- using technology better- Newsletter - issue 2 - 2019 BLOG UPDATES - something we think you'll like - tools + tips - AND MORE!


Recently we were able to get the whole training team together in beautiful Queenstown for a think tank session and a bit of fun as well. We've got some awesome things planned for 2019 - watch out for some new courses coming your way soon - and we have lots of inspiring ideas to share with our community.

A snippet of what we got up to!

SOMETHING to make you think

Top 10 Tech Issues of 2019

This is a really interesting read about 10 tech issues from Brad Smith (Microsoft President) and Carol Browne (Microsoft Director of Communications).

If you’re a teacher these would make a great discussion point for a critical thinking activity for your students. The impact of tech on society is a major part of global digital technologies curriculums and getting your students to be aware of this is vital.

If you’re in the corporate world how might these issues affect you? What is your company doing to prepare for these changes?

something we think you'll like...

Exploring change over time with Google Maps

I spent 3 amazing years teaching at an international school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and am always drawn to articles about that place. This National Geographic article 'These "church forests" protect Ethiopia's fragile landscapes' is a great read and raises some important issues.

The use of Google Maps and Google Earth to highlight the impact of changes to the environment, inspire and motivate communities to make positive changes and improve their environment is such a great demonstration of the power tech, used well, can have.

Teachers - how might your students use Google Maps to develop a better understanding of changes in their environment?

Check out Google Timelapse or the YouTube Google Timelapse Tour playlist for a bit of inspiration.

By Lara

Photo taken by Lara in Bahir Dar (2007)

This month's feature tool:


This amazing tool has so many features packed in to help teachers and students! Click the link to see an overview of everything that is included.

The accessibility features aren't just for teachers and students with Dyslexia. See the case study from Hobsonville Point Secondary School about the impact that Read&Write had with all students' learning.

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.

When Good Tech Goes Bad - We’ve all had that moment. That moment when your tech lets you down. The computer freezes and won’t move on, the screen goes black…. if this happens when you are presenting in front of a group of people it can really send you into a spin. Here’s a few thoughts on this and a couple of tips too. - By Lara Kirk

How to watch a YouTube video effectively How useful is YouTube when you are wanting to learn a new skill? You can find tutorials on almost anything! One thing students can often struggle with though, is flicking back and forward between tabs to try something out, then going back to view the next step. Well no more! Read on to find out about a super easy way to enable the Picture in Picture mode. - By Donna Golightly

The line of best fit and scatterplots in Google Sheets - Being a maths teacher, I always liked collecting data and finding the strength of the relationship between the data. Making a scatterplot and finding the line of best fit or trendline in Excel was a piece of cake. I could never do it in Google Sheets until I found a solution! It is easy to build a meaningful scatterplot, put in a trendline and find the correlation coefficient within a couple of clicks. - By Adrian Francis


Professional Development that suits your schedule and interests!

We have an exciting range of new online courses available for you to watch anywhere, anytime.

Get access to some incredible resources, courses and our online community.

Check out some of the options below!

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. :)

2019 - Victoria, Queenstown and Alexandra

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!

GCE Bootcamps - Click on one of the locations listed below to find out more!

Alexandra, NZ - Level 1 - February 2019

Taupo, NZ - Level 1 - Feb 2019

Geelong, Victoria, AU - Level 1 - Feb/March 2019

Napier, NZ - Level 2 - March 2019

Queenstown, NZ - Level 2 - March 2019

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.

Auckland, NZ - April 2019

STEAM / Digital Technologies Powered by your iPads

A fun hands on experience discovering how to authentically deliver your STEAM / DT curriculum through the power of your iPad for only $49! See the dates and locations and register your interest HERE

Purposeful Practice with Digital Tools in the Maths Programme - A 1/2 Day Workshop

In this fun and meaningful workshop teachers will be supported to explore how some of these new technologies and ideas can be integrated into the maths programme. Participants will enjoy hands on activities and lively discussion around how maths, technology and innovative thinking can be integrated into the maths programme.

Auckland 15th of April

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Created with images by Ales Nesetril - "Volcano in the Dark" • janeb13 - "computer pc workplace" • FirmBee - "ipad map tablet" • Alexas_Fotos - "figure puzzle last part"

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