NCPA has a Schoolwide Padlet Subscription

NCPA now has a subscription to Padlet. Padlet is an “interactive multimedia bulletin board.” Teachers can use it for icebreaker activities, to collect student ideas or responses to a prompt, and collate student questions. Under the free version, teachers could only create a limited number of boards, but with our paid subscription you can now create as many as you want!

To get started, visit https://ncpa.padlet.org. Then, you’ll need to use the “Forgot Password?” link to set a new password for your account – Padlet will send an activation email to your school e-mail address.

Cellphone Games for English Learning

The traditional Cross-and-down has envolved to the next level – check out the following three English related games which provide a unique perspective of learning the language and having fun at the same time.

 

1. Alphabear I & II

Fun, easy game to start noticing spelling techniques and the rules make up a word. Simply put the letters in the field to form a word and collect the bears.

 

2. Typeshift

Powered by the whole dictionary of Merrian-Webster, this game requires its player a good knowledge of morphemes. It may be difficult to identify all the possible combinations of the listed letters, but that is why it is addictive!

 

3. Dear Reader

Read a classic novel by putting the keywords in the appropriate place to form correct sentences. Long text is chunked into short, manageable paragraphs for easy access. Recommended!

 

 

Don’t Upgrade to Catalina Yet

The latest version of MacOS, Catalina, has been released. Your Macbook may prompt you to upgrade. We do NOT recommend upgrading to Catalina at this time, as it may cause compatibility issues with your software including your print driver. If you did already upgrade, though, visit the helpdesk if you experience any software or printing issues.

Video Production Services Available

If you need help producing a polished video for an internal or external audience, the IT department can now provide official assistance in video production. This can range from checking out equipment for do-it-yourself projects to full filming and editing services for school events.

Video projects typically require a minimum of two weeks’ advance notice in order to schedule filming; more lead time may be necessary when editing services are requested. Make a request by filling out this form from the staff portal.

Classroom Phones Installed: Get Help Faster

Classroom phones have been installed in all AQ1, AQ2 and AQ4 classrooms!

This means that when you’re having a problem with your projector at the beginning of class, or it’s raining and water starts leaking into your classroom, you can pick up a phone and call the IT or facilities helpdesks directly. You can also reach the nurse or counselors in the event of a medical or counseling emergency. Each phone has a contact list posted next to it with the numbers of every classroom and main hall office.

By January, performing arts and fine arts classrooms will also have phones installed.