency and effectiveness with the Results platform

Have you heard about one page plans, 12 week years, the 4 disciplines of execution, the Rockefeller habits? If you are looking at how to improve efficiency and need a tool or platform to bring your data to life, give visual cues to employees and keep everyone on track to hit your goals, then the results.com platform is exactly what you need.

How to Quickly Check Activity on a Google Doc, Sheet or Slide

How to Quickly Check Activity on a Google Doc, Sheet or Slide

Do you sometimes share a Google Doc, Sheet or Slide with someone only to wait for what then seems like forever for their contribution? Wouldn’t it be great if you could quickly check when they actually viewed it and then send them a prompt to action what you’re waiting for? Well, you can! Here’s how to do it.

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Spreadsheet Copy Down Chaos

By understanding what the spreadsheet is doing and learning a couple of handy hints, you will be creating spreadsheets quicker and using them more effectively to improve your workflow.

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How do you organise Google Drive’s Shared with me?

Whenever I facilitate training sessions for people who are already using Google Drive, I know for sure that I’ll always be asked how do I organise Shared with me? Typically this is accompanied by comments about how messy and confusing Shared with me is. In this post you’ll find my strategies for dealing with your Shared with me frustration.

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Secure your Google account with 2-Step Verification

Secure your Google account with 2-Step Verification

It’s easier than you think for someone to steal your password and gain access to your Google account. One thing you can do to prevent this is to add an extra layer of security to your account by implementing 2-Step Verification. This will help prevent access to Google your account even if your password is compromised.

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Two ways to use the STEM learning approach with your students

If you’re like most teachers and school leaders today who are considering introducing STEM or STEAM learning in your classrooms, the first thing you’re probably asking is ‘What will we buy?’ It’s hard to escape the buzz around the latest robotics tools, the new ‘invention kit’ or fancy coding platform.

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Check spelling in a Gmail message

In the rush to reply to all the emails we receive, it’s easy to overlook common spelling mistakes or typing errors. Whilst Gmail does not have as-you-type spell-check built-in, it does have another little known spell-check feature that is useful. You can also use your browser’s as-you-type spell checking to show those squiggly lines we’ve all become used to seeing under misspelled words.

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The Notes App – the Hidden Gem on an iPad

The Notes app is what I often call ‘the hidden gem’ of apps. Why? Since like most of us, you have probably opened it up at some stage, typed a few sentences and then overlooked it for apps that can do more of what we need in the classroom. The Notes app is closed, never to be opened again. But the reality is that the simplicity of this app, combined with some great features, makes it a hidden GEM!

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How to create a copy of a Google Doc with 1 click

It happens a bit too often. You have prepared a Google Doc, Sheet or slide deck that is formatted really well, has great images and everything looks fabulous. If you share it with editing permissions, there is a very high chance that all your work will get messed up....

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3 Steps to creating grade books in G-Suite

You may have been to a workshop or conference, heard and learnt a vast array of new things and you head back to school full of enthusiasm to implement all that you have learnt. In your head you have all these ideas about how to revolutionise your classroom, until the reality of being back in the classroom hits home. Time tends to fly and good intentions slowly erode.

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Secure your Google account with 2-Step Verification

It’s easier than you think for someone to steal your password and gain access to your Google account. One thing you can do to prevent this is to add an extra layer of security to your account by implementing 2-Step Verification. This will help prevent access to Google your account even if your password is compromised.

Improve organisational efficiency and effectiveness with the Results platform

Have you heard about one page plans, 12 week years, the 4 disciplines of execution, the Rockefeller habits? If you are looking at how to improve efficiency and need a tool or platform to bring your data to life, give visual cues to employees and keep everyone on track to hit your goals, then the results.com platform is exactly what you need.

How to Quickly Check Activity on a Google Doc, Sheet or Slide

How to Quickly Check Activity on a Google Doc, Sheet or Slide

Do you sometimes share a Google Doc, Sheet or Slide with someone only to wait for what then seems like forever for their contribution? Wouldn’t it be great if you could quickly check when they actually viewed it and then send them a prompt to action what you’re waiting for? Well, you can! Here’s how to do it.

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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

Just replayed last week’s session and enjoyed it just as much second time around. This is a great facility!

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

Ken Sullivan

Sunning Hill School
(Juvenile Correctional Centre)

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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

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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