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Remote Work Tips

Remote working is something that can be quite daunting and difficult to handle when first starting out, and even though we may be in the 6th week of doing it, there are some things that can always be tweaked to help us better manage our time – both in front of and away from the screen. Here are some short articles with tips that I found particularly useful (emphasis on self-care – shout-out to Sonya):

Remember to make time for yourselves! Stay healthy and stay strong!

All the best,

The NIS IT Department

IT-Help —> Just-in-time support

Credit: mrwizz.co.ukWith all of this Online Learning taking place, we sometimes get overwhelmed with all the different things we need to remember – how do I upload to OneDrive? What is O365? Wait, I have an email that isn’t made up of multiple, random, alphanumeric characters ending in qq.com?

Please remember if you are having trouble accessing or dealing with any of these sorts of issues, you can contact us at our IT-Help email address. Go ahead, click on the link! It’s easy! Or if that is not your style, feel free to contact us through either of the following means as well:

NIS Website – MY NIS section

    • Yes, it can be hard to miss if you don’t scroll down, but I bet if you take a moment to look at the picture below, you’ll be able to see where to click (note: we’ve made the picture a link to the email address too just to “help” you out)

Veracross – IT-Help Button

    • Does it really need an explanation?

We are here to help you and together we shall get through this. We look forward to hearing from you and helping solve your IT issues.

All the best and stay strong!

The NIS IT Department

Teams Meetings

So hopefully everyone has heard about this by now, though I know there have been many questions around it. We have put together several helpful tutorials on how to use it and connect with each other and your teachers. Have a look through here, first, before your next meeting and you should find it more successful, and less stressful!


Teams 101

  • Joining a Teams Meeting from Office.com (important note: make sure to use Chrome or Microsoft Edge for Mac)
  • Etiquette reminders
    • Before the meeting:
      • Use headphones or earbuds with microphones. This reduces background noise and interference drastically. If you don’t have any, make sure you mute your microphone unless talking.
      • Stop streaming videos, updating software, or anything else that competes with your internet connection.
      • Close all unnecessary tabs and applications.
      • Test that the platform (Teams) has access to your microphone and camera on your device.
      • Be prepared to log in at least 10 minutes before scheduled start.
    • During the meeting:
      • Mute microphone unless speaking (this helps reduce background noise).
      • May need to turn off video if connection is not strong.
      • Use backchannel, chat or messaging to ask questions and/or provide information.

Coming soon – joining from the app. Highly suggested to download the Teams App for use within China. Less problems and easier to connect.

As always, if you’re stuck, send us an email at the IT Helpdesk and we’ll try our best to get you up and running.

All the best,

The NIS IT Department

External Connections to Largestorage and Fileserver

Greetings to Everyone wherever you may be during this unique time.

We upgraded the access protocols to our Largestorage and Fileservers at NIS last year, but realize that people might have forgotten how to connect to them.

Here are the instructions for updating the settings on your computer if you access from school:

  1. CMD+K keyboard shortcut will open the Connect to Server window below:
  2. For LargeStorage  access: smb://192.168.30.10/    OR  smb://largestorage.nanjing-school.com/
  3. For FileServer access: smb://192.168.30.12/     OR  smb://fileserver.nanjing-school.com/

Note that the SMB part is quite important and the main difference.


From Outside of NIS Campus

If you are trying to connect via the links on the school website from home, come and see us in IT for help, or, if you are so inclined, follow the (slightly) more complicated directions below (or here if you like visuals):

  • While at school you need to download the new SSL VPN Client Software by doing the following:
    1. Connect to  https://218.94.153.195:4433 with a web browser

    2. Type your username and password (i.e. your Veracross login information)

    3. Choose the correct installer for your operating system (MacOS version)

    4. Save the file to your computer

    5. Click install.

  • Once installed:
    1. Select the WatchGuard Mobile VPN with SSL from your Applications
    2. When asked for server, type 218.94.153.195:4433
    3. Enter your username and password (same as before)
    4. Click the Connect button, and the VPN connection should be established.

Congratulations, you should now be able to securely connect to the Fileserver and Largestorage servers from home using the SMB protocol.

Once again, if you have any problems, please don’t hesitate to contact us in IT!

Thanks,

The NIS IT Department

Reminder: Tech Tutorials and How-To’s

Greetings All!

This is just a friendly reminder that many of the answers to your questions around how to use our existing platforms are in the online learning folders in the respective Hubs. The direct link to the Folder is below:

If you think something is missing or needs updating, don’t hesitate to send IT-Help the suggestion!

Thanks,

The NIS IT Department

Sharing Files with your OneDrive

FYI – your school email can only send documents of up to 5MB – that’s like two Kendrick Lamar songs. Did you know that you’ve got a pretty unlimited space in your OneDrive app on O365? A very good place to back things up to when we’re in school, and a great place to put your work to share while you’re online! Have a look at the following tutorial for how to save things there (it’s alright, we know you probably forgot already):

How to Save Things to OneDrive and Share

Search the Daily Bulletin

Feeling like you missed an important bulletin announcement? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to find out that information in a quick and easy way? Well, you’re in luck! Using the search function, you can type in keywords for a quick reveal of all the previous posts that contained that word, beginning with those posts that have the word in the title. Likewise, if you want to make sure your post can be found easily, name it something memorable and relevant to the topic – like if you’re running a Pizza-making ASA, name it “Pizza Pie Time” or something with “pizza” in the title. Just use the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner of the screen:

See? Easy as pizza pie!

