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Recent Blog Posts

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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How to Convert Google Classroom Grades into Letter Grades.

In Google Classroom you have the ability to give feedback, manage and grade student work all in one place. Teachers are able to give students a number grade and the total grade can be customised to your marking system. There is also the ability to copy all grades into a Google Sheet, allowing teachers to work with student data in powerful ways.

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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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The line of best fit and scatterplots in Google Sheets

Collecting data and finding the strength of the relationship between the variables, a method used in statistics. Making a scatterplot and finding the line of best fit or trendline in Excel was a piece of cake. I could never do it in Google Sheets until I found a solution! It is easy to build a meaningful scatterplot, put in a trendline and find the correlation coefficient within a couple of clicks.

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Fast, easy formatting in Google Docs

Clear Formatting and Paint Format are often overlooked tools in Google Docs. Once you know how to use them they will save you time when copying and pasting, as well as applying formatting across a document.

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How to watch a YouTube video effectively

How useful is YouTube when you are wanting to learn a new skill? You can find tutorials on almost anything! One thing students can often struggle with though, is flicking back and forward between tabs to try something out, then going back to view the next step. Well no more! Read on to find out about a super easy way to enable the Picture in Picture mode.

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Collaborative Goal Setting

Education is a demanding and complex occupation and educators can often be time poor so at the forefront of my mind when supporting a school is the importance of clarity and cohesion. These two keys elements in supporting empowering change are summed up nicely by one of my favourite Māori quotes, ‘He waka eke noa, We’re all in this together’

Share class videos with Microsoft Stream

If your school uses Microsoft Office 365, you and your students will probably have access to Microsoft Stream. This video tool makes it very easy for teachers and students to securely share videos within classes and the wider school. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to use Microsoft Stream to share videos with your class.

Make a Gmail contact group incredibly quickly

Creating email groups is an incredibly quick way to be able to send an email to a number of people at the same time without having to type in each email individually. Did you know that in Gmail you can do it from right within the compose box?

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3 ways Google Calendar makes it easy to work across multiple time zones

Here at Using Technology Better, we have team members located in three different countries and across four different time zones. We also work regularly with clients from across the globe. This can make scheduling meetings and working collaboratively challenging! However, Google Calendar has three really useful features that can help make this much easier.

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Two ways to schedule an email in Gmail

One of the most frequent questions I am asked by people who are transitioning from Outlook to Gmail is “How do you schedule an email in Gmail?”. Gmail now has this functionality built in, and it is very simple to use.. Alternatively, you can use the Chrome extension called Boomerang for Gmail.

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4 reasons to love the new Gmail

Google have rolled out a new interface in Gmail. While many of the old features we know and love are still there, there are some great new features that will help you to increase efficiency in your Inbox. This short video will show you how to switch to the new Gmail and give you 4 tips to getting started.

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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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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.

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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G Suite – Sweet As. Tips and Tricks from the UTB Team.

G Suite – Sweet As. Tips and Tricks from the UTB Team.

Here at UTB we do loads of training in G Suite with both corporate and education clients. So often we find that it’s the ‘little things’ that get the biggest reactions from our trainees. These ‘little things’ are usually pretty basic and simple but make a huge impact as they can help to increase your efficiency with tasks that you do everyday.

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When Good Tech Goes Bad

We’ve all had that moment. That moment when your tech lets you down. The computer freezes and won’t move on, the screen goes black…. if this happens when you are presenting in front of a group of people it can really send you into a spin. Here’s a few thoughts on this and a couple of tips too.

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How to customise & use text styles in Google Docs

One of the easiest ways to be more efficient when using Google Docs is to configure and use text styles. Using styles ensures that your document is formatted consistently and makes it easy to use features like a table of contents and in-document hyperlinking. In this blog post, I’ll explain how to customise your text styles and how to use them in your document.

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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.

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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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Collaborative Goal Setting

Education is a demanding and complex occupation and educators can often be time poor so at the forefront of my mind when supporting a school is the importance of clarity and cohesion. These two keys elements in supporting empowering change are summed up nicely by one of my favourite Māori quotes, ‘He waka eke noa, We’re all in this together’

Share class videos with Microsoft Stream

If your school uses Microsoft Office 365, you and your students will probably have access to Microsoft Stream. This video tool makes it very easy for teachers and students to securely share videos within classes and the wider school. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to use Microsoft Stream to share videos with your class.

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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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