InnoHub January Happenings – January 2021

Numerous projects, visions, and plans came to life in the short period between winter break and the new year holiday.

Here are some of the highlights:

NHS students designed and built signs for their New Year’s Carnival, with a little help from the Wood Shop ASA.
The Elsen’s, always big supporters of the InnoHub, both brought classes to the InnoHub.  Katrina Elsen brought her Drama II class to do some costume and set design for the upcoming musical, Ranked.
Greg Elsen brought his AP Human Geo class to film stop motion animations of agricultural practices from around the globe.
Nina Jiang and Chris Cheronis brought their Chinese 12 and Pre-Calc AB classes to the InnoHub to make some gifts for CNY.  Students had a choice of making either keychains or LED red packets.
Last month was the busiest month the InnoHub has had this school year, and next month is looking even busier!  Can’t wait to see even more of you utilizing our makerspace!

InnoHub Open House Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us at last Friday’s InnoHub Open House!  We had a huge turnout, and everyone had a great time participating in a range of Maker-related activities, like:


Speed Sewing with Katrina Elsen 

 Robotics with Elizabeth Cooper 

Lego Stop Motion Videos with Lisa Hughes 

 Woodworking with Jordan Wambeke 

For those of you who missed out; don’t worry, we’ll be hosting more events and starting an InnoHub PD series in the near future.  Stay tuned!  And as always, if you have any questions about incorporating Making or the InnoHub into your curriculum please feel free to reach out to Jordan Wambeke on Outlook or Teams.  See you all at the next event! 


InnoHub Monthly Happenings – December 2020

The NCPA Innovation Hub has been a popular place to be the past couple of months! Here is a run down of what you have missed and what is coming up:

December Events

Introduction to the InnoHub with the HOD’s

On December 7th, HOD’s participated in an PD session in the InnoHub where they explored the design cycle, learned how our students can benefit from the makerspace, and discussed ways they could incorporate the InnoHub in their curriculum.

The InnoHub is a space for students to create, experiment, and learn through hands-on activities.

You can schedule your class in the space to maximize different learning styles, or send students to work on projects.


Flying Pigs

Rachel Dragos’ AP Physics classes did experiments with flying pigs on strings in the InnoHub!Students in groups determined how long it took for a plastic pig, replete with flapping wings, to fly around one cycle of the pigs “flight” path by observing and measuring the period, but can only use a meter stick.

Students used trigonometry, components of forces and equations to arrive at their calculations.


Turkey Bowl, Alumni Panel, and Cookie Exchange

The InnoHub is also a great space to host an event!  It offers flexible seating, a large screen and projector, plenty of outlets, and a beautiful view of the field and temple.

Coming in January

We are excited to host a staff InnoHub Open House on Friday, January 8th from 3:30-4:30PM+.  We will have a variety of stations for you to explore the “maker” in you while socializing and enjoying some tasty treats and beverages.  Specific activities will be shared in January.

Please RSVP HERE by December 22 so we can prepare enough materials and food for this event.

NCPA #edtech Briefing: Thursday, November 5


The Innovation Hub is staffed, resourced, and ready for action!  James and Jordan shared information about how this #makerspace can be used for any class.  They also showed us how to book it, and the common resources and materials you would find there.

Stay tuned for more information, events and trainings related to the #InnovationHub

Leo also talked about how GradeCam is a helpful tool.  It cuts down time spent grading, organizes your data in an easy to use dashboard, and gives immediate feedback to students.

You can find the link to log in to GradeCam on the #staffportal

Go HERE to complete a form and have the IT Dept. set up your classes in GradeCam.

NCPA #edtech Brieifing: November 3, 2020


Today I cover all of the things you should do before you travel to China!

Here are the links I referenced in the video:

Canvas – New Teacher Orientation – Tech Prerequisites

IT Knowledge Base (linked on the Staff Portal) – commonly asked tech questions with videos/tutorials

Pre-Travel Tech Survey 

Please fill this out at least 1 week prior to travel so we can assist you!  It also serves as a great checklist to make sure you are prepared for arrival.




NCPA #edtech Briefing: October 29, 2020


Today Rebecca shares another resource you can find on the Library Canvas Page.

Also, I will review how you can communicate with parents, students, and teachers using groups in Outlook.

  1. NewsBank – Rebecca
  2. Email Groups – Lisa

Information about Email Groups comes from a prior post on the EdTech Blog:

Original Post: Teachers and staff want to quickly communicate with groups of students, teachers and parents. In the past, this has required you to look up those groups in PowerSchool and copy-paste the addresses into an e-mail. Now, we have a solution that syncs PowerSchool course groups into Outlook. This means you can look up and email groups of parents, students and teachers directly in Outlook.

Click this link to see a complete list of all the groups in the system Updated Groups 09/23/2020 (login required).

You can also use autocomplete to look them up – read on to find out how.

What groups can you look up?

Emailing Parents

  • A student’s mother or father in Outlook, i.e. “John MAO Junhao Father” or “John MAO Junhao Mother”
  • Parents of students in a section, i.e. “Parents of Students in AP Economics – B – Cooper”
  • Parents of students in a course, by teacher, i.e. “Parents of Students in AP Economics – Y1 – Cooper”
  • Parents of students in a course, regardless of teacher, i.e. “Parents of Students in AP Economics”

Emailing Students

  • Students in a section, i.e. “Students in AP Calculus AB – Redl – B – EmailGroup”

Emailing Teachers

  • All teachers of a student, i.e. “Teachers of John MAO Junhao”. Note that this emails all teachers of the student, including advisers and ASA instructors.
  • All teachers of a course, i.e. “Teachers of AP Economics”


Show me how

The video below demonstrates how to look up these PowerSchool groups in Outlook.

NCPA #edtech Briefing: October 22, 2020


Today on the NCPA #virtualschool #edtech Briefing we talked about two outstanding tools and how you can give praise in Teams.

  1. Mentimeter with Jane Francis
  2. NewselaPro with Rebecca Battistoni
  3. Give Praise in Teams – Lisa Hughes

For questions about any of these tools feel free to reach out to us!

Thanks for watching


NCPA #edtech Briefing: October 20, 2020


Today Nate Cooper and Steven Groene were the guests!  Here is what they shared:

  1.  Nate Cooper – Student Engagement:  Nate shared several strategies that he uses for student engagement on the macro and micro level. You can access his slides with additional resources like discussion protocols,  HERE.
  2. Steven Groene –  A completely FREE tool that modifies text for English Language Learners.  Steven shares a few ways to use the tool that go beyond just copy/paste and simplifying text.

Link to PowerPoint

NCPA #edtech Briefing: October 15, 2020


Todays Topics:

  1.  Ben Detweiler shares how he is building a strong co-teaching relationship by providing detailed instructions, WeChat messages, using verbal cues, and daily morning and afternoon debriefings.
  2. Pat Hughes shares how Twitter has been a valuable resource in growing his #PLN and refining his practice.

If you are new to Twitter here are a few resources to get you started:

List of education #’s 

List of international school #’s 

Our school hashtag:  #pulauproud