Something to make you think...
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We all know the world is changing - and changing rapidly!
During a training day the conversation turned to driverless cars and the way they are programmed. What will the algorithms be when someone steps out in front of one? Will it be programmed to keep going or will be as sophisticated as having sensors that scan the person's face and make a move based on the results it gets?
The next day the Principal sent me a link to this podcast. Take a listen - it talks about just this issue.
Thanks John - it's definitely food for thought!
Are you a maths teacher and want to save time?
When you combine digital inking in OneNote and Microsoft Forms, your students can handwrite an equation, be shown the steps on how to solve it and then create a self marking quiz to test their knowledge. To see how, check out this video.
Are you using Jamboard?
Jamboard is such a great tool - in case you've not come across it yet, it's Google's version of a digital whiteboard.
You can share it just like any of the other G Suite tools and collaborate on it with others.
Did you know that you can easily access all the frames and add content to them without even having to fully open it?
Classroom / Lesson Idea
Having fun with shapes!
Here's a great activity that combines maths and art.
Have you ever wondered how you could integrate an artist study into your maths program?
Maybe not 😂 - but in case you're wondering if you could, here's a plan that looks at Hundertwasser art and combines it with geometry.
We've suggested a few different digital platforms you could use and ways you could extend the activity.
We'd love to see any examples of what you do with the idea!
Website of the week
When is the last time you visited the Apple Teacher Learning Center?
Not only are there step by step instructions on how to use the core Apple apps, but there are resources that you can pick up and use in your classroom tomorrow.
The Everyone Can Create and the Everyone Can Code books are super helpful and jam packed with useful ideas.
If you have even one iPad in your class you should take a look.
Just remember - you do need to know your Apple ID password to get in. 😉
Teacher Aide/Support Staff Training
This week we kicked off our series of Support Staff workshops across New Zealand. These workshops focused around equipping support staff with the confidence and tools to empower them when working with their students and tech. For these initial workshops the focus was on G Suite and iPads, with two trainers present to provide options and extra support throughout the day. See more about this by clicking here.
We’ve had such a great response that we are now planning more of these days and would love to hear from you if you think your amazing support staff would benefit from some training with us. Register your spot for 2021 here and keep an eye out for dates in your region, or even delivered remotely!
Some feedback from our attendees…
“Thank you so much for your time... I came away feeling so much more confident using the Chromebook. You were able to explain it in such a way that I could relate it to something physical. The whole session was very relaxing and stressless. I even managed to put the information you sent into a file no problem. Looking forward to some more sessions in the future.” - Leanne - Te Awamutu Intermediate
“It’s great, you're not alone, awesome workshop, really great if you’re not one for computers!” John - Forest View High School
“It covers a variety of functionality for devices and the Chrome browser. Some basic and an introduction to more advanced uses” Angela
“Highly recommended. Time flies when you're learning.” Theresa - St John’s School, Hamilton
NB: If you are in New Zealand the NZ Ministry of Education Teacher Aide Pilot Fund can be accessed to cover the costs (including wages, travel and accommodation) for your staff for these days! Check out the details here.
Others - A Blog from the Archives
A different kind of Christmas Party!
We’ve noticed one of our blogs from 2016 has been getting a bit of attention lately! As a remote team ourselves (spread across three countries and four time zones) we’ve been holding our annual Christmas get togethers remotely for a few years!
If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for your own staff gathering, check out this blog from Samantha. If you do end up holding one we’d love to hear how you got on! :)
Microsoft Immersion 2020 - An Online Summit for All Educators in New Zealand
DATE: Thursday, October 29th, 2020
TIME: 3:50 pm
Using Technology Better, Noel Leeming Group & Microsoft have combined their passion for education and appetite for helping educators and teachers succeed with technology in the classroom.
Whether you’re just getting started with tech in the classroom, using it often or already an avid user, this online conference has been designed for you!
Real School Transformation - A Practical Framework That Actually Works
Introducing Microsoft's Education Transformation Framework.
There is no denying that technology supporting and enabling learning is not going away. Whether it be blended learning, online learning if schools have to close, or simply better integration of tech in the classroom.
The great news is, there is a well researched, evidence based, and simple to follow framework that you can use to develop a sustainable teaching and learning plan.
Let me be clear about something. This will not be another talkfest where you sit and listen to another person tell you why education needs to change and where you sit and discuss all the issues. No. This will be a hands on, roll up your sleeves, and get about doing the work of developing a plan that will work in your local context.
You will unpack the 4 pillars of transformation and put a plan in place to address each element. Don’t be overwhelmed, you don’t need to address all of them at the same time, but you do need a holistic approach to your strategic planning.
Join us for the next Education Transformation Session. We have both online and in person options available
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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