NCPA #virtualschool Daily #edtech Briefing: Thursday, Feb 27

Get the latest #virtualschool tips, FAQs, and demo slams from #pulaoproud Tech Ambs @newtonsscience @alannamounsey @trishmerewether @hanghesperwang @mbkkelsey live every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00am CST. Join link & recordings at #issedu #acamistech

This day’s topics were:

  • STEM Canvas course demo
  • Protocols for online meetings
  • Using Lucidchart for Chalktalks
  •  Alternatives to Padlet
  • Teams file syncing

How to sync your OneDrive

We’ve mentioned this several times over the past two weeks – because it’s important:

You and your students should sync your OneDrive and Teams to your computers. Then, when the teacher adds a file – like a video – to a Team channel, it will download automatically to the students’ computers. And it’s easy!

  1. Install the OneDrive app from the Mac App Store. Open it and log in with your NCPA account.
  2. For each Team channel you want to sync, click Files and then click Sync

That’s it!

If you want to sync all the files in a Team instead of just a channel, you (or you students if they want) should follow the instructions outlined here.

Another advantage of syncing is that it means your files are safe in the cloud. So long as you save to your synced OneDrive or Team folders instead of your Mac’s Desktop or Documents folders, your files are safe from damage, loss and theft.

[Repost] Alternatives to Padlet

Padlet is an effective tool for online interactive learning. However, we are not able to use it because of you-know-what-that-is. Trish (@TrishMerewether) discovered this blog post on 6 possible alternatives to Padlet by Richard Brayne.

In short, the 6 alternatives tools are:

  1. Dotstorming
  2. Lino
  3. Wakelet
  4. Scrumblr
  5. Pinside
  6. Fligrid

Each tool has its features and focus. Experiment and see which fits your class better!

Computer Security 101

In this session the Director of Educational Technology, Matt Kelsey , explores how to protect yourself from common computer “hacks” with topics such as:

  • “How I’d hack you”
  • How to spot a “hack”
  • Hands – on practice against phishing e-mails
  • Prevention and disaster recovery

7 Ways to help protect yourself:

Continue reading “Computer Security 101”

Microsoft Teams Classroom Features Session

In this session, Dave Barton, explores the key features of Microsoft Teams:

  • How to set up a Class Notebook through Teams
  • Features of Class Notebook ( Content Library, Distribute Pages,  Review Student Work )
  • Assignments
  • Add – On’s ( Forms, Flipgrid, etc )
  • Setting up channels in a group
  • Students and teachers are loving Teams! Great one stop tool for online learning.


Nearpod How-To Session

In this session, Elizabeth Cooper showed us the key features of Nearpod, such as:

  • Draw Now
  • Polls
  • Quizzes
  • Matching
  • Self-paced lessons
  • Nearpod integrates with Teams
  • Generally, performance has been usable for most students
  • You can get a Gold account for free!


NCPA #virtualschool Daily #edtech Briefing: Thursday, Feb 20

Get the latest #virtualschool tips, FAQs, and demo slams from #pulaoproud Tech Ambs @newtonsscience @alannamounsey @trishmerewether @hanghesperwang @mbkkelsey live every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00am CST. Join link & recordings at #issedu #acamistech

This day’s topics were:

  • Canvas Course Tour: Leo
  • Canvas Course Tour: Yosef
  • Use Canvas Quizzes to reduce cheating: LF & JK(?)
  • Remote Work Tips (HW)
  • Reminder: Nearpod (AM)
  • Bad Joke of the Day (AM)

Upcoming Virtual School PD

With virtual school having been extended, we want to be especially sure that you’re supported. Check the staff calendar for upcoming optional virtual school PD to help you deliver effective online instruction, thrive at remote working, and manage your digital life.
  • Nearpod How-To, presented by Elizabeth Cooper.
    • Thursday, Feb 20 @ 8am
    • Thursday, Feb 20 @ 11:30am
  • Microsoft Teams Classroom Features, presented by Dave Barton
    • Friday, Feb 21 @ 8am
    • Friday, Feb 21 @ 11:30am
  • How I’d Hack You: Computer Security 101, presented by the IT Department
    • Monday, Feb 24 @ 8am
    • Wednesday, Feb 26 @ 8am

NCPA #virtualschool #edtech Briefing: Tuesday, Feb 19

Get the latest #virtualschool tips, FAQs, and demo slams from #pulaoproud Tech Ambs @newtonsscience @alannamounsey @trishmerewether @hanghesperwang @mbkkelsey live every Tue/Thurs at 10:00am CST (in 60 mins). Join link & recordings at #issedu #acamistech

The day’s topics were:

  • +/ Δs
  • Use teams status messages to separate work and life (MK)
  • Counseling office updates (AnMa)
  • Use Canvas and Turnitin to reduce cheating (CW)
  • Canvas Course Tour: Liza
  • Canvas Course Tour: Alanna
  • Canvas Course Tour: Hesper
  • Bad Joke of the Day (AM)

Student Engagement Consultancy Sessions from Friday, Feb 14

The Tech Ambassadors recognize that student engagement is a persistent area of interest for teachers in virtual school. In this peer-to-peer sharing session, we brainstormed strategies you’ve used to keep students engaged during virtual school. We took turns sharing them out using a group whiteboard tool and grouped them by category. Then, we discussed the options and clarified how we can use them in our own courses.

Our brainstorm is represented in the Padlet below: