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Randomising question and answer order in Google Forms

Randomising question and answer order in Google Forms

Google Forms gives you the option to randomise questions and answers. This is very useful if you are concerned that the order in which questions or answers are presented in might skew the results or create bias. It’s also useful in classroom situations if you have students who may take a peek at other students’ screens and choose the same answer!

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Macros in Google Sheets

Macros in Google Sheets

A major sticking point with moving from Excel to Google Sheets was the lack of ability to use macros. A macro will let you automate calculations and other aspects in spreadsheets. For instance, if you regularly tally up marks, allocate a grade and then draw a graph or chart of the results for your class, the you can create a macro to do this for you. Google Sheets now have the capacity to write and run you own macros. This will increase your efficiency and save you time.

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Google Sheets – Starter Tips

Google Sheets – Starter Tips

Google Sheets is a great tool for classroom teachers. It can help you increase your efficiency and organisation. If you’ve never used spreadsheets before they can be a little intimidating, but once you get started I’m sure you’ll realise how powerful Google Sheets really is. This blog post will give you five tips that I wish I’d known when I started using them.

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How to make your writing invisible

How to make your writing invisible

How cool is it to be able to make your writing invisible? What an air of mystery you can create when you’re able to ‘hide’ your messages or provide an opportunity for your student to ‘discover’ hidden text. This blog will share some fun ways you can do this with your students.

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Using Markup and annotation in iOS

Using Markup and annotation in iOS

With more documentation being digital, occasionally the need arises to be able to add notes or sign a PDF. Previously this involved printing the document, signing it, uploading it and then scanning it before sending it. Markup solves this problem and can be used easily on an iPad or iPhone.

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Five ways to make Chromebooks even easier to use for younger students

Five ways to make Chromebooks even easier to use for younger students

I recently spent three days working with staff and students at Waipahihi School in Taupo, New Zealand. While helping the teachers to introduce Google Classroom to their grade 3 and 4 students, I noticed that a lot of time was spent directing students to particular websites and assisting them to change settings on their Chromebooks. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing these five ways to customise Chromebooks to eliminate these time wasters.

Top Tip for Google Classroom with Lara

Top Tip for Google Classroom with Lara

I’m going to show you a Google classroom tip. In this media management classroom that I in, this is actually a student view so this is Clumsy Smurf here and this is an assignment that Clumsy has been allocated by his teacher.

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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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Three simple tips for working with data in Google Sheets

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

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 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

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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Use the Google Docs Explore tool to build student research skills

Use the Google Docs Explore tool to build student research skills

The Explore tool lets students search for websites, images and Google Drive files without leaving Google Docs. They can also cite the web sources they find with just one click. This makes it very easy for students to quickly gather a range of web sources they might find useful, without having to move in and out of the document.

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Five ways to make Chromebooks even easier to use for younger students

Five ways to make Chromebooks even easier to use for younger students

I recently spent three days working with staff and students at Waipahihi School in Taupo, New Zealand. While helping the teachers to introduce Google Classroom to their grade 3 and 4 students, I noticed that a lot of time was spent directing students to particular websites and assisting them to change settings on their Chromebooks. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing these five ways to customise Chromebooks to eliminate these time wasters.

Top Tip for Google Classroom with Lara

Top Tip for Google Classroom with Lara

I’m going to show you a Google classroom tip. In this media management classroom that I in, this is actually a student view so this is Clumsy Smurf here and this is an assignment that Clumsy has been allocated by his teacher.

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