Custom resource folders

You can now organize your resources into folders.  In 'My Resources', start dragging any resource to show the list of folders in the top left.  Drag the resource onto an existing folder or onto 'add new folder' to create a new one.  You can use the 'Ctrl' key (the command key for MacOS users) to select several resources and drag them together.

Other improvements include improved ordering of student groups on the home page, ordering of tasks in the markbook and updates for Apple users.

Private and shared student groups

 

You can now create your own groups to organize your students without affecting your colleagues.  From now on, any groups you create will be visible only to you by default.  If you wish to share the group with colleagues, you can tick the &;Shared&; option in the top right of the &;Students&; screen.

Groups created by administrators are shared by default.

Better resource management

You can now drag and drop resources in your library to sort them into different categories.  Drag a resource over a category like &;Grammar&;, which then reveals individual categories such as &;ER Verbs&; into which you can drop your resources.  We also know many of you want to create your own categories for filing your resources, and this is coming very soon! 

And one more thing...

Sometimes new students join your class, and you&;d like to be able to set past work for them to catch up.  Anywhere a blank appears in the markbook, you can now click on it to set work for that student, filling it in.

Schoolshape downtime announcement

On 23 Oct 2012 Schoolshape was unavailable between 7:30pm and 11pm.  This was due to an outage at the Amazon hosting service which also affected many other Internet services such as Foursquare, Reddit and AirBnB.  Please see the NY Times story below:

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/amazon-cloud-service-goes-down-and-takes-some-popular-web-sites-with-it/

We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers.  We are now looking into ways to reduce our reliance on a single service provider.

 

Flexible tasks and faster synchronization

New in Schoolshape 2.10:

Setting work for students is now much more flexible.  You can set:
- work for a small number of students, without having to create a new group
- the same task for multiple groups
- several pieces of work at once

You can also add or remove students from a task after it has already been started.

To set work for individual students without having to create groups:
First, create a resource or select one from the library, and click &;Set Work&;
Then, click on the students&; names.  Click OK to finish.

To set more than one piece of work at once:
Ctrl-click (on MacOS computers, Cmd-click) the relevant resources in the library, and then click &;Set work&;

To add a student to an ongoing task:
First, click on the task from your home screen or the task list
Then click &;Edit Task&;, then &;Students&;
Click on any student to add them to (or remove them from) the task, and click &;OK&; to finish.

Other updates include reducing the delay between teachers and students while supervising and controlling screens, improving the teacher&;s home screen display and the ability to convert pictures into picture labeling exercises.

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