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Top Tip for Google Classroom with Lara

Top Tip for Google Classroom with Lara

I’m going to show you a Google classroom tip. In this media management classroom that I in, this is actually a student view so this is Clumsy Smurf here and this is an assignment that Clumsy has been allocated by his teacher.

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Customise the Control Centre on your classroom iPads

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

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

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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UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 4

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 4

Flying through April and super excited to be bring you the latest updates, tips and tricks.
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.

Top tips for working from home by a remote working team

Top tips for working from home by a remote working team

Here at Using Technology Better (UTB), working from home is a core part of our organisation and our day-to-day lives. As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to spread across the world, working from home is becoming a new reality for many. Given our extensive experience in this way of working, the UTB team has joined forces to share our top tips for working from home.

Outclassed Podcast: Episode 5

Outclassed Podcast: Episode 5

Get Notified Of Future Episodes: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcast | Stitcher | TuneIn + Alex | Podcast Addict | Podchaser | Deezer | Listen Notes In this Episode: In this week's OutClassed Podcast, Mike and Blake discuss a range of topics including *The best...

How to get a date picker in a Google Sheets cell

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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How to make your handwriting editable text

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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Photo Gallery by Awesome Table

Photo Gallery by Awesome Table

Photos are a great way to capture evidence of the activities and the learning that happen within a classroom. Sharing those photos can sometimes be frustrating though- but not with the Photo Gallery by Awesome Table add-on for Google Sheets. Read on to see how easy it can be to embed a folder of folders into your Google Site with this awesome tool.

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Gmail’s Send + Archive button explained

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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Use Gmail filters to auto-label & file your emails

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

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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Organise your files with the Google Drive Priority page

Organise your files with the Google Drive Priority page

When I ask people what their biggest frustration with Google Drive is, the overwhelming response is always ‘keeping it organised!’. That’s why I am so excited about Google Drive’s Priority page. In this blog post, I’ll explain what it does, how it can keep you focused and efficient and how you can use Workspaces to organise the files you use the most.

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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 get started with unplugged activities in your classroom

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.

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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Getting started with computational thinking

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.

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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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How to do an Inbox spring clean in Gmail

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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UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 4

UTB Newsletter 2020 – Issue 4

Flying through April and super excited to be bring you the latest updates, tips and tricks.
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.

Top tips for working from home by a remote working team

Top tips for working from home by a remote working team

Here at Using Technology Better (UTB), working from home is a core part of our organisation and our day-to-day lives. As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to spread across the world, working from home is becoming a new reality for many. Given our extensive experience in this way of working, the UTB team has joined forces to share our top tips for working from home.

Outclassed Podcast: Episode 5

Outclassed Podcast: Episode 5

Get Notified Of Future Episodes: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcast | Stitcher | TuneIn + Alex | Podcast Addict | Podchaser | Deezer | Listen Notes In this Episode: In this week's OutClassed Podcast, Mike and Blake discuss a range of topics including *The best...

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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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