Weekly post #52 – Email draft template, a Mote Essential PD byte session, screen time conversations and the Canopy magazine

Canopy magazine – for teachers using Google Workspace for Education

Canopy is a Google for Education partner based in the UK. They recently launched a magazine for teachers using Google Workspace for Education (like we do).

You browse the magazine here and sign up for magazine updates and access to download individual articles.

New email draft template in Google Docs

Google have added a new feature to the Smart Chip menu. In Docs type @ and you will now see the option to add an ’email draft’ layout.

“You can mention people in the recipient fields using the @ menu without having to remember their email addresses, and collaborate on the message body using comments and suggestions. When ready to send, simply click the button that is shown alongside an email draft. A Gmail compose window will pop up, with email fields (subject, to, cc, bcc, and body) automatically populated based on the email draft in the document.”

Read more here → Google Workspace Updates – New email draft template in Google Docs [15 March 2022]

A ‘byte sized’ introduction to Mote during a departmental meeting

I used the presentation above to structure a 15 minute Essential PD byte session that I lead this week. The aim was to introduce some of the key features of Mote to a department at school – to get them interested in having a go.

If any other departments would like me to come into a meeting and lead a Essential PD byte session – please just ask!

Four conversations to have with older kids and teens about their screen time habits

Common Sense Media – 4 Conversations to Have with Older Kids and Teens About Their Screen Time Habits [15 March 2022] is a useful article focused upon students of secondary age.

The publishing of the article is linked to the release of the The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, 2021. More about this in the near future.