- using technology better- Newsletter - issue 8 - 2019 BLOG UPDATES - something we think you'll like - something to make you think- AND MORE!

Welcome to this edition of the newsletter.

Mike and his family spent last week catching up with our amazing 'A Team' in the Phillipines. 'A' could mean a lot of things for this team..... Awesome.... Amazing..... but it also stands for Admin!

Aileen, Karen, Ianne, Ivy and Rodessa keep us all in line, all the time! From reminding us about upcoming events, organising catering, accounts, publishing content, booking flights and accommodation - they really are often the glue that hold us together!

Having staff located in three countries could have a lot of challenges, but here at UTB we're pretty proud of the way we utilise digital tools to keep us connected and build staff culture.

something we think you'll like...

Presenting data on slide shows can be a bit mundane. Data GIF Maker is a great tool that allows you to make simple yet impressive animations of your data.

There are three themes to select from and add a straightforward interface to your data fields.

It's a very paired back tool but in a way that makes it great for all levels of technical ability for both teachers and students.

All the G Suite news from Google Next

In the last edition we shared a few highlights from the Google Next 2019 conference. Here's a video with all the G Suite news, including what's on the roadmap for tools like Gmail, Google Drive and the Docs Editors.

Something to make you think....

Incentivize Collaboration to Improve Teacher Performance

There is a lot of talk at the moment about developing 21st Century skills in our students - but what about our teachers?

This blog post by Matt Harris raises some great points about teacher collaboration and the point of teacher appraisals. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic!

OneNote Class Notebooks

There is now an easy way to self-fix permission issues with Class Notebooks. All you do is sign into your O365 account, click on the link below and you will be taken to a page that lists all your Class NoteBooks. From here, with one click, you can fix permission issues.

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.

How to quickly find an email in Microsoft Outlook - It’s so easy to waste time digging through folders and scrolling through search results trying to find that email that you just know is hidden somewhere. In this blog post, I’ll explain how the Outlook search feature works and how you can use it to quickly find the email you are looking for. - By Samantha Vardanega

How to use Diagrams in Google Drawings - Diagrams and visual representations of ideas are a powerful method of communication. However, setting up the shapes, space, text and other diagrammatic variables can often be time-consuming - but not any more. By using the Diagram feature in Google Drawing this has now become a simple process. Read on to find out how to do it. - By Donna Golightly

Fast, easy formatting in Google Docs - Clear Formatting and Paint Format are often overlooked tools in Google Docs. Once you know how to use them they will save you time when copying and pasting, as well as applying formatting across a document. - By Lara Kirk

Featured Online Course...

Getting started with OneDrive

Are you new to Office365?

Do you have multiple files stored on your hard drive and not backed up anywhere?

Our free, short course on how to get started with OneDrive will explain the benefits of this tool and why using the cloud based storage system is a great idea. We walk you through all you need to know to get up and running with it.


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!


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 MakeBlock mBot- check it out and be sure to follow up with our blog posts about this awesome tool too!

upcoming events

If you'd like to request a workshop or support in your area please get in touch by clicking the button below.

Host schools get a free attendee. :)

These boot camps are fast paced, 2 day courses that cover a wide range of G Suite tools and how to use them in the classroom. You will also sit the 3 hour Google Certified Educator exam, where you will demonstrate your knowledge with multiple choice and practical scenario questions.

We've seen an increase in demand for our Google Certified Educator boot camps at both Level 1 and 2. This is great, as we think our two day courses have a lot to offer for everyone working with G Suite. There's several locations to choose from below. If you'd like to host one at your school, as always, feel free to get in touch!

Check out dates and locations in New Zealand here.

Back by popular demand....

Technology has been evolving at a rapid pace, artists and designers are pushing the boundaries. New techniques and strategies have emerged which art teachers can harness to engage students in innovative projects.

In this fun, meaningful workshop teachers are supported to explore how new technologies and ideas can be integrated into the art room. Participants will enjoy hands on experimentation and lively discussion around how art, technology and innovative thinking can be integrated into the classroom.

Check out all the dates and locations here!

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Created with images by Mika Baumeister - "untitled image" • rawpixel - "action brainstorming business" • Brida_staright - "spring school study" • LUM3N - "bag leather goods handbag" • jeonsango - "wall stone wall pattern" • geralt - "system web network"

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