Teams Notifications & More

Are you getting too many notifications?

Not enough?

Do you feel like you are missing information?

 

Sometimes our preferences change.  At the beginning of the year, you probably visited your settings in Teams with one desire in mind.  Now that you have a handle on Teams, let’s take a look to see if the settings still fit your needs.

Take two minutes today to revisit Teams settings.  

  •  Start by opening MS Teams.  Click your profile picture in the top right-hand corner to find the settings.

  •   In the “Notifications” panel, check each category
    • Email – do you need email notifications when something is posted in Teams?  If you have a good handle on Teams, I recommend “Daily” or “Off”.
    • Appearance and sound – do you want the desk-top pop-up with the option to reply?  what about the sound?  I realized that if I was in a meeting, or working on a project the sound was a distraction for me.
    • Teams and channels – go through each option (chat, meetings, people, and other) and edit your personal preferences.
      • Banner – means you will receive a larger notification in the corner of your screen
      • Feed – means messages will appear in your activity feed (unread ones will be bolded)
      • You will also note that a channel will appear bolded if there is new activity.  

 

More Tips in Teams

Have you ever received a chat message at the same time class begins, someone walks into your office, or while you were in a meeting… and then you forgot to follow up?!  Don’t worry, you are not the only one.  Here are a couple of things to try that may cut down on that happening.

  • Pin Chats (and channels!)– if you click the three dots to the right of any individual chat, a menu will appear, like in the image below.  Select pin chat.  All pinned chats will appear at the top of all chats.  This is very helpful so that important chat groups do not get buried!  If the chat was specific to a time range, you can unpin when it’s no longer relevant.  I have the “Staff General” and “Staff Bulletin” channels pinned in Teams.

 

  • Mark as unread – within any chat, you can hover your mouse over the place in the conversation you would like to mark as unread.  The chat will then reappear bolded in your chat feed so you can refer to it later.

  • Save this message – in the same place as mark as unread, you have the option to “Save this message”, it has a bookmark symbol to the left of it.  The only problem with this one is that you will then have to remember to access your saved messages.

ALSO, you can type “/” in the Teams search bar to see a list of commands

 

For more information on MS Teams check out this article from Ditch That Textbook – How to Manage MS Teams Like a PRO

InnoHub Feb/March Happenings

The InnoHub was as busy as ever last month.  We hit the ground running immediately after Chinese New Year with Liza, Rachel, and Adam’s chemistry classes.  They designed a theoretical molecule that doesn’t currently exist and used recycled materials to build a 3D model of their molecules.  The students finished the project by presenting their molecules to staff and fellow students.

Middle School

Elizabeth and Ann’s STEM 7 class visited the InnoHub to examine a dissected laptop and compare the contents to the parts of a cell.  The students then dissected some small wind-up toys and drew their own comparison diagrams.

 

 

Fernanda brought her 8th grade art class to the InnoHub to carve linocut printing blocks and film video tutorials of their process. The videos are on their class Seesaw account and they are awesome!  Here are a couple for your viewing pleasure.

 

There’s More!

Through most of the month Katrina and her drama crew have been in and out in the afternoons and evenings painting and building set pieces for the upcoming Spring musical, Ranked.
Jordan and Lisa brought their Advisory classes to the InnoHub to have their students create personal logos and turn them into MacBook decals on our new vinyl cutter.  If you would like to learn more about the vinyl cutter, we will introduce this tool at our next #InnoPubPD on May 7th.
Greg brought his AP Human Geography class back to the InnoHub for a third time, this time to create 3D models illustrating different urban planning systems from around the world.

ASA’s

Did you know that the first-ever NCPA Wood Shop Club finished its inaugural trimester?  It was so popular with students we had to add a second section in T3 to meet the demand!  The InnoHub is utilized for ASA’s every day.

#InnoPubPD

And to cap off the month, Jordan and Lisa organized two staff PD’s.  The first was an introduction to Design Thinking, with special guest Yosef, and the second was a crash course in basic woodshop safety and techniques.

 

As always, thank you to all the teachers who visited and utilized the InnoHub and we look forward to another month packed with new classes and activities!  Don’t forget to contact Jordan Wambeke if you want to schedule time for your class in the InnoHub or want some help integrating the InnoHub into your curriculum!

InnoHub January Happenings – January 2021

Numerous projects, visions, and plans came to life in the short period between winter break and the new year holiday.

Here are some of the highlights:

NHS students designed and built signs for their New Year’s Carnival, with a little help from the Wood Shop ASA.
The Elsen’s, always big supporters of the InnoHub, both brought classes to the InnoHub.  Katrina Elsen brought her Drama II class to do some costume and set design for the upcoming musical, Ranked.
Greg Elsen brought his AP Human Geo class to film stop motion animations of agricultural practices from around the globe.
Nina Jiang and Chris Cheronis brought their Chinese 12 and Pre-Calc AB classes to the InnoHub to make some gifts for CNY.  Students had a choice of making either keychains or LED red packets.
Last month was the busiest month the InnoHub has had this school year, and next month is looking even busier!  Can’t wait to see even more of you utilizing our makerspace!

InnoHub Open House Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us at last Friday’s InnoHub Open House!  We had a huge turnout, and everyone had a great time participating in a range of Maker-related activities, like:

Breakerspace! 

