Virtual School Tech Briefing: Student Edition : February 28th

One of the biggest tech challenges of online school has been finding a way for students to download or watch a video from class relatively quickly. As teachers we’ve used resources such as: watching from Canvas, downloading from Canvas, downloading from teams, sending Sharepoint links, uploading to Stream and some teachers have even found their way on to Bilibili 网络教学面临的最大技术挑战之一,是找到一种让学生在课堂上相对快速地下载或观看视频的方法。作为教师,我们使用的资源包括:将视频Canvas上下载、Teams上下载、发送Sharepoint链接、上传到Stream以及有部分教师甚至找到自己的途径去使用Bilibili

As we move further into online school we’re looking to create a seamless way for you to be able to reach these videos by syncing your classes ( in Teams ) with Onedrive 随着我们进一步深入网络教学,我们正在创造一个无缝的方式,让你可以用Onedrive让视频同步到你的Teams课堂上。

 

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NCPA #virtualschool Daily #edtech Briefing: Thursday, March 19th

Get the latest #virtualschool tips, FAQs, and demo slams from #pulaoproud Tech Ambs @newtonsscience @alannamounsey @trishmerewether @hanghesperwang @mbkkelsey live every Thursday at 8:30 am CST. Join link & recordings at http://go.ncpachina.org/vsdeb #issedu #acamistech

This day’s topics were:

  • All about Online Discussions ( Jigsaw in Teams, Groups in Canvas Discussions, Small Group Discussions )
  • Sharing Math Equation Templates
  • How to Record a Good Screencast

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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e-Course Fair Videos

Here we will post a recap of our Course Fair videos. If you missed the live session tune in below :

Monday, March 23rd:

Grade 9 Course Selection

Monday, March 16th:

English, Health & PE


Tuesday, March 17th

Science

Have questions about Science prerequisites? Check out this helpful guide:

 

Click Continue Reading to view the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday course fair videos which include Social Studies, Visual Arts, Math and the Performing Arts.

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NCPA #virtualschool Daily #edtech Briefing: Thursday, March 12th

Get the latest #virtualschool tips, FAQs, and demo slams from #pulaoproud Tech Ambs @newtonsscience @alannamounsey @trishmerewether @hanghesperwang @mbkkelsey live every Thursday at 8:30 am CST. Join link & recordings at http://go.ncpachina.org/vsdeb #issedu #acamistech

This day’s topics were:

  • Tips for Online Learning at Home
  • Screen Awareness
  • Firefox Lockwise – A free password manage

Updated: PowerSchool now syncs course groups to Outlook

Updated March 13, 2020: Group names and addresses have updated to fix a bug with term enrollments not being processed correctly. Elective courses that meet for one semester now e-mail the correct group of students for that term. Click this link to see a complete list of all the groups in the system

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 (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 #virtualschool Daily #edtech Briefing: Thursday, March 5th

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:

  • Student Survey Updates
  • Phishing e-mails continued
  • Top 10 Tech Tips from Virtual School debrief

Want to get certified for educational tech tools? Check out Microsoft Innovation Educator and Apple Teacher certs

As teachers we’re continually looking to improve on our practice, two great self paced certifications that can help you improve and explore the various features of educational tech tools are the Microsoft Innovative Educator ( MIE ) certification and the Apple Teacher certification.

Many may be familiar with these programs through our Saturday Certificate Sessions that we’re hosted earlier this school year and at the end of 2019 school year. As we move into week 5 of online learning I found myself looking over some of the MIE courses that I’ve taken and it’s been helpful reminder of the tools at our disposal.

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NCPA #virtualschool Daily #edtech Briefing: Tuesday, March 3rd

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:

  • Nearpod Gold Schoolwide Subscription
  • Academic Vocabulary Lessons on Nearpod
  • Joke of the day

NCPA #virtualschool Daily #edtech Briefing: Tuesday, February 25

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:

  • +/ Δs
  • Contribute to Teacher Greeting Video
  • Making videos smaller via Handbrake
  • Free Brainpop, Free Nearpod, Mindmeister integrates into O365
  • Canvas Course Demo
  • Joke of the day