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.Continue reading “Does Google Classroom connect to Infinite Campus?”
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.
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.
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”
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!”
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”
It’s getting to be the final push before winter break – one of the most hectic times of the year. You are wrapping up units, evaluating assessments and projects, and leading or attending concerts, ceremonies and other annual events. It’s exciting and exhausting. Plus, you are always aware of the kids who aren’t excited about the break. A break for some means uncertainty and/or inconsistent meals, shelter and safety. They might be acting out in class. This time of the year can also be sad and stressful. Continue reading “Happy holidays! ”
Part 2: The students
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. This post gives voice to the students in the class and the final post introduces a few Infinite Campus employees and lets them share what they learned from the partnership.
Throughout the course of last school year, students in the Technology, Engineering and Design Pathways class at SLPHS visited Infinite Campus twice – once for a tour and to participate in some usability testing and a second time to participate in a Python coding workshop. Continue reading “Infinite Campus Partners with Spring Lake Park High School: A series”
Part 1: The teachers
This blog post, which is the first in a series of three, is a little different than what I usually write. I try to inform teachers who use Campus about tools available or updates to the software. I also like to highlight some of the cool things teachers are doing, both to acknowledge them and to inspire others with their stories. This series is different; I will highlight some teachers and students, but I also want to highlight Infinite Campus and share a unique way our company gives back to our local schools. Continue reading “Infinite Campus Partners with Spring Lake Park High School: A series”