FlipGrid Reflections from #ACAMISTech

The ACAMIS Tech Conference (#acamistech) was a rousing success with its highest-ever attendance and selection of sessions devoted to learning innovation amid the unique edtech ecosystem in China. If you weren’t able to make it, see the FlipGrid below for attendees’ key takeaways (access code: maketheleap!) – and consider registering for next year’s at Concordia Shanghai!

Come to the Inno-Hub Grand Opening!

NCPA faculty and staff, you’re all invited to the grand opening of the Inno-Hub! If you’ve yet to set foot in our awesome new space, this is an opportunity to try out a variety of stations and learn how the tools on offer can give you new ways to help students meet your courses’ standards. RSVP according to the information below; seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis:​​

Creating Group Assignments in Canvas

Confused by groups and group sets in Canvas? Learn how they work in under 5 minutes. You’ll then be able to make assignments in Canvas where the entire group needs to only upload a single submission.

Adding FlipGrid to your Canvas Course

Students LOVE how fun FlipGrid is. Our EAL department LOVES how FlipGrid makes it easy for students to upload quick video responses to prompts, promoting oral language production. And the IT department LOVES how FlipGrid integrates with our LMS, Canvas! You should LOVE how easy it is to set up: watch the <5 minute video below.

How to Mail Merge a List of Incompletes with Word and Outlook 2016

Sending emails home about Incompletes or Not Yets doesn’t have to be a chore. Learn how you can mostly automate the process in less than ten minutes by watching the guide above (NCPA login required due to presence of student information).

Connecting to new AppleTV and HDMI-connected classrooms

As of Fall 2018, all classrooms are equipped with mounted speakers and either a wireless AppleTV or wired HDMI connection. Follow the steps in the video below to wirelessly connect to an AppleTV-connected projector. If the AppleTV doesn’t appear in your list make sure your bluetooth is turned on.​

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If you’re in a classroom without an AppleTV then you’ll use a wired HDMI connection. The instructions below show how to connect. The HDMI connection carries both video and audio signals. You can pick up a short HDMI and dongle from the IT office that you’ll plug into the wall outlet.


Mini-PD: Research and Citation Tools


At last week’s mini-PD, Dianne and Chelsea taught us about three tools for research and citation:

  • ​Noodletools, the best research manager for middle and high school students.​
  • Turnitin, the best plagiarism checker (and one that integrates with Canvas) which helps you check for direct, mosaic, and self-plagiarism.
  • Zotero, a citation manager for undergraduates and graduates that integrates with Microsoft Word for easy citation management.
See the full PowerPoint here.