UTB Newsletter - Issue 18 - 2019 BLOG UPDATES - something we think you'll like - SOMETHING to make you think - AND MORE!

Hello there and welcome to the latest edition of the UTB newsletter!


  • Something to make you think.... The Great Hack
  • Tip of the week - Screen recording on iPads
  • Blog posts
  • Something we think you'll like... Allsides - Unbiased, balanced news
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Looking ahead to 2020
  • Want to join the UTB team? Now's the time!
  • Winner, winner, chicken dinner - find out who has won our Sharing is Caring competition this fortnight and find out how it could be you!

Something to make you think

The Great Hack - Netflix

You may have watched The Great Hack on Netflix, or heard people discussing it. The documentary takes an interesting look into the role that tech companies can play in influencing society, as well as how your data can be accessed and used without you knowing. We also found the documentary to be an interesting example of the role that media bias can play (anti Trump/anti Brexit etc) and the role that Netflix has in influencing the way that a society can view a situation.

If you haven't watched the documentary, we'd highly recommend you do so, to be informed about how your data is being used, and if you have done so, maybe rewatch it with a view to spotting any potential bias.

tip of the week

Screen Recording on iPads

Almost every week I show teachers how they and their students can record the screen on an iPad. It's a brilliant and easy way to capture learning and I want everyone to know about it!

I knew we'd have some blog posts in the vault about this so I had a dig and here they are.....

Screen recording on iPads - In this post Adrian tells you how to add screen recording to the control center on your iPad or iPhone.

Three ways to use screen recording on iPads - here Donna shares some great ideas for using this with your students.

.... share them with your colleagues!

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.

How to easily manage meeting minutes with Microsoft Outlook and OneNote - Microsoft OneNote is an excellent tool for collaborating on and collating meeting minutes. However, when you utilise the connection between OneNote and Microsoft Outlook email and calendar, it becomes even more powerful! In this blog post, I’ll show you how the two tools work together to make taking and sharing meeting minutes quicker and easier.. - By Samantha Vardanega

Bookmarks in Chrome - Everything you need to know to use your bookmarks like a pro! - With so many resources available online it’s important to know how to effectively manage and organise digital content that you rely on. Bookmarking frequently visited websites or documents is a great way to be more efficient when working online. Here are five key things to know when you are using bookmarks in Chrome. - By Lara Kirk

Organise your files with the Google Drive Priority page - When I ask people what their biggest frustration with Google Drive is, the overwhelming response is always ‘keeping it organised!’. That’s why I am so excited about Google Drive’s Priority page. In this blog post, I’ll explain what it does, how it can keep you focused and efficient and how you can use Workspaces to organise the files you use the most. - By Samantha Vardanega

Something we think you'll like...

Allsides - Unbiased Balanced News

It's becoming increasingly difficult to know which media outlets we can rely on. With fake news and deep fakes becoming more prevalant and spreading quickly via social media platforms we need to take steps to ensure not only our students, but we ourselves, are viewing news with a critical lens.

Allsides is an incredible resource to explore topics and issues that are often reported on with heavy bias. It has a section for schools that has activities and lessons you can use in your classroom straight away. We've only had a quick explore but can see huge potential and value in a tool like this in the classroom. Check out the Topics and Issues section where you can compare how topics are reported on across the political spectrum (US based).

TIPS AND tricks

Why haven't I got the new insert audio feature in Google Slides?

Back in April 2019 Google began rolling out a feature to insert audio files into Google Slides. In our visits to schools around Australia and New Zealand, we've had a lot of teachers asking us when they can expect this feature to arrive. As is the way with most Google updates, some people had it and some people didn't. As it turns out, Google have experienced a few performance issues with this new feature, so they have paused the rollout until the issues are resolved. So if you don't have the feature already, you will need to wait a bit longer! We'll let you know when it starts rolling out again.

Find a word on a webpage on the iPad

Most students are used to using the command/control + f shortcut to find a words in a webpage when using Chromebooks or laptops but not so may students know about how to do it on the iPad.

Here's a quick way to do it:

Tap on the share symbol in the top right hand corner.

Scroll along until you find the magnifying glass. On Safari it will say 'Find on page' and on Chrome it will say 'Find in page'.

When you tap on it a dialogue box appears. Type in the word you want to find. They'll all be highlighted and you can jump between them by tapping on the arrows in the dialogue box.

A handy tip for deciding if a website will be useful or not - if the keyword doesn't appear often it probably won't be a helpful site.

Search effectively

Often when students are searching for information they type in lots of unnecssary words. Teaching them what actually happens when they enter search words can help them to understand they only need to use the keywords. Here's a great video that explains how it works and includes ideas for teaching effective search techniques.

It includes tips like:.

  • Using the minus sign before a word e.g. -pinterest means that site will not be in any of the results returned.
  • Search “Kennedy” AROUND(10) “moon” and the top results will be ones in which Kennedy appears within ten words of moon.
  • NOTE: both search terms must be in quotes, AROUND must be capitalised, and the number must be in parenthesis.

looking ahead to 2020

The UTB team are planning out their calendars for next year. We are aiming to make sure we are giving you what you need, where you need it!

This would be a great time for you to let us know what sort of training and workshops you'd like to see us offer near you. Our plan is to get dates and locations locked in now so you can talk to whoever is in charge of the PLD purse strings at your school and get booked in early.

If you've never been to any of our training you can check out some of our feedback here -we're pretty proud of our 4.84 out of 5 rating from over 1700 workshop trainees!

So fill in this form and let us know what you're after! We'll let you know our plans soon!

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!

WIN a free UTB Online Course!


We love getting your feedback about ideas you've used from this newsletter or from one of our training sessions!

In fact, we get such a kick out of it that every fortnight we want to give someone who shares the love a free online course of your choice - valued at up to $300!

All you need to do is a share a photo or video of an activity that was inspired by something we shared with you (could be from face to face, online training or the newsletter), with a quick caption telling us what's happening in it!

Here are a couple of ways you can share...

  • Share it on Twitter or Instagram and tag us in with @Usingtechbetter, #utbSHARE and #utbPD
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NB: Please make sure that you have permission and that you also give us permission to share any photos! It's often a good idea to put smiley stickers over students faces and anything else identifying in the image. OR just share images that don't have students in them.

Check with your school administrators what your policy on this is! Safety first everyone! :)


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