Welcome to this edition of the newsletter.
As usual the team have been out and about training and helping schools in Australia and New Zealand.
Mike, Sam and Adrian were at the Future Schools conference in Melbourne and partnered with Edunet to present a series of short workshops at their fantastic booth. The sessions were really well received, with standing room only at many of the presentations. It was great to catch up with many of you and to share in your stories.
The UTB team will be at EduTech later in the year and we look forward to catching up with as many of you as we can.
Google News - Access Newspaper Archives
I was reminded the other day about a nifty feature in Google News.
Click this link to search the newspaper archive.
This is fantastic for finding the actual news article written about an event and is also great for students needing to have a primary source of information.
You can also see what was in the news on the day you were born!
- By Adrian
something to make you think...
This week I was asked to run a staff meeting on Digital Citizenship. I sent a message to the UTB team to see if they had any resources that they had used in schools that could be useful to include - and there were many insightful links shared.
One thing that often came up though was around the experience of teens and their interaction with social media. I came across this thought-provoking report that painted an interesting picture.
What is happening in your school to help your students develop safe habits when they’re online?
blog posts you may have missed
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LEARN WITH UTB - ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!
Professional Development that suits your schedule and interests!
It's so exciting to be seeing more and more people embracing online learning and signing up for courses!
If that's you - congratulations! Let us know how you're getting on!
We have a great range of online courses available, with more coming online soon.
Get together with some colleagues and work through a course together - collaborate, share ideas and encourage each other!
Check out some of the options below!
Featured Online Course...
UTB Certified leader
Are you the person that people come to for advice all the time?
Would you like to develop your leadership skills to better support and guide others?
If yes, then our Certified Leader course is for you!
The Certified Leader Program has been designed to build on your skills to help you become a better leader and trainer in your school.
The course is made up of six modules with a blend of live sessions, videos and an online forum for discussions. Our training team have carefully planned and crafted this course to make sure it stands out from the rest.
Whether you are in an official leadership role, aspire to become a leader or just want to develop these skills, this course is a great step to help you on your journey.
You will be supported by our experienced training team to complete this course.
SOMETHING FOR THE mind...
Free Mindfulness Tools for your Classroom
I recently discovered that Calm, my new favourite mindfulness app, offers a free licence to teachers around the world. What inspired me to share this with you was the quote that features on The Calm Schools Initiative website...
Given recent events, it could be a good time to start spending the first few minutes of the school day introducing your students to some simple mindfulness practices that can bring greater stillness, self-awareness, concentration, patience, and resilience. These practices can also have great benefits for you too! The Calm app has a Calm Kids library that is a great place to start.
Another free mindfulness tool that I love is Smiling Mind, an Australian app that also has specific programs for the classroom. They’ve just introduced a new program where students can meditate with their favourite characters from The LEGO Movie 2!
- By Samantha
Side note from Lara - I used both these apps with my Year 7 and 8 (11 - 13 years) students when I was teaching. I found that when we used them on a regular basis they had a huge impact on how my students interacted with each other and approached their learning. Many students started practicing mindfulness at home, with their families. I highly recommend giving these apps a go with your students - try to schedule it so that it becomes part of your classroom routine. My students really liked starting our afternoons with this, straight in from lunch and a time to refocus and reflect. Please let us know what you think!
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