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

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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