Welcome to this fortnight's newsletter
EduTech - Sydney
The UTB Training team had a great time getting together in Sydney last week to attend EduTech. It's not often we all get to hang out so it was great to spend some time sharing ideas, stories and laughs!
Sam and Mike both presented informative sessions at the Google booth while the rest of the team supported some of our partners, including Sphero and Class VR, at their exhibition booths. We are all pretty excited about the partners that we have and hearing about what is coming next.
It was great to meet so many enthusiastic people, chatting with them all, showcasing fabulous products and sharing ideas on how they could be meaningfully integrated into classroom programmes or community schemes. A few of us even managed to get a tour of the Sydney Google offices. 💥👊😃
We were lucky enough to spend a day with Jeremy from the Sphero team (who are based in Colorado). It was great to get a look at the awesome curriculum they are developing which will support teachers to integrate and use Sphero meaningfully. We loved getting to play with the double sided activity mat that they are releasing next month and had a great time using the features of the BOLTS to get our Spheros following and evading each other. Getting hands on with their newest robot (yet to be released!) was pretty great too - you can check out (and pre-order) the very exciting RVR here!
A technology time machine
20 most important tech inventions of the past 100 years
Check out this collection of photos and information about tech that changed the world. This resource could make a really great starting point for a lesson about change over time in your classroom.
An understanding of the impact of tech on society is a part of most technology curriculums around the world. Where does it fit into yours?
Ideas for using this....
- Individually or in groups each student could choose one from the photos and write an argument about why their chosen inventions is THE MOST important - then have a debate.
- Students could choose tech they use now and investigate how this came about and what other tech made it possible
- Explore the consequences both positive and negative for changes to tech. Just think about music! No more CD's and cassettes means less of an impact on the environment, but what has been the impact on artists?
something we think you'll like...
An interactive, creative brainstorming tool and so much more!
Think of word clouds, but collaborative word clouds that can give your students voice. Use this great tool to gather feedback, ideas, opinions..... anything!
Check out our one here - tell us what you think Professional Learning should be!
Check out the lastest updates from Microsoft here - a couple we got excited about...
- Dark Mode in OneNote for Windows 10
- Automatically turn a photo of a printed table into an Excel spreadsheet
A simple technique for staying focussed and being more productive...
Are you struggling to stay focussed for long enough to get through a task? Perhaps it's that pile of marking or reports that don't seem to end. Or maybe you have students who need some tips for eliminating distractions and getting their homework done.
One simple, but very effective, thing you and your students can do is start using the Pomodoro Technique. This method breaks work into ‘pomodoros’, which are 25 minutes of interrupted work followed by a short (~5 min) break. After four pomodoros, you take a longer break. You can learn more about the technique here.
A digital tool I find really useful to manage my pomodoros is Moosti, a simple online timer designed specifically for the Pomodoro Technique. Give it a go and see if it helps you stay focussed and be more productive!
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!
want practical ideas for integrating DT?
- Are you looking for ways to integrate Digital Technology into your Literacy and Numeracy programmes in a meaningful way?
- Concerned about how you will squeeze another curriculum into your already packed classroom schedule?
- Keen to update your programme but not sure where to start?
The UTB team are developing two new courses that will help you to bring your Literacy and Mathematics teaching into the 21st C.
These courses are designed to really show you practical ideas that you can get started with in your classroom ASAP - as well as encouraging you to think about the pedagogy and relevance of updating how we teach these core subjects to our students.
Right now we're looking for expressions of interests so we can lock in some dates across NZ and Australia.
If you're keen to host us or even just attend please let us know by filling in this short form.
UTB + PB TECH = EDU STEAM VIDEOS!!!
This fortnight's STEAM tool video is all about the very impressive Neuron Kit from Makeblock - a great tool for invention literacy!
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 rawpixel - "cup drink girl" • Pexels - "tv television retro" • Erda Estremera - "untitled image" • Ján Jakub Naništa - "untitled image" • Chase Clark - "untitled image" • Marvin Meyer - "untitled image" • Daniel von Appen - "untitled image" • Clint Adair - "untitled image"