WeChat Blocking MS Forms and Sway (Updated)

Update: WeChat and Microsoft resolved this issue on Monday, Jan 13.

WeChat’s browser appear to be blocking both Microsoft Forms and Microsoft Sway. Forms and Sway are both accessible in China; it is WeChat in particular that is blocking them. This will affect you if you use Forms with a QR code to collect event registration sign-ups – users will be blocked from the sign-up when they scan the code.

Unfortunately, there’s not a good workaround except to avoid using QR codes for event registration. Instead, make a short link. You need to use a Chinese service because Western shortlink services like bit.ly are blocked. Use the Chinese website http://sina.lt. This will prompt people to open a web browser, type in the URL, and the page will then load correctly in their web browser.

WARNING – do not email links created using http://sina.lt because they may be marked as spam. Instead, email the original link.

How can a student with two Es and a P have a P overall?

How can a student with three standards scores of E, E, and P end up with P as an overall grade? PowerSchool calculates grades based on the scores of the underlying assignments. See the PowerPoint below for an explanation, and use this grade calculator spreadsheet (download it to your computer before opening) to input a student’s individual assignment standard scores to see how this translates into overall standards scores and the overall course grade.

Saturday Certificate Session 03 coming February 8, 2020

The third #issedu Saturday Certificate Session is coming up in a month on Saturday, February 8 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. To date, over 100 ISS faculty and staff have attended. 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 in a previous session. Lunch is provided; free registration is required by Wednesday, February 5 at 4pm.

About Padlet Permissions

(Who is using Padlet? Chris R and Liza F, for starters.)

If you’re using Padlet in class, make sure you’re using NCPA’s subscription so you aren’t limited in the number of boards you can make. You’ll want to change the permissions of your padlet, though. By default, boards are private and no one else can see them. To change that, click the “Share” button in the top right:

Then, click on “Change Privacy”

The best option is to choose “Secret.” This will let you share a link with students and they won’t need to log in.

If you choose “Org wide,” students WILL have to log in to see the board, AND everyone at NCPA will see the padlet show up in their feed. You don’t want that.

If there is a situation where you want the students to have to log in, then contact the Tech Ambassadors (learninginnovation at ncpachina dot org) to learn about how students access their accounts.

 

Innovation, Easier: Technology Pilot Program Launched

Sometimes you want to use some paid software, hardware, or process to support your teaching that isn’t part of NCPA’s standard technology package. When this happens, you can now apply to start a technology pilot program. A successful application will give you and other pilot participants access to funds needed to purchase and evaluate these services. After the pilot period, you’ll present an evaluation to the community, and a decision will be made about adopting the pilot tool on a permanent basis!

We hope this enables more rapid innovation at NCPA and makes the institutions more responsive to teacher and student needs. Ready to apply?

 

eLC now just one bookable resource

After looking at usage patterns for the eLC, we’ve discovered that in the vast majority of cases people booked both eLC-East and eLC-West for their events. In cases where each side was booked by a different event simultaneously, the users found that noise from each event interfered with the other. Therefore, to improve the user experience in the eLC, as of today we have combined eLC-East and eLC-West into one booking. From now on, please book the “eLC” resource instead of looking for “eLC-East” and “eLC-West”:

Your previous bookings have been preserved, and if you had only booked one side of the eLC, you now have the whole room reserved.

Furthermore, to reduce conflicts and optimize scheduling, an office assistant will manually review and approve all booking requests, similar to how the library and main hall conference rooms work.