UTB eNews NZ: March 2023

We are just getting in the swing of 2023 in schools and have been excited to reconnect with our NZ PLD schools. To get an idea of our days, check out our Instagram account: @usingtechnologybetter. Our whole team is actively sharing tips and tricks to enhance your productivity and some exciting ways to deliver the curriculum through digital technology.

Chat GPT is something that is coming up in so many conversations – and if it is a tool you want to know more about, make sure you check out our podcast: “The Better Mindset Podcast” – we have an episode called “HELP, CHAT GPT IS FREAKING ME OUT!” By the end of the episode, we can guarantee you will be diving into this new, exciting tool and finding ways to use it in your classroom – and everyday life! If you want support with any of the tools you see or hear about, we are here to help! We have online training, face-to-face training and webinars to ensure you get the most out of the new tech every day.

Tech this Out!

In this series, we bring you engaging and informative videos on the latest advancements and innovations in the field. From virtual classrooms to AI-powered learning systems, we explore the impact of technology on education and how it shapes the future of learning. So sit back, grab a notebook and get ready to expand your knowledge on the exciting world of education technology!

Trainer’s Weekly Tips

Upcoming Events

Future Now: Leaders Summit 2023

We are excited to announce our upcoming event, the Future Now Summit. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for like-minded leaders to come together and learn about what is currently disrupting education, hear from schools that are already tackling these challenges, and dive deep into successful change management strategies. We invite you to join us and take advantage of this unique networking opportunity.  

Aotearoa Storytelling with Minecraft NZ

Attention: Teachers who are delving into NZ histories and storytelling with their classes and would like some help.

Are you keen to engage your students in NZ histories and storytelling within your classroom? Come and discover how to use Minecraft as the platform for creating and telling local stories with your students. 

We will guide you through each step, allowing you and your students to create deep and meaningful stories in a fun and interactive platform.

Certified STEAM Leader

Attention: Teachers and School Leaders

Develop your STEAM learning skills, connect with like-minded passionate teachers and level up your STEAM skill set by becoming a UTB Certified STEAM Leader!

The Certified STEAM Leader program consists of five modules that are completed over 6 months. Each module is designed to help you develop your STEAM learning skills that will benefit your school, your team and your students. 

Halve Your Teacher Workload With AI

AI Helps Alleviate Some Of These Burdens And Streamline Your Daily Tasks, Allowing You To Focus On What You Do Best -Engaging Your Students In Rich Learning Experiences.

Our ex-teachers turned tech trainers will provide insights and practical examples of how AI is already being used in classrooms and allow you to ask questions and share your experiences and ideas.

Take advantage of this chance to learn about the benefits of AI in education and how it can help you reduce your workload and improve student outcomes. It’s a win-win!

Date: Monday, 6 March
Time: 7PM AEST/9PM NZT

HP Reinvent the Classroom

On Tuesday, 14 March (3:30-6:00 pm), come and join us at Whangaparāoa College for an exciting evening of exploration about the potential of technology in the classroom.  See HP Education Ambassador and author Brett Salakas, and Using Technology Better Director, Mike Reading, battle out the best tips and advice for using AI, VR and Metaverse in the classroom.

Join us afterwards for a hands-on experience of this world of possibilities whilst enjoying our hospitality and networking with like-minded disruptive educators.
This is a free event for anyone working in the education sector, especially those seeking out ways to move forward on the use of technology in the classroom. 

PLD Update

We are excited to inform you that MOE RAPLD applications are back for 2023 – Hours of FREE Professional Development for your SLT, teachers, support staff, and your admin team. We can get your team on the same page, ensuring that curriculum delivery is streamlined, productive and efficient. 

UTB can provide support for Localised Curriculum development, Assessment for learning and Digital Fluency. Let your schools know we are ready and excited to empower teachers with efficient ways to bring the curriculum to life creating authentic, engaging learning experiences. Want to know more about Chat GPT and how that can be used to enhance your classroom? Want to know more about Minecraft and how you can authentically assess student learning through this? Want to know more about the accessibility tools in Chrome to help your diverse learners? This is what we can use RAPLD for!  

Contact Bex or Allie take advantage of this opportunity. 

Blog Bites

Hey, go you! We’re impressed. You made it all the way down to the end of the newsletter. You’re awesome.

What was your favourite section on the newsletter today? Comment below and let us know. 🙂

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Privacy Policy

Using Technology Better Privacy Commitment

Introduction

We hold the privacy of your personal information in the highest regard.

Using Technology Better regards customer privacy as an important part of our relationship with our customers. The following privacy policy applies to all Using Technology Better users, and conforms to Internet privacy standards.

This policy will be continuously assessed against new technologies, business practices and our customers’ needs.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should first contact the support team on our Contact Us Page.

