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!

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Collaboration with Teams 110: Using Teams for Individual and Group Conferencing

This session gave an overview of the Teams interface and the collaborative features that make it easy to meet with your colleagues and students. We learned how to share meeting links outside of Teams and set up ad-hoc and scheduled meetings.

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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.

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Canvas 101 Training Video

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

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Schedule: Optional Tech PD for Monday, Feb 3

All time are China Standard Time (CST)

8:20-9:00am
Canvas 101: Canvas Crash Course
Presenter: Matt Kelsey
Join link, requires NCPA login

Suitable for teachers who don’t use Canvas regularly for online instruction. Learn the basic Canvas UI: how to set your profile and preferences, add course syllabus, handouts, links, accept online assignments (including Turnitin), use Speedgrader, and make announcements. Live with Q&A; recording & outline to be posted shortly thereafter.

9:30-9:45am     
Virtual School Daily Tech Briefing
Presenter: Tech Ambassadors
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Summary of most frequently asked questions, challenges and best practices. Live with summary to be posted shortly thereafter

10:20-11:00am 
Online Instruction 110: Adapting Instruction to an Online Format
Presenters: Greg and Matt
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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.

12:20-1pm        
Collaboration with Teams 110: Using Teams for Individual and Group Conferencing
Presenters: Liza and Matt
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Get an overview of the Teams interface and how the collaborative features that make it easy to meet with your colleagues and students. Learn how to share meeting links outside of Teams and set up ad-hoc and scheduled meetings.

1:20-2:00pm     
Canvas 201: Intermediate Canvas Features
Presenter: Matt
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Learn how to use Canvas’s Discussion, Quizzes, Group Assignments, and Collaborations to facilitate online activities.

Saturday Certificate Session 03 coming February 8, 2020

The third #issedu Saturday Certificate Session is coming up in a month on Saturday, February 8 at the Level 5 in Shekou! SCS is a chance to work through self-paced modules and achieve a certificate to boost your skills and your resume. To date, over 100 ISS faculty and staff have attended. This time around you’ll have a choice between a Microsoft Innovative Educator and an Apple Teacher certificate – start a new one or continue work you started in a previous session. Lunch is provided; free registration is required by Wednesday, February 5 at 4pm.

Tech in the Toilet: Tech for Co-Teaching (Andrea Honigsfeld Edition)

In this edition of Tech in the Toilet we celebrate Andrea Honigsfeld’s visit to campus with a rundown of tools that support co-teaching.

After objectives, materials, roles, and responsibilities have been established, each teacher completes various lesson planning tasks such as scaffolding activities, differentiating materials and assessments, finding alternative resources, creating learning centers/stations, and so on.

To support this framework, co-teaching teams must first establish how they are going to communicate and how they are going to secure and organize the materials and resources needed for the co-planning process. (Dove & Honigsfeld, 2018, p. 39)

 

Use your Microsoft Team’s Sharepoint Site to Secure & Organize Materials

Sharepoint Site is a powerful function of Office 365 that provides a web-based collaboration and sharing platform. Every staff member is able to access it through the school email account. Setting it up to work takes almost no effort at all – you can simply create a folder and then share it with the recipient’s email.

How does it work? 

  • Centralizes collaborative work
  • Provides a record of collaboration
  • Easily share and save resources
  • Useful location for storing lesson plans for future, sharing or in case of sub
  • An efficient method of collecting, saving and sharing student work/projects
  • Ensures continuity of materials – files are not lost when a team member moves on

How do you access it?

Office 365 Waffle > Sharepoint > choose your site

   

OR Office 365 Waffle > Teams > Choose your team > Files

  

OR Office 365 > OneDrive > select your team in the left nav bar menu

      

Use Microsoft Teams’ Chat Feature to Communicate

As part of Office 365, Teams’ Chat is an instant-messaging platform that also integrates with Outlook Calendar, Planner, and Sharepoint/OneDrive. It’s the “one ring to rule them all.” 

How does it work?

You can use CHANNELS within the team to chat about topics. For example, most conversations might be in the “General” channel. You can create channels for specific events. For instance, a channel for the course fair you are planning. The Grade 9 team might also have its own channel to talk about lesson planning and reflection. Each channel has a folder where you can store files.

