Supercharge Google Meet for your Classroom

  Google Meet is a powerful tool that is being used widely for distance learning. To get even more functionality out of Google Meet, you can supercharge your Meet sessions for your classroom by using some of the following tips.   Who’s there?? In the past, you could only see a view of around 4…

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There’s a BitMoji for that! Using BitMoji to create digital stickers.

  A couple of years ago, I wrote a blogpost on using Bitmoji’s as digital stickers, or DocStickers. The idea around this was to give students the same rewarding feeling that they got when getting stickers in their books as schoolwork became more digitised. Moreover, Bitmoji stickers also gave teachers the ability to give personalised…

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Settings to put in place when considering sending your Chromebooks home with students.

With the current concerns around COVID-19 and schools considering their options around distance learning, it is worth looking at how to effectively send school-owned Chromebooks home with students. Naturally, this can be a worry for schools in regards to making sure their assets are safe and tracked. Luckily, when Chromebooks are managed in the admin…

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Jamboard – Get Collaborating!

Jamboard is a great app from Google that essentially is a collaborative whiteboard that can be used anywhere and anytime. Most importantly, like most G Suite products, being able to collaborate with a number of people in one online space means that there are endless possibilities when it comes to working on projects and bringing…

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The Alphabet of Chromebook Tools for Teachers and Students

For a full-size PDF poster version to print out for your school, click here:  Alphabet of Chromebook Tools.pdf Note: The above PDF also has links to each of the tools when they are clicked.

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Innovation in Education – Our 6C’s Project

Over the last few months, I have been investigating various views on innovation in schools (specifically at senior areas of the curriculum). These finding will help determine the path I will follow with my Google Innovation project: How can we create more innovative opportunities in senior levels of our curriculum. For more on my project,…

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Recommended settings for Chrome Education

Chrome Education is an amazing tool that all schools using Chromebooks should invest in. This is because Chrome Education saves IT admin huge amounts of time and it also means that schools can create an environment where users are safe online and are less likely to be distracted from their learning. With incredible ease from…

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Chrome Education or Hapara?

I often run into two reactions when discussing Chromebook management with schools. They are: Should we use Chrome Education or Hapara to manage our Chromebooks? We don’t need to manage our devices with Chrome Education as we are using Hapara already. These reactions stem from the common misconception that Chrome Education and Hapara are competing…

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BYMC – Bring Your Managed Chromebook

I have often heard BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) referred to as Bring Your Own Disaster. Why? Because multiple platforms and devices are messy, difficult to manage, and ultimately means that far too much time is spent worrying about tech, where it should be focused on the teaching and learning. So let’s consider BYMC –…

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Creating Tomorrow’s Innovators

“Eighty percent of jobs that will exist in 2025 don’t exist today; we have to prepare our students and graduates for a world that’s essentially not possible to prepare them for”         Professor Martin Boehm This is one of the biggest challenges we face in education today. Teachers and educational institutions are at…

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Take control of your own Professional Development

The rate of change in technology is rapid. This also means that the rate of change of what you can do with technology in the classroom is just as rapid. So how do we ensure that we are up to date with the latest and greatest in innovative pedagogy? Do we wait for the one or…

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4 edtech tools to increase engagement

  When designing your lessons, it is important to reflect on whether you are giving your students the opportunity to develop the 4 C’s – Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity. If you can do this you will be creating a much more engaging learning environment that is preparing students with the skills that they…

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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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DocStickers using BitMoji

Recently I saw a great idea from Stephanie Filardo (@i3algebra) where she creates digital stickers in Google Drawings, adds them to Google Keep and then uses the Keep Notepad integration feature in Google Docs to add the stickers to student work. As Stephanie points out, kids love the feeling of getting stickers. However, with many…

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Managing Workflow with Google Sites and Google Classroom

Many teachers battle with the decision of whether to use Google Sites or Google Classroom. In my opinion, it is not a question of either or, it is a question of how we can use them both to manage workflow efficiently and in a way that will transform the learning for our students. Besides, ask…

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Ten Educators you need to follow

I am a huge fan of using Twitter as an Educator to expand my Professional Learning Network (PLN). There are so many great educators from around the world that are sharing their experiences, ideas, and resources so that all of our students can benefit. So if you are looking to expand your PLN and not sure…

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Back to school for teachers – My tips for a digital classroom

With the start of the 2017 school year just around the corner, it’s time for teachers to get ready for a new year full of innovative and future-focused learning opportunities for their students. With technology continually changing, teachers will always have the chance to try something new and I would challenge all teachers to take a…

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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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Future-focused learning with Google Expeditions

After having it on my list of things to try for a while, I finally got to try Google Cardboard in conjunction with Google Expeditions. Instantly I regretted not giving this a go sooner as it was so easy to set up and the more I explored, more and more learning opportunities came to mind. What…

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Digital Divide = Educational Divide = Urgent Action Needed

Digital Native is a common term used to describe those who have been brought up during the digital age of technology, and are therefore more familiar with computers and the Internet. It is widely thought that our young children are Digital Natives, however, in low socio-economic areas, the term Digital Native is often a myth.…

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