Collection of Information

In order to use the Using Technology Better website, we may require information from you in order to provide the best service possible.

All correspondence may also be collected and stored, particularly in regard to sales, support and accounts, including Email.

Any information collected by Using Technology Better is collected via correspondence from you or your company. This may be via the telephone, Email, mail, fax or directly through our website.

Visitors and customers of japan.usingtechnologybetter.com will have their information shared back to DAIWABO INFORMATION SYSTEM CO., LTD. and DIS Service & Solution Co., Ltd.

Use of Collection Information

Any details collected from Using Technology Better customers is required in order to provide you with our

products and/or services, and a high level of customer service.

Correspondence is recorded in order to provide service references, and to assist in our staff development.

Web Site Use Information

Similar to other commercial Web sites, our Web sites utilize a standard technology called “cookies” (see explanation below, “What Are Cookies?”) and web server log files to collect information about how our Web site is used.

Information gathered through cookies and Web server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our Web site, and the Web sites visited just before and just after our Web site.

Storage of Collected Information

The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card numbers) on our website, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).

When Credit Card details are collected, we simply pass them on in order to be processed as required. We never permanently store complete Credit Card details.

We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it.

If you have any questions about security on our Website, you can email us at <ContactEmail>.

Access to Collected Information

If your personally identifiable information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, update, delete or deactivate it by emailing us at <ContactEmail>.

Orders

If you purchase a product or service from us, we may request certain personally identifiable information from you.

You may be required to provide contact information such as:

Name

Email

Postal address

Your school or organisation

Financial information (such as credit card number, expiration date, name on card, card billing address).

We use this information for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing an order, we will use this information to contact you.

Communications

Using Technology Better uses personally identifiable information for essential communications, such as

Emails

Accounts information

Critical service details.

We may also use this information for other purposes, including some promotional Emails.

If at any time a customer wishes not to receive such correspondence, they can request to be removed from any mailing lists by contacting support.

You will be notified when your personal information is collected by any third party that is not our agent/service provider, so you can make an informed choice as to whether or not to share your information with that party.

Third Parties

Using Technology Better may at its discretion use other third parties to provide essential services on our site or for our business processes.

We may share your details as necessary for the third party to provide that service.

These third parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for any other purpose.

Using Technology Better does not share any information with third parties for any unknown or unrelated uses.

What Are Cookies?

A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a Web site, that site’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies.

Each Web site can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a Web site to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.

Browsers are usually set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you may alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies.

If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our site will not function as effectively when viewed by the users.

A cookie cannot retrieve any other data from your hard drive or pass on computer viruses.

How Do We Use Information We Collect from Cookies?

As you visit and browse our Web site, the site uses cookies to differentiate you from other users. In some cases, we also use cookies to prevent you from having to log in more than is necessary for security.

Cookies, in conjunction with our Web server’s log files, allow us to calculate the aggregate number of people visiting our Web site and which parts of the site are most popular. This helps us gather feedback to constantly improve our Web site and better serve our clients.

Cookies do not allow us to gather any personal information about you and we do not intentionally store any personal information that your browser provided to us in your cookies.

Legal

We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Website.

Links

Links on the Using Technology Better site to external entities are not covered within this policy. The terms and conditions set out in this privacy statement only cover the domain name of usingtechnologybetter.com

Changes to Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it periodically. If we make material changes to this policy, we will not use the personal information you have submitted to us under this Privacy Policy in a manner that is materially inconsistent with this Privacy Policy, without your prior consent

Delivery Policy

Most goods are digitally delivered instantly via email.  Our services may be delivered either via an online medium or live in person.

For our online delivery see below.  For services delivered live onsite, please refer to our speaker agreement form which is emailed to you on confirmation of booking.

Refund Policy

We do not offer refunds or returns unless we cannot supply goods or services or the goods or services are not delivered as promised.

Australian law is the governing body for all work, goods and services supplied by Using Technology Better.

Marketing Release

Using Technology Better (UTB) may film, record, and photograph me (the results of which are the “Recordings”). UTB may also incorporate into any production(s) any separate content (e.g., quotes, testimonials, biographical information, profiles, photos, videos, sound recordings, artwork, etc.) I provide to UTB or approve in writing (“Materials”).

1.License

I grant to UTB an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license to, in its sole discretion, (i) edit, translate, and modify the Recordings and the Materials, (ii) attribute the Recordings and Materials to me by my name, age, and city and state of residence, (iii) incorporate the Recordings and the Materials into content to promote UTB, its programs, or products (“Content”), and (iv) publicly use, distribute, reproduce, create derivative works from, and perform/display the Content, and any excerpts thereof, in any language.

2. No Compensation.

I grant this permission without any financial or other obligation of any nature.

 

For any issues or concerns please contact us