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Recent Blog Posts

Customise the Control Centre on your classroom iPads

There are a lot of great features within your iPad that are often unknown to teachers. These can be organised into your Control Centre for quick access. From locking your students into particular apps to recording the screen, even having text read aloud to you! Find out how you can take control and customise your Control Centre.

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How to use the Google Slides Master feature purposefully

Google Slides is one of my favourite tools when it comes to creating purposeful and relevant tasks for students within G Suite for Education. There are just so many ways you can utilise this tool, and using the master slides feature is one of the lesser known gems. This blog explores a way to encourage more student agency with this option.

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Student ICT skills mapping

Students skills and fluency with ICT are just as important as teachers. As students progress through their schooling they are building a certain skill set with using ICT for learning and for life so schools need to consider what this progression looks like and where it is headed. I encourage schools to collaboratively map out students acquisition and mastery of key ICT skills.

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Samantha’s Top Tip for Google Keep

Google Keep is amazing. So it’s kind of a bit like a hybrid sticky note. Kind of task list, just ways to capture information that you want to keep hence the name so if you’ve not seen it before, when you have got any G suite tool open or you’re even on the Google search page.

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Are you seizing the moment?

I began to write this blog on a flight to Sydney. Once the meal service began there was no room for both the food and the iPad. As the iPad took a break, I began to watch ‘Rocketman’ and was struck by a line in the movie; ‘You only get so many chances in life and this is one of yours – so take it and make the most of it.’ How often do we do this in our classrooms?

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Using a flag & categories to better manage your emails in Outlook on the web

In the 10+ years that I have been training people in email tools, I’ve discovered that many people use a ‘mark it unread again’ system to ‘manage’ their email. Is it any wonder their brains feel overloaded and their inboxes are out of control?! In Outlook on the web, using a flag or categories is a much better way to tag messages that require follow up or action.

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Three ways to get started with Minecraft Education Edition

Have your Minecraft Education Edition licenses but not sure where to begin? This blog gives you three ideas to get started in meaningful ways, leading you gently into the wonderful world of Minecraft so that you can transform learning for your students.

How to avoid stress and frustration when using tech tools in your classroom

We hear from so many teachers that often they get out devices or STEAM equipment their students can’t handle it and lessons fall to pieces. Just like any classroom management system, explicit, clear routines are vital for ensuring you get the best out of tech in your classroom.

Protecting your workflow from the Coronavirus and natural disasters by utilising Microsoft Teams

Protecting your workflow from the Coronavirus and natural disasters by utilising Microsoft Teams

In our current environment, the certainty of running our schools or businesses the same as always, maintaining efficiency and continuity when disruption occurs can become frustrating. The capacity to pivot key processes so that it is business, as usual, is important. Utilising Microsoft Teams can help this in schools and business.

Here are three areas where you can use familiar tools in G Suite (and a few other free online tools) to empower the students in your classes!

How to change unread mail settings in Microsoft Outlook

Have you ever clicked on an unread email in the Outlook inbox and then wondered why it suddenly becomes marked as ‘read’, even though you have not actually read it yet? Or perhaps you sometimes find it difficult to locate your unread emails amongst all the read ones because the two don’t look that different.

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How to organise your folders in Microsoft Outlook

If you’ve been using the same email account in Outlook for a while, you’ve probably ended up with a long list of folders that can be cumbersome and time consuming to navigate. In this blog post, I’ll share three tips you can use to better organise your folders for greater efficiency.

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How to use Diagrams in Google Drawing

Diagrams and visual representations of ideas are a powerful method of communication. However, setting up the shapes, space, text and other diagrammatic variables can often be time-consuming – but not any more. By using the Diagram feature in Google Drawing this has now become a simple process. Read on to find out how to do it.

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How to quickly find an email in Microsoft Outlook

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 search feature works and how you can use it to quickly find the email you are looking for.

