Welcome to the first Using Technology Better newsletter of 2019!
We hope that you had a lovely break over Christmas and New Year and if you are a teacher in the Southern Hemisphere are getting ready to launch into a new academic year.
While things do get a big quieter here for us during term breaks we have put our energy and focus into developing our online courses. We’re excited to share some of these courses with you this week (see below) and will tell you more about them in our next newsletter.
Our 2019 training calendars are filling up with events across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and further abroad. If we can support you with your 2019 goals - whether through our online Professional Learning Network, face to face workshops and bootcamps, online courses or anything else - please feel free to get in touch.
A few holiday snaps from the team!
SOMETHING to make you think
How to be "Team Human" in the digital future
“It's not a matter of rejecting the digital or rejecting the technological. It's a matter of retrieving the values that we're in danger of leaving behind and then embedding them in the digital infrastructure for the future.” - Douglas Rushkoff
A great, 11 minute video (or podcast) that will get you thinking about the role of technology in our world now and in the future.
Teachers - I would recommend it as a great way to get your staff talking about the use of technology and its impact on society. Consider how you can use tech to develop 21st Century skills, values and morals, and ask your students to do the same.
Check out the video here or find it on the TED Talks Daily channel wherever you get your podcasts.
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.
Updates - google classroom
Google Classroom has a fresh new look and some new features just in time for those Aussie and New Zealand teachers who are heading back to school!
Check out our video overview of what’s new, including a preview of the new Gradebook tool which is currently in beta (your school can sign up for the beta program here).
Bonus tip! The old ‘About’ section is called ‘Class details’ and you can change this by clicking on the settings cog. If you have information in here you’ll see a little arrow button at the bottom of the header image in a Google Classroom. Click this to quickly see the ‘Class details’ information for that classroom.
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We are continuously working to expand on the professional development we can offer to teachers and corporate clients online.
Get access to some incredible resources, courses and our online community.
Watch out for our next newsletter which will highlight the new courses that we have been working on.
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