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Recent Blog Posts

How to reuse a Google Form

Have you got a great Google Form that you want to reuse to collect new data? Or has someone shared a form with you that you’d like to use for your own purposes? In this blog post, we’ll share several different options for reusing a Google Form and help you pick the best option for your situation.

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How to search for Google Drive share emails in Gmail

When someone shares a Google Drive file, they usually also choose the option to notify the recipient via email. Although the shared file is accessible from ‘Shared with me’ in Google Drive, I have had many people tell me that they prefer to refer back to the original notification email to access the file. This post will show you an easy way to quickly find these emails!

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How to save a Gmail search

If you’ve mastered Gmail’s advanced search, you’ve probably found that you are frequently performing the same or similar searches. Because we love to help you be more efficient, in this post I’ll show you how you can save Gmail searches to speed up the process even more!

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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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Encourage Students to use spare time purposefully

As learning becomes more self directed and students work collaboratively more often, we tend to have times when some have finished and some haven’t. Rather than letting those finished have ‘free time’ how about designing some form of a choice board with purposeful, engaging activities that develop 21st century Skills.
Here are four ideas you could include.

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5 ways to develop creative STEAM projects.

It is possible to deliver a STEAM project to students which kills creativity. Without significant and purposeful learning design STEAM learning can inhibit the very things we are trying to support students to develop. Here are five tidbits of thought to help you think critically about STEAM and creativity.

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Getting started with computational thinking

Ask many teachers what computational thinking is and they’ll look at you with a blank face. I used to feel like that! But actually, it’s not that complicated at all. This blog will unpack what it is and give you some simple ideas on how to get started with unpacking what it could look like in your classroom.

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.

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.

Working offline in G Suite

Your G Suite account operates in the cloud, so does mean you can only use it when you’re online? Nope! G Suite has increasingly good offline functionality that enables you to access your Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive while offline. In this blog post, I’ll explain how to setup offline functionality for each of these applications.

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Four ways to access Google Sheet Templates

Are you a Google Sheets novice? Does just the sound of the word ‘sheets’ send shivers down your spine? That used to be me. Then I discovered ready made templates that gave me the confidence to dive into the world of cells and formulas. Read on to find out about four easy ways to access Google Sheets templates.

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Secure your Google account with 2-Step Verification

It’s easier than you think for someone to steal your password and gain access to your Google account. One thing you can do to prevent this is to add an extra layer of security to your account by implementing 2-Step Verification. This will help prevent access to Google your account even if your password is compromised.

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How to search for Google Drive share emails in Gmail

When someone shares a Google Drive file, they usually also choose the option to notify the recipient via email. Although the shared file is accessible from ‘Shared with me’ in Google Drive, I have had many people tell me that they prefer to refer back to the original notification email to access the file. This post will show you an easy way to quickly find these emails!

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How to save a Gmail search

If you’ve mastered Gmail’s advanced search, you’ve probably found that you are frequently performing the same or similar searches. Because we love to help you be more efficient, in this post I’ll show you how you can save Gmail searches to speed up the process even more!

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How to organise your folders in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

How to organise your folders in Microsoft Outlook for Mac

If you’ve been using the same email account in Outlook for Mac 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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Reflective teaching using the time-lapse feature on iPad

It would be great if we could observe our own classes from a distance and then analyse what is going on and reflect, identify areas of strength and growth. By using the time lapse feature on an iPad (or on iPhone) you can easily reflect on your teaching practice.

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Using Named Ranges in Google Sheets

Using named ranges in Google Sheets will stop cell references being messed up inside formulas when you copy or move cells. They also help you become more efficient in creating great, functional spreadsheets.

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Logic Branching in Google Forms – Get the info you really want in the most efficient way!

Google Forms are a simple yet powerful way to collect information from people. An often overlooked feature is ‘logic branching’, where people are directed to different parts of a Form, based on how they answer. In this example we look at collecting information from parents but branching is also great for student writing (Pick-a-Path), student agency and talking about computational thinking.

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Five ways to make the most of your micro:bit

Integrating STEAM and robotics in the classroom can be expensive. Thankfully there are many low-cost options such as the BBC micro:bit which, with a little resourcefulness and tinkering can be a great tool to get started with. If you are new to the micro:bit be sure...

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Getting started with computational thinking

Ask many teachers what computational thinking is and they’ll look at you with a blank face. I used to feel like that! But actually, it’s not that complicated at all. This blog will unpack what it is and give you some simple ideas on how to get started with unpacking what it could look like in your classroom.

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.

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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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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Head of IT – Cobham Intermediate School

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