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