Classroom Phones Installed: Get Help Faster

Classroom phones have been installed in all AQ1, AQ2 and AQ4 classrooms!

This means that when you’re having a problem with your projector at the beginning of class, or it’s raining and water starts leaking into your classroom, you can pick up a phone and call the IT or facilities helpdesks directly. You can also reach the nurse or counselors in the event of a medical or counseling emergency. Each phone has a contact list posted next to it with the numbers of every classroom and main hall office.

By January, performing arts and fine arts classrooms will also have phones installed.

Cisco Anyconnect lets you log in with NetID!

If you use Cisco Anyconnect, you’ve probably been annoyed by having to remember a separate password from your NetID to log in. We’ve been annoyed by it too, so we’re making an update to Cisco Anyconnect that will allow you to log in with your NetID and NetID password. Your NetID is the login you use for PowerSchool.

This update will happen on Tuesday, October 8 at 3pm. There may be about 10 minutes of downtime during the update. After the update, you will be able to use your NetID and NetID password to log in to Cisco Anyconnect:

Additionally, your old password (which was probably something like JSm1th@SDF324) will no longer work.

Edpuzzle – Interactive Video Creator

The problem of playing an information video to a whole class may include:

  1. Student disengaged after the beginning 2 minutes
  2. Too much information for students to understand on the spot
  3. You can’t pause and explain everything

Well, with the use of Edpuzzle.com, you can have a way to maintain student engagement and provide a necessary supplementary explanation while playing a video – free and fast.

What you will need to do is:

  • Create an Edpuzzle account.
  • Choose a video to start with – choose one of the channels listed below and search for a video you want to edit.

  • Go through the steps to crop the video and insert different types of questions.

  • Test run before you finish editing.

The introductory PPT slides are also attached to this post. Feel free to download it and have a look!

 

 

Don’t Miss the 2nd Saturday Certificate Session

Our second Saturday Certificate Session is coming up in just under two weeks on Saturday, Sept 21 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. 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 last spring. Transportation and lunch provided.

Last spring’s session had over 50 participants from ISS schools in China, including ISD, NCIC, NCPA and SIS with DAIS participating remotely. Sign up soon – registration closes next Tuesday!

Action Required: New Office 365 Features

Over the summer changes to Office 365 have been made that require your action and/or attention.

Receiving Group/Team Messages

Don’t worry, you are receiving all staff emails. But for your department groups and other Office 365 teams, the following applies:

Microsoft updated the Outlook web interface over the summer. You need to find your groups in the left nav bar, click on each, and confirm that

  1. The Star is checked
  2. Settings > Follow in inbox / Receive all email and events is checked

     

If you don’t complete these two steps, group email will not be delivered to your inbox. They will instead only appear when you click on the group’s inbox.

Staff Portal Updated

Update your bookmarks! The Staff Portal was updated over the summer. The correct address is http://staff.ncpachina.org. Look in the “Instructor Resources” and “Extracurriculars” for most documents relevant to you. Thanks to Joe for beautifying and simplifying the site!

Your Outlook Calendar Now Syncs from PowerSchool

You’ll notice that your Outlook calendar now shows your classes, ASAs, advisories and study hall from PowerSchool.

We hope this makes it easier to schedule meetings across departments, as the Scheduling Assistant will now show correct free/busy times. A few caveats:

  • Currently, your calendar shows your PS classes two weeks in advance
  • If you’re a co-teacher, your events don’t yet sync over

For All G9 Teachers: Grade 9 Tech Onboarding Materials

At the beginning of the school year, each department’s grade 9 teachers teach a lesson to help orient students to their technology.

2019-20 Skills Matrix: an overview of what skills will be covered by which departments/classes for grade 9 students

First Two Weeks folder: contains all the PowerPoints and videos needed to cover the above skills.

FYI: Prior to starting class, students will have:

  1. Changed their NetID password
  2. Connected to the WiFi
  3. Installed the NCPA App Store, which lets them install various software relevant to their courses, especially the NWEA Secure Testing Browser for MAP testing.

That being said, students may have various tech issues. Feel free to send them to the IT helpdesk if they need assistance!

Access Your Predecessor’s Canvas Course

If your predecessor actively used Canvas, you’ll be able to access their old Canvas course. In the left nav bar, go to Courses > All Courses:

You’ll see your predecessor’s courses under Past Enrollments:

You can also copy content from those old courses to your new course – either item-by-item or everything at once! Follow these instructions from the Canvas Guide to do so.

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?