UTB Newsletter - Issue 12 - 2018 BLOG UPDATES - something we think you'll like - SOMETHING to make you think - AND MORE!

From Mike....

Hello from Singapore.

I was on the MRT last night and noticed this sticker explaining how track monitoring is being performed. Drones really are being used in all areas of society now!

We are really pleased to announce that we have completely revamped our Google Level 1 and 2 certification boot camps. Both are available on demand online now so for those of you who can't get to one of our two day boot camps, or prefer to learn at your own pace, the support and guidance you need is right there at your fingertips! You also get the additional benefit of becoming part of our online community (for free) when you sign up for the course online.

If you do prefer the structure of face to face training we have new dates and locations for our level 1 and level 2 boot camps. These are becoming increasingly popular and are filling up fast! Check them out later in this newsletter.

If you'd like to see another one of our training days go online, or are keen for us to develop something new, just reply to this email and let us know.

We hope you enjoy flicking through this latest newsletter.

something to make you think...

Artificial Intelligence in Education

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are phrases that we are hearing more of nowadays.

The range of applications using this technology is varied, from assisting with directions to finding the shortest route somewhere to improving workflow and efficiencies in manufacturing.

In education, the ability to analyse large data sets and predict student outcomes is starting to be investigated to assist teachers. While AI and ML can assist with tasks that are repetitive, time consuming and often mind numbingly boring, should they be used to make decisions that have a direct impact on student interactions and learning? The need for ethical applications of the technology is imperative, but what ethical framework will we adopt?

For me, the wisdom and intuition of a teacher who can look past the analysed data and get to the core business of teaching, which is building relationships with students so they can be the best version of themselves possible, is valuable above and beyond anything technology can offer. AI and ML can give us insights, but the teacher will always be the most important form of intelligence in the room.

Have a read of this article and start a discussion in your staffroom.

- Adrian Francis

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 give feedback super easily in Google Classroom - Giving feedback to students can often be a timely exercise - well, no more! The newly updated Google Classroom has just solved that for you with a grading system that makes it super quick for you to insert comments and provide meaningful feedback. Read on to find out how to use it. By Donna Golightly

5 ways to resize the Gmail compose box - Some people find the Gmail compose box a little bit small and cramped. That’s why the five resize tricks I am about to share with you are so popular whenever I show them in our Gmail workshops. They’re guaranteed to get a shout of excitement from at least a couple of people in the room! By Samantha Vardagnega

5 Great Chrome Extensions for Teachers -FREE STUFF! Free stuff that’s useful! Even better! Google Chrome Extensions are tools that you can add to your toolbar. There are thousands out there, but this blog post will tell you about five that I found extremely useful in my classroom practice. If you haven’t been using extensions yet, this is a great place to start. By Lara Kirk

Auckland - 10 - 12 October 2018

Heading to uLearn this year? So are the UTB team!

Lara, Donna and Mark will be presenting sessions on a range of topics. You’ll also be able to find us in the exhibition hall where we have a booth. We’ll be joined by our shiny, new team mate - Tim Thatcher. Make sure you come along and say hello and find out what we’re up to.

We’ll be running a competition and have some great prizes from PBTech up for grabs.

Join us for one of our sessions or see us at the booth to find out more!

something we think you'll like...

JoeZoo Express - Chrome Add-on

Are you using rubrics with your students and need a quick easy way to embed them into Google Docs?

JoeZoo Express is an Add-on that allows you to create customised rubrics that you can use time and time again. You're able to select as many rows and columns as you need.

They are fully editable by both you and you students.

JoeZoo allows you to perform other tasks as well, however the free version is amazing for it's rubric building options.

Take a look if you've never used it before - it's definitely a timesaver.

top tool...

Poll Everywhere + Google Slides = A match made in heaven!

Poll Everywhere is a fantastic tool for promoting student voice and engagement. Most features are free for educators and we love the live word clouds and text walls! What's even better is the Poll Everywhere for Google Slides Chrome extension, which lets you embed your questions and responses within Google Slides. Responses will appear instantly on the slide in real time.

upcoming events

Did you know that we travel extensively and love going to regional areas to support teachers? Simply reply to this email, or click on the link below, to find out how easy it is to host an event in your region and receive some free tickets for doing so!

Wellington, Tauranga and Hamilton

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.

Click on your location to find out more and reserve your spot!

Wellington - November 16

Hamilton - November 22

Tauranga - November 23

Auckland October 26

Kick off, or delve deeper with our highly recommended STEAM day, tailored to your school! Your UTB trainer will highlight and outline STEAM education in a fun, hands on, practical workshop related to the New Zealand Digital Technologies Curriculum.

Pedagogy, planning, integrated curriculum are all addressed in this action packed day.

A range of STEAM activities from unplugged activities through to coding and robotics, we help you to discover how you can start to weave the New Zealand Digital Technologies Curriculum into your current practice to improve student outcomes and engagement.

Adelaide, South Australia

STEAM is an integrated curriculum approach that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to inspire, learn and share with others. Teachers everywhere are realising its potential for making cross curricula links and equipping their students with important digital learning skills.

Our STEAM Digital Technologies Curriculum will deepen your experience, understanding and resources to become an even more COMPETENT and CONFIDENT STEAM facilitator with your class and for your school!

NSW (3 locations), Rotorua, Lumsden, Wanaka and Queenstown

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!

GCE Bootcamps - Click on one of the locations listed below to find out more!

NSW - Level 2 - September or October

Rotorua - Level 1 - October

Auckland - Level 2 - September

Wanaka - Level 1 - November

Lumsden - Level 1 - November

Queenstown - Level 2 - March 2019

Melbourne - Level 2 - November - Details coming soon!

Can't make it in person or prefer to learn online, at your own pace? We now have both Level 1 and Level 2 available as online courses. Check them out here!

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