When you first get your new Macbook Air, Java is not configured.  You need  Java in order to use your grade book.  To setup Java initially open Firefox and enter http://java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp in to the address field.
When Firefox opens and goes to the Java website there will be an indication on the screen that an older version of Java has been detected.  There is a link on the page under the red FREE JAVA DOWNLOAD button that says "Skip installation of the current version and test the currently installed version of Java".  Click this link and on the blank window click on the "Missing Plugin" link.  This will install Java 6 for you.  
When the install is complete quit Firefox -> Firefox / Quit Firefox.  Then relaunch Firefox and enter http://java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp and click the link "test the currently installed version of Java".  If Java still does not work then follow these directions below:

Click on the Mac Desktop and then in the menu above click on GO and select Utilities in the menu.  find the Terminal utility.  In the black window copy and paste the following lines of text one at a time.  When you paste the first line you will be prompted for a password, enter your Macbook Air log on account password and press enter.  Re-paste the first line of text.

Then cut and paste all the remaining lines of text into the terminal window.

sudo mkdir -p /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/disabled

sudo mv /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/disabled

sudo ln -sf /System/Library/Java/Support/Deploy.bundle/Contents/Resources/JavaPlugin2_NPAPI.plugin /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin

sudo ln -sf /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Commands/javaws /usr/bin/javaws

When you have entered each line of text above, close the terminal window.  Then in Firefox enter http://java.com/en/download/testjava.jsp.  You should be able now to activate Java by clicking "Always run on this site" at the top of the screen and see Java run.


 

Updating Java

04/04/2012

 
There has been a security issue discovered with every version of Java prior to .31 that is requiring a newer version of Java on your computer.  Many of you have experienced an issue using Infinite Campus because your browser is blocking Java. 

Since I cannot get to all your computers to do the necessary update, is will become incumbent upon you to do the update yourself.  

Here are the instructions for doing this update for the Windows PC systems.  If you have a Mac you will need to follow the instructions further down.

Installing Java:
PC Instructions:
Please use the Chrome browser for these instructions.
First you will need to thaw your computer.  Click here for instructions for doing this.
Next you will need the Java installer downloaded to your computer.  Click here for the downloader.
Be sure to save the downloader to your desktop so you can find it or if not to your desktop it will be in your downloads folder.  

If the Chromeinstall_6u31.exe download file saved to your desktop - double click the file to launch the installer.

If the install file went into your Downloads folder:
Since every browser is different, locating the downloads folder can be difficult so make sure you used your Chrome browser.  On the Chrome web browser click the wrench icon in the upper right corner.  In the menu, select "Downloads".  Open the Downloads folder.  Locate the Chromeinstall_u31.exe file and double click it to launch the installer.

Once the installer launches it will download the proper Java file for your computer and version of Windows.  Just click through the install process using all the default settings but be sure to uncheck any addon toolbars the system attempts to install along with Java.  e.g. the Ask.com toolbar.

Mac Instructions:
The Mac makes Java a part of its System updates.  So to update Java, click on the Apple menu in the upper left corner and then click on Software Update. . . Let the system run and determine all the software programs that require updating.   
Run the updates.

Final Steps:
After the Java update is finished installing, shutdown your Chrome browser and then relaunch it.  Go to your Infinite Campus grade book and test it.  When finished, restart your computer.  Once your computer restarts verify it is in a frozen state by checking the polar bear and make sure it is blue.
 
 

Many of you are having issues using Infinite Campus grade book.  There are a couple of things to be aware of.

#1.  Infinite Campus released a new updated version of their grade book just before the launch of the new school year.  We re-imaged your Dell laptops just before you left for summer.  Java has updates to it almost daily.  If Infinite Campus made use of a java version that is so new that your current version will not work then I need to update your Java.  SO if grade book is not work at all - message says Plug-in required, then make sure you get your laptop to me.

#2.  Apple recently sent out an update that removed the ability for Firefox and other NON-APPLE browsers to even detect that java is available on your Mac.  It will be necessary at this point now to download and install the newest version of Firefox - version 5.0.1 or higher, and other than Safari, Firefox may be the only other browser you can use at this time with Infinite Campus on the Mac.