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 – Rewordify.com:  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

 

NCPA #edtech Briefing: October 13, 2020

Today we covered the following:

  1. Student Engagement – Michael Frels
  2. Zoom Recordings –Lisa Hughes
  3. Open House Notes– Lisa Hughes

**Sidenote – I turned on the captions when Michael was presenting, but it didn’t reflect in the recording.  I was able to see them on my screen when he was presenting.

 

If you would like to enable captions in Zoom see below.

  1. Go to your account settings in Zoom — (In Meeting – Advanced) to enable Closed Captioning
  2. Create a meeting and launch the Zoom App.  You will see an option for “Live Transcript CC” on your tool bar.

 

3.  Click the button and “Enable Auto-Transcription”

 

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NCPA #edtech Briefing: Thursday, October 8th

Special Edition for Remote Teachers

In todays #edtech Briefing I will walk you through the steps to create a screencast/video for Open House.

 

How to Sign-up for Screencast-O-Matic

If you are planning to use this tool one time for your Open House video, you can use the free version.  It allows you to create one video up to 15 minutes long.  Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Screencast-O-Matic.com
  2. Select “Record for Free”

 

 

 

 

3.  Select “Launch Free Recorder”

 

 

 

 

4.  Select “Both” so it records your video and your screen

 

Here is a video that shows the steps too.

If you think this is something that you will use a lot and would like to have an unlimited team plan, please contact Lisa Hughes.  There are still some licenses available.  

 

You can find tutorials from Screencast-O-Matic HERE

Or

Set up a time with me and I can help you get started!  Lisa’s Calendly for Appointments

 

NCPA #edtech Briefing: Thursday, September 24

 

Here is what we covered in under 20 minutes:

  1. Making Connections – Naarah
  2. Canvas Tips – Lisa
  3. Tech Ambassadors – Lisa

Thank you Naarah for sharing some very relevant tips in making connections with students.  Even if you aren’t physically present you can still have a presence in the classroom and in your students’ lives.

 

If you are interested in being a Tech Ambassador this year please contact Lisa Hughes.