UTB eNews AU: June 2022

This month we bring you the must-have gadget to boost student engagement with cross-curricular learnings, the one tool for easy digital game creation, how to avoid the Cc email hostage takeover, tips to use iPads in the classroom like a pro, and so much more!

Content Overview


1 Tech Tools for Teachers: Digital Game Creation Made Easy

2 Trainer Tip: Avoid the Cc Hostage Take Over
3 Lesson Planning Made Simple: Teach with iPads Like a Pro
4 OutClassed Podcast: How to Handle Cyber Security with the New Generation

5 Blog Bites: Must-Have Gadget for Cross-Curricular Learning
6 UTB Team Milestones

Tech Tools for Teachers

Digital Game Creation Made Easy
Students love digital games. And they love making them just at much. But finding a tool to create digital games that can be used and published across platforms can be a challenge.

G Develop is a wonderful tool you and your students will love. It’s intuitive, easy to use, visual – and totally free to download. G Develop also has amazing tutorials here to help you and your students get started. 

Click Here > Download G Develop
Click Here > Get started with G Develop tutorials

Trainer Tip

Avoid the Cc Hostage Take Over
There’s nothing quite as frustrating as being Cc’d into emails that don’t require you to take any action. You know, those emails that you get from people who include you just to keep you in the loop. 

Unwanted Cc emails suck precious energy and time when you have to scan and file them when you could be dealing with the emails that actually need your immediate attention. 

Eliminate distractions, supercharge your productivity and win back time in your day. Put a stop to unwanted Cc email traffic in just a few simple steps.

Click Here > How to Get Cc Emails Out of Your Inbox: Outlook for Windows
Click Here > How to Get Cc Emails Out of Your Inbox: Gmail

Lesson Planning Made Simple

Teach with iPads Like a Pro
If you feel in over your head using iPads in the classroom, you’re not alone! 

There’s nothing worse than feeling like your students know more than you do! Or wasting precious lesson time figuring out how to work your iPad when you could be engaging with your students and watching them master new skills. 

If you’re sick of wasting time and energy on the tech, rather than seeing your students thrive, then you’ll love this fantastic resource that will help you become more efficient using tech in the classroom.

Click here > for 30 Time-Saving Tips for Teachers using iPads in the Classroom
Click here > for more great Apple resources at Apple Teacher Learning Centre

OutClassed Podcast

Ep 33:  How to Handle Cyber Security with the New Generation
In the latest episode, Mike chats with Co-Founder of The Cyber Security Project, Trent Ray, about how to protect youth online, how parents can help their children safely navigate the dangers of the cyber world, and the different types of cyberspaces children inhabit.

Click here > to listen to Ep 33
Click here > for all OutClassed Podcast episodes (with written transcripts)
Watch below to see a snippet from the latest OutClassed episode.

Blog Bites

Must-Have Gadget for Cross-Curricular Learning
Coming up with new ways to boost student engagement with fun activities, all while teaching your class a bunch of vital skills across a range of subjects can often have teachers scratching their heads. One gadget that does all that is Sphero; just what your students has been waiting for!

Not only do Spheros teach children vital computational thinking and problem-solving skills, but they also offer so many learnings in other areas of the curriculum. 

Read on to discover how you can use Spheros to engage your students in meaningful ways that equip them with a bunch of other valuable skills.

Click here > Read the latest blog post: Creating Authentic Cross-Curricular Learning with Spheros 

UTB Team Milestones

Celebrating the growth and progress of our people is one of our favourite things to do. Here are the latest milestones from the UTB crew.

Our longest serving full time trainer, Samantha Garrett is adding another feather to her cap. In addition to her training role Sam has been greasing the wheels for a brand new service that is set to supercharge productivity in workplaces around the globe! 

Embarking on her exciting new venture with UTB backing her all the way, Cluttered To Clear is designed to give professionals a mix of coaching and hands-on practical tech tips to clear mental and digital clutter. 

Get back in the driver’s seat of your career. Get personalised coaching with Sam.

The newest addition to the team, Bex Rose, is another trainer with a long standing relationship with UTB. Having participated in many UTB events over the years, Bex recalls how she immediately hit it off with Mike during one of the very first Google boot camps and thought “how much fun it would be to do his job!” Well, ten years later she is doing just that! 

Having experienced the transformative power of PLD with UTB in her school as a Deputy Principal, Bex is amped to be working alongside our PLD schools in a hybrid role as a Technology Trainer & Customer Growth Specialist. 

With an unbridled passion for life and learning and a wealth of PLD experience in her back pocket, she will happily give you the inside scoop on how to secure MoE funded PLD hours so you can get your school moving.

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