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! 

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”

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”