Thursday, September 15, 2016

Using Messenger in Infinite Campus' Campus Instruction (2016)

Did you know that you can send messages to parents and/or students right within Infinite Campus? It makes it really easy to communicate with either party about a wide range of common items. The Class Message tool works well for when you want to send home a newsletter or other mass communication that isn't student specific. The Grade Message option will let you send out a message to only a specific set of students/guardians based on the grade that the student currently has in your class. I love this option for ensuring that parents aren't surprised to learn that their student isn't doing well in your class (or at least to attempt to). The final option is for Missing Assignments. I would often use this one on Thursday afternoon so that the student could gather the necessary materials from me on Friday and then spend their weekend getting caught up.

If you are interested in getting started, I have a few resources available for you.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cheat Sheet for Infinite Campus

This document only pertains to faculty at Bonny Eagle. If you are a faculty member, please log in with your school email address to view the document.

I don't know about you, but I've been struggling to keep up with how Infinite Campus needs to be set up for grading. Well, I decided to make my own cheat sheets to walk me through the different options that each school needs to have set up. Like everything this year, I might wind up needing to change a few items. But, as far as I know, these are as accurate as they can be and as succinct as possible to make it an easy reference for you.

P.S. You do need to be logged into Google in order to see the Google Slides below. You can use the link under each cheat sheet to access the viewable Google Slides to print a copy for easy reference.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ed Techs: How to Find Your Advisory Roster on Infinite Campus

If you are an ed tech at the middle school this year, you might have found yourself needing to access your roster for advisory. If that pertains to you then I put together a short screencast to help you pull the list of students that are under your advisory. Keep in mind that the only students you have access to are those that are assigned to you currently either through advisory, your case load, or another determining factor. You will not have access to other student records.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

BEMS: How to Print Your Homeroom Students' Schedules

Welcome back, friends!
If you are like me, summer flew by way to fast and your to do list is a gazillion miles long already. I'm here to try and make it a bit easier for you!

Yesterday I was working with a teacher at the middle school who needed to print off his students' schedules for his homeroom. Doing it one at a time was tedious and he thought he might miss one. Fortunately, filters makes this pretty easy to do if you know what you need. I created a template for everyone to copy and create their own. Just follow these steps to create your own filter that will pull your homeroom list for you ever year. Keep in mind this only works at the middle school because of the course name I put in. But, if you follow along, you can easily modify the course name to be for any course. If you are lost already, you can always make an appointment with me and I would be happy to help you with it.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Posting Multiple Grades on Infinite Campus

In one of the recent releases from Infinite Campus, they gave us the ability to post multiple grades from different tasks and sections at the same time. It's especially timely given the end of the school year is almost here! For those of you who are working in a blended or standards-based classroom, you'll definitely want to check this out.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Archive Your Google Drive

If, for one reason or another, you are leaving Bonny Eagle this summer, your access to your school issued Google Drive will eventually go away. For seniors, this typically happens in October. If that applies you to, you are likely panicking about what to do with your files. Although you can change the permissions/ownership for the folders, I find that it really doesn't trickle down to other files and folders. For that reason, I recommend downloading a ZIP folder of everything. This screencast will walk you through the process of putting everything into one folder and then downloading the folder onto your computer. You can then unzip the folder and upload it into your personal Google account to get back up and running.

Friday, May 20, 2016

3D Printing Inspiration for Math

So many of the projects that I've been working on lately have been off in the universe outside of my blogsite. I think that's likely pretty common this time of year as we start to wind down for summer and many start to focus on file retention, etc. rather than digging deeper. Or some are looking to do project development with me getting ready for this fall.

One of the projects that has been keeping me busy are the new Makerbot 3D printers and 3D scanner that we recently received, which are going to be placed in Bonny Eagle Middle School this fall. As I work with folks in technology to iron out the details and look for our best practices, I have also been gathering ideas for how this awesome technology could be used in all of our classrooms to dig deeper.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Follow up to Save Your Bookmarks!

I had a teacher reach out to me over the weekend for a more reliable way to backup their Google Chrome bookmarks just in case the syncing doesn't work or there are problems. The most common problem happens if you aren't using multiple profiles/persons. In some instances, once you create a "person", logging into a Chrome browser that does not have a person already may result in your existing bookmarks disappearing (such as if you create the "person" on your school computer and then try to repeat the same process on your home computer).

Friday, May 6, 2016

Save your bookmarks!

Typically the mad rush to back everything up happens every four years under MLTI. As we know, the timeline got expedited a bit more this year and everyone is making a mad dash. In an effort to help you not lose anything in this transition, I wanted to continue on with my tutorials on how to save your data by looking at how to sync or backup your bookmarks. If you missed out on the first chapter about backing up your files, go check that out here.

And now onto your bookmarks!