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

NCPA #virtualschool Daily #edtech Briefing: Thursday, Feb 27

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:

  • STEM Canvas course demo
  • Protocols for online meetings
  • Using Lucidchart for Chalktalks
  •  Alternatives to Padlet
  • Teams file syncing

How to sync your OneDrive

We’ve mentioned this several times over the past two weeks – because it’s important:

You and your students should sync your OneDrive and Teams to your computers. Then, when the teacher adds a file – like a video – to a Team channel, it will download automatically to the students’ computers. And it’s easy!

  1. Install the OneDrive app from the Mac App Store. Open it and log in with your NCPA account.
  2. For each Team channel you want to sync, click Files and then click Sync

That’s it!

If you want to sync all the files in a Team instead of just a channel, you (or you students if they want) should follow the instructions outlined here.

Another advantage of syncing is that it means your files are safe in the cloud. So long as you save to your synced OneDrive or Team folders instead of your Mac’s Desktop or Documents folders, your files are safe from damage, loss and theft.

[Repost] Alternatives to Padlet

Padlet is an effective tool for online interactive learning. However, we are not able to use it because of you-know-what-that-is. Trish (@TrishMerewether) discovered this blog post on 6 possible alternatives to Padlet by Richard Brayne.

In short, the 6 alternatives tools are:

  1. Dotstorming
  2. Lino
  3. Wakelet
  4. Scrumblr
  5. Pinside
  6. Fligrid

Each tool has its features and focus. Experiment and see which fits your class better!