Today’s session covered:
- Text Engineering with Mats Haaland
- CommonLit.org with Grace Ridnour
Watch Recording below or HERE
( I missed the first minute – but you can catch the Agenda and Check-in in the slides below)
May 31, 2021 Virtual School EdTech Prep
Today I covered the essentials for:
Today I covered the essentials for:
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.
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.
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.
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!
Numerous projects, visions, and plans came to life in the short period between winter break and the new year holiday.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Today I cover all of the things you should do before you travel to China!
Here are the links I referenced in the video:
IT Knowledge Base (linked on the Staff Portal) – commonly asked tech questions with videos/tutorials