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August 28, 2014 – In This Issue:
August 26 – Traditional calendar classes begin.August 29 – Traditional Calendar Day 3 Status Report posted in the registration system. See which students have not logged in!September 5 – Traditional Calendar Day 7 Status Report posted in the registration system. See which students have not logged in!September 9 – Last day to add or drop students from traditional calendar classes.
We heard . . . .
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~Carl Sagan.
“To admit that you begin the day planning to change the world certainly sounds grandiose, maybe even delusional. Yet, I believe that you do change the world every day, whether you intend to or not. Often it only takes a small act to make a difference.” ~Mark Sanborn
“A teacher can either cement mediocrity or inspire excellence in a student, regardless of what subject is being taught.” ~ Stephen R. Covey
“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” ~Leonard Bernstein
“No rule you make during the 1st weeks of school will cause good behavior in May. Strong relationships will though.” ~Dr. Joe Clark
“The trouble is learning requires rethinking and rethinking hurts.”
“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” ~ B. B. King
‘”The best teachers are the ones that show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.”
Districts and Schools, tell us about your success stories. Let us hear about individual student successes, increased virtual enrollment, outstanding lab facilitators, or virtual support processes that your school or district has in place. We would love to promote these stories.
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A Busy WeekIt’s been a busy week at NCVPS. Schools have enrolled over 5,000 students in the last week. This has caused some of our systems to be sluggish. We apologize for that!Here are the numbers for the past week:Thank you for your patience during this time! We look forward to serving you all.Direct LinksDue to the large amount of traffic going through the NCVPS website, we are asking advisors to use direct links to our registration system and students to use direct links to their courses. This will ensure a better quality NCVPS experience for everyone. We greatly appreciate it! Here are the direct links to bookmark:Student Status No-Show Reports (Action Required)NCVPS will post a Day 3 and Day 7 Status Report for traditional calendar courses in the registration system on the following dates:Day 3: August 29Day 7: September 5The status reports will indicate if students have or have not logged in to their courses.
This link shows how to run the no-show report if you’re an e-learning coordinator or e-learning advisor.
The reports are labeled as “No Show Reports.”
District coordinators, you may run this report for your entire district and see where there might be problem areas.If students have not logged in, please make contact with those students. Make sure they are aware that they are registered for the course, that the course has started, and that they have their usernames and passwords.Please make sure that you have made your final drops by NCVPS’s tenth day of class. Our Day 10 is September 9.Any students on the roster after Day 10 will be counted in the district’s allotment totals, and those students will receive a grade.Student RostersIf you are missing any students on your rosters who you need to register, please open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center here: http://www.help.ncvps.org/Include the following minimum information in your ticket:
- Student’s name
- Student’s PowerSchool number
- School nameIf available, we also request the following information to expedite the enrollment process:
- Student’s Email
- Does the student have an IEP?
- Does the student have a 504 Plan?Waitlisted StudentsWe will continue to open new sections based on what we see on the waitlists. Please go ahead and add students to the waitlist for a course if you would like to enroll them.We do have a number of courses that are at capacity. Courses that are at capacity will not have any new sections opened. The only way that students will move off the waitlist is if a student who is already enrolled in the course drops. We will continue to move students off the waitlist in courses that are at capacity through Day 10 of the course as enrolled students drop.Se our list of courses at capacity here.Student Contact InformationIt is essential that schools use a student’s correct email address and phone number when they enroll.PLEASE DO NOT use a staff member’s email address and school phone when you enroll students. If you do, it will create two major issues:1. NCVPS teachers will not have the correct email address to contact students. It is imperative that our teachers have this. It helps ensure the success of your students.2. It enrolls the staff member’s email address into the class forums. Students will not get their forum updates, and the staff member’s inbox will be flooded with updates.
We have some important tips from our tech team. These tips help ensure smooth operations.Help Desk Ticketing TipsWhen opening a Help Desk ticket please always include the following:
- Student’s first and last name
- Students ID number
- Course enrolledChromebooks
Chromebooks do not allow any 3rd party apps to be download. Chromebook users do not have access to basic essentials like Firefox and Java.We do not recommend Chromebooks for NCVPS courses.For additional information please see out Tech Requirements:
If you have had your password reset, the new password will not expire unless you have reset it. If you have forgotten what your password was reset to, you can look up the help desk ticket to access the new password.
