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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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

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

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

Dashboard: The Most Underappreciated Office 365 Feature

The Dashboard (http://portal.office365.com) should be every user’s entry point to Office 365, and it’s the most underappreciated feature for new users as it lets you search, find shared files, and access frequently-used groups.

Office 365 Sharing vs. Google Drive Sharing

When you’re sharing files in Office 365, the links don’t work exactly like Google Drive – and if you don’t know the difference, you might end up giving people edit access without meaning to. The two-minute video below explains.

Reserve the Black Box Theatre Through Outlook

The Black Box Theatre is open for business! Reserve this space for your classes through your Outlook calendar, just like any other meeting space on campus. Katrina walks you through it in the video below.

The Transformative Microsoft Translator

Microsoft’s Translator app has the potential to transform how we do parent-teacher communication at this school. It has interpretation features that translate spoken or typed text in real time! While it won’t replace a real-life interpreter, it’s handy in situations like SLCs when there isn’t one on hand. Better parent-teacher communication means more parent buy-in and involvement, resulting in better student achievement.

Watch how it works below.

How to Mail Merge a List of Incompletes with Word and Outlook 2016

Sending emails home about Incompletes or Not Yets doesn’t have to be a chore. Learn how you can mostly automate the process in less than ten minutes by watching the guide above (NCPA login required due to presence of student information).