All about Campus – Just for Teachers

I am so excited to tell you about what’s happening with campuslearning.com! Not only is it already a place for teachers to get all kinds of important information, but it is just gonna keep getting better. 

Just for teachers 

Infinite Campus does a lot. Teachers use just part of it. Counselors, administrators, office staff, lunchroom staff, and others use the other parts. If you want information on posting grades, for example, you don’t want to sift through information for all the different parts of Campus. You just want stuff for teachers. That’s what campuslearning.com is all about. It’s a place for teachers to find what they need to make the most of Campus, fast. Because it’s way more important that you spend as much time as you can with your students instead of looking for the Campus info you need. 

Share with your colleagues 

When you find information important to your work, it should be easy to share it with your PLC or other colleagues – and it is! You have quick access along the left side to share what you find on campuslearning.com through social media, email, and other ways. If a question comes up during a meeting and you find the documentation to show the whole team how to answer it, you can share it right from the page! 

What’s there 

The site is organized into six major sections. I’ll explain what they each do plus show you a few other features. 

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Understand Campus 

This is the big one! It’s so big, there are two places on the main page to access it – from the Understand Campus section and from the Header. 

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This is where you can learn how to use Campus. Whether you have a specific question or just want to learn more about what Campus offers you, this is the place to go. 

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When you click on Understand Campus, you go right to a search menu. From the search menu, you can choose a tool from the drop down list or simply type some keywords and review the results. Say you want to learn how to create a discussion. When you type in “create discussion,” 13 results come back. 

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Notice the icons that appear with each result. You can choose how to learn about the topic. The icons represent: 

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Notice also that you can change the results to only show older records to reflect functionality for older versions of Campus 

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If you are running an older version of Campus, it might be frustrating to see results that aren’t applicable. Using the dropdown, indicate the version of Campus you are using to get the best results. Not sure what version you are on? Click here to learn how to find out. 

Release Notes 

The other thing I want to draw your attention to in the Header is the link for Release Notes.  

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When something new comes out in Campus that affects teachers, it will be listed here. When you click Release Notes, you will see the most recent version’s update at the top and older Notes below.  

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Each entry is identified both by date and version number. You can scroll down to see the release notes in order from most recent or you can navigate by clicking on specific dates along the left side. Each entry gives a summary of the changes and the title of most will be a link for more information. 

Events and Opportunities  

We always want your feedback, which is why there are several places within Campus where you see a feedback button. If you like giving feedback, usability testing is another way to do it. Usability testing takes a few different forms, but generally speaking, you are scheduled into an appointment and are shown something new. You are asked to complete a few tasks using the new software and talk through your thinking as you do so. This can be done remotely, so you can be anywhere it is quiet and has an internet connection, and still participate. These sessions normally take up to an hour and you are compensated for your time with a gift card. More information is available at the link, including a FAQ section. 

If you are interested in usability testing, sign up. When a development team is ready to test something with teachers, they look through the list of people who have registered. Sometimes they are looking for specific types of teachers – say elementary. Or maybe they want a mix so they look for a couple from elementary, a couple from middle school years and couple high school teachers. The team then sends out invitations to participate. If you are available and interested, they will get you scheduled. 

It is possible to be invited more than once – depending on the needs of the development teams. 

What’s new? 

The What’s new? section is just what it sounds like. There are several topics to look through and click on for a video or more information. 

Teachers On Campus blog 

That’s a link to this blog. It’s an easy place to go to share the link out to your colleagues or to check in every couple of weeks if you haven’t subscribed yet. (Or you could just subscribe and then you don’t have to worry about it!) On average, I post something every other week. You will only get an email when something posts – I promise this blog will never spam you! 

Social Media 

Check Infinite Campus out on Facebook and Twitter to see company updates, announcements, events and other happenings. 

Campus Community 

There’s also a quick link to Campus Community. In addition to all the resources available in the Understand Campus section, you can visit Campus Community. Here, you can access all resources in the Knowledge Base – for teachers AND counselors, administrators, office staff, lunchroom staff, etc. – everything. Plus you have access to Forums and news.  

Campus Community is chockfull of information. It is a great place if you want to know the ins and outs of all parts of Infinite Campus, or if you wear multiple hats in your district and you need to know about more aspects of Campus than what you use in your teaching role. 

