NCPA #edtech Briefing: Thursday, September 24


Here is what we covered in under 20 minutes:

  1. Making Connections – Naarah
  2. Canvas Tips – Lisa
  3. Tech Ambassadors – Lisa

Thank you Naarah for sharing some very relevant tips in making connections with students.  Even if you aren’t physically present you can still have a presence in the classroom and in your students’ lives.


If you are interested in being a Tech Ambassador this year please contact Lisa Hughes.

NCPA #edtech Briefing: Tuesday, September 22

Welcome back to the NCPA #edtech Blog!  Today starts the reboot of the #edtech Briefings.  I will host this chat every Tuesday and Thursday from now on at 7:30am CST.  Here is what we covered today:

  1. MS Teams Tips – Lisa
  2. Seesaw Feedback – Elizabeth
  3. Making Connections – Padlet
  4. Call for Tech Ambassadors – Lisa

If you have ideas, topics, or would like to make a contribution on an upcoming episode please let me know.

Zoom + Teams!

Zoom is now integrated with Teams! How exciting is that you can have two most popular meeting apps together in one place! The following tutorial is for people who have already set up their school Zoom account. If you haven’t done so, please refer to the guidelines in the following post to do it first:

 ➡️Zoom accounts for all NCPA teachers and students⬅️

If you have already finished those steps, here’s how you can schedule and join a meeting with Zoom integration: Continue reading “Zoom + Teams!”

NCPA #virtualschool Daily #edtech Briefing: Thursday, March 12th

Get the latest #virtualschool tips, FAQs, and demo slams from #pulaoproud Tech Ambs @newtonsscience @alannamounsey @trishmerewether @hanghesperwang @mbkkelsey live every Thursday at 8:30 am CST. Join link & recordings at #issedu #acamistech

This day’s topics were:

  • Tips for Online Learning at Home
  • Screen Awareness
  • Firefox Lockwise – A free password manage

Updated: PowerSchool now syncs course groups to Outlook

Updated March 13, 2020: Group names and addresses have updated to fix a bug with term enrollments not being processed correctly. Elective courses that meet for one semester now e-mail the correct group of students for that term. Click this link to see a complete list of all the groups in the system

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 (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.

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

Student Engagement Consultancy Sessions from Friday, Feb 14

The Tech Ambassadors recognize that student engagement is a persistent area of interest for teachers in virtual school. In this peer-to-peer sharing session, we brainstormed strategies you’ve used to keep students engaged during virtual school. We took turns sharing them out using a group whiteboard tool and grouped them by category. Then, we discussed the options and clarified how we can use them in our own courses.

Our brainstorm is represented in the Padlet below:

Treat yo’self.

Several of you were vacationing without your laptops when the Guangdong government suddenly announced school closure. Working on a smartphone or iPad is no fun, and we want you to be productive and happy for the next two weeks of virtual school.

Therefore, you may purchase a MacBook Air on the school’s behalf from an Apple Store or authorized reseller where you are. You can use this for the rest of virtual school. When you return to NCPA, the IT department will collect your laptop – in pristine condition, please! – and get you reimbursed. Read on for details.

Continue reading “Treat yo’self.”