We heard you: Using your feedback to make new assignment editor better

Infinite Campus version .2116 includes enhancements to the new assignment editor, all because of teacher feedback. Campus.2116 will be available April 12. Not all districts take updates when they are available. Talk to your district’s Campus administrator to learn when you will see these enhancements. 

Adding sections 

The first improvement is adding sections to an assignment is now a lot less work.

Rather than saving before adding additional sections, a Save and Add Sections button has been added. This new button eliminates clicks by taking you directly to the Section Selector.  

Once you’ve added more sections, the screen displaying settings for all the sections has also been improved. 

Previously, today’s date would display, but now the Start/End Date for the original assignment are used.

Grading Setup Fill has also been improved. If you want to change any part of the Grading Setup for all the sections, you can do that here. That includes number of points, abbreviation, sequence, and more. 

A big thank you 

A big thank you to all the teachers and educators  who provided feedback needed to make these improvements. Whether you helped during the initial development process, or you submitted your suggestions through a feedback form, we thank you. The enhancements you see here are all based on feedback from you. 

More enhancements are coming – we want your feedback 

More enhancements are anticipated to come out over the summer and will be based on your feedback.  If you want to provide feedback, please do! Simply click the Feedback button on the Control Center and type in your feedback. We read everything we get. 

The second option is to participate in usability testing. The sign-up page has information if you want to learn more. 

Does Google Classroom connect to Infinite Campus?

I read a lot of feedback that comes to Infinite Campus from teachers. One common question is if Google Classroom integrates with Infinite Campus. The honest answer is … it depends on your district. I know that is frustrating to hear, but in this post, I hope to help you know whom to ask and what to ask them to find out if the integration will work in your district. 

Whom to ask 

For any integration to work, all sides have work to do – in this case, Infinite Campus, Google, and, to a lesser extent, your district. For teachers, your district – or more specifically, your district’s Campus administrator – will have the answers. 

What to ask your Campus administrator 

Google Classroom supports integration with some Infinite Campus districts, but not all. It all depends on how your district manages where the Campus software is installed. This is called the “hosting model.” If your district uses a hosting model where Infinite Campus fully manages everything, Google Classroom will support the integration. In Campus terms, the two hosting models Google has chosen to support are called “Infinite Campus Cloud” and “Campus Cloud Choice.” If the district has a different hosting model for Campus, Google Classroom does not support it. 

So, the question to ask your Infinite Campus administrator is: What is our district’s Infinite Campus hosting model? If the answer is Infinite Campus Cloud or Campus Cloud Choice, then the integration will work. If the answer is anything else, it won’t. 

What does Google say? 

Here is Google Classroom’s official statement about their support of the integration. 

Google Classroom supports exporting grades to Infinite Campus customers that use a SaaS solution that Infinite Campus fully hosts and manages. Google is unable to provide support to districts that run;  

•    Infinite Campus software through district on-premises deployment  

•    Cloud deployments not managed directly by Infinite Campus  

When the Infinite Campus service is running on servers that are managed by a district-hosted deployment or any other non-SIS provider such as AWS/GCP, instead of on servers that are managed by Infinite Campus, Infinite Campus is not in control of the maintenance and configuration of those servers. This means that things like firewalls, query throughput and latency differences, and other factors may vary between deployments; furthermore the ability to debug fully is generally spread across multiple organizations and admin groups. Google is unable to support all of these variations across district-hosted deployments at scale. 

You can learn more about Google’s eligibility requirements and connecting Classroom to Infinite Campus here. 

Introducing Engagement Check-In

Infinite Campus now includes in Campus Learning a way to help you know how your students are doing

Regardless of whether you see your students in person, through distance learning, or hybrid, you need to know how they are doing as people, in addition to how they’re doing academically. When students walk into your classroom you often sense when something is up with them, but with other students around it can be difficult to check in. How are they doing in your class? Do they feel welcome and safe? What kinds of assignments do they struggle with? Of course, when you aren’t seeing your students in person, learning this information about them gets even trickier.  

It is because this type of information is vital to helping you be a great teacher that I’m so excited to tell you about Engagement Check-In, now included in Campus Learning from Infinite Campus. Campus now lets you pick questions and give them to your students so they can quickly give you a sense of their well-being, engagement in class and/or engagement with the curriculum. When your students respond, you can filter their answers to see who might need a follow up. You’ll also have their feedback when making curriculum choices because you let them give voice to their preferences and learning styles. 

Learn how to create an Engagement Check-in and view student responses in this video or read about it in this documentation.  

Duplicate now available

The new assignment editor’s duplicate feature is now available in Infinite Campus version .2108.4. 

