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Office Lens app: An essential tool for your teacher toolkit

The Office Lens App, available on all mobile platforms is an amazing tool.
At a basic level, you can capture notes, whiteboard notes and so on, but it’s integration with both Microsoft and Google allow you to take this tool to another level.

In this office lens example you will see how you can take a printed worksheet and turn it into an editable worksheet in under a minute.

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How to Work with Limited Devices in a Classroom

One question I get asked all the time is how do I teach with technology when I have limited resources. Maybe you have 5 devices for 25 students.

In this video, Alice Keeler and I discuss strategies for enabling collaboration and ICT integration into lessons when resources are limited. Whether you have a BYOD program or no program, these strategies will help you teach with ICT.

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Conditional formatting: Tracking student progress with Google Sheets

With Google sheets you can track student progress and easily visualise how students are progressing.

The most common ways for teachers to visually represent student progress is through graphing the data. However with conditional formatting in Google sheets, teachers have another option for graphically representing student progress.

Here is a step by step guide to easily using conditional formatting to tract student progress.

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Google Classroom Scripts You Can Use

Is Google scripts and coding just for the experts?

Alice Keeler and Mike Reading talk about how you can get started with Coding in Google Apps. Alice lists a number of resources to get started on your coding journey.

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Student learning analytics with EDpuzzle

Edpuzzle is great free tool for creating videos with embedded questions. You can also trim videos, add voice comments and more.

All data including student answers and how many times a student has watched a section of video is added to the teacher Dashboard.

Learn how to use Edpuzzle with these simple, downloadable instructions.

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How parents can easily see what their child is learning at school

It used to be that parents could look at their child’s school book and feel like they had a sense of how their child was progressing. Now with work being completed on a computer, often that work is hidden behind a username and password.

In this post we show you how schools can easily empower parents to be involved in the learning process as well as improve communication between school and home by simply teaching the parents how to log into their students Google Drive or OneDrive account.

Plus you can download our step by step guides for parents

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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.

5 power tips for working with Google Calendar events

Scheduling and managing calendar events can sometimes be a time consuming and complicated task – particularly when large groups or very busy guests are involved. However, Google Calendar has several features specifically designed to make this process quicker and easier for both event creators and guests.

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.

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How to hold a great virtual Christmas party

This year Using Technology Better held their very first virtual staff Christmas party! With the core team spread across three countries and four time zones, a face-to-face party wasn’t practical. So in the spirit of Christmas cheer, team bonding and employee morale, Mike scheduled us a virtual one over Google Hangouts. Then, as all good leaders do, he delegated the task of organising it to the first team member that showed enthusiasm.

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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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Find videos for the classroom on YouTube EDU

YouTube EDU is an educational initiative featuring more than 700,000 educational videos. It incorporates the old YouTube for Teachers channel, which was put together by a group of teachers who Google paid to watch and categorise each video according to subject and...

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How to use Future Me with your students

Before we look at today's online teaching tool called Future Me, I was reminded by one of the readers of this blog of a post I had written back in March last year looking at how much influence technology has on learning.  It is similar to my post at the beginning of...

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How to check for plagiarism

With a lot more students using the internet as their main research tool many teachers have been asking about how to check plagiarism. There are many different plagiarism checkers out there but the one that I have found to be the best free option is...

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How to use Animoto in your classroom

Animoto is a great video producing site that doesn't require you or your students to have any video editing skills.   Some of the features that make Animoto my video creating software of choice are:    It is easy to use for any age group   It has a great user...

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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.

5 power tips for working with Google Calendar events

Scheduling and managing calendar events can sometimes be a time consuming and complicated task – particularly when large groups or very busy guests are involved. However, Google Calendar has several features specifically designed to make this process quicker and easier for both event creators and guests.

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.

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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???

Ken Sullivan

Sunning Hill School
(Juvenile Correctional Centre)

I just wanted to say an extra big thank you for providing such a great service. Online, at night and in the comfort of home – with my two young children asleep in the other room – pretty awesome actually. It was very engaging and entertaining.

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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