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August 2023 News & Updates
Digital Expectations for Teachers
What constitutes a digital submission? – Turning in an assignment, discussion response, exit ticket, etc. via an online platform for instructor review, assessment, or feedback. Online platforms include, but aren’t limited to Canvas, online textbooks, approved apps, and websites.
-K-3: One Digital Submission Per Week via any district approved platform (Canvas, Seesaw, online textbook, approved apps...)
-4-6: One Digital Submission Per Subject Per Week via any district approved platform (Canvas, Seesaw, online textbook, approved apps...)
At least one digital submission per week in secondary core courses (electives optional) via any district approved platform
- Your course may already have a homepage template when you open it the first time. You are free to use your homepage from last year or create a new one if you want. Click here to see how to change your homepage.
- Grade syncing with Infinite Campus is new and improved—click here to see the tutorial
- The Gradebook view has been updated with some new functions—reference page and training video forthcoming
- Module publishing has been updated—you can now publish the module without publishing everything in it
- The MPS Passport course is where you’ll find tutorials and resources on all things Canvas and EdTech(if already enrolled you’ll see MPS Passport course on your Canvas dashboard).
- On the homepage of the Passport course, you’ll find:
- A link to a tutorial showing how to crosslist(combine) your common sections. If you make a mistake while crosslisting, email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Note: Pre-K through 3rd grade teachers don’t need to crosslist. Just use your homeroom section and leave all others unpublished.
- Infinite Campus is the official gradebook. Follow these steps to hide the course grade in Canvas:
- Open your course and click “Settings” (it’s at the bottom of the course navigation links)
- Scroll to the bottom of the “Course Details” tab and click the small link that says “more options”
- Check the box that says “Hide totals in student grades summary”
- Click the button that says “Update Course Details”
- The Course Details tab of the “Settings” page is also where you can change the name of your course if you wish.
- Your course must be published before students can see it. The “Publish” button is in the upper right corner of your course homepage.
- To improve the mobile experience and add consistency for students and parents, your course must have a homepage that includes:
- Contact info
- A link to assignments/modules
- A link to an expectations and procedures page
- Instructions on how to navigate your course(video or text)
- Be careful when importing content from the Canvas Commons. For large imports, we recommend importing into a new course first (use start a new course button on the right side of the dashboard) and then copying just what you want to your live course.
- Once school starts, it will take several days for rosters to settle. Please allow up to 3 days for enrollment changes in Infinite Campus to sync with Canvas.
Recommended Apps for Parents
As you visit with parents/guardians during your P/T conferences, please encourage them to use the Canvas Parent App and the Infinite Campus Parent Portal app to stay up to date with school communications and view students' courses, lessons, and grades. Below you will find a downloadable pdf you can print out and send home with your parents during your conferences.
Please also encourage them to visit our EdTech Parent Tools webpage to learn more about other apps and programs we use across our district.
New Sign-In Screen for Chromebooks
Signing in to Google Products and Chromebooks
ClassLink Login for Teachers (save this link to your bookmarks bar)
When MPS students and staff sign in to Google products and/or Chromebooks, you will now see a new sign-in screen for ClassLink. Simply sign-in using your MPS email and password credentials.
One new benefit to using ClassLink as a type of single-sign platform is that we can now allow secondary teachers to reset passwords for their students, rather than needing to submit an IIQ ticket. Click this link to learn more about How Secondary Teachers Can Reset Passwords for their Students using ClassLink.
If you are an early childhood teacher, you may need your students to use a Quick Card (like a Clever Badge) to sign in through the ClassLink sign-in screen. Click here to learn more about Printing ClassLink Quick Cards for PK-3rd. If your students use both iPads and Chromebooks in your classroom, you may want to print both Clever badges and ClassLink Quick Cards for your students.
Message from Wendy Argenbright, MPS Data Process Analyst
I have been working this summer on creating a working training document you can use for all things Infinite Campus. I highly recommend you glance through it as there are many of you who are unaware of all the things that Infinite Campus can do and I am certain we can help you save time.
I am attaching a link to the document. Please open this and save a bookmark to your Google Chrome to reference later. You will continue to receive updates from your IC coaches with new things, I am waiting for a final list of the new IC coaches at all of the schools. This document will be updated as needed and I welcome all feedback from you as this is YOUR document. If something is incomplete or missing, please let me know.
Depending on which online textbook you use for your subject, some of you will login through Clever and some of you will setup your textbook access through Canvas. Below is a link to our Digital Textbooks webpage, where you will find resources and training materials to help you out. Your curriculum coordinators have the most knowledge about each of your textbooks, so be sure to reach out to them or take a look at their webpages to learn more.
New User Experience Resources
To get a guided tour of the new User Experience:
- View videos about using the new Lightspeed Classroom Management in the Help Center.
- Read their user guide about the new User Experience, including an in-depth look at new features.
- Read Help Articles about the New User Experience
Is it APPROVED?
Check to see if its APPROVED before you use an app/extension/program with your students!
Remember to check our list of approved apps and programs first, before you start using something new with your students. We need to ensure that our teachers' and students' PII (personally identifiable information) is safe, therefore all apps and programs must be vetted and district approved before using. If you would like to get approval for an app or program, please visit the New Program Approval Process webpage, read through the flow chart, and follow the instructions given.
Our current list of approved apps and programs can be found on the
Certified Staff: Requesting a District Laptop
If you don't already have a personal computing device at home (laptop/desktop), we highly recommend you consider checking one out from our MPS IT dept. There are a variety of reasons you may want to have a district laptop. It comes in handy on those virtual learning days; it helps when you occasionally want to work on lessons/grading from home; and you can bring it with you when you attend our district in-person trainings.
To submit a request for a district laptop:
- Log into Incident IQ
- Select + New Ticket
- Choose Other Requests
- Select Certified Staff Laptop Request
- Carefully answer all questions.
Once the request is approved, you will be emailed instructions on how to accept the Certified Staff Device Responsibility Agreement and select your pickup time.
If you don't have the MPS Teacher Passport course on your Canvas dashboard, click the image below to enroll. You'll find tutorials and resources on all things MPS EdTech!