Recommended reading for teachers

For many teachers, the uncertainty of this school year is overwhelming. In many places, schools will be back to distance learning, which we all know just isn’t the same as seeing your students every day. That’s why I think any examples of how to continue to use the same best practices while distance learning or in a hybrid model should be shared. Below are two articles that provide some ideas or reminders for all teachers. They are helpful whether you will be in person, hybrid, distance learning, or jumping between them. 

Edutopia’s “How to Align Your LMS With the Science of Learning” 

EdWeek’s “Classroom Routines Must Change. Here’s What Teaching Looks Like Under COVID-19” 

No more Grade Book double-entering for teachers using Google Classroom

Google announced they are making Google Classroom Grade Sync available to all districts using Infinite Campus on August 11, 2020. The connection was previously only available to districts participating in Google’s beta program. 

What does this mean for teachers? First, there’s some setup your district and you need to do (see below). Once you are all set up, your Google Classroom gradebook will talk to your Infinite Campus Grade Book – no more re-entering assignments and scores in Infinite Campus! All you need to do is click the “sync” button in Google Classroom, confirm each assignment is aligned as you desire in Campus, and you are done!  Continue reading “No more Grade Book double-entering for teachers using Google Classroom”

Teachers, we want to hear from you!

Teachers, we need you!

At Infinite Campus, we see teachers altering their practices in response to the mandates for distance learning. We also recognize that districts around the country are dealing with the situation differently, which is why we are reaching out to you. Please consider helping us understand what you need now and moving forward to be a more effective and efficient teacher. There are two ways you can help – pick one or both! Continue reading “Teachers, we want to hear from you!”

Questions from teachers

I asked a few teachers what they need to help them through this challenging time. Last week, I posted links to training videos and webinars, but there’s a lot to get through there and if you are looking for something specific, it just takes too much time. Instead, they said they just want answers to questions about how to use certain tools they have never used before. So, decided to start a Q&A to help teachers get answers.

Scroll through the questions below before posing a new question. Your answer might already be there.

Because of Covid 19, we are giving our students the same exact grades (or better) for Trimester 3. Is there a way to auto-populate the Trimester 2 grades into Trimester 3 grades? All of my students will have pretty much the same grades so this would be incredibly helpful.

You should be able to accomplish what you are asking by using the Multi-Post Grades tool. Using the Multi-Post Grades allows you to post from a previous term and previous Grading Task/Standard to a current term and Grading Task/Standard.  

Your district’s Campus administrator will need to give you tool rights to this tool and open the grading window before you can use Multi-Post Grades this way. 

To learn more about this tool see: 

Documentation 

Video

Software Simulation

 

How do I add an assignment in the Grade Book but not have it count toward the overall grade?

If you want to track formative assessments or want to provide feedback with a score without having that score count toward the overall grade, all you need to do is uncheck the box next to “include in grade calculation” in the assignment editor.

FAQ mar20 inc grade calc

 

I want to send a message to a group of students about an online group, using Zoom or Google Meet, but I want to wait to send the information about joining until about 15 minutes before the start. Can I schedule messages?

Yes, when you send messages to student using Messenger, you can set the time it is sent. You can set it up as hours, days, or weeks ahead of time.

 

How do I set it up so students can turn work in through Infinite Campus?

When you create an assignment, open the For Students tab.

Mar 20 FAQ for students

From there, click on the Student Submission button.

Mar 20 FAQ student submission 1

Depending on what your district has set up, you could have the options of having students submit work using a text editor, attaching files, and/or using Google Drive.

Mar 20 FAQ student submission 2

After you choose how students will be able to submit work, they will be able to submit work through Campus Student.

 

 

Using Campus Learning for online instruction

These are interesting times.  

As more and more schools close their doors to curb the spread of COVID-19 and expecteachers to move lessons online, a new challenge emerges. Teachers need tools to assist in e-learning, and need to figure out how to use them. 

To do our part, last Monday Infinite Campus offered licenses for the Campus Learning LMS to all Campus districts for free until the end of June 2020. This means your district’s Campus administrator has the ability to give you access to all features of Campus Learning immediately. Sorry, but since Infinite Campus always works through districts, we can’t give you access ourselves. 

