WELCOME TO THIS EDITION OF THE NEWSLETTER
A HUGE thank you to all our readers who completed our newsletter review. You're awesome!
We appreciate that time you took to give us feedback. It made us totally stoked (that's kiwi/aussie for super happy) to hear that you are getting ideas, inspiration and motivation from our little newsletter. We truly do try hard to make sure it adds value for you.
We'll take some time to have a look at your suggestions and see what we can do - some changes are already in effect - let's see if you notice!
I used Google's random number picker (see the short video below) to select the winner of a free online course with UTB valued at up to $300 and we're delighted to announce that the winner is ....
Michelle Bromby!! 🎉🚀
Michelle - check out our online courses here and email us to let us know which you'd like to get started with! Congratulations!
We've decided to keep the review open for another fortnight so if you didn't get a chance to complete it please click here.
We'll announce another winner in next fortnight's newsletter.
Something to make you think...
Should teachers be threatened by the rise of AI in the classroom?
Do you ever wonder if a robot will one day take over your role as classroom teacher?
Here's an article from researcher Neil Selwyn (Monash University, Melbourne) that provides six reasons why AI will never take over from human teachers.
Do you agree?
microsoft word update...
Turn your Microsoft Word document into an attractive website easily!
Have you seen this recent update in Microsoft Word?
With Transform to Web, you can easily transform your Word documents into interactive, easy-to-share webpages with just three clicks. Transform to Web offers a variety of styles that look great on any device, helping you easily publish a wide variety of polished content, including newsletters and training manuals - using the mechanics of Sway. You can also view analytics on the page, including who has viewed or read your content.
To transform a document, go to File > Transform and select a style. This feature is available for Word with an Office 365 subscription and Word Online
upskill with our online courses
Professional Development that suits your schedule and interests!
💕💕💕 We love hearing from people who are using our online courses and professional learning network to challenge their thinking and increase their skills and knowledge. Thanks for all the feedback and embracing the power of online learning! 💕💕💕
Get together with some colleagues and work through a course together - collaborate, share ideas and encourage each other!
Our online courses cover a range of topics and concepts - from your own digital fluency, through to STEAM and practical, classroom applications for Digital Technologies.
There really is something for everyone!
tool of the week...
Teachers are often asking us whether there are any browser based apps that can be used for making music and podcasts. There are quite a few out there but I have found Soundtrap to be the most intuitive for students.
It also allows online collaboration and assignments can be posted on Google Classroom.
It's basically like Google Docs but with sound!
UTB + PB TECH = EDU STEAM VIDEOS!!!
This fortnight's STEAM tool video is all about the delightful Makey Makey - one of our favourite tools for bringing coding into the physical world.
This video is part of a series we filmed with the PBTech Edu team in Auckland in 2018. We'll share one with you each fortnight but if you want to see them all you can check them out here!
Created with images by Jon Tyson - "untitled image" • Owen Beard - "untitled image" • Antonina Bukowska - "untitled image" • Guilherme Stecanella - "untitled image" • Alice Moore - "untitled image" • Thomas William - "untitled image" • Alexas_Fotos - "teamwork together objectives"