Something to make you think...
Are video calls making you feel worn out?
After switching to 100% remote training, some of our team have noticed that the toll it takes on our physical and mental energy is greater than when we train face-to-face. This seems a bit surprising - after all, we're just sitting in our chairs looking at our webcam! However, this article provides insight into why that might be. If you're now teaching remotely and feeling more worn out than usual, it's definitely worth a read.
4 new Google Meet features
Have you been using Google Meet to hold video calls with your class? If so, you'll love these new updates! My two favourite new features are the 16-person tiled view and the 'present a tab' screen sharing option. This new way to screen share will also send audio through the Meet call - meaning that you can easily show videos or play music to your class.
To learn more, click the button below.
Tool or tip of the week
Do you want to use screenshots with Seesaw?
If you are wanting to add a screenshot into Seesaw there is a super quick way to do this - use the Chrome extension called Reflect in Seesaw.
Navigate to the page you want to snip from, launch the extension, then choose between capturing the whole page or just part of the page. As soon as you capture what you select, it will automatically open your Seesaw account and drop the screenshot in. Magic!
Pin chats and channels in Teams
Perhaps you are using Microsoft Teams a whole lot more while working remotely. One great way to stay on top of important channels and chats is to pin them. Pinning will show them at the top of the side panel and make it easy for you to monitor them.
All you need to do is hover over the channel or chat you want to pin, then click the three dots that appear and select 'Pin'. Easy!
You can't pin teams, but you can organsie them by dragging them into the order you want.
Group tabs in Chrome
Are you a tab 'hoarder'? Have a look - how many do you have open right now? I ask with no judgement - you may be super efficient at having many open at once while you work on multiple projects and that's great. Did you know you can group those tabs inside Chrome?
It's really easy, just select all the tabs you want to be in the same group by holding down shift and clicking on them. Then right/secondary click and select 'Add to new group'. You can create multiple groups and the colours that are applied to each group help you to tell them apart. Once you've created a group you can even name it and change its colour.
Note: This is still an experimental feature, so to use it you first need to enable an experimental flag. Follow the instructions here to learn how.
Are You Ready To Level Up Your Creativity Alongside Your Students?
PB Tech is partnering with Using Technology Better and Microsoft to bring you an awesome online FREE PD opportunity - and the great thing about this event is that it’s for BOTH teachers AND students!
The event will take place over five weeks. After the introductory session you’ll have the opportunity to experience two new tools each week.
This event is not just about learning new skills - you’re going to be challenged to put these skills into action. Using the United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals, you and your students will create an outcome, relevant to your own schools context, to showcase your talents in the final week.
Join the UTB Team as a trainer!
We have a few training opportunities to join the UTB training team in Australia and New Zealand.
We're keen to hear from people who may be interested in full time, part time or casual work with us.
If you are a passionate educator, digitally savvy and keen to explore training options fill in this form to express your interest. We'll get back to you with more details!
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