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”

 

Do you have something to share at an upcoming EdTech Briefing?  Scan the QR Code and let me know.  I will contact you this week.

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.

NCPA #edtech Briefing: Tuesday, September 22

Welcome back to the NCPA #edtech Blog!  Today starts the reboot of the #edtech Briefings.  I will host this chat every Tuesday and Thursday from now on at 7:30am CST.  Here is what we covered today:

  1. MS Teams Tips – Lisa
  2. Seesaw Feedback – Elizabeth
  3. Making Connections – Padlet
  4. Call for Tech Ambassadors – Lisa

If you have ideas, topics, or would like to make a contribution on an upcoming episode please let me know.

Canva for Education- for Free!!

Many of you have used Canva previously in your classes for many purposes. If you haven’t, let me introduce you. It is a free website that allows students to create professional looking graphics. It can be used to create posters, infographics, or more!

Here are some examples of what we have created with Canva:

  

 

While it was free before, there were some features that you needed a pro account to use. The good news is that Canva is now offering Canva for Education, free to teachers!

Some of the benefits of the Canva for Education account are:

  • Teachers get a free Pro account, which means you can use additional graphics for free
  • You can set up a class in Canva. This means you can see your students work and it simplifies the process of sharing it with the teacher.
  • There are education specific templates available to use!

To learn more about Canva for Education, you can click here.

To sign up for Canva for Education, contact Elizabeth Cooper for the link or look for the link the Staff Team. Unfortunately, the link cannot be shared here, since it should be only shared with staff. You simply need a ncpachina.org email address and you will instantly be upgraded to the Canva for Education account.

Linking Calendly to your Canvas for Office Hours

Some of you mentioned that the “Quick Links” on the Canvas blueprint were not hyperlinked. This is something you may need to set up yourself. For the “Request a Reassessment”, we do not have a common form for this. Feel free to use Microsoft Forms or another method for this.

For the “Schedule an Office Hours Appointment” you may want to use Calendly to make this more efficient.  Calendly is a free tool that can be used to schedule appointments, similarly to if you wanted to schedule a haircut in the U.S.  In the free version, you can have one event available only (you cannot have two events, one for each class) and you can only do one-on-one meetings.

Here is how to set up your Calendly and link to Canvas:

https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/f3d5cc00-e9ad-471c-9ff6-f127168015ae

  1. Set up an account on Calendly
  2. Create the event and adjust settings to match your Office Hours
  3. Copy the link
  4. Go to “Edit” on your Canvas Homepage
  5. Click on the picture for “Schedule an Office Hours Appointment” and link it to your Calendly using the toolbar on the top.

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.