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Culturally Responsive Teaching
There is much talk these days about cultural responsiveness.
In light of recent events around the world, it's a great time for educators to reflect on their practices and ask themselves if they are truly accepting towards ALL their student's cultures and are they responsive to them.
We know that relationships are key to great teaching and this begins with truly knowing and understanding the culture of your students and colleagues.
This article, although aimed at early childhood, is applicable to all levels. It outlines four simple steps you can take to be culturally responsive in your practice.
Take a moment to reflect on your practice. Is there something you could change to be more inclusive of all cultures? We'll leave you to ponder that question.
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Access to the Google Extravaganza Replays
Just a few short weeks ago, UTB, together with Noel Leeming Commercial and Google for Education, delivered an amazing (if we do say so ourselves) online PD experience for our champion NZ Educators!
We had over 34 sessions to choose from. We catered for newbies through to nerd level users. We had an absolute blast running the event.
We are stoked to be able to make it available to you now. You can get access to both events by clicking on the button options below.
Google's new certification for educators - 'Google Certified Coach'
Are you an educator who loves showing others how to use Google tools in the classroom? Do you spend most of your time doing so in a 1:1 environment (rather than group training)? If so, you're a good fit for Google's new Certified Coach program!
Google Certified Coaches use Google's 5-step coaching model to work with teachers. You can learn more about this model, and the process to get certified, in the Google Teacher Centre.
Preview in Slides & Docs
Have you noticed the new update to previewing links in your Docs, Slides and Sheets?
I love that now you get a great thumbnail view, and if you're the owner you can quickly see if any changes have been made.
It's the preview in Slides though that really has me excited! Not only can you preview the slide, but you can scroll through ALL the slides without having to leave the link - such a timesaver!
Are you looking to get started with computational thinking in your classroom or learning centre?
One of the easiest ways to begin is to investigate algorithms and unpack what they really are.
We've put together this resource, focused just on activities that integrate algorithmic thinking in fun and engaging ways.
Check out the classroom, click your way around it and think about how you could use some of the activities with your students.
Website of the week
Getting student voice is such an important part of today's learning environments - but not every student is keen to speak out.
Mentimeter is an awesome website that allows you to create polls, ask questions and gather feedback from ALL your students.
What I really like about it is the option to add images and gifs to your questions. Having visual support is not only important for those students who may struggle with just the written word, but it makes it fun and engaging for students as well.
There is a free and paid version, but the free version is all you need to get started.
NZ PLD Update
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!! TEACHER AIDE PLD FUNDING
We are so delighted to see that the Ministry of Education will be piloting a fund which will allow teacher aides to access high quality professional learning. The fund will cover any course fees (up to $1500) and TA wages for the time doing the course. Training can take place outside of school hours and term time, meaning TA's can continue to earn while they learn, without taking time out of school.
This is outstanding news and goes towards recognising the incredible work that teacher aides are doing in schools. We already have really useful ideas for how we can support with this. From assistive tech, through to having a deep understanding of how some of the devices your students use operate. We will put these together and share with you very soon.
If you want to know more now, have specific ideas or to get on our early release list please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Online applications will be available from July 1. Read more about this here.
Term 1 2020 PLD Applications - Update
By the end of this week schools that applied for PLD in the Term 1 round should hear back about the hours that they have been allocated. Once your application is approved, please reach out to us so we can start planning out your training with you. We are excited to get this back on track with so many schools after the delays of the last few months
PLD APPLICATIONS - TERM 3 + 4 2020
If you are a NZ school and interested in applying for PLD funding please feel free to email email@example.com for information. This resource gives you a good idea of the process and we are able to support you when applications open again. We are anticipating this to happen later in Term 3 or early Term 4.
Newsletter for Leadership & School Administration
We always hear that technology can make us more efficient and productive. However, if you’ve ever experienced the stress of an overflowing inbox, the frustration of not being able to find a file, or the struggle of trying to stay focussed amidst seemingly constant digital distractions, you may wonder if this is some cruel myth or if perhaps you’re just ‘no good’ at technology.
It’s not a myth and you’re not ‘no good’..you have just never been given the tips, tricks and strategies that you need. That’s good news!! It means that you can learn how to be super efficient, productive and organised with technology, which will give you time back in your day to do the things you enjoy (without feeling guilty!)
Keen to start discovering some of the tips, tricks and strategies that can make a real difference to your life? UTB has a brand-new newsletter focused exclusively on actually boosting your efficiency, productivity and organisation (for real).
It’s 100% free and they promise no stuffy, boring tech training that leaves you sprawled over the desk begging for mercy. You’ll get a friendly fortnightly ‘hello’ from Samantha with lots of practical and useful guidance.
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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