NCPA #edtech Briefing: Thursday, September 24

 

Here is what we covered in under 20 minutes:

  1. Making Connections – Naarah
  2. Canvas Tips – Lisa
  3. Tech Ambassadors – Lisa

Thank you Naarah for sharing some very relevant tips in making connections with students.  Even if you aren’t physically present you can still have a presence in the classroom and in your students’ lives.

 

If you are interested in being a Tech Ambassador this year please contact Lisa Hughes.

NCPA #edtech Briefing: Tuesday, September 22

Welcome back to the NCPA #edtech Blog!  Today starts the reboot of the #edtech Briefings.  I will host this chat every Tuesday and Thursday from now on at 7:30am CST.  Here is what we covered today:

  1. MS Teams Tips – Lisa
  2. Seesaw Feedback – Elizabeth
  3. Making Connections – Padlet
  4. Call for Tech Ambassadors – Lisa

If you have ideas, topics, or would like to make a contribution on an upcoming episode please let me know.

Canva for Education- for Free!!

Many of you have used Canva previously in your classes for many purposes. If you haven’t, let me introduce you. It is a free website that allows students to create professional looking graphics. It can be used to create posters, infographics, or more!

Here are some examples of what we have created with Canva:

  

 

While it was free before, there were some features that you needed a pro account to use. The good news is that Canva is now offering Canva for Education, free to teachers!

Some of the benefits of the Canva for Education account are:

  • Teachers get a free Pro account, which means you can use additional graphics for free
  • You can set up a class in Canva. This means you can see your students work and it simplifies the process of sharing it with the teacher.
  • There are education specific templates available to use!

To learn more about Canva for Education, you can click here.

To sign up for Canva for Education, contact Elizabeth Cooper for the link or look for the link the Staff Team. Unfortunately, the link cannot be shared here, since it should be only shared with staff. You simply need a ncpachina.org email address and you will instantly be upgraded to the Canva for Education account.

Linking Calendly to your Canvas for Office Hours

Some of you mentioned that the “Quick Links” on the Canvas blueprint were not hyperlinked. This is something you may need to set up yourself. For the “Request a Reassessment”, we do not have a common form for this. Feel free to use Microsoft Forms or another method for this.

For the “Schedule an Office Hours Appointment” you may want to use Calendly to make this more efficient.  Calendly is a free tool that can be used to schedule appointments, similarly to if you wanted to schedule a haircut in the U.S.  In the free version, you can have one event available only (you cannot have two events, one for each class) and you can only do one-on-one meetings.

Here is how to set up your Calendly and link to Canvas:

https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/f3d5cc00-e9ad-471c-9ff6-f127168015ae

  1. Set up an account on Calendly
  2. Create the event and adjust settings to match your Office Hours
  3. Copy the link
  4. Go to “Edit” on your Canvas Homepage
  5. Click on the picture for “Schedule an Office Hours Appointment” and link it to your Calendly using the toolbar on the top.

Zoom Accounts Limited from July 1

Zoom provided a free enterprise account to NCPA due to the coronavirus pandemic. This courtesy service expires on July 1. This expiration affects teachers as follows:

  1. Starting July 1, Zoom will cap meeting length at 40 minutes.
  2. Users must set their own password and won’t be able to sign in via Clever. Users can set a password to log in manually to their account with their email address by using this reset link: https://zoom.us/forgot_password
  3. Zoom will no longer integrate with Teams.

In other words, you can continue to use Zoom, but with the aforementioned limitations.

Zoom + Teams!

Zoom is now integrated with Teams! How exciting is that you can have two most popular meeting apps together in one place! The following tutorial is for people who have already set up their school Zoom account. If you haven’t done so, please refer to the guidelines in the following post to do it first:

 ➡️Zoom accounts for all NCPA teachers and students⬅️

If you have already finished those steps, here’s how you can schedule and join a meeting with Zoom integration: Continue reading “Zoom + Teams!”

Summer Camp & Test Prep Week Registration Instructions

Register for summer camp courses the same way you register for ASAs, using SchoolsBuddy (https://ncpa.schoolsbuddy.net/)

1. Log into Schoolsbuddy using Office 365 and click Bookings Open

2. Click Choose for Summer Camp and/or for Summer SAT & TOEFL Prep Week

3. For Summer Camp, choose at least four and at most five summer camp activities. Your fifth activity will be your alternate, in case you can’t join one of your top four preferences. For Summer Test Prep, you can only make one choice.

4. When you are ready to submit your choices, click Review & Confirm

5. Click COMPLETE and Send ALL to School. You must do this once for Summer Camp and once for Summer Test Prep.

IT Notice: OneDrive Web Update

IT Notice: OneDrive web update affecting all user experience

The IT department has discovered a recent change in the pathway to the “Documents” page in OneDrive when clicking on web OneDrive through Office 365 portal, it will bring you to the SharePoint site instead of the OneDrive content page:

In order to reach the Documents page you will need to click “Document” on the SharePoint page to access OneDrive content

Here is the current pathway:
Portal.office365.com > login > OneDrive > Your Department > Department SharePoint Site > Document > Your OneDrive content is there.

Attached Picture:

iPhone 默认存储图像为JPEG的方法 | How to save your picture as JPEG instead of HEIC

经常用iPhone拍照交作业,结果格式显示错误?JPEG格式的图像比HEIC更通用——你可以通过下图在系统设置中把默认的图片格式给为JPEG. 当然, HEIC格式的一些优势(地理信息、拍照设备信息等)就没有了。

How to save in Jpeg instead of HEIC. This will obviously result in Jpegs being shared from your iPhone, but it also means you lose the benefits that HEIC brings.

Log in to SchoolsBuddy with Office 365!

Good news, everyone!

Teachers and students can now log in to SchoolsBuddy using their Office 365 accounts. No need to remember separate username and password anymore!

This continues our push to unify logins at NCPA. To recap, you log in to most NCPA systems using your NetID username (i.e. jsmith) or e-mail address (i.e. jsmith@ncpachina.org) and NetID password as follows:

System Login Method
PowerSchool NetID username and NetID password
Office 365 Office 365 login using e-mail address and NetID password
Canvas Office 365
Zoom Clever using e-mail address and NetID password
SchoolsBuddy Office 365
GradeCam Clever using e-mail address and NetID password
Rubicon Atlas Clever using e-mail address and NetID password