- using technology better- NEWSLETTER - ISSUE 10 - 2019

Welcome to this fortnight's newsletter

Lined up for you this week we have:

  • Another reader has won an online course valued at up to $300 for completing our newsletter review
  • A link to a video of a live training event Mike led last week
  • Four new UTB blogs to check out
  • An article about how one country is ensuring their citizens are interacting wisely with digital media
  • A great website from National Geographic
  • An update in Google Sheets
  • Information about how you can get FREE G Suite training!
  • Information about our online courses
  • A great tip to make working in Chrome even more efficient
  • Workshops and training near you
  • A video about Makeblock's Neuron Kit

Check it all out below!

newsletter review.... this fortnight's winner!

Once again I used Google's random number picker (see the short video below) to select the winner of a free online course with UTB valued at up to $300 and we're delighted to announce that the winner is ....

Glenys Holt!! 🎉🚀

Glenys - check out our online courses here and get in touch to let us know which one you'd like to get started with! Congratulations!

live training session - link

Last week Mike led a live training session....

'How To Build A Culture Of Innovation In Your School - A Framework For Schools That Works!'

...we are so grateful to those of you who were able to attend and have been delighted with the feedback we've received from you!

Here's a few things that Mike covered....

Were you teaching or super busy at the time and not able to make it?

Maybe you were there but want to review it or share with your colleagues?

Feel like you missed out on something awesome?

Don't worry - here's our free gift to you - a link to the recording!

Noteworthy blogs...

Pre-filled links in Google Forms

Google Forms are an awesome tool for gathering information from groups of people. One issue with Google Forms can be the way that users enter information - a slight difference in punctuation or spelling will mean that your ability to sort and filter the results in Google Sheets can be impacted. This blog will show you how to use a ‘Pre-filled link’ to stop this. - By Lara Kirk

Student ICT skills mapping

Students skills and fluency with ICT are just as important as teachers. As students progress through their schooling they are building a certain skill set with using ICT for learning and for life so schools need to consider what this progression looks like and where it is headed. I encourage schools to collaboratively map out students acquisition and mastery of key ICT skills. - By Tim Thatcher

What does collaboration mean at your workplace?

There is much talk these days about developing 21st Century skills, including collaboration, with students - but how often do we focus on the same skills with our colleagues? What exactly is collaboration and how can we begin to develop this more effectively with our staff? Here are three ways to get you started. - By Donna Golightly

How to save a Gmail search

If you’ve mastered Gmail’s advanced search, you’ve probably found that you are frequently performing the same or similar searches. Because we love to help you be more efficient, in this post I’ll show you how you can save Gmail searches to speed up the process even more! - By Samantha Vardanega

Have something you'd like us to blog about? Let us know by clicking the link below!

Something to make you think...

The war on FAKE NEWS!

With the increased presence of 'fake news' on the internet it's become absolutely vital that we know how to think critically about information and that we are also teaching our students these skills.

Check out this article that takes a look at how Finland has been trying to support its citizens with this since 2014.

How do you help to develop your students' 'Digital Media Literacy'? Are there aspects of critical thinking that you can include in your programmes?

Something we think you'll like...

This day - From National Geographic

Are you looking for ways to stimulate curiosity in your class? Are you wanting your students to think about the wider world around them? Are you trying to encourage your students to consider what's gone before them?

Then you might want to check out This Day - a National Geographic site.

As well as details of events that occurred on specific dates over time, there are educational resources if you want to explore more. There's a vocab tab that includes definitions and parts of speech also.

There are numerous ways you could use this site in your programmes - check it out and maybe share what you do with it.

google sheets update...

Google Sheets keep on getting better and the capacity to easily remove duplicates is now included.

In the past, you had to use an add on or use the UNIQUE function to clean data.

To use this go to Data -> Remove duplicates.

When you click on this you will be asked to indicate which columns you want to check for duplicates. You can remove duplicates where entire rows match or specific columns.

If you can’t see this yet, just wait a bit and it will appear as the updates roll out globally.


Education on Tour

Education on Tour offers teachers, administrators, technology directors, curriculum creators and school leaders a chance to discover new tools and resources to create impactful classrooms that build 21st century skills.

Topics include: impact stories, classroom visits, student/teacher panels, hands-on sessions with Google tools, product demonstrations and future roadmap planning.

Discover resources and inspiration to help make a difference in your students’ and teachers’ lives, build relationships with Google for Education partners and learn from peers in neighbouring districts.

Click here to register for this FREE event in Auckland!

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!

tip of the week...

Black Menu for Chrome

Black Menu for Google gives you quick access to your favorite Google services with a convenient drop-down menu that lets you use Search, Maps, Translate, and many others without leaving the page you’re on.

Check your emails without having to leave the window you're in, search your Drive for that document you need without having to open another tab, read the latest news and perform many other useful, time saving actions with this chrome extension.

workshops and training near you!

  • Are you looking for practical, engaging ways to integrate Literacy and Digital Technologies?
  • Are you explicitly teaching your students how to find information online and look at it critically?
  • Are you teaching your students about video comprehension?
  • Are you showing your students how to find and use content in a legal and ethical way?
  • Are your students developing the skills needed to be creators of valuable content that allows them to have a voice in the online world?
  • Are you making the most of the digital tools you have available to teach your students in an authentic, meaningful way which connects with the way learning actually takes place in the real world?

If you're interested in finding out how you can do more of the above then our 'Literacy in the 21st C' workshop is for you.

This is a shiny new course which we are in the process of selecting locations around NZ and AU to hold this day long workshop. If you are interested in hosting us or keen to register your interest click here!

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!

Check out dates and locations in New Zealand and Australia.

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.

Check out all the dates and locations here!

Not seeing an event near you? Do you think your area/district could benefit from some digital training?

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!


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!

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