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10 tips for taking a Google Certified Educator exam

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

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

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

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

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

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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How to quickly find an email in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

How to quickly find an email in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

It’s so easy to waste time digging through folders and scrolling through search results trying to find that email that you just know is hidden somewhere. In this blog post, I’ll explain how the Outlook for Mac search feature works and how you can use it to quickly find the email you are looking for.

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.

How to create page borders in Google Docs

How to create page borders in Google Docs

One of the most common frustrations with teachers who have made the move from Microsoft Word to Google Docs is they miss the ability to create borders on their Google Docs – like they could in Word.
And they are right. There is no page border tool in Google Docs. However there are a couple of workarounds that allow you to do it. This blog will show you how.

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Five sites to find free high quality images

Five sites to find free high quality images

Finding free, high-quality images that you have permission to use can be a challenge. However, photographers and artists are increasingly making their work available free for others to use. In this blog post I’ll share the five websites that we use regularly to find great images.

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5 great add-ons for Google Forms

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

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

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

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

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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How to quickly find an email in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

How to quickly find an email in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

It’s so easy to waste time digging through folders and scrolling through search results trying to find that email that you just know is hidden somewhere. In this blog post, I’ll explain how the Outlook for Mac search feature works and how you can use it to quickly find the email you are looking for.

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.

How to create page borders in Google Docs

How to create page borders in Google Docs

One of the most common frustrations with teachers who have made the move from Microsoft Word to Google Docs is they miss the ability to create borders on their Google Docs – like they could in Word.
And they are right. There is no page border tool in Google Docs. However there are a couple of workarounds that allow you to do it. This blog will show you how.

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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???

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Sunning Hill School
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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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