Welcome to this edition of the newsletter.
Hi from San Francisco. Samantha and I are at the Google Next Conference with about 30,000 other participants learning about the latest updates to G Suite and Google Cloud Platform.
It has been fascinating to see where the industry is headed with cloud technology and to see what businesses are doing with technology.
Sam has compiled some of our favourite updates that we think you’ll love. Check them out later on in this newsletter.
If you are in the southern hemisphere you are very likely on school holidays right now - recharge and enjoy some time for yourself and your families.
- From Mike
something we think you'll like...
Something I’ve noticed quite a bit as I’m travelling around different schools are the various ways teachers encourage their students to be curious.
It’s so important that we develop curiosity and wonder, that we encourage students to ask questions about the world and that we celebrate their journeys as they evolve rather than have preconceived notions of teaching A B and C.
I love this website - Mystery Doug - for the opportunity it gives us to employ the ‘little and often’ tactic. Take a few minutes each week to explore a question - and then vote on what you’re most interested in next. Doug will answer a question and then pick three more out of his jar - three more questions that students have submitted.
You get to vote on which one he’ll answer next. You just never know where it might lead you!
- From Donna
Something to make you think....
"....imagine a world where the Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow grow up to be optimistic and brave about technology and use it to create a new world that is wonderful, whimsical and a tiny bit weird."
Check out this awesome TED talk by Linda Liukas - a really beautiful way to think about computer science - especially with young girls in mind.
There are some great resources on her website 'Hello Ruby' that are worth having a look at!
Image from www.helloruby.com
blog posts you may have missed
Check out the practical, helpful tips in our blogs below.
Something you want us to blog about? Make a request here or check out our website to see all our posts.
LEARN WITH UTB - ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!
Professional Development that suits your schedule and interests!
It's so exciting to be seeing more and more people embracing online learning and signing up for courses!
If that's you - congratulations! Let us know how you're getting on!
We have a great range of online courses available, with more coming online soon.
Get together with some colleagues and work through a course together - collaborate, share ideas and encourage each other!
Check out some of the options below!
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Ok.... not that kind of trainer but a....
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Our Google Certified Trainer course has been designed to prepare you to make a successful application to gain this certification from Google.
After completing this course you will...
- have a solid knowledge of the concepts, both the core and the extended, of G Suite Tools.
- have the skills to develop professional, engaging training sessions using G Suite tools.
- feel confident and prepared to work more effectively with teachers who are reluctant to use digital tools in their practice.
- be equipped with a wider range of professional presentation skills.
UTB + PB TECH = EDU STEAM VIDEOS!!!
Last year Lara spent some time with PB Tech in Auckland to record a series of videos about some of the STEAM tools that we love. We'll share one with you each fortnight but if you want to see them all you can check them out here!
The video below is a great introduction to the BBC Micro:bit - check it out and be sure to follow up with our blog posts about this awesome tool too!
UTB Blogs about Micro:bits
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