More is coming 

There’s a lot to investigate at campuslearning.com – and there’s more to come! We are already planning more resources for teachers but could use your ideas too. What do you need? How can we make this site better for teachers? Leave a message on this post or use the Contact tab to send me your feedback. I look forward to hearing from you! 

ISTE Report + Free Resources

Last week I was at ISTE! It was my first time there and it was definitely an experience. It was, among other things: overwhelming, inspirational, exhausting, illuminating, and fun. My favorite part was talking to teachers – whether it was at the Infinite Campus booth, during listen and learn sessions, at the poster sessions, or just sitting down to have a cup of coffee.  Continue reading “ISTE Report + Free Resources”

Introducing Katie!

Guest blogger Katie Pimlott makes Campus easier to understand

Greetings teachers! My name is Katie and I’m the technical writer for the Teaching & Learning team – the area of Infinite Campus that builds tools for teachers, parents, and students. I write the stuff that Cathy often links to that gives more detail of what her post is talking about.   Continue reading “Introducing Katie!”

Campus Learning Overhauls Discussions

Campus Learning Feature 1905If you used Discussions previously, get ready to be delighted. It is now easier to use, easier to score, and much more versatile. The new Discussions tool allows you to pose a question to your class where students can respond to you and to each other. The layers of conversation are easy to see so both students and teachers can easily follow the conversation. Continue reading “Campus Learning Overhauls Discussions”

Campus Learning makes scoring Google submissions easy

Goodbye Google Classroom! Now you can do it all with Campus Learning.  

I used Google Classroom with sixth graders. There were things I liked about it and things I didn’t like. I didn’t like how hard it was to implement standards-based grading. How could I align an assignment to more than one standard and provide scores for each standard separately? Google Classroom also made me use points for everything. If you use standards-based grading and want your score to align to multiple standards, you have to add them up instead and figure out a different way to communicate different scores. If your district uses something other than points, what do you do then? I also didn’t like the double entry of scores. Not only is double entry double the work, but it adds another opportunity to make mistakes.    Continue reading “Campus Learning makes scoring Google submissions easy”

Campus introduces Scoring Rubrics

If you score student work with rubrics, this will be a game changer

Campus Learning Feature 1845Are you as excited as I am that Scoring Rubrics are here? 

Not only are they going to help communicate expectations to students and parents/guardians, but they are going to make scoring student work so much easier!

Basic overview 

With Scoring Rubrics in Campus Learning you will be able to share the rubric you use with students and parents/guardians when you create the assignment. Continue reading “Campus introduces Scoring Rubrics”

Welcome back!

Welcome back to a new school year!

I hope your school year is off to a great start – and you were able to come back refreshed, ready and able to find everything you stashed away in June so it wouldn’t get lost over the summer. I’d like to offer a start of the year refresher on how Campus works. I’m including an introduction to Campus Community and a quick list of FAQs since it has been a while. Continue reading “Welcome back!”

Top 10 enhancements of summer 2018

A lot has changed in Campus Learning since last spring! To introduce you to some of what’s new, we’ve compiled a Top 10 list: 

  1. Google Drive submissions scoring – There is a new interface for scoring Google Drive submissions. You can view the Google Drive file the student submitted and score their submission on the same screen. The score will go directly to Grade Book and you can move right to the next student submission. Continue reading “Top 10 enhancements of summer 2018”

Introducing Campus Learning Home

With Campus Learning comes a new resource for teachers – Campus Learning Home.

Campus Learning Home is your first stop as a teacher in learning about Infinite Campus and the tools that are included with your Campus Learning license. Campus Learning is growing and expanding quickly, so we wanted a way to get information out to you that is easy to find and use. Continue reading “Introducing Campus Learning Home”

Getting a better picture of your students

See scores and student work across time

When I was teaching 10th grade English, each year I knew my students would come with a mix of abilities. Some would come to me reading at grade level, some would be reading at a post-high school level, and some would be reading at 8th, 6th or even a 2nd grade level. Reading level was just the start. I would want more specific information about each student before each unit and each new set of standards. It was my job to figure out Continue reading “Getting a better picture of your students”