Tech in the Toilet: Tech for Co-Teaching (Andrea Honigsfeld Edition)

In this edition of Tech in the Toilet we celebrate Andrea Honigsfeld’s visit to campus with a rundown of tools that support co-teaching.

After objectives, materials, roles, and responsibilities have been established, each teacher completes various lesson planning tasks such as scaffolding activities, differentiating materials and assessments, finding alternative resources, creating learning centers/stations, and so on.

To support this framework, co-teaching teams must first establish how they are going to communicate and how they are going to secure and organize the materials and resources needed for the co-planning process. (Dove & Honigsfeld, 2018, p. 39)

 

Use your Microsoft Team’s Sharepoint Site to Secure & Organize Materials

Sharepoint Site is a powerful function of Office 365 that provides a web-based collaboration and sharing platform. Every staff member is able to access it through the school email account. Setting it up to work takes almost no effort at all – you can simply create a folder and then share it with the recipient’s email.

How does it work? 

  • Centralizes collaborative work
  • Provides a record of collaboration
  • Easily share and save resources
  • Useful location for storing lesson plans for future, sharing or in case of sub
  • An efficient method of collecting, saving and sharing student work/projects
  • Ensures continuity of materials – files are not lost when a team member moves on

How do you access it?

Office 365 Waffle > Sharepoint > choose your site

   

OR Office 365 Waffle > Teams > Choose your team > Files

  

OR Office 365 > OneDrive > select your team in the left nav bar menu

      

Use Microsoft Teams’ Chat Feature to Communicate

As part of Office 365, Teams’ Chat is an instant-messaging platform that also integrates with Outlook Calendar, Planner, and Sharepoint/OneDrive. It’s the “one ring to rule them all.” 

How does it work?

You can use CHANNELS within the team to chat about topics. For example, most conversations might be in the “General” channel. You can create channels for specific events. For instance, a channel for the course fair you are planning. The Grade 9 team might also have its own channel to talk about lesson planning and reflection. Each channel has a folder where you can store files.

How does it help?

If  your team agrees to use Teams for online communication:

-Three key advantages over e-mail: it’s informal, it’s threaded, and it’s easy to see the conversation history.

-Easy to share images and documents – you don’t run into attachment limits

-Includes voice and video chat features for those rainy days when you don’t want to go across campus for a meeting

How do you access it?

Office 365 Waffle > Teams > Choose your team

   

Use Microsoft Planner to Track Various Lesson Planning Tasks

Microsoft Planner is a to-do list function for your team in Office 365. Each team has a planner board where you can add cards for different tasks that need to be completed. Each card can be assigned to a team member and include a due date, checklists, links, attachments, and comments. 

How does it help?

  • After collaboration meetings, add the action items to Planner so you get reminders of when they’re due.
  • Use the “Group by Progress” view to see what your team members are currently working on and what hasn’t been started
  • Helps prevent “I need an update on this task RIGHT NOW” syndrome – it should be in planner once your team is in the habit of using it.

How do you access it?

Office 365 Waffle > Planner 

Use SeeSaw as a Portfolio to Manage Student Work Arising from the Co-Planning Process

Seesaw is a web / App-based online portfolio. Teachers can create assignments and students can reply using a variety of methods, including video, drawing, photo upload, and typing. Students can see their peers’ work and provide feedback. Parents can also be added so they can view student work.

How does it help?

When using SeeSaw or other websites to collect student work, make sure to give access to all co-teachers. This allows all members of a collaborative team to see student work and give feedback in real-time.  Especially with language, it is helpful to get teachers with different expertise to give feedback to students. 

How do you access it?

Go to App.seesaw.me to sign up!  

Use Microsoft OneNote as a Shared Team Notebook to Record Team Norms, Objectives, Materials, Roles, and Responsibilities

Microsoft OneNote is the collaborative notebook function of Office 365. It can be used on web pages or with an app; also it can be used personally or collaboratively as a notebook sharing platform. Create a new notebook or share an existing one. The user can create new sections for different subjects or tasks. This is shareable within working groups, student groups, peer review, and more.

How does it help?

  • Collaboratively share work, ideas, and up to date information.
  • Dictate ideas without typing, no need to write notes.
  • Set group norms and easily have a reference for them.
  • Record keeping in one unified location.
  • Add file links, photos, or instructions to your notes easily

How do you access it?

Office 365 Waffle > One Note 

  

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