NCPA #edtech Briefing: October 29, 2020

 

Today Rebecca shares another resource you can find on the Library Canvas Page.

Also, I will review how you can communicate with parents, students, and teachers using groups in Outlook.

  1. NewsBank – Rebecca
  2. Email Groups – Lisa

Information about Email Groups comes from a prior post on the EdTech Blog:

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 Updated Groups 09/23/2020 (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

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This day’s topics were:

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

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.

E-Mail Merge with Excel, Word, and Outlook

If you need to mass-email parents, you can save a lot of time by using Word’s e-mail merge feature!

To do this, you need to

  1. ​Create a spreadsheet containing the students with incompletes, the name of the assignment, and their parent email, each in its own column. You can download this information from sqlReports 4.
  2. Set up your mail account in Outlook for Mac​.
  3. Make sure Outlook is your default mail program – use Apple Mail.app to change it if necessary​.
  4. Write your form letter in Word.
  5. Do a mail merge​ by telling Word to look at the spreadsheet you created in step 1, and then inserting merge fields.
  6. Use the Merge to E-Mail button to send out all of your emails.​

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See the video below to see all of these steps in action.

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