InnoHub January Happenings – January 2021

Numerous projects, visions, and plans came to life in the short period between winter break and the new year holiday.

Here are some of the highlights:

NHS students designed and built signs for their New Year’s Carnival, with a little help from the Wood Shop ASA.
The Elsen’s, always big supporters of the InnoHub, both brought classes to the InnoHub.  Katrina Elsen brought her Drama II class to do some costume and set design for the upcoming musical, Ranked.
Greg Elsen brought his AP Human Geo class to film stop motion animations of agricultural practices from around the globe.
Nina Jiang and Chris Cheronis brought their Chinese 12 and Pre-Calc AB classes to the InnoHub to make some gifts for CNY.  Students had a choice of making either keychains or LED red packets.
Last month was the busiest month the InnoHub has had this school year, and next month is looking even busier!  Can’t wait to see even more of you utilizing our makerspace!

InnoHub Open House Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us at last Friday’s InnoHub Open House!  We had a huge turnout, and everyone had a great time participating in a range of Maker-related activities, like:

Breakerspace! 

Speed Sewing with Katrina Elsen 

 Robotics with Elizabeth Cooper 

Lego Stop Motion Videos with Lisa Hughes 

 Woodworking with Jordan Wambeke 

For those of you who missed out; don’t worry, we’ll be hosting more events and starting an InnoHub PD series in the near future.  Stay tuned!  And as always, if you have any questions about incorporating Making or the InnoHub into your curriculum please feel free to reach out to Jordan Wambeke on Outlook or Teams.  See you all at the next event! 

 

InnoHub Monthly Happenings – December 2020

The NCPA Innovation Hub has been a popular place to be the past couple of months! Here is a run down of what you have missed and what is coming up:

December Events

Introduction to the InnoHub with the HOD’s

On December 7th, HOD’s participated in an PD session in the InnoHub where they explored the design cycle, learned how our students can benefit from the makerspace, and discussed ways they could incorporate the InnoHub in their curriculum.

The InnoHub is a space for students to create, experiment, and learn through hands-on activities.

You can schedule your class in the space to maximize different learning styles, or send students to work on projects.

 

Flying Pigs

Rachel Dragos’ AP Physics classes did experiments with flying pigs on strings in the InnoHub!Students in groups determined how long it took for a plastic pig, replete with flapping wings, to fly around one cycle of the pigs “flight” path by observing and measuring the period, but can only use a meter stick.

Students used trigonometry, components of forces and equations to arrive at their calculations.

 

Turkey Bowl, Alumni Panel, and Cookie Exchange

The InnoHub is also a great space to host an event!  It offers flexible seating, a large screen and projector, plenty of outlets, and a beautiful view of the field and temple.

Coming in January

We are excited to host a staff InnoHub Open House on Friday, January 8th from 3:30-4:30PM+.  We will have a variety of stations for you to explore the “maker” in you while socializing and enjoying some tasty treats and beverages.  Specific activities will be shared in January.

Please RSVP HERE by December 22 so we can prepare enough materials and food for this event.

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.

Continue reading “Want to get certified for educational tech tools? Check out Microsoft Innovation Educator and Apple Teacher certs”

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

Computer Security 101

In this session the Director of Educational Technology, Matt Kelsey , explores how to protect yourself from common computer “hacks” with topics such as:

  • “How I’d hack you”
  • How to spot a “hack”
  • Hands – on practice against phishing e-mails
  • Prevention and disaster recovery

7 Ways to help protect yourself:

Continue reading “Computer Security 101”

Microsoft Teams Classroom Features Session

In this session, Dave Barton, explores the key features of Microsoft Teams:

  • How to set up a Class Notebook through Teams
  • Features of Class Notebook ( Content Library, Distribute Pages,  Review Student Work )
  • Assignments
  • Add – On’s ( Forms, Flipgrid, etc )
  • Setting up channels in a group
  • Students and teachers are loving Teams! Great one stop tool for online learning.

 

Upcoming Virtual School PD

With virtual school having been extended, we want to be especially sure that you’re supported. Check the staff calendar for upcoming optional virtual school PD to help you deliver effective online instruction, thrive at remote working, and manage your digital life.
  • Nearpod How-To, presented by Elizabeth Cooper.
    • Thursday, Feb 20 @ 8am
    • Thursday, Feb 20 @ 11:30am
  • Microsoft Teams Classroom Features, presented by Dave Barton
    • Friday, Feb 21 @ 8am
    • Friday, Feb 21 @ 11:30am
  • How I’d Hack You: Computer Security 101, presented by the IT Department
    • Monday, Feb 24 @ 8am
    • Wednesday, Feb 26 @ 8am