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How to Share a Google Doc Four Different Ways

How to Share a Google Doc Four Different Ways

Google Docs is designed to be a collaborative tool and has made the lives of many teachers around the world much easier. It’s a tool that allows for multiple uses and has a huge variety of applications in the classrooms of today. But sometimes you want to share them without others being able to edit them. Here are four ways to do this.

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Pause your Gmail inbox to boost your efficiency

Pause your Gmail inbox to boost your efficiency

Have you ever been focussed and working hard on an important task, opened your inbox to find a relevant email and then been distracted by an avalanche of new emails? Or perhaps you’ve been trying to clear your inbox of old emails, but keep finding your progress is hindered by new messages. Imagine if you could temporarily stop new emails from arriving in your inbox.

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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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Technology, sustainability and saying goodbye to some old friends.

Technology, sustainability and saying goodbye to some old friends.

If you were to create a pile of all the LPs, cassettes and CDs you ever owned how big would it be? Where are they all now? Did you throw them out? Recycle them?
Technology has both positive and negative consequences – the impact of some technological change on the environment has been massive. Exploring technology, sustainability and the environment should be part of all curriculums.

How to avoid stress and frustration when using tech tools in your classroom

How to avoid stress and frustration when using tech tools in your classroom

We hear from so many teachers that often they get out devices or STEAM equipment their students can’t handle it and lessons fall to pieces. Just like any classroom management system, explicit, clear routines are vital for ensuring you get the best out of tech in your classroom.

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Make a Gmail contact group incredibly quickly

Make a Gmail contact group incredibly quickly

Creating email groups is an incredibly quick way to be able to send an email to a number of people at the same time without having to type in each email individually. Did you know that in Gmail you can do it from right within the compose box?

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3 ways Google Calendar makes it easy to work across multiple time zones

3 ways Google Calendar makes it easy to work across multiple time zones

Here at Using Technology Better, we have team members located in three different countries and across four different time zones. We also work regularly with clients from across the globe. This can make scheduling meetings and working collaboratively challenging! However, Google Calendar has three really useful features that can help make this much easier.

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How to make a single Google Doc available offline

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.

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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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Technology, sustainability and saying goodbye to some old friends.

Technology, sustainability and saying goodbye to some old friends.

If you were to create a pile of all the LPs, cassettes and CDs you ever owned how big would it be? Where are they all now? Did you throw them out? Recycle them?
Technology has both positive and negative consequences – the impact of some technological change on the environment has been massive. Exploring technology, sustainability and the environment should be part of all curriculums.

How to avoid stress and frustration when using tech tools in your classroom

How to avoid stress and frustration when using tech tools in your classroom

We hear from so many teachers that often they get out devices or STEAM equipment their students can’t handle it and lessons fall to pieces. Just like any classroom management system, explicit, clear routines are vital for ensuring you get the best out of tech in your classroom.

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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)

I just wanted to say an extra big thank you for providing such a great service. Online, at night and in the comfort of home – with my two young children asleep in the other room – pretty awesome actually. It was very engaging and entertaining.

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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