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How to effect change with your colleagues – some tips for effective training.

One of the things I love the most about my job is the opportunity I have to meet with so many dedicated teachers. Our schools have some amazing teachers who are doing fantastic things within their programmes. But like anything, some are more digitally savvy than others. Inspiring the less digitally savvy to join the digital revolution can be challenging. Here’s some ideas to help you effect that change.

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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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How to do an Inbox spring clean in Outlook for Windows

Spring has sprung here in the Southern Hemisphere, so it is a perfect time to do an Inbox Spring clean! Imagine what it would be like to open your Outlook mail and see all your mail with minimal scrolling…that’s what an Inbox spring clean can help you do.

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How to do an Inbox spring clean in Gmail

Spring has sprung here in the Southern Hemisphere, so it is a perfect time to do an Inbox Spring clean! Imagine what it would be like to open your Gmail Inbox and have only one page (or less) of emails sitting there…that’s what an Inbox spring clean can help you do.

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Workbench and Google Sheets part 4

This is the fourth blog in the series of five in using Workbench. Workbench provides the backbone to be able to combine a variety of applications and devices together and develop some coding to gather data and control external devices. In this blog which is linked to a how-to video you will learn how to incorporate conditional loops to read and write multiple sets of data to a spreadsheet using the programming canvass.

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Workbench and Google Sheets part 3

This is the third blog in the series of using Workbench. In this third blog of a series of five, all linked to how-to videos, you will learn how to use read and write data from a spreadsheet using the programming canvass. When we write data via code we are also able to collect data from external devices like a micro:bit.

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Workbench and Google Sheets part 2

The coding space in Workbench has a Blockly workspace that resembles Scratch, so it is readily familiar with students and teachers and it works super well on Chromebooks as well as other laptops. This blog is the second in a series of five and you will learn how you can add devices that can interact with the code.

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Workbench and Google Sheets part 1

As a teacher, I am always looking for ways to integrate digital tools, especially in the STEAM space, so that meaningful learning experiences can take place. Ultimately, I want to be able to combine a variety of applications and devices together and develop some coding to gather data and control external devices. Workbench provides the backbone to be able to do that.

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How to get started with unplugged activities in your classroom

If you were asked, ““If a visitor to your school was to walk into a typical room, what might they see students doing with technology?” what might your answer be? Using unplugged activities can help develop computational thinking in your students, allowing that use of technology to maybe look a little different. This blog will give some ideas of ways to integrate these activities into your classroom.

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Technology, sustainability and saying goodbye to some old friends.

If you were to create a pile of all the LPs, cassettes and CDs you ever owned how big would it be? Where are they all now? Did you throw them out? Recycle them?
Technology has both positive and negative consequences – the impact of some technological change on the environment has been massive. Exploring technology, sustainability and the environment should be part of all curriculums.

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Three ways to get started with Minecraft Education Edition

Have your Minecraft Education Edition licenses but not sure where to begin? This blog gives you three ideas to get started in meaningful ways, leading you gently into the wonderful world of Minecraft so that you can transform learning for your students.

How to avoid stress and frustration when using tech tools in your classroom

We hear from so many teachers that often they get out devices or STEAM equipment their students can’t handle it and lessons fall to pieces. Just like any classroom management system, explicit, clear routines are vital for ensuring you get the best out of tech in your classroom.

Protecting your workflow from the Coronavirus and natural disasters by utilising Microsoft Teams

Protecting your workflow from the Coronavirus and natural disasters by utilising Microsoft Teams

In our current environment, the certainty of running our schools or businesses the same as always, maintaining efficiency and continuity when disruption occurs can become frustrating. The capacity to pivot key processes so that it is business, as usual, is important. Utilising Microsoft Teams can help this in schools and business.

Here are three areas where you can use familiar tools in G Suite (and a few other free online tools) to empower the students in your classes!

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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.

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Head of IT – Cobham Intermediate School

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