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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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Two ways to insert symbols, superscript and subscript in a Gmail message

If you are reading this article, chances are you’ve realised that Gmail does not have an in-built function for inserting symbols, superscript or subscript into an email message. However, Gmail can display these characters, you just need a way to actually get them into the email. In this blog post, I’ll outline two ways you can do this.

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Notes in iOS11

The functionality of Apple Notes has been improved and it is now a great tool that integrates seamlessly with all the other native Apple apps.

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Google Keep vs Apple Notes

Now with iOS11, Apple Notes has a lot more functionality and ‘cool things’ that makes it a great alternative to Google Keep. When you line them up next to each other on a mobile device, which one comes up trumps?

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3 ways technology impacts students ability to think

Technology can both enhance and inhibit the THINKING process of a student. As technology becomes more advanced, students are able to find answers and reach conclusions faster, but is this at the expense learning to think? In this article we examine 3 ways in which technology can dumb down the thinking process, and what we can do to counteract this.

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3 ways to use your iPads without relying on wifi

Do you have iPads in your classroom but the wifi isn’t always reliable? Instead of ditching them in frustration, read on to find ways you could incorporate them into your classroom practice – without the need for an internet connection.

How do labels work in Gmail?

Gmail’s label feature is very powerful and useful, however it can be quite confusing for people who have spent most of their working lives using ‘folders’ in other email applications. In this blog post, I’ll explain everything you need to know about how labels work in Gmail.

Create a collection of images in Chrome

Create a collection of images in Chrome

Do you often find yourself searching for online images to use and then wishing you could remember where you found certain ones? This blog post will show you how you can curate a collection of these online images using the Chrome web browser so that you can easily access anytime you like.

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Customise Gmail’s Priority Inbox to boost your efficiency

The default Gmail Priority Inbox configuration is centred around stars and Gmail’s importance indicators. However, this is not the only way to use Priority Inbox. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to customise Priority Inbox to suit your email flagging and follow up system and boost your efficiency.

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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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Getting started with Google Drive Backup and Sync

In a recent post I explained how to use the Google Drive for Mac/PC tool to synchronise your Google Drive files to your computer. Since then, Google have released a new version of this tool, now called Backup and Sync. In this post, I’ll show how to get started with Backup and Sync – including how to upgrade if you’re already using Google Drive for Mac/PC.

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ISTE Recap

In this podcast, Mike, Mark and Adrian debrief after the ISTE conference in San Antonio.

We discuss:
Whether we saw anything innovative
What STEM tools we saw that we liked
How can we reach further into your organisation and equip slow adopters
Tips to get the most out of conferences
And more.

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6 mail merge add-ons for Gmail & Google Drive

Mail merge is one of those great time-saving features that people love. That’s probably why we get heaps of questions about the best way to do it in Gmail and Google Drive. In this blog post we’ll share the top five mail merge add-ons available in G Suite and help you choose the best one for your situation.

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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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3 ways to use your iPads without relying on wifi

Do you have iPads in your classroom but the wifi isn’t always reliable? Instead of ditching them in frustration, read on to find ways you could incorporate them into your classroom practice – without the need for an internet connection.

How do labels work in Gmail?

Gmail’s label feature is very powerful and useful, however it can be quite confusing for people who have spent most of their working lives using ‘folders’ in other email applications. In this blog post, I’ll explain everything you need to know about how labels work in Gmail.

Create a collection of images in Chrome

Create a collection of images in Chrome

Do you often find yourself searching for online images to use and then wishing you could remember where you found certain ones? This blog post will show you how you can curate a collection of these online images using the Chrome web browser so that you can easily access anytime you like.

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