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Recent Blog Posts

Travelling with Technology Tips – Part 1

The great thing about technology is that it enables us to be more mobile. However, if you have ever travelled long distances you may have found that some of the functions and conveniences of being connected can fall over.

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Customise themes in Google Slides

Google Slides have a good range of themes you can use to add some colour and fun to your presentations. However, sometimes the look and feel of the theme might not be quite what you’re after. The good news is that you can use the Edit master feature in Google Slides to make changes to colours, fonts and images in the theme. Editing the master will automatically implement the changes across all the slides in your presentation. The end result is your own customised theme.

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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 customise & use text styles in Google Docs

One of the easiest ways to be more efficient when using Google Docs is to configure and use text styles. Using styles ensures that your document is formatted consistently and makes it easy to use features like a table of contents and in-document hyperlinking. In this blog post, I’ll explain how to customise your text styles and how to use them in your document.

Want to save time? Get to know your keyboard shortcuts

Ever wondered how you could save some time and be more efficient with your workflow? One solution could be to use keyboard shortcuts and save yourself an average of 8 days per year! Yes, 8 days! How was that calculated and what can you do with this information? Read on to find out.

How to turn a Gmail email into a Google Calendar event – Four options

How to turn a Gmail email into a Google Calendar event – Four options

It’s quite common for a calendar event or meeting to be triggered from an email discussion. As such, it can be helpful to have the information in the email as part of the calendar event. In this blog post, we’ll share four different ways you can add information from a Gmail email to a Google Calendar event.

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Create multiple signatures in Gmail

A common question I get asked when training our corporate and government clients is ‘Can I have multiple signatures in Gmail?’. While Gmail doesn’t have a dedicated multiple signature function, the good news is that you can use the Canned Responses lab instead. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to use Canned responses to create and insert multiple signatures.

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Demystifying Gmail’s Archive button

Demystifying Gmail’s Archive button

For many people that attend our Gmail workshops, the ‘Archive’ button in Gmail is a bit of a mystery. Some people even tell me that they’re a bit scared about clicking it, as they’re not sure what will happen to their email if they do! Read on and demystify the Archive button for good!

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2 tips for advanced Google Forms users

If you’ve ever been a teacher you can sympathise with the pain that organising teacher interviews can bring. The actual interviews are usually very rewarding rewarding but getting them organising them can often be a nightmare. BUT, there’s a much better way. Google...

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Why Book Creator is my favourite classroom iPad app

When you’re describing your favourite of something there’s always the tension of ‘What am I leaving out?’ There are probably 10 or so iPad apps that I regularly use the most but if you were going to ask, which iPad app should a teacher start with and master first, it would be Book Creator…hands down!

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Self-grading quizzes with Microsoft Forms

All Office 365 Education users now have access to Microsoft Forms – a great new feature for creating surveys and quizzes. Anyone with an Office 365 Education account can create a Microsoft Form. Creators can choose to limit respondents to their school or make the form available to anyone. Forms can be viewed and completed on any computer, tablet or phone. This makes Microsoft Forms suitable to use with students, colleagues, parents and the wider community.

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How to Use Google Forms quizzes feature

This short video demonstrates Google Forms’ new quizzes feature. You will learn how to turn a Google Form into a quiz, input the correct answers, create custom feedback and see your student’s results.

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How to customise & use text styles in Google Docs

One of the easiest ways to be more efficient when using Google Docs is to configure and use text styles. Using styles ensures that your document is formatted consistently and makes it easy to use features like a table of contents and in-document hyperlinking. In this blog post, I’ll explain how to customise your text styles and how to use them in your document.

Want to save time? Get to know your keyboard shortcuts

Ever wondered how you could save some time and be more efficient with your workflow? One solution could be to use keyboard shortcuts and save yourself an average of 8 days per year! Yes, 8 days! How was that calculated and what can you do with this information? Read on to find out.

How to turn a Gmail email into a Google Calendar event – Four options

How to turn a Gmail email into a Google Calendar event – Four options

It’s quite common for a calendar event or meeting to be triggered from an email discussion. As such, it can be helpful to have the information in the email as part of the calendar event. In this blog post, we’ll share four different ways you can add information from a Gmail email to a Google Calendar event.

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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

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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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