Seeing your Parent-Teacher Schedule

Until recently we haven’t had teachers log into SchoolsBuddy, the platform we use for ASA registration. However, we’re using SchoolsBuddy now to facilitate parent-teacher conference signups in the high school. HS Teachers, see the information below:

  1. How to see your parent-teacher schedule in SchoolsBuddy
  2. Make your parent-teacher conference schedule show in your Outlook calendar (note: the instructions use the URL “outlook.com” for your email in step 6, but you should use “mail.office365.com” as the URL.

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.

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.

Cisco Anyconnect lets you log in with NetID!

If you use Cisco Anyconnect, you’ve probably been annoyed by having to remember a separate password from your NetID to log in. We’ve been annoyed by it too, so we’re making an update to Cisco Anyconnect that will allow you to log in with your NetID and NetID password. Your NetID is the login you use for PowerSchool.

This update will happen on Tuesday, October 8 at 3pm. There may be about 10 minutes of downtime during the update. After the update, you will be able to use your NetID and NetID password to log in to Cisco Anyconnect:

Additionally, your old password (which was probably something like JSm1th@SDF324) will no longer work.

Don’t Miss the 2nd Saturday Certificate Session

Our second Saturday Certificate Session is coming up in just under two weeks on Saturday, Sept 21 at the Level 5 in Shekou! SCS is a chance to work through self-paced modules and achieve a certificate to boost your skills and your resume. This time around you’ll have a choice between a Microsoft Innovative Educator and an Apple Teacher certificate – start a new one or continue work you started last spring. Transportation and lunch provided.

Last spring’s session had over 50 participants from ISS schools in China, including ISD, NCIC, NCPA and SIS with DAIS participating remotely. Sign up soon – registration closes next Tuesday!

Action Required: New Office 365 Features

Over the summer changes to Office 365 have been made that require your action and/or attention.

Receiving Group/Team Messages

Don’t worry, you are receiving all staff emails. But for your department groups and other Office 365 teams, the following applies:

Microsoft updated the Outlook web interface over the summer. You need to find your groups in the left nav bar, click on each, and confirm that

  1. The Star is checked
  2. Settings > Follow in inbox / Receive all email and events is checked

     

If you don’t complete these two steps, group email will not be delivered to your inbox. They will instead only appear when you click on the group’s inbox.

Staff Portal Updated

Update your bookmarks! The Staff Portal was updated over the summer. The correct address is http://staff.ncpachina.org. Look in the “Instructor Resources” and “Extracurriculars” for most documents relevant to you. Thanks to Joe for beautifying and simplifying the site!

Your Outlook Calendar Now Syncs from PowerSchool

You’ll notice that your Outlook calendar now shows your classes, ASAs, advisories and study hall from PowerSchool.

We hope this makes it easier to schedule meetings across departments, as the Scheduling Assistant will now show correct free/busy times. A few caveats:

  • Currently, your calendar shows your PS classes two weeks in advance
  • If you’re a co-teacher, your events don’t yet sync over

For All G9 Teachers: Grade 9 Tech Onboarding Materials

At the beginning of the school year, each department’s grade 9 teachers teach a lesson to help orient students to their technology.

2019-20 Skills Matrix: an overview of what skills will be covered by which departments/classes for grade 9 students

First Two Weeks folder: contains all the PowerPoints and videos needed to cover the above skills.

FYI: Prior to starting class, students will have:

  1. Changed their NetID password
  2. Connected to the WiFi
  3. Installed the NCPA App Store, which lets them install various software relevant to their courses, especially the NWEA Secure Testing Browser for MAP testing.

That being said, students may have various tech issues. Feel free to send them to the IT helpdesk if they need assistance!