Getting Parents Started with the Online Classroom
The online classroom experience provided by Blackbaud Education Management allows Parents to stay up to date on their student’s learning and progress. We know moving from a standard classroom to an online classroom can be overwhelming for most parents so here are some things parents should know about:
Although Parents can see student classes, assignments, grades, etc. when logged in, Students will need to login in order to submit assignments and interact with the online classroom. If you and your student are unsure of their login credentials, you can use the automated sign-in link to retrieve their username and/or password.
Most schools use Notifications to send email or text alerts to users about assignments, games, news, and more. You can edit your notifications by selecting your name in the right hand corner then select Settings and from the left, select Notifications.
From here, you can:
Input your phone number and email that you would like to use for notifications
Select which notifications you would like to receive. We would recommend signing up for all of the available assignment ones as well as the Announcement posted and News posted. Under Setup options, you can select which categories you would like to receive notifications for.
Sign up for bulk mail groups which schools use to send out bigger email notifications.
You can access your student's class information from their Progress tab and view all their assignments from the Assignments tab. To get to these, you'll need to use the Children drop down to select the name of the student you would like to view. From here, there are two tabs you should focus on:
Progress shows a snapshot of the student’s current school year. From here, you can:
View report cards and transcripts: Select Transcripts or Report Cards to view the available transcripts or report cards. Select the name of the Transcript or Report Card to view it.
View student conduct: Select the number of points to see a break down of the student’s infractions and their conduct status.
View student attendance: Select View History to view your student’s attendance history for the year. Select View Totals to view a break down of your student’s absences by excuse type.
• View/access student courses: Select the name of the course you would like to view to see the course’s Bulletin board, Topics, Assignments, and Roster.
• View assignments due, assigned today, and active for each course.
• View grade detail: Select this to see a breakdown of your student’s grade along with the assignment grades for the selected course. This will keep you up to date on how your student is doing in their course.
Viewing student assignments can be done through a class or from the Assignments tab. The Assignments tab will allow you to see all assignments for all classes for your student. If you instead access assignments from within the class, only assignments assigned in that class will appear.
From the Assignments tab, you can view assignments by day, week, month, or a customized date range as well as by Due date, Assigned date, and Date active. Parents can simply select the title of the assignment to view the assignment details.
Alternatively, if you’d just like to view the assignments from one class. You can select the class title from your student’s Progress tab and then select Assignments. From here, you can filter by Date view and Assignment types.
Note: Parents cannot submit assignments for students. Students will need to log in order to submit assignments and interact with their class. Please see above for information on how to get your student logged in.
If your school is completely online, your school may be using their Resource board to keep you up to date on any information. You can access your Resource board by selecting Resources. Schools can post a lot of content here including SSOs, forms, links, downloads, and much more. This is a great place to check for new information from your school that is not directly related to your student’s courses.
Directories house contact information for users at your school. Your school may in fact have a directory that is just for Parents or just for Students. This is a great place to look for contact information for your student’s teachers, classmates, or parents of classmates. You can also create your own Directory called My Contacts. This would allow you to compile a personal directory of all the contacts you may need to contact at your student’s school.