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Assessing the Guiding Principles at BEMS on Infinite Campus

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Earlier this week I was asked to share my directions for how to assess the guiding principles on Infinite Campus. For those of you who were at BEMS last year, not a lot has changed beyond that we are assessing on three guiding principles only twice per trimester. If you are new to BEMS or would rather have a 1:1 refresher, you can certainly make an appointment with me and I can walk you through the process and show you how easy it is.

Connecting to Your AppleTV at Bonny Eagle

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It has been an absolutely nutty start to the school year. Teachers have been doing an amazing job at booking me fast and furiously with my data showing more appointments than ever before (on average). Along with appointments, I've been working with the technology department to roll out the new AppleTVs as quickly as we could. In the last round, we could setup a bunch of them at once and we were also installing them based on request. This time we decided to push them out to as many classrooms as possible all at once to make the experience more consistent across the board. With that, each unit had to be set up individually, which took half an hour or so per unit with the updating, etc. that was needed to be done. We wrapped up the set up process and really hustled to get the AppleTVs installed, the majority of which were completed by the end of last week for both the middle and high schools.

Using Messenger in Infinite Campus' Campus Instruction (2016)

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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.

Cheat Sheet for Infinite Campus

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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.

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

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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.