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.

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”

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. 

New for teachers in 2019

With the new year, I’d like to take a look back at the new features and tools Infinite Campus provided teachers in 2019.  Continue reading “New for teachers in 2019”

Minnesota teachers: free training at MEA!

Learn about Campus Learning at Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) and get free stuff!

There are two sessions at MEA this year focusing on how teachers are using Campus Learning tools! MEA is on Thursday, Oct. 17 at St. Paul RiverCentre. It is free and open to all Education Minnesota members and aspiring educators.   Continue reading “Minnesota teachers: free training at MEA!”

Free webinars for teachers coming soon

Whether you are new or seasoned Campus user, I’m happy to announce six upcoming webinar sessions called Campus Learning Tips & Tricks. Each webinar is 60 minutes and you’ll walk away with an update on all the cool new things you can do in Campus Learning. You have lots of choices for dates and times, but they’re coming up fast. Best of all these sessions are free and open to anyone so invite your colleagues!  Continue reading “Free webinars for teachers coming soon”

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.  Continue reading “All about Campus – Just for Teachers”

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!”