Speed Sewing with Katrina Elsen 

 Robotics with Elizabeth Cooper 

Lego Stop Motion Videos with Lisa Hughes 

 Woodworking with Jordan Wambeke 

For those of you who missed out; don’t worry, we’ll be hosting more events and starting an InnoHub PD series in the near future.  Stay tuned!  And as always, if you have any questions about incorporating Making or the InnoHub into your curriculum please feel free to reach out to Jordan Wambeke on Outlook or Teams.  See you all at the next event! 

 

InnoHub Monthly Happenings – December 2020

The NCPA Innovation Hub has been a popular place to be the past couple of months! Here is a run down of what you have missed and what is coming up:

December Events

Introduction to the InnoHub with the HOD’s

On December 7th, HOD’s participated in an PD session in the InnoHub where they explored the design cycle, learned how our students can benefit from the makerspace, and discussed ways they could incorporate the InnoHub in their curriculum.

The InnoHub is a space for students to create, experiment, and learn through hands-on activities.

You can schedule your class in the space to maximize different learning styles, or send students to work on projects.

 

Flying Pigs

Rachel Dragos’ AP Physics classes did experiments with flying pigs on strings in the InnoHub!Students in groups determined how long it took for a plastic pig, replete with flapping wings, to fly around one cycle of the pigs “flight” path by observing and measuring the period, but can only use a meter stick.

Students used trigonometry, components of forces and equations to arrive at their calculations.

 

Turkey Bowl, Alumni Panel, and Cookie Exchange

The InnoHub is also a great space to host an event!  It offers flexible seating, a large screen and projector, plenty of outlets, and a beautiful view of the field and temple.

Coming in January

We are excited to host a staff InnoHub Open House on Friday, January 8th from 3:30-4:30PM+.  We will have a variety of stations for you to explore the “maker” in you while socializing and enjoying some tasty treats and beverages.  Specific activities will be shared in January.

Please RSVP HERE by December 22 so we can prepare enough materials and food for this event.

NCPA #edtech Briefing: Thursday, November 5

 

The Innovation Hub is staffed, resourced, and ready for action!  James and Jordan shared information about how this #makerspace can be used for any class.  They also showed us how to book it, and the common resources and materials you would find there.

Stay tuned for more information, events and trainings related to the #InnovationHub

Leo also talked about how GradeCam is a helpful tool.  It cuts down time spent grading, organizes your data in an easy to use dashboard, and gives immediate feedback to students.

You can find the link to log in to GradeCam on the #staffportal

Go HERE to complete a form and have the IT Dept. set up your classes in GradeCam.

NCPA #edtech Brieifing: November 3, 2020

 

Today I cover all of the things you should do before you travel to China!

Here are the links I referenced in the video:

Canvas – New Teacher Orientation – Tech Prerequisites

IT Knowledge Base (linked on the Staff Portal) – commonly asked tech questions with videos/tutorials

Pre-Travel Tech Survey 

Please fill this out at least 1 week prior to travel so we can assist you!  It also serves as a great checklist to make sure you are prepared for arrival.

 

 

 

NCPA #edtech Briefing: October 29, 2020

 

Today Rebecca shares another resource you can find on the Library Canvas Page.

Also, I will review how you can communicate with parents, students, and teachers using groups in Outlook.

  1. NewsBank – Rebecca
  2. Email Groups – Lisa

Information about Email Groups comes from a prior post on the EdTech Blog:

Original Post: Teachers and staff want to quickly communicate with groups of students, teachers and parents. In the past, this has required you to look up those groups in PowerSchool and copy-paste the addresses into an e-mail. Now, we have a solution that syncs PowerSchool course groups into Outlook. This means you can look up and email groups of parents, students and teachers directly in Outlook.

Click this link to see a complete list of all the groups in the system Updated Groups 09/23/2020 (login required).

You can also use autocomplete to look them up – read on to find out how.

What groups can you look up?

Emailing Parents

  • A student’s mother or father in Outlook, i.e. “John MAO Junhao Father” or “John MAO Junhao Mother”
  • Parents of students in a section, i.e. “Parents of Students in AP Economics – B – Cooper”
  • Parents of students in a course, by teacher, i.e. “Parents of Students in AP Economics – Y1 – Cooper”
  • Parents of students in a course, regardless of teacher, i.e. “Parents of Students in AP Economics”

Emailing Students

  • Students in a section, i.e. “Students in AP Calculus AB – Redl – B – EmailGroup”

Emailing Teachers

  • All teachers of a student, i.e. “Teachers of John MAO Junhao”. Note that this emails all teachers of the student, including advisers and ASA instructors.
  • All teachers of a course, i.e. “Teachers of AP Economics”

 

Show me how

The video below demonstrates how to look up these PowerSchool groups in Outlook.

NCPA #edtech Briefing: October 22, 2020

 

Today on the NCPA #virtualschool #edtech Briefing we talked about two outstanding tools and how you can give praise in Teams.

  1. Mentimeter with Jane Francis
  2. NewselaPro with Rebecca Battistoni
  3. Give Praise in Teams – Lisa Hughes

For questions about any of these tools feel free to reach out to us!

Thanks for watching