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4 minutes | Apr 19, 2016
How to Work with Limited Devices in a Classroom
One question I get asked all the time is how do I teach with technology when I have limited resources. Maybe you have 5 devices for 25 students. In this video, Alice Keeler and I discuss strategies for enabling collaboration and ICT integration into lessons when resources are limited. Whether you have a BYOD program or no program, these strategies will help you teach with ICT.
5 minutes | Apr 7, 2016
Google Classroom Scripts You Can Use
Is Google scripts and coding just for the experts? Alice Keeler and Mike Reading talk about how you can get started with Coding in Google Apps. Alice lists a number of resources to get started on your coding journey.
4 minutes | Jan 31, 2016
Simple Windows 10 Tips You’ll Love
In windows 10 you can easily manage all your open apps, browsers and programs with just one flick of your fingers. This short video will show you how.
4 minutes | Jan 27, 2016
How To Use Office 365 To Improve User Experience
Microsoft is making some great progress in the cloud collaboration space with their Office 365 product. In this short video, and video transcript we show you how you can increase collaboration and access to your documents with the O365 suite of tools.
8 minutes | Jan 25, 2016
How To Use Google Drive To Easily Share Documents
Sharing Documents in Google Drive can be a great way to work with others. However there are a couple of hidden features you need to be aware of that will save you a lot of frustration!
1 minutes | Jan 20, 2016
How To Use The Chrome Browser To Improve Efficiency
The Google chrome browser has a lot of features built in to save confusion and improve efficiency. Here are 3 of our favourites.
2 minutes | Jan 11, 2016
How To Use The Edge Browser To Improve Student Workflow And Communication
Microsoft's Edge Browser has some fantastic features that will really help teachers and students communicate better. See how you can remove ads and distraction, annotate right inside the website and easily share to other apps and programs.
2 minutes | Sep 1, 2015
Evolution in Education
Education has improved for the better, not radically changed.
1 minutes | Aug 25, 2015
Other Search Engines You Should Check Out
You'll have a richer online experience if you learn how to use more than one search engine well.
4 minutes | Aug 18, 2015
How to Use EasyBib to Check a Site’s Credibility
You'll easily make sure the information you have is reliable using EasyBib.
2 minutes | Aug 17, 2015
Chrome Apps and Extensions—Google Similar Pages
Find out how to do research online even better using Google Similar Pages.
5 minutes | Aug 12, 2015
How to Use Google Analytics as a Tracking Program
Find out the many benefits for teachers of using Google Analytics as a tracking program.
3 minutes | Aug 10, 2015
The Best Way to Make Your Vision a Reality
Being in this frame of mind significantly increases your chance to make your vision a reality.
2 minutes | Aug 4, 2015
Benefits of Having a Digital School Newsletter
You'll find out what kinds of communications tools parents are using, what’s going on outside your school and inside the school community, and how the members are consuming the information.
3 minutes | Aug 2, 2015
How Do Students Learn and Teachers Teach?
Take a closer look into the educational process' inner workings.
1 minutes | Jul 30, 2015
Google Search Hacks—Define
Easily find the definition of terms using the Google Search Hack Define.
7 minutes | Jul 28, 2015
How to Measure User Experience Using Google Docs
Find out how Google Docs is an effective tool for measuring user engagement.
3 minutes | Jul 27, 2015
How to Find Out How Many Google Docs You’ve Made
Wouldn't it be useful to know how many Google Docs you've made since you created your Google Apps account? You'll see how Blake's school is making use of such data in the video below. Video Highlights 0:01:00 Google Control Panel 0:01:15 What inside More Controls 0:01:21 Snapshot of our domain with its usage activity Transcript: How to Find Out How Many Google Docs You've Made Download PDF Transcript Blake: And especially when we made a change, like introducing Chrome Books, we sorted out apps, Google Apps usage tripled in the space of three months, and we were already a very strong user of Google Apps. You know, every staff member had a Google site. There was a lot of resources on Google Apps and it tripled both in docs created, and in the traffic throughout our websites tripled within three months. So, that’s a staggering figure to us. It was staggering to Google and everyone else. But it just goes to show, if you got the right tools and the right access, that can then inform the usage. And that was our goal. You know, to look at the usage. Because obviously, it’s very difficult to measure teaching and learning. But we’re going to hope that the more they use it, the more likely they are to have some kind of educational outcome inside that usage. Mike: What about if I just stop you there for a second. It might be a very elementary question for some people. But how is it that you measure docs created for instance? Blake: Docs created, I’ll show you. What I’ve got here is the Google Control Panel, the Admin Panel and—can you see okay, Mike? Mike: Yeah, it’s going through fine. Blake: Beautiful! So, we’ve got the docs panel here. You’ll see all the apps. Sometimes it will be hidden down here. But there is this little reports button. Sometimes it’s in this More Controls area. But if I just open up reports, we can have a look here, at how our domain is going—basically, a snapshot of our domain. So, I see here this is usage activity. This is stuff that I’m kind of interested in. You know, how often do people log into these services. And we can see here that Gmail and drive, you know, still alongside each other. And, sometimes, it outlines like that where I think there’s issues with Google reporting API. But, yeah, you’ll see that, you know, pretty much every day, we see 2000 people logging into Gmail and 2000 people using Google Drive—and that’s pretty good figures. Over here on the right, we have
8 minutes | Jul 23, 2015
Microsoft Power BI Preview
Microsoft Power BI—Microsoft's latest suite of online tools and services for visualizing data, sharing discoveries, and collaborating intuitively in several new, exciting ways—is the Holy Grail of educators seeking the best online experience. Watch this video to prove our claim for yourself. Video Highlights 0:00:05 New product release by Microsoft 0:00:33 Microsoft Power BI Preview 0:01:00 Data sources 0:01:28 Links to all the data 0:01:46 What are the things that can be done with this suite of online tools and services? Transcript: Microsoft Power BI Preview Download PDF Transcript Mike: So, I’m really excited about this new product that’s being released by Microsoft tonight. I know that you’ve got a demonstration account of that which really does help you look across your whole school at a range of different things, whether it be analytics on attendance, home works submitted, all sorts of things like that in terms of what’s happening into teaching and learning. So, do you want to just throw your screen up and maybe give us a quick look through that? Blake: Let’s look at this Power BI stuff, because this stuff is really cool! I’ve just started working with this probably, what, two days ago—so very new. So, excuse the brevity here, I might make some mistakes, or not get things to work. But, effectively, this is a Microsoft product that runs on the Web. It leverages spreadsheets—so, Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets. You can also plug it (Microsoft Power BI) into a whole range of other data sources. Google Analytics is one of them. I just show all the data sources to use so you can—yeah, we call it data workbooks, SQL servers. So, if you have a local database that runs with SQL, you can actually query that directly. You’ve got Google Analytics, you got all sorts of stuff. But for the most part, I think the Excel stuff would be the simplest way to get going. What I’ve done is imported a workbook that has some kids' NAPLAN data. Attendance data are in there, and some reporting data. And what it will do is actually link all that stuff together for us. So, if we look here, I’ve got attendance summary. And then there are the fields that are in that workbook. I’ve got NAPLAN data. And then I’ve got reporting data. So, they’re the three kind of areas that I’m looking at. And I haven’t quite got this perfect yet, but I’ll just show you what can be done with this and why I think it’s so, so important. So, y
3 minutes | May 24, 2015
Google Search Hacks – How to Easily Convert Units of Measurment
Discover the use of Convert to help you get the most out of your Google search.
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