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5 great add-ons for Google Forms

Google Forms make data collection quick and easy. If you want to do even more with your forms, the growing range of add-ons are a great way to add extra features and functionality. In this post I’ll share the five add-ons I always tell our education and business clients about.

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5 Ideas For Your Student Tech Team

One way for your school to grow the digital learning capacity of its students, teachers and community is to have a student leadership group, often called ‘The Tech Team’ or even, ‘Digital Ninjas.’ Here are 5 ways that these teams can supercharge the digital learning environment in your school.

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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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Improve your Design Skills in Google

All teachers are designers. By mastering a few simple techniques, you can be sure the resources that you create and use engage all students. This is not just about making things look good, as effective design can make information more accessible and easier to navigate.

How to make your handwriting editable text

Sometimes it’s simply quicker and easier to hand write the notes you want to take. But what happens to them once you’ve written them? Well here’s 2 ways to save those notes and make them editable text at the same time.

Reflective teaching using the time-lapse feature on iPad

Reflective teaching using the time-lapse feature on iPad

It would be great if we could observe our own classes from a distance and then analyse what is going on and reflect, identify areas of strength and growth. By using the time lapse feature on an iPad (or on iPhone) you can easily reflect on your teaching practice.

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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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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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How to make your handwriting editable text

How to make your handwriting editable text

Sometimes it’s simply quicker and easier to hand write the notes you want to take. But what happens to them once you’ve written them? Well here’s 2 ways to save those notes and make them editable text at the same time.

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How to use the Messenger Texting (SMS) apps on your iPhone

Have you seen the new apps you can use inside Messenger on your iPhone? If you have a recent model iPhone that is running iOS 10 then you have access to an ever-growing range of apps that can add some great functionality to your texting (SMS) game. There are some apps...

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Negative labelling & stereotyping of teachers who don’t adopt technology won’t help achieve change

Innovators and early adopters of technology can become frustrated when their colleagues aren’t enthusiastically embracing the new world of learning and teaching with technology. In some cases, this frustration leads to the negative labelling and stereotyping of these colleagues. In this post I share a few examples of what these labels and stereotypes might look like and the problems associated with them. Along the way I’ll also give a few suggestions for practical strategies that might be more effective in helping to achieve widespread change.

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How to stop signing in and out of your Google accounts in Chrome

If you have a business or school Google account (often called a G Suite account), then chances are you have a personal Google account as well. One of the most common things we see when training people who are beginning to use Google tools is the frustration that signing in and out of different accounts can cause.

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Why school is like Monopoly

By utilising the wisdom and experience of staff and creating blended learning environments, students should be able to operate in their preferred modality of learning whilst controlling certain aspects of their learning pathway.
Some of our kids are stuck in a game of educational Monopoly, losing motivation and having nowhere to go as it is raining outside. It is our responsibility to maybe pack away the Monopoly board and introduce a new paradigm to them.

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Synchronise your Google Drive files to your computer

If you store non-Google files in your Google Drive (e.g. Microsoft Office files, PDFs, Photoshop files etc.), it can be really convenient to synchronise them to your computer. The Google Drive for Mac/PC tool allows you to synchronise either all the contents of your My Drive, or just selected folders. Synchronised files can be accessed offline and easily opened and edited in their native applications.

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Improve your Design Skills in Google

All teachers are designers. By mastering a few simple techniques, you can be sure the resources that you create and use engage all students. This is not just about making things look good, as effective design can make information more accessible and easier to navigate.

How to make your handwriting editable text

Sometimes it’s simply quicker and easier to hand write the notes you want to take. But what happens to them once you’ve written them? Well here’s 2 ways to save those notes and make them editable text at the same time.

Reflective teaching using the time-lapse feature on iPad

Reflective teaching using the time-lapse feature on iPad

It would be great if we could observe our own classes from a distance and then analyse what is going on and reflect, identify areas of strength and growth. By using the time lapse feature on an iPad (or on iPhone) you can easily reflect on your teaching practice.

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Abbey Howard

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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

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

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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.

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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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