Getting Googley – My Google Innovator Journey

During the past 4 years, I have been on an incredible journey to become “Googley”. Having just arrived back in New Zealand from an inspiring trip to London to attend the Google Innovation Academy, I can now say that I am a Google Certified Innovator, and I now feel as Googley as ever! So what…

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The new Google Sites – Features and Limitations

Recently Google released the new version of Google Sites. I have used the older Google sites extensively over the last couple of years, so I was intrigued to see what the new platform had to offer.  Below are my thoughts after having the last week to have a play on the new Google Sites. Features…

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Self-grading quizzes with Flubaroo

I have always said that if used correctly, tech greatly enhances student learning. In my opinion, the next greatest benefit of technology for teachers is that it can make our lives more efficient! The number one excuse I often hear from teachers as to why they don’t use technology is the lack of time they…

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Make learning accessible anytime and anywhere with ScreenCastify

A big part of my teaching philosophy is that learning should be made accessible for our students anytime and anywhere. I believe that if we have something important to say as teachers, then this information should be made available so our students can watch it time and again, either at school or at home, and be…

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Google Classroom, Google Sites or Blogger?

  Teachers these days are faced with many choices about how they could run their classroom in the digital age. There are so many tools, that sometimes it can be overwhelming to choose which ones will do the trick. Whilst this decision can be made a little easier within a Google school through the GAFE…

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Self-directed learning in a 1-1 environment

I am lucky enough to be in the situation where my class is 1-1 with Chromebooks. In saying this, I also believe that we are not too far away from having the opportunity to be 1-1 in every class in the future. The reason I say this is because: 1) Technology is getting cheaper and…

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The Basics of Google Docs for Teachers

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Using AutoCrat to create certificates

Autocrat is a great tool and can be a real time saver for teachers. I have been using autocrat in a number of ways, but the most basic way if you are using it for the first time would be to experiment with making certificates. I have also been using autoCrat to personalise learning focuses…

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Navigating and organising your Google Drive

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Encouraging self-directed learning

In this day and age, one of my major goals as a teacher is to encourage self-directed learning. In my mind, if I can do this and make my students realise that they can learn anywhere, anytime, and without a teacher, then I believe I will have gone a long way to helping my students…

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