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Top Tip for Gmail with Samantha

Top Tip for Gmail with Samantha

It’s time for Gmail and let me tell you I’ve been doing this for a long time with Gmail and I’m going to put out a scenario to you all and I can’t see if you’re nodding but my guess is going to be, you will.

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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’s about respect

It’s about respect

I feel incredibly privileged to be able to do what I do – but sometimes, just sometimes – it frustrates the heck out of me! And everytime I get this feeling, when I stop and analyse it, I realise what’s frustrating me always comes back to one word, respect. Or more often – lack of!
Why is that? Read on to find out more.

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Top Tip for Google Sheets with Adrian

Top Tip for Google Sheets with Adrian

You use your translate but in Google sheets you can actually do it yourself, so let me just wipe out some formulas here and show you how it works, so let’s pretend that we’ve type been something over here in English.

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5 ways to up your maths game with G Suite tools

5 ways to up your maths game with G Suite tools

During 2109 I worked with over 1,700 teachers and there was overwhelmingly one question that I was asked most often, “How can I use digital technologies in my maths program?”.

This blog will get you started with five ideas for using G Suite tools purposefully in your maths program.

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 1

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 1

We are super excited to be back for another year of sharing some awesome ideas and content, tips and tricks and #FUNPD with you. In this issue Mike kicks us off with a lovely welcome back note and shares a little bit about what we have been up to as a team. We’ve also got some unreal tips for Microsoft, Google and Apple tools that we think you’re going to love!

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 2

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 2

Can you believe we’re in autumn already! March, it just feels too crazy to say that aloud.
As always, we’re delighted that you choose to read our newsletter each fortnight – thank you! We hope you find something useful in each issue.

Pre-filled links in Google Forms – make sorting and filtering a breeze!

Pre-filled links in Google Forms – make sorting and filtering a breeze!

Google Forms are an awesome tool for gathering information from groups of people. One issue with Google Forms can be the way that users enter information – a slight difference in punctuation or spelling will mean that your ability to sort and filter the results in Google Sheets can be impacted. This blog will show you how to use a ‘Pre-filled link’ to stop this.

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How to change unread mail settings in Microsoft Outlook

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

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

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

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.

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

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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How to do an Inbox spring clean in Outlook for Windows

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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Our top 10 Gmail questions from 2019 answered!

Our top 10 Gmail questions from 2019 answered!

Gmail courses are always one of our most popular, which is not surprising given that so many people seem to be overwhelmed by their email. To help you use your email better in 2020, we have collated a list of the top 10 questions we were asked about Gmail in 2019, and given you the answers!

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

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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Four ways to move beyond substitution with the SAMR model

Four ways to move beyond substitution with the SAMR model

Classrooms all over the world are now filled with all sorts of amazing technology, but the big question is,’How well is this technology being used?’
Using it for substitution is a great place to begin if you’re new to it, but it should never be a place to stay. This blog looks at four ways to use digital devices beyond the substitution level.

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Workbench and Google Sheets part 5

Workbench and Google Sheets part 5

This is the final 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 create a chart that can show real-time data using the programming canvass that incorporating conditional loops and multiple variables.

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Workbench and Google Sheets part 4

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

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

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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5 ways to up your maths game with G Suite tools

5 ways to up your maths game with G Suite tools

During 2109 I worked with over 1,700 teachers and there was overwhelmingly one question that I was asked most often, “How can I use digital technologies in my maths program?”.

This blog will get you started with five ideas for using G Suite tools purposefully in your maths program.

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 1

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 1

We are super excited to be back for another year of sharing some awesome ideas and content, tips and tricks and #FUNPD with you. In this issue Mike kicks us off with a lovely welcome back note and shares a little bit about what we have been up to as a team. We’ve also got some unreal tips for Microsoft, Google and Apple tools that we think you’re going to love!

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 2

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 2

Can you believe we’re in autumn already! March, it just feels too crazy to say that aloud.
As always, we’re delighted that you choose to read our newsletter each fortnight – thank you! We hope you find something useful in each issue.

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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

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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.

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Head of IT – Cobham Intermediate School

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