Bulldogger Tech Talk
February 25 - March 1, 2019
Infinite Campus Tips and Tricks
We recently attended a webinar to learn a little more about some of the options available in Infinite Campus. We wanted to share a few of those things with you this week. There is quite a bit you can do in the PLANNER tab of IC. You have the ability to create unit and lesson plans, then print the detailed lesson plan for your records. You can also create quick assessments or discussions directly through IC. If you are interested in those options, contact Jeannie or Brandi to set up a training session. We will be happy to show you those! For now, we just wanted to share a couple of quick tips.
- Individualize Assignments: Should you have the need to create separate assignments for students within a class, but you don't necessarily need to set up specific groups for that class, you can select the INDIVIDUALIZE option at the bottom of the screen when you are creating an assignment. This will allow you to add this assignment to specified students, while the other students never see it in their grade book. This is great for leveling assignments!
- Copy Curriculum - If you want to copy an assignment or unit from one class, semester, or year to the next, it's simple. When you open the PLANNER tab, it will show all of your courses. If you click on the course, it will bring up a menu with several options. Select COPY CURRICULUM, then select the courses you wish to copy to another class. You can select the entire curriculum or specific assignments. Make sure you select the appropriate year and course in the destination menu!
- Progress Monitor - Elementary teachers, this tab allows you to see how well students are grasping the standards you are grading. It shows a quick, easy to read overview of each standard.
- Help Button - This is just good information to have on hand. When you click on any section in IC, your help menu automatically updates to topics within that section. For example, if you are in the GRADE BOOK and you click the ? icon at the top of the screen, all of the help topics will be grade book related.
Of course, if you need any help with this, please let us know!
This rich collaboration site engages both students and teachers! We have plenty of resources to create pdfs and annotate them, but NowComment takes that a step farther. The teacher can upload a document in a variety of formats to create a collaborative discussion area. Paragraphs for text are numbered with the document on the left and the comment section on the right. You can control when students can comment and see other student comments. Do you peer review in class? No more worries about that one student who forgets to bring a hard copy! Now students can upload their papers for easy digital peer review.
Here is a short list of some of the free apps, but click on the title for the full list!
- WootMath: Grades 3-7 Woot! Woot! Truly adaptive lessons support concept learning.
- Visual Fractions: Grades 3-6 Basic but clever visual fraction exploration that is better than it looks.
- Fraction Mash: Grades 2-8 Face mash-ups plus fractions equal goofy, meaningful play!
- Gracie and Friends Lemonade Stand: Grades PreK-K Interactive games thoroughly address small, meaningful goals.