How does it help?

If  your team agrees to use Teams for online communication:

-Three key advantages over e-mail: it’s informal, it’s threaded, and it’s easy to see the conversation history.

-Easy to share images and documents – you don’t run into attachment limits

-Includes voice and video chat features for those rainy days when you don’t want to go across campus for a meeting

How do you access it?

Office 365 Waffle > Teams > Choose your team

   

Use Microsoft Planner to Track Various Lesson Planning Tasks

Microsoft Planner is a to-do list function for your team in Office 365. Each team has a planner board where you can add cards for different tasks that need to be completed. Each card can be assigned to a team member and include a due date, checklists, links, attachments, and comments. 

How does it help?

  • After collaboration meetings, add the action items to Planner so you get reminders of when they’re due.
  • Use the “Group by Progress” view to see what your team members are currently working on and what hasn’t been started
  • Helps prevent “I need an update on this task RIGHT NOW” syndrome – it should be in planner once your team is in the habit of using it.

How do you access it?

Office 365 Waffle > Planner 

Use SeeSaw as a Portfolio to Manage Student Work Arising from the Co-Planning Process

Seesaw is a web / App-based online portfolio. Teachers can create assignments and students can reply using a variety of methods, including video, drawing, photo upload, and typing. Students can see their peers’ work and provide feedback. Parents can also be added so they can view student work.

How does it help?

When using SeeSaw or other websites to collect student work, make sure to give access to all co-teachers. This allows all members of a collaborative team to see student work and give feedback in real-time.  Especially with language, it is helpful to get teachers with different expertise to give feedback to students. 

How do you access it?

Go to App.seesaw.me to sign up!  

Use Microsoft OneNote as a Shared Team Notebook to Record Team Norms, Objectives, Materials, Roles, and Responsibilities

Microsoft OneNote is the collaborative notebook function of Office 365. It can be used on web pages or with an app; also it can be used personally or collaboratively as a notebook sharing platform. Create a new notebook or share an existing one. The user can create new sections for different subjects or tasks. This is shareable within working groups, student groups, peer review, and more.

How does it help?

  • Collaboratively share work, ideas, and up to date information.
  • Dictate ideas without typing, no need to write notes.
  • Set group norms and easily have a reference for them.
  • Record keeping in one unified location.
  • Add file links, photos, or instructions to your notes easily

How do you access it?

Office 365 Waffle > One Note 

  

#PudPDAsia

I find that at least half of the value of attending conferences is in the connections and conversations you have with other attendees. By that standard, #PubPDAsia is some of the best value for money there is.

#PubPDAsia is a hybrid on-site/online meetup of educators across Asia, held in pubs in major cities. It begins at 6pm China time, when a facilitator begins posting a series of questions on Twitter. Participants discuss in person for a few minutes and then post their responses on Twitter. The latter is not required, but this is a great entry into social networking for professional reasons! You meet old and new friends and colleagues, explore the city you’re in, and come back with ideas and resources to draw upon in the future.

The Canadian International School of Guangzhou will host the southern Guangzhou branch of #PubPDAsia on Tuesday, November 27 at Mellow (formerly the Brew) in Panyu (TBD; likely either the Strand’s new branch or Whispers). NCPA will organize a bus to take you to and from the event if you’re interested; RSVP here. We’ll depart at 4:30pm from school and return at 7:30pm. The event itself lasts from 6-7pm.

 

FlipGrid Reflections from #ACAMISTech

The ACAMIS Tech Conference (#acamistech) was a rousing success with its highest-ever attendance and selection of sessions devoted to learning innovation amid the unique edtech ecosystem in China. If you weren’t able to make it, see the FlipGrid below for attendees’ key takeaways (access code: maketheleap!) – and consider registering for next year’s at Concordia Shanghai!

Mini-PD: Research and Citation Tools


At last week’s mini-PD, Dianne and Chelsea taught us about three tools for research and citation:

  • ​Noodletools, the best research manager for middle and high school students.​
  • Turnitin, the best plagiarism checker (and one that integrates with Canvas) which helps you check for direct, mosaic, and self-plagiarism.
  • Zotero, a citation manager for undergraduates and graduates that integrates with Microsoft Word for easy citation management.
See the full PowerPoint here.