If you have never used Campus Learning before and are now being asked to learn it and continue teaching simultaneously, that’s a big ask. But it’s not as daunting as it may seem. Here are some resources to help. 

Continue reading “Using Campus Learning for online instruction”

Infinite Campus Partners with Spring Lake Park High School: A series

Part 3: Infinite Campus

This series of blog posts is a little different than what I usually write. The first post in the series explains how it is different and tells the story of the teachers of Spring Lake Park High School (SLPHS) involved in a partnership with Infinite Campus. The second post gives voice to the students in the class and this final post introduces a few Infinite Campus employees and lets them share what they learned from the partnership. 

 

Behind the software 

Because Infinite Campus creates software for schools, people here were excited about more than having a chance to meet with young people interested in technology. But this partnership also meant having a chance to talk to teachers and visit classrooms to see how technology is being used everyday 

Nine Infinite Campus employees took part in visits to SLPHS. I sat down with three of them after their visit to see what they learned.  Continue reading “Infinite Campus Partners with Spring Lake Park High School: A series”

We need your feedback!

I recently posted a video about the “new look” teachers in some districts are able to try. It included a link to a previous blog post all about the “new look.”  

If you are able to access the “new look,” and are willing to do so, we would very much like your feedback! Our development team is closing in on the final design and now is the time to influence what all Campus users, not just teachers, can experience next school year. 

There are two ways to give feedback. 

  • Use the feedback button. Located in the same place you toggled the “new look” on, you can access a feedback form. 

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  • On a Community Forum. Here’s a link to a forum created specifically for teachers to discuss the “new look.” Contribute your thoughts to the thread. 

Win a $50 Amazon gift card 

Anyone who contributes to the New Look Feedback forum by Friday, March 20 will be automatically entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card! Toggle on the New Look, give it a test run and let us know what you think! 

Video showcasing the “New Look” for teachers

Back in June, I posted about the “new look” of Campus for teachers. That post is chock full of information about the new experience with lots of screenshots and links to additional information. This new way of navigating around Campus is available to many teachers today, and now there’s a video overview available. Take a look! 

Teacher reports keep getting better

Generating reports for students, for parents/guardians, or for you as a teacher as you plan instruction are all so important. That’s why a project here at Infinite Campus to improve reports for teachers is ongoing. And at the beginning of January, more improvements were made. 

Continue reading “Teacher reports keep getting better”

Free training waiting for you!

I’m excited to announce a free, new, on-demand training offering for teachers provided by Infinite Campus! 

If you are new to Infinite Campus or feel it has a lot to offer that you aren’t taking advantage of, this is a great first step in learning some of the basics. The training offers sections on: basic navigation, account settings, taking attendance, and Grade Book. Learn the ins and outs of the tools you use every day to become more efficient and save time. 

Because we know how busy you are, the training is broken up into short sections that can be completed in just a few minutes here and there. It’s easy to start, stop and go back to it when you have a little more time. Plus, it keeps track of how far you’ve gotten so you know right where you left off, or, if you jumped around a little bit, what sections you completed.  

Click here for instructions on how to navigate to the free training. If you already have a Campus Community login, you will be able to click to the training when you are logged in to Infinite Campus. If you don’t have a Campus Community account, you will need to create one. It only takes a minute. After you do, it will be linked to Infinite Campus and will be available whenever you are logged in. 

SuperTeachers inform training 

Shortly before this training became available, the Infinite Campus SuperTeachers had a sneak peek and were able to provide feedback. Their feedback helped the training team improve the experience for teachers.  

Their work isn’t done, though. When additional training modules are ready they will be giving us their valuable feedback. We know new training created for teachers has to work for teachers, so having the SuperTeachers involved in the development process is essential. 

You can help 

You also have the chance to provide feedback. At the end of the training, there is a link to a survey. Your comments will help make future training tools better! 

Additional information 

This new training is part of Campus Passport, a new training offering available in July 2020. For more information on Campus Passport, talk to your district’s Campus administrator.