NCPA #virtualschool Daily #edtech Briefing: Monday, Feb 10

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

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Virtual School Daily Tech Briefing: Student Edition : Thursday, Feb 6

Hello Students, 

同学们好,

We hope you all had a wonderful Spring FestivalWe first want to thank you for your continued patience as we kick off our first edition of Virtual School. This is a new format of learning for many but we’re excited to see how enthusiastic you’ve been as Negotiators, Planners and Collaborators in this new school format.

希望你们有一个愉快的春节假期。首先感谢你的耐心,这是我们首次进行网络教学,对很多人而言也是一次全新的学习方式,但我们很高兴看到大家作为Negotiator、Planner和Collaborator的热情。

Each day in the daily bulletin, Mr. Fagan and Mr. T, will be providing tech tips for the NCPA students on how to best utilize their virtual school. We’ll start today by providing tips for Canvas

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Virtual School Daily Tech Briefing: Thursday, Feb 6

NCPA’s Tech Ambassadors prep you for #virtualschool in daily #edtech briefs at 9:30am CST. Get the latest tips and FAQs, demo slams, mildly witty banter & bad jokes. The join link is always http://go.ncpachina.org/vsdeb

Our outline notes which include the full details from our broadcast are after the break.

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Virtual School Daily Tech Briefing: Tuesday, Feb. 4

NCPA’s Tech Ambassadors prep you for #virtualschool in daily #edtech briefs at 9:30am CST. Get the latest tips and FAQs, mildly witty banter & bad jokes. The join link is always http://go.ncpachina.org/vsdeb

Our outline notes which include the full details from our broadcast are after the break.

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Online Instruction 110: Adapting Instruction to an Online Format

This session was a rundown of how common classroom strategies can be translated into an online format using educational apps and sites beyond Canvas, suitable for most teachers. Feedback on this for Greg was especially positive; if you’d like to get in touch with him, follow him on Twitter!

View his slides at this link, or see embedded images after the break.

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Canvas 201: Intermediate Canvas Features

This session covered how to use Canvas’s Discussion, Quizzes, Group Assignments, and Collaborations to facilitate online activities.

View the slides at this link, or see them embedded after the break.

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Virtual School Daily Tech Briefing: Monday, Feb. 3

NCPA’s Tech Ambassadors prep you for #virtualschool in daily #edtech briefs at 9:30am CST. Get the latest tips and FAQs, mildly witty banter & bad jokes. The join link is always http://go.ncpachina.org/vsdeb

View the recording of the latest broadcast below.

Quick and dirty notes follow after the break.

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Canvas 101 Training Video

Here’s the recording from this morning’s Canvas 101 training. NCPA NetID needed.

The PowerPoint slides are available at this link or after the break below.

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Virtual School Briefing: Friday, Jan 31

How do I contact students and parents in my classes?

This might be our most often-asked question. We have now created e-mail groups for all classes, for both students and parents.

Click this link to see a complete list of all the groups in the system (login required).

You can also use auto-complete to find the groups. Read more at this post on the EdTech Blog.

Several teachers have ask to create Teams for their classes. We’re going to work on rolling this out to all classes. In the meantime, IT will shortly turn on the ability for teachers to create their own Teams.

Canvas Announcements are also a good way to make class announcements. Both parents and students can see them, and they receive e-mail notifications with new Canvas activity.

Whether you choose to use e-mail or Canvas Announcements, tell your students explicitly how you plan to make announcements in your class. Matt’s recommendation is to use Canvas Announcements because you can easily see a historical record of them in Canvas.

How do I invite students in a class to a Teams meeting?

Until we have Teams set up for each class, you can

  1. Go to your Outlook Calendar
  2. Create a meeting
  3. Invite your class email group (see above)
  4. Set the location to Teams meeting

Each student will receive a calendar invite with a link they can click on to join the meeting. You can also add that link to your Canvas course in a relevant module.

Do I have to use Canvas?

Yes, your course must have a presence in Canvas. Since parents will check Canvas, it is important for teachers to post here. However, you can give a basic outline of the activities and direct students to complete activities in other tools like OneNote Class Notebook or Nearpod.

What about holding students accountable for work?

We anticipate that students may have trouble staying engaged. You’ll need to adapt the strategies you use F2F to be successful in an online environment. We’re very interested in your feedback about this, and are investigating how to track this systematically, so look out for feedback surveys to let us know how it’s going.

What kind of activities are permissible in virtual school – are summatives OK?

The goal is to continue instruction as normally as possible, so it’s fine to give summatives during virtual school. Consider the potential for plagiarism when designing your assessments.

If you’re in the arts or health and PE, designing authentic assessments may be a challenge. Consider the materials that students are likely to have at home and don’t assume they’ll be able to go out and buy them. Tech Ambassador Alanna suggests focusing on theory rather than applied practice, at least in the short term.

How is attendance counted?

Students are considered present during virtual school. Teachers do not need to take any action to record attendance.

If you’re interested in student engagement, the “People” section of your course will tell you when a student’s last activity in your course was.

Virtual School Briefing, Thurs. Jan 30

The Tech Ambassadors met yesterday to bring you the rest of this week’s briefings.

Can my EAL co-teacher and TA be added to my Canvas course?

Yes, you can and should add co-teachers and TAs to your Canvas course by clicking on “People” in your course’s left nav bar.

 

See https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-12973-4152724200 for more detail.

I want to record myself giving instructions and post the video for students. How should I…

Use the free Screencast-o-matic, recommended by Tech Ambassadors Trish M and Dave S, or the built-in Quicktime Player app to record your screen and narration. The former lets you record video of yourself as well, which I like to add flair.

Upload the video to Microsoft Stream, which will give you a URL you can post in Canvas. Remember, most of our students do not have VPNs so you cannot post to YouTube.

Seriously, remember, most of our students do not have VPNs.

If you want to use an instructional video from YouTube, download it using the free ClipGrab application on your Mac and then upload that to Stream.

The Tech Ambassadors also like EdPuzzle for sharing videos, since it lets you both watch the video with VPN and add interactive quiz questions.

There’s no I in Teams, but there is an I in Microsoft.

In the shift to virtual school we’ve lost an essential way to collaborate with teachers and give feedback to students: face-to-face interaction. Microsoft Teams is a robust messaging and collaboration platform built-in to Office 365 so all our teachers, staff and students have accounts. You can use Teams to schedule meetings with individual or multiple other people or groups. Each invitee is sent a link that lets them enter a video chatroom. The chatroom includes a shared virtual whiteboard and meeting notes section to share your work.

Liza F figured this out and set up recurring meetings so her students having a standing drop-in video chatroom for office hours – see this video to watch how she did it (log in to O365 first).

We’ll be revisiting this topic in future briefings.

Can I just make a website where students can book a time with me?

Calendly is what you’re looking for. It links to your Outlook calendar and creates a website where students can choose times to meet with you – like when you book a haircut online in the States. The free version lets you create one page for bookings.