Hello from Donna...
Wow - where has 2018 gone?
It seems just like yesterday that I was looking forward to beginning a new journey with UTB and here we are now almost at the of the first year!
There's not nearly enough space here to describe just what an awesome year it has been - I have learned so much, in so many ways, from so many different people and travelled to places I never thought I would go.
The UTB team is a team of passionate, dedicated and truly inspirational people - I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be able to work alongside them.
If any of you are considering a change of direction for 2019 I urge you do it.
Stepping outside the known can be daunting but the rewards can be huge!
Go for it!
Merry Christmas everyone - from our team to yours - we hope you have a fabulous Christmas and a wonderful time with your families.
We'll be back in 2019 with more tips, tools, things to make you think and informative blogs - enjoy the last newsletter for 2018.
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STEAM activities for the holidays!
With the Christmas break coming up - and if you're in the Southern Hemisphere that means the longest break of the school year - it's always a good time to remind students and their families that the learning doesn't have to stop.
We've often said Twitter is one of the best forms of a PLN and that's where we came across this gem. (Thanks @dailystem)
Share it with your community before school finishes and maybe even challenge them to add to the list.
Keep the learning going and keep the fun happening!
Happy holidays 🎄
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Flashback to 2000: Classroom Tech That Doesn’t Exist Anymore
As the year comes to a close it can be fun to take look back at what used to be.
We were having a conversation just the other day about the when we first began teaching - before the days of photocopiers - and gestetner machines were the only way to make multiple copies of a task. For those young ones amongst us, google it 😀 - purple fingers and inhaling fumes were just part of the fun!
Here's an article that may evoke some fond memories for some of you.
What do you think might be the next thing to make a list like this one?
tOOL of the week...
Text Blaze - an extension to save time.
I was trying to find an extension with a Christmas theme, however, during my searching I had to reply to a couple of emails and that's when I thought of showing you this.
Text Blaze is an extension that allows you to use keyboard shortcuts to insert snippets of text in any G Suite app by using a keyboard shortcut. I use this a lot in emails where there are phrases I repeat. You could also use in docs when giving feedback for students, kind of like the comment bank in Google Classroom.
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