For more information, use these links to view documentation or a video

More enhancements are coming to the assignment editor. Follow this blog to learn when more features are available. 

About Discussions

Discussions are available when teachers have the Discussions tool right. (Districts with a Campus Learning license can choose which teachers get this tool right.) 

Teachers with access to the Discussion tool see an additional button in the new Control Center.  

Click the button to view the Discussions created for the sections in this period. 

Click here to learn about Discussions. 

Ask Question allows students to reach out

Ask Question is available to teachers when their district enables it in Portal Preferences on Campus version .2104. Not sure what version you are on? Click here to learn how to find out. 

NEW! Questions: If your district has enabled this for you to use, you have the option to enable it yourself in settings for each period that appears on your Control Center (see below). Once it’s enabled, a new button appears in the Control Center.  

Here’s what the Student Questions button looks like once it’s been enabled in Settings for a period. 

When enabled, students in every section in the period see a similar hand button in Campus Student. Students can use the button to ask you a question or just let you know they’d like your help. This setting turns on the button for all students in all sections in the period. 

When the button appears with an orange circle with a number, a student or students are telling you they want your attention. Click the button to find out which students have asked a question or raised their hand. 

If you have students physically present in your classroom, you can use this feature to let your students ask for your help during quiet work time and it may also help your students who may be reluctant to raise their hand and let their peers see they’re asking for your help. Of course, students working remotely can ask you a question or raise their hand and you’re able to see that and respond. 

Typing a response and clicking Reply sends the response to the student. When a response isn’t needed, clicking Dismiss removes the student’s comment or question from the list of questions. 

Customize Your Control Center

Get ready to take control over your new Control Center! Step one, toggle it on. In addition to being more intuitive, the changes will allow Infinite Campus to add more tools for teachers moving forward. While the changes may seem dramatic, everything you currently use is still there; it just looks better! This post walks you through the changes. 

The old Control Center is organized as a list with buttons to take attendance and score assignments. In the new Control Center, you’ll see a card for each class period. The Control Center still has the same quick access for attendance and scoring assignments, and the new design also allows you to customize each period’s card. 

First, let’s take a look at the difference between the two screens.  

Control Center today lists your periods in the order they are scheduled. It is set up like a table with column headers for section, attendance, and assignments that have come due and still need scores, including online submissions.  

To see the new Control Center, just toggle it on. 

The new Control Center separates each period into its own “card,” uses icons and labels for the different buttons, and allows for customization. 

Attendance: Click on the Attendance button and the same side panel you’ve been using appears. 

Score: The same list of Assignments you’re used to appears when you click this button. If there is a number by it, like there is in the class shown below, assignments have come due that don’t yet have scores. 

Discussions: If you see the Discussions button (as shown below), that means your Campus admin has given you access to the Discussions tool. Click it to see the list of current Discussions. To learn more about Discussions, click here

New! Settings: The gear button displays the settings for this period’s card. You can customize each card’s display name, icon, and icon color. Great for helping you tell which period is which. You can also manage your students’ access to Student Questions, if your district has granted you access. Here’s an example of what you can do. 

Customize the name of the period: This teacher has changed the name from “1) 1100-1 Integrated Math I” to “P1 Int. Math I”  

Next, all the sections included in this period are listed. In this example, there is just the one 1100-1 Integrated Math I section. 

Icons are next. This teacher chose the function icon for this class. 

After that is the color customization. This teacher chose red for this class. 

After she saves, her new customized Control Center for her period 1 looks like this: 

Student Questions: If you see an Enable Student Questions checkbox in your settings, click here to learn more. 

Now you can customize your Control Center and make it your own! 

For more information, check out this video on the Control Center.

If you have trouble viewing this video, click here to open the video in a new tab.

Teachers! Using Infinite Campus is getting easier! 

The first time your district updates Campus in 2021, you’ll see an improved Control Center, the screen you use when starting to take attendance and entering student assignment scores. You’ll also see a new screen when you make an assignment for your class.  

We’ve created a Quick Guide for Teachers so you have a super-high-level comparison between the Campus you’ve known and the new-and-improved Campus we think you’ll love to use. It’s just 3 pages and it’s all big pictures! Take 30 seconds and you’ll get what’s going on. 

We also put together a “cheat sheet” that maps the old Campus to the new. First, comparison of the Control Center.

Next, a comparison of the old and new Assignment Editor.

For a pdf of this “cheat sheet,” click here

There are lots of goodies coming, and this Quick Guide and the cheat sheet are just about the basics you need to know the first time you login to the new Campus. If you want the full scoop on all the changes (20 minute video) click here.  

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”