UTB eNews AU: Oct 2022

With the borders opening up Aussie trainers have been busy supporting schools around the country. Training highlights included a series of Minecraft sessions that Adrian ran in Western Australia and Paul’s Apple creativity sessions with the students at Holy Family Primary School in Adelaide.

As the end of the year approaches, Aussie trainers’ schedules are jam packed with exciting international travel. In addition to our regular travel around Australia we will be jet setting to Singapore and Bangkok. We are pumped to be extending our support of educators beyond our borders to make a global impact – and have a blast while we’re at it!

Stay tuned to discover what other schools are doing across the globe.

Content Overview

1 Tech Tools for Teachers: Canva Templates
2 Trainer Tip: How to Use Archive in Gmail
3 Lesson Planning Made Simple: Minecraft EE: Global Challenge
4 Blog Bites: 3 Websites to Save You Precious Planning Time


Tech Tools for Teachers

Canva Templates

Canva is one of our favorite design tools for education. With regular updates and additional resources, from Ice Breakers to Infographic templates, Canva offers invaluable resources to make planning faster for you and your lessons more engaging for your students. Now that’s a win, win!

Trainer Tip

How to Use Archive in Gmail

In last month’s eNews we focused on how to reduce inbox clutter by unsubscribing from emails that we don’t want or need. This month we will show you how the Archive feature in Gmail works. However, before we do that it’s important to understand how Gmail works. 
There is a folder that contains almost all your emails called All Mail, you may have to click More to be able to see it. This is not your inbox, but it does contain all the emails that are in your inbox. Confused?

OK, think of All Mail as an enormous bucket that contains all your emails; read, unread, filed, even deleted email (for 30 days anyway). 
All emails in the inbox have a label attached called Inbox so the inbox that you see is just a filtered version of All Mail. 

When we select an email we have the option to Archive it, which removes it from your inbox. However, it won’t be deleted; it will still be in your All Mail folder. The beauty of this is that you can clear most emails from your inbox, but if you do need to find them again, it is easy to do, as they remain in the All Mail folder.

Stay tuned for next month’s Trainer Tip where we will explore Gmail’s advanced search function.


Lesson Planning Made Simple

Minecraft: EE Global Build Challenge

We are excited to share the newest Minecraft Education Edition Global Build Challenge with you! Challenge your students to identify parabolas in the Minecraft world so they can learn to build their own rainbow. 

Parabola is a graph or drawing of a quadratic equation. They can arch up like a mountain, down like a valley, or even curve to the left or right. Students can draw parabolas on paper or a computer, and you can see them in everyday life in the form of bridges, buildings, even a rainbow! 

Click here to download > Minecraft Build a Rainbow World 
Click here for the > Build a Rainbow Challenge page

Blog Bites

3 Websites to Save You Precious Planning Time

If you’re starting to worry that planning and reports will render your social life non-existent (especially during the school holidays) have we got good news for you! Save time and energy with these three handy websites that will make lesson planning a breeze!  

Click here > 3 Websites to Save You Precious Planning Time

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