Weekly post #55 – Interview Warmup, mote’s STEM model and the work of Childnet

Google Interview Warmup

Google’s Interview Warmup Google released Interview Warmup this week as part of their Grow with Google programme. The Interview Warmup is interesting. It poses interview questions, it then transcribes the responses and offers tool to highlight the most-used words, job-related terms etc. Even if you are not looking for a new job the technologies here … Read more

Weekly post #54 – Filter views, dropdown chips and pause before you share online!

May 2022 - Chips

How to use Google Sheets Filter Views If you get shared a Google Sheets spreadsheet with loads and loads of data on it and decide to filter the view – you are doing that for everybody who visits that spreadsheet. This situation is why ‘Filter views’ has been added to Google Sheets. Watch this video … Read more

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

Email draft Smart Chip

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 … Read more

Weekly post #51 – Keyboard shortcuts, charts from Forms, moderating posts in Padlet and tags and hashtag literacy

Adding a keyboard shortcut or hotkey for a Chrome Extension I use a range of Chrome extensions to add links/articles/resources to services such as Trello, Pocket and Raindrop. Aiming your cursor at a tiny 16-by-16 pixel Chrome extension button amidst possibly 20 others in the extension tray can feel like trying to win a carnival … Read more

Weekly post #49 – .new, using Padlet Mini and how font choice impacts reading accessibility

Create a new Google Calendar event

.new Not new but this could improve your ninja like Google Workspace skills. Type doc.new into the Chrome ‘Omnibox’ and a new Google Doc will open ready for you to start using. Type sheet.new and guess what… a new Google Sheet is created. cal.new or meeting.new opens a new Google Calendar event. Other terms that … Read more

Weekly post #48 – The four apps that everybody needs

The four apps that everybody needs

I am not sure where I came across this approach first → You should have four apps, one from each of the following areas: calendar, task manager, notes and read it later. This approach should help you be more (digitally) productive. You could use less than four as there are some really useful apps that … Read more

Weekly post #46 – Cursive, Focus time and teaching with Google Arts & Culture

Focus time

Chromebook users – it’s time to have another look at Cursive Those teachers who are luckily enough to have a C13 Chromebook should take a moment to explore Cursive again. To launch Cursive go to → https://cursive.apps.chrome The initial pen input lag issues that we present at launch seem to have been fixed. Read more … Read more

Weekly post #44 – Google Tasks, linking directly to text, Meet updates and Project Zero

Google Tasks

New Year Resolution – Get Organised with Google Tasks The capabilities of Google Tasks are ever growing and worth a look for anybody thinking about using a digital ‘to do list manager’. There is a useful guide to Google Tasks, by Jeremy Badiner, here. Useful tip → Link directly to text and quotes Rather than … Read more

Weekly post #43 – 2021 in Search, copying pages in Google Sites, document approvals and new ways to work with tables in Google Docs

Google Documents Table

Google – Year In Search 2021 Google produces one of these videos every year. You can explore more trends from the year at https://yearinsearch.google. Copy a single page or subset of pages in Google Sites Google have added the ability for editors to copy a single page or subset of pages into a new site. … Read more

Weekly post #42 – The launch of ‘Essential PD bytes’ and all things Mote.

Essential PD bytes

The launch of ‘Essential PD bytes’ What is a ‘Essential PD byte‘? A 20 minute long digital skill focused professional development session. The aim of ‘Essential PD bytes‘ is to offer a range of ‘byte’ size professional development opportunities for staff at the International School of Geneva – Campus des Nations. Each ‘byte’ should last … Read more