Printing Presets

Are you tired of getting charged too much for printing color when you really wanted Black and White? Ever wish you could just set the default printing status to what you want? Well, have a look at the following document to see how to do this on your computer courtesy of Mr. York Zha, our Network Admin and Printing specialist.

 

 alt : Printing Preset How-to.pdf

ACAMIS + SCISAC Girls’ Basketball

Whether you are thinking about joining SCISAC Girls’ Basketball this year or are in grade 7 or 8 and just interested in trying out a new sport, I encourage you to join our basketball practice this Wednesday afternoon for a singular opportunity! This Wednesday – from 1620-1800 (4:30-6pm) – we will be having a professional basketball skills and conditioning coach run a clinic for girls on the current ACAMIS team and we would like to open it to any girls interested in developing their basketball skills. Coach Wallace has coached NBA and CBA players in the USA and China, and most recently was the skills and conditioning coach for Nanjing’s very own Jiangsu Dragons! So, if you are a girl in grade 7 or 8, and thinking of joining SCISAC, definitely join our ACAMIS practice on this Wednesday, to get some professional coaching and improve your basketball skills. We hope to see you there!

Coach Barder and Coach Anna

ACAMIS + SCISAC Girls’ Basketball

Whether you are thinking about joining SCISAC Girls’ Basketball this year or are in grade 7 or 8 and are just interested in trying out a new sport, I encourage you to join our basketball practice this Wednesday for a singular opportunity! This Wednesday we will be having a professional basketball skills and conditioning coach run a clinic for girls on the current ACAMIS team and we would like to open it to any girls with future SCISAC aspirations. Coach Wallace has coached NBA and CBA players in the USA and China, and most recently was the skills and conditioning coach for Nanjing’s very own Jiangsu Dragons! So, if you are a girl in grade 7 or 8, and thinking of joining SCISAC, definitely join our ACAMIS practice on this Wednesday, to get some professional coaching and improve your basketball skills. We hope to see you there!

Posting Information to the LCD/LED Screens

Good morning,

Some of you may be wondering about how to get content from your classes, ASAs, etc onto the screens around the school. Here is a reminder about how to do that.

First, as they are horizontal screens, we would like to ask that any content you do submit, that you follow these protocols:

  • For all media submissions, please ensure that they maximize the horizontal perspective that the screens provide (i.e. landscape layout)
  • If you are submitting a single document (i.e. flyer) please make sure to make the text as large as possible (again using landscape layout) and high-resolution images (200dpi/A3 format would help ensure the size and pictures look correct)
  • Keep videos to 1GB or less
  • If you are unsure about how to make a slideshow, you can just put all the pictures in a folder and put your request to make a slideshow in your email
  1. Save all of these in a folder on the Large File Storage server (either Student or Teacher, doesn’t matter as long as you follow Step #2)
  2. Send the link/folder location to it-help@nanjing-school.com
  3. Please put an appropriate subject heading (like Student Council poster, Swimming Gala, etc.) on the email in Step #2
  4. Please also include the duration that you would like your media to run (i.e. 1 week, 2 days, etc., keeping in mind that 2 weeks is maximum duration)

And don’t hesitate to ask us for help as well, if you have an idea but you’re not quite sure how to make it happen. But please give us at least 24 hours (1 day) notice.

Second, here is the list of screens and their location:

  • 2nd Floor Cafe – the Centre (Pool/Activities)
  • Foyer Centre (Admissions)
  • Centre/Pool Hallway (Pool)
  • Foyer/School Entrance – by the sliding doors (Admin)
  • Foyer/School Entrance – by Library (Library/Admin/Student Council)
  • Library (Library)
  • End of Hall by Green Gym – 70″ Screen (Design/Activities)
  • 2nd Floor across from IT Office (MS/US/Activities/Counseling)
  • 2nd Floor, end of MYP/DP Hall (Middle/Upper School)
  • 2nd Floor by Music Department (Music/Student Council)
  • PAC (Drama)

Coming Soon –

  • Outside PS Office (PS Office)
  • End of EY corridor (PS)

In parenthesis/brackets are departments with primary content oversight, though you can always send email to it-help@nanjing-school.com with your request and we can sort it out. Thanks and have a wonderful day!

All the best,

Your Friendly IT Department

MacOS Catalina “upgrade”

Please note that the newest MacOS version – Catalina – has been released and we are currently testing its stability. At this time we do not recommend this upgrade as there are still many bugs in it. If you choose to upgrade, you do so at your own risk. If you have upgraded already and need to downgrade to MacOS Mojave, please make time to stop by the IT office for support.

MacOS Catalina “upgrade”

Please note that the newest MacOS version – Catalina – has been released and we are currently testing its stability. At this time we do not recommend this upgrade as there are still many bugs in it. If you choose to upgrade, you do so at your own risk. If you have upgraded already and need to downgrade to MacOS Mojave, please make time to stop by the IT office for support.

Printing Presets

Are you tired of getting charged too much for printing color when you really wanted Black and White? Ever wish you could just set the default printing status to what you want? Well, have a look at the following document to see how to do this on your computer courtesy of Mr. York Zha, our Network Admin and Printing specialist.

 

 alt : Printing Preset How-to.pdf

Search the Daily Bulletin

Feeling like you missed an important bulletin announcement? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to find out that information in a quick and easy way? Well, you’re in luck! Using the search function, you can type in keywords for a quick reveal of all the previous posts that contained that word, beginning with those posts that have the word in the title. Likewise, if you want to make sure your post can be found easily, name it something memorable and relevant to the topic – like if you’re running a Pizza-making ASA, name it “Pizza Pie Time” or something with “pizza” in the title. Just use the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner of the screen:

See? Easy as pizza pie!

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