Something to make you think...
Innovation + Tech + Sport = Bringing people together
I have loved how many awesome ideas have been generated over the last few months. The very real challenges the world has faced have provided many opportunities for things to be done in new ways.
This announcement delighted me - ‘Reimagining how NBA fans and teams experience the game of basketball with Together mode in Microsoft Teams’. What a great way to bring people together using awesome technology.
Microsoft and the NBA are working together to connect fans and players for the season by using ‘Together Mode’ in Microsoft Teams.
“Together mode uses AI segmentation technology to bring people together into a shared background like a conference room, coffee shop, or arena. Using scientific principles of cognition and social perception, Together mode is more than a virtual background—it makes being together virtually actually feel like being together in-person.”
Like we’ve seen with so much during remote learning and working, connections with people is the most valuable thing, and using tech tools has allowed us all to stay connected.
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Dyson Challenge Cards
Ever had a Dyson vacuum cleaner? Or used one of their fancy hand dryers in a public bathroom? If you have, you probably know that Dyson are pretty good when it comes to innovative enginerring and design. Now they're finding ways to inspire the next generation of engineers through the James Dyson Foundation.
One of these is a free set of 44 science and engineering challenge cards. They are perfect for either the classroom or at home (hello remote learning!) as they use common household items.
New integrated workspace in Gmail
Last week Google announced that Gmail is getting an all new integrated workspace. This workspace will bring together email, chat, tasks, video calls and collaborative documents all in the one place.
Yep, you'll be able to collaborate on Google Docs without even leaving Gmail! This blog post gives you a comprehensive overiew (including pics!) of all the cool things that are on their way.
Use Google Photos to share collections of images
How often do you have a collection of photos that you want to share with your students, or even their families?
Google Photos can make the process super easy for you - especially if you are signed in on the device you are taking the photos on.
Create an album, add photos to it and choose who to share it with. Simple and easy to do - magic!
If you haven't used Google Photos before you can read about how to get started by clicking the link below.
Website of the week
Do you, or your students, need a hand with design ?
One of the most tricky things when presenting ideas on a Google Slide or a PowerPoint can be getting the colour scheme right. Too many colours and it's distracting from the content. No colours - too boring!
Coolors.co is just what you need. It's a website designed to help you with colour palettes. You can even upload an image and it will create a complementary range of colours.
Share it with your students and encourage them to consider not only their content, but their design as well. You'll have awesome looking slides in no time!
Getting Future Ready with G Suite - 6 Part Webinar Series
Learn how G Suite tools can help you equip your students with the skills they need in a future workforce.
The Noteworthy Details
It's a 6 part webinar series held over a 6 week period, starting Tuesday 4th August.
Starting time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm AEST each Tuesday.
We encourage you to attend the whole series and to implement your learning between each webinar to get the most value from this series.
Each webinar is 90 minutes long. From week 2 onward, the first 15 minutes will be an optional open Q&A so that you can get assistance with implementing your learning.
Attend all 6 webinars and you will receive a 12 month subscription for UTB's Learn On Demand courses valued at $588.
All webinars will be recorded and sent directly to you.
Register your spot below.
NZ PLD Update
We’ve loved hearing from so many of you that your applications for PLD have been successful. From schools at the very bottom of the South Island to schools in the far north - we can’t wait to start working with you and your staff.
Once you have heard that you have been allocated hours you will need to login and select your facilitators. Check out the user guide from the Ministry of Education here. We are really happy to help you with this process via a video call, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can schedule a time.
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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