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Recent Blog Posts

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.

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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.

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How to get a date picker in a Google Sheets cell

I recently learnt a nifty trick in Google Sheets that will force a cell to display a pop-up date picker box when you double click on it. This is a great alternative to typing in dates manually! The secret is to use the Data validation feature to limit the cell data to dates only.

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Blogger for Teacher Appraisal

Using Google Blogger is not only a great way to reflect on your practice but it also offers an efficient way to align samples of your practice with the Teaching Standards. I have seen many teacher blogs which are done on Google Slides or Sites but the awesome thing about Blogger is that you can label your evidence with the Teaching Standards.

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Improve your Design Skills in Google

All teachers are designers. By mastering a few simple techniques, you can be sure the resources that you create and use engage all students. This is not just about making things look good, as effective design can make information more accessible and easier to navigate.

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How to make your handwriting editable text

Sometimes it’s simply quicker and easier to hand write the notes you want to take. But what happens to them once you’ve written them? Well here’s 2 ways to save those notes and make them editable text at the same time.

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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.

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.

Spinbackup Demonstration

Spinbackup Demonstration

Spinbackup is an amazing tool that can back up your G Suite data. It also has other great features to help protect your G Suite domain. In this video we run through some of those features.

Two ways to snooze an email in Gmail

Sometimes an email arrives in your inbox that you don’t need right away, but you will require at a later date. While it is tempting to just leave it in your inbox until you need it, this doesn’t help you on the quest for Inbox Zero! The better thing to do is to ‘snooze’ the email until you need it.

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Pause your Gmail inbox to boost your efficiency

Have you ever been focussed and working hard on an important task, opened your inbox to find a relevant email and then been distracted by an avalanche of new emails? Or perhaps you’ve been trying to clear your inbox of old emails, but keep finding your progress is hindered by new messages. Imagine if you could temporarily stop new emails from arriving in your inbox.

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Searching effectively in Gmail

If there is one thing you can do to become more efficient in Gmail, it’s master Gmail search! Learning how to search effectively will allow you to narrow down your search results so that you can quickly pinpoint the exact email you are looking for. In this blog post, I’ll show what not to do when searching Gmail, and what to do instead.

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See the view history of Google Docs, Sheets & Slides

The new Activity Dashboard feature in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides lets you see who has viewed your file, and when they last viewed it. In this blog post, I’ll show you how the feature works and how you can configure the related privacy settings.

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Macros in Google Sheets

A major sticking point with moving from Excel to Google Sheets was the lack of ability to use macros. A macro will let you automate calculations and other aspects in spreadsheets. For instance, if you regularly tally up marks, allocate a grade and then draw a graph or chart of the results for your class, the you can create a macro to do this for you. Google Sheets now have the capacity to write and run you own macros. This will increase your efficiency and save you time.

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How to easily remove the background of a photo

A question we often get asked is how can the background of a photo be removed to create a png image.
Until recently the answer involved a few steps and sometimes quite a bit of fiddling around. Now – if you are connected to the internet – the answer has become a whole lot easier.

Watch the video below to see how simple the process can now be.

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Getting started with Google Drive File Stream

Does you or your organisation store non-Google files in Google Drive? If so, you’ve probably found it frustrating to have to download and upload these files every time you want to open or edit them in their native applications. Drive File Stream can solve this frustration for good by giving you a seamless way to work with non-Google files.

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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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Gmail’s Send + Archive button explained

Gmail’s Send + Archive button is a great feature that lets you perform two actions with one click. However, many of the attendees at my training sessions either don’t know it exists or are confused about how it works. In this post, I’ll explain what the Send + Archive button does, how to turn it on and why it should be your new favourite Gmail feature!

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Three Ways To Use The Screen Recording Tool on iPads

Capturing evidence of a student’s learning is vital in order to be able to show how you know, and how they know, they have been successful. I’ll share three different ways you can leverage this tool in your class programme to showcase students’ learning.

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Use Gmail filters to auto-label & file your emails

Managing the never ending avalanche of emails that arrive in our inbox can sometimes feel like a full time job in itself! One strategy that can help you overcome this is using filters to automate email management and keep less important emails out of your inbox. In this post, we’ll show you how to setup filters in Gmail.

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Demystifying Gmail’s Archive button

For many people that attend our Gmail workshops, the ‘Archive’ button in Gmail is a bit of a mystery. Some people even tell me that they’re a bit scared about clicking it, as they’re not sure what will happen to their email if they do! Read on and demystify the Archive button for good!

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Know what you don’t know – Four strategies to help you take control of change

In education it seems change is the only constant. Schools are rapidly integrating new ways of teaching and learning in order to make the most of new technologies and innovative ideas. It is difficult for school leaders and teachers to stay perfectly in tune with best practice and emerging trends and as several teachers have told me this last week, ‘We just don’t know what we don’t know!’.

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How to create great presentations with Adobe Spark tools

Do you often wish that you could create a visually appealing task for your students, but design is just not your forte? Well now you can with Adobe Spark tools. They’re SO easy to use and allow you to create amazing presentations in next to no time – all for free.

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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.

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.

Spinbackup Demonstration

Spinbackup Demonstration

Spinbackup is an amazing tool that can back up your G Suite data. It also has other great features to help protect your G Suite domain. In this video we run through some of those features.

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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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