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Saturday Suite Tip: Useful Feedback

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Are you working with a team to create a document? Are your students creating their own works of awesomeness? Want to make quick suggestions, send encouragement or correct a mistake. Have a look into the commenting and suggesting features in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings
Commenting If you've been using Google Suite (formerly Google Apps) for a while you'll know that comments are easily added to your Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings in one of a few ways:
Clicking the plus button next to your item or selected text Clicking the insert > comment menu Clicking the comment menu at the top right of a doc and pressing comment


Those that have commenting or editing rights to a document can see the comments.  If a user has viewing rights only they will not be able to see comments.  Comments are a great way to add encouragement, agree, disagree and suggest options moving forward.  
If you want to direct a comment at a specific person add +email@email.com where email is the…

Workshops from PMA Day

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Workshops I had the privilege of attending the Primary Maths Association day a few weeks ago and what a great day it was.

I enjoyed taking part in three workshops and a keynote.
Where is Maths Going? (Keynote) See previous Post hereCounting CountsRich TasksComputational Thinking in the Maths Classroom I have added a few notes I took during the workshops below.  These are just what resonated with me and what questions I had from the workshops. Counting Counts Presented by Anna Noy

What I took away from this workshop:
- Reminder about teaching sets, comparing sets and removing and adding items to a set
- The need to count dissimilar objects not just sets of the same objects (usually counters) and how we can count anything even if we can't touch it
- How to check students understanding of counting what do happens when they are asked to count a group that isn't in a line?  Can they stop at the right spot?
- Helping students know when to stop counting by using containers, movement …

PMA - Primary Maths Association - PLD day

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Thinking about Mathematics... I had the privilege of attending the Primary Maths Association day a few weeks ago and what a great day it was.

I enjoyed taking part in three workshops and a keynote.
Where is Maths Going? (Keynote)Counting CountsRich TasksComputational Thinking in the Maths Classroom My takeaways and questions from the keynote are detailed below.  Watch out for future posts on the three workshops I attended.
Where is Maths Going?Presented by Dr Fiona Ell
I really enjoyed the future focused keynote looking at big ideas in mathematics teaching and learning in New Zealand and where we might be heading.  It was a timely reminder of what's important with regards to teaching maths and what we might have missed in the last few years with the focus seeming to be on Number only.  Dr Fiona Ell outlined research in a number of areas that show teachers that make the most difference.

She structured the keynote around a treasure map with destinations that we might visit and impor…

Checking out a Makerspace

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What an awesome day!  This week I travelled to Papamoa to check out some professional learning with Paula Jamieson and her team about their school Makerspace -Whare Wahianga.  This was well worth it, if you get the chance to visit do!  The team at Te Akau Ki Papamoa were very welcoming and willing to share their resources and their journey.  Here's a few hightlights/takeaways..

The Space The Makerspace at TAKP (Te Akau Ki Papamoa) has been purpose built complete with flexible moveable furniture created in conjunction with Woods Furniture and plenty of resources.  The space was setup by Paula and each class gets to visit the space regularly throughout the year.

It was so good to see furniture options that are working and definitely gave me inspriation for what might work in a different location.  I love the large table with large bins under it what a great idea for any space, not just a make environment.  It's on wheels too how cool is that?

But it's not about the space or …

Saturday Suite Tip: There's Power in Photos

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Sure Google Photos is great to store all those pics of your latest holiday but you might want to take a closer look at the features that can be useful in the classroom.



Google Photos
Google photos is available on most devices with Android usually getting the latest updates a little quicker than iOS (iPads & iPhones).  Many Android phones come with Google Photos built in so there is not need to download the app, however if you're using an older phone or don't currently have access to Google Photos on your phone you can download it here for Android and here for iOS

Google photos is a place to store your photos in the cloud and is attached to your Google account.  Photos are stored at reasonably high resolution so unless you're a professional photographer and require original files that are very high resolution you shouldn't have any issues getting all your photos stored in the cloud.  

Working with Text, Business Cards, Landmarks and BooksWith a new update Google Photos…

Saturday Suite Tip: Okay Google - Google Assistant in the Classroom

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Need someone to help with all those awesome questions children come up with in the classroom? Want to find an answer quickly or play a game for that five minutes before the bell? Check out
Google Assistant


What is it?A great often overlooked feature is Google Assistant, it works to varying degrees on Google Home, mobile devices and Chromebooks and can be a very useful addition to a classroom. 

There is an ever increasing number of things you can ask Google just by talking to Google Assistant.  On most Android phones it's just a case of saying 'Okay Google' or 'Hey Google' within ear shot of your phone and then asking your question.  There may be a little more setup required if you're using an older version of Android or a device that defaults to the manufacturers setup.  If you're in posession of a phone that already has Google Assitant you wont need to install the app.  If you don't have it here's a link to it on the Play Store and in the App Store


Saturday Suite Tip: Speaking another language

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Need to add a macron? Speak and write in a language other than English? Want to translate your document? Take a look, at the language features within Google Suite


Language SettingsWithin a Google Suite account, it is possible to change your default language.  To change your settings go to myaccount.google.com and switch to your preferred language.

While there are many languages available not all are there yet.  Languages are being updated all the time so do send feedback to Google about requiring your language and make sure you check back regularly.  

Adding MacronsIf you're not able to have your own language as a default you can still add things like macrons fairly easily in most Google Tools.  One option is to use special characters just like you would in other word processing programs.  Basically click the Insert menu then special characters, draw your character and it will be inserted wherever your cursor is located.  


Another way of adding macrons is to use an add on for Goog…