Zoom Accounts Limited from July 1

Zoom provided a free enterprise account to NCPA due to the coronavirus pandemic. This courtesy service expires on July 1. This expiration affects teachers as follows:

  1. Starting July 1, Zoom will cap meeting length at 40 minutes.
  2. Users must set their own password and won’t be able to sign in via Clever. Users can set a password to log in manually to their account with their email address by using this reset link: https://zoom.us/forgot_password
  3. Zoom will no longer integrate with Teams.

In other words, you can continue to use Zoom, but with the aforementioned limitations.

Summer Camp & Test Prep Week Registration Instructions

Register for summer camp courses the same way you register for ASAs, using SchoolsBuddy (https://ncpa.schoolsbuddy.net/)

1. Log into Schoolsbuddy using Office 365 and click Bookings Open

2. Click Choose for Summer Camp and/or for Summer SAT & TOEFL Prep Week

3. For Summer Camp, choose at least four and at most five summer camp activities. Your fifth activity will be your alternate, in case you can’t join one of your top four preferences. For Summer Test Prep, you can only make one choice.

4. When you are ready to submit your choices, click Review & Confirm

5. Click COMPLETE and Send ALL to School. You must do this once for Summer Camp and once for Summer Test Prep.

The Definitive Guide to Slow Internet

Since the beginning of virtual school, students have submitted at least 188 tickets to the IT helpdesk. Of those tickets, the largest single source of problems (56 tickets; 31%) is students’ slow home internet connections. China’s limited overseas connectivity causes slow home internet connections – essentially, there is an internet traffic jam between China and the rest of the world.

China’s internet traffic jam is so bad that Microsoft has published an article about it.

While the IT helpdesk can’t disperse this traffic jam, the helpdesk has found common workarounds that help students to submit their work. Click Continue reading below to see the full list.

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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.

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 http://go.ncpachina.org/vsdeb #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 http://go.ncpachina.org/vsdeb #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:

Treat yo’self.

Several of you were vacationing without your laptops when the Guangdong government suddenly announced school closure. Working on a smartphone or iPad is no fun, and we want you to be productive and happy for the next two weeks of virtual school.

Therefore, you may purchase a MacBook Air on the school’s behalf from an Apple Store or authorized reseller where you are. You can use this for the rest of virtual school. When you return to NCPA, the IT department will collect your laptop – in pristine condition, please! – and get you reimbursed. Read on for details.

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