All About Dashboard Tiles

The Tile Dashboard houses a variety of tiles that act as quick links for a user upon logging into Illuminate. They can be customized per user. Below is a short description of each tile, along with the features that each tile offers.

What Does Each Tile Do?

What Does Each Tile Do?

Below you will find descriptions of each available tile depending on the modules enabled within your site. There are two types of tiles: System Area tiles and BYO (Build-Your-Own) Tiles, which use web addresses or URLs of your choice, within Illuminate or outside of Illuminate.

Create a New Assessment

Create a New Assessment
Create a New Assessment Tile Path
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Create a New Assessment takes you to the Assessments > Create a New Assessment screen. You can quickly select which assessment you want to create and get started with a single click from the tile!

To learn more about creating assessments visit the Assessments Manual.

Create a Custom Report

Create a Custom Report
Create a Custom Report Tile Path
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The Create a Custom Report tile will direct you to Reports > Create a Custom Report. This path takes you to the very beginning of the custom report process, which tends to be for more advanced users. When using this tile, keep in mind that the next step after creating the title, tags, and a description, will be to Add Columns (aka adding data to the report). You must add Student ID's to see results in your report, or results will not display.

To learn more about using this Custom Report path, visit Create a Custom Report. You can also visit some beginner lessons on custom reporting by taking a look at VIDEO: Custom Report - Getting Started and Easy Report Building.

View Assessments

View Assessments
View an Assessment Tile Path
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View Assessments takes you to Assessments > List Assessments, where by using the appropriate tags and filters, you can find the assessment you wish to open.

To learn more about how to view and find assessments, visit the Find An Assessment chapter of lessons and videos.

View Gradebooks

View Gradebooks
View a Gradebook Tile Path
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View Gradebooks will do one of two things:

  • If you haven't created a Gradebook yet, it will direct you to Gradebook > Create a New Gradebook screen, prompting you to create a new gradebook. You can select Cancel and it will direct you to the My Gradebook list, which will show no gradebooks, but the Create a New Gradebook button will appear.
  • If you have previously created Gradebooks, it will direct you to the Gradebook > My Gradebooks list.

If you need to learn more about using and creating Gradebooks, visit the GradeBook manual.

Take Attendance

Take Attendance
Take Attendance Tile Path
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Take Attendance will direct a user to Attendance > By Class Roster, to quickly record students' attendance.

If you need to learn more about taking attendance, visit Attendance for Teachers.

Search for a Student

Search for a Student
Search for a Student Tile Path
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Search for a Student directs the user to Students > Student Search 2.0, to find a student. There are many ways to find a student to retrieve more information about them. The Student Search 2.0 tool is a great way to quickly find students, as well as begin learning how to create Custom Reports.

To learn more about searching for students, visit Search for a Student.

View Reports

View Reports
View Report Tile Path
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View Reports will direct you to Reports > List Reports, to quickly find and select a prebuilt or custom report you wish to view. The Reports List will only show reports that have been created by or shared to you as the user.

To learn more about reports, visit the Reports: Prebuilt, Custom, Student Profile, and Labels manual for additional lessons and videos.

View Favorites

View Favorites
View Favorites Tile Path
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View Favorites will display a pop-up window of reports and assessments that have been marked as Favorites. Similar to the Dashboard Favorites widget, it will display only reports and assessments shared to you or created by you with the Favorites medal enabled. There are two types of favorites: District Favorites or My Favorites. You can use the buttons like a light switch, turning on and off which favorites you want to see, then click to open.

To learn more about creating Favorites, visit Create a Custom Report or Create an Assessment manuals.

Add a New Tile

Add a New Tile

Add a New Tile provides the user the ability to create their own bookmark or quick link within Illuminate and to pages outside of Illuminate. Copy the URL or web address you wish to create a new tile for. Then you can customize the tile for your dashboard.

Learn more about creating your own tile by visiting our Add a Create-Your-Own Tile lesson.

Within Illuminate

INSIDE tile
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Although we provide most popular system area tiles, there may be specific reports, work flows, or areas we didn't provide that you may want. Does your workflow include a certain screen you visit often? Think about attendance procedures or reports, help documents, recording behavior incidents, report card entry, etc. This is a great tool to bookmark those common areas you visit daily or weekly.

Outside of Illuminate

Outside of Illuminate
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We also provide the ability to build-your-own tile or the ability to bookmark sources outside of Illuminate. Does your daily or weekly workflow include accessing pages outside of Illuminate? Think about your school or district website, teacher resources, or even e-learning platforms. This is a great tool to bookmark those common areas you visit daily or weekly.

Next Steps

Need to refresh your Tile Dashboard knowledge? Visit Customize Your Tile Dashboard.