Student Email Confirmations in Moodle and Blackboard
Please have students confirm or update their e-mail address in our learning management systems. Here’s how to do that. (This is also on our Getting Started Checklist for NCVPS Students.)
* Navigate to Administration
* My Profile settings
* Edit Profile
* Verify or update e-mail
* Scroll to bottom and “Update Profile”
* Click on students name in the upper right side of your BB course
* Click on setting
* Click on Personal Information
* Click on Edit Personal Information to update e-mail
* Scroll to bottom and Submit
Peer Tutoring Center
Did you know NCVPS has a Peer Tutoring Center? We do. And it’s fantastic.If you have students who need some extra help in our classes or maybe just need some help in navigating our learning management system or managing their workload, have them seek help from our Peer Tutoring Center.The Peer Tutoring Center offers the following services to NCVPS students:Peer Tutoring – Peer Tutors provides tutoring in specific content areas.
Virtual Buddy – Virtual Buddies are select student volunteers who have agreed to work with NCVPS students who need more than content help in their online classes.
Quick Questions – Services are available to all students via Blackboard IM at the start of the semester. For the first four weeks, this is the primary work we provide to ALL NCVPS students.
Please refer students needing services to thier NCVPS instructors or to the Peer Tutoring Center button within their NCVPS course.
The Peer Tutoring Center also publishes the Peer Tutoring Blog. This blog is run by the NCVPS Peer Tutor staff. Articles are posted bi-weekly and are about a variety of topics, from the best way to manage school work to embracing the opportunities which life throws at you. You can see some of the previous articles in the Tutor Talk Blog. www.ncvpspeertutor.blogspot.com .
District and School Semester Prep
Traditional Calendar Classes begin on August 26.Please follow this link to see how to prepare for the upcoming semester.
Did you know that NCVPS has a Science Olympiad team? That’s right! We sent four students to the state competition last year, are we are already recruiting for the team this year.Students saw this promo video in their courses this week:(click image to view video)If you have any NCVPS students who are interested in being part of our Science Olympiad team, please have them contact Dr. Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Middle School Success 101
NCVPS is offering Middle School Success 101 this fall. Originally we had planned to enroll students by hand, but with the volume of interest we received, we decided to allow each middle school to enroll on its own. Look for the course title “Middle School Success 101″ in our registration system.
We will be reviewing the waitlists daily and open new sections. However, we are limited to 10 sections for Fall 2014 as we roll out this new course, so please do not delay in enrolling your students.
Please keep in mind that this course is not for high school credit. This is a middle school course.
ACT Prep Course
NCVPS C&I is happy to share an ACT Prep course is in development and will be ready to pilot in Fall 2014. We will only offer 8 sections of 25 students for the fall. We will make the course available to everyone in the Spring 2015.
If you are interested in enrolling students in our ACT Prep course for Fall 2014, please sign up now. There are limited seats available.
If you have questions, please contact Karen Creech at Karen.email@example.com.
Catalogs for Virtual Learningin North Carolina
NCVPS CoursesNCVPS offers over 150 different courses, including advanced placement, electives, traditional, honors, core, STEM, occupational course of study, and credit recovery courses.Check out our 150+ list of courses here.
Vendor Approved Courses
In addition to NCVPS courses, North Carolina public schools also have a list of approved third-party vendor courses that they may choose from for virtual classes. Please follow this link to see the list of approved vendor courses. More on the vendor approval process can be found here.
Here are the newest approved vendor courses: (Course Title – Vendor)
- AP German – Oklahoma State University
- Physics – Edmentum
Have you noticed that the digital world and online learning have their own jargon? We would like to help everyone speak virtually. Here are two terms for this week:
Gamification: Gamification is the current practice of adding games and game thinking to non-game contexts like in the classroom or in online courses. This makes learning more engaging and exciting!
Mobile Learning: Mobile learning is specifically designed to be used on mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets. Mobile-learning is convenient because it allows anywhere, anytime learning.
Follow us on Twitter! Throughout the week, our team posts valuable links that help followers better understand today’s learners and find the right tools to teach with, ideas that are important to all educators. Dive a little deeper into virtual education with the following links curated by the NCVPS Professional Learning team.
- See “How Visuals Help Us Learn.” This seems like a smart place to insert a visual.
“How our ancestors emailed each other.” ~Student (Unsplash photo credit -
the internet’s free image source)Learn with us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ncvps
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