iOS 11: New Features and Information

As we are sure you know, Apple has released the latest software for iPhones and iPads, iOS 11.  Apple is calling this update “A monumental leap for iPad” and there a few cool additions that may help educators in the classroom.  

As with any new software update, we highly recommend you do not update your iPads until we recommend it is safe to do so.  Typically, we will want to wait until iOS 11.1 is released and all the bugs have been worked out of the new software.  In addition, app developers (Schoology, Google, Pearson, Accelerated Reader, etc.) all need time to update their apps to work with iOS 11.

Upgrading your device to iOS 11 at this time may cause issues with performance and can not be easily reversed.

When it is safe to upgrade school iPads Beehively will be in touch to schedule this update with you directly.

In the meantime here are some additional notes on the new operating system:

 

Which Devices Support iOS 11:

All iPhones 5s and newer

iPad Pros

iPad Air & Air 2

iPad 5th generation

iPad mini 2, 3, & 4

Features Notable in Education:

New file browser that pulls files from supported cloud storage apps

Split view enhances multi-tasking by allowing two apps to display at once

New document scanner for filling and signing documents

Keyboard now displays numbers and commonly used punctuation without flipping between keyboards

 

Features Notable Outside of Education:

Drag and drop capability

Apple Pay is now integrated with iMessage

Photos has been updated to include more filters and Live Photos that create fun loops of video from your pictures

Redesigned App store

Increased Support for Apple Pencil

 

More Info: https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-11/

Beehively Feature Update: Report Distribution Panel

New feature alert! We are excited to reveal our updated report distribution feature that has a clearer layout with better visuals and resend buttons that are easier to maneuver. You can access our support document for all the details of this new feature here and read below for a few highlights!

  • “Bulk Reporting” will have you select your desired classroom, report type, and academic period and once you choose those filters, just hit “Send Report”.
  • Reports send out within 20 minutes, sometimes even 10 minutes but depending on the email client of the parent, the time can differ. You can monitor this process through the dashboard.
  • The dashboard allows you to view different statuses-via a bar graph- that explain different details such as how many reports have sent, how many have been opened, how many were posted, etc. This will give you information about who has opened the report or if there were any issues sending or receiving the report.

Our aim is always to make our system more user friendly and efficient for your needs- especially when it comes to communicating with parents. Let us know your thoughts and if you come across any issues not answered in our support document, feel free to contact the Beehively support team!

 

 

Navigating Grades on Your Beehively Grade Book

We want our teachers to be able to use their grade books to their fullest potential so we put together some quick guidelines to get the most out of this tool!

Overview Screen

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  • The overview screen acts as your editable web view of the report card. Here you can view or override the subject grade and enter marks for each skill/standard.
  • The subject grade is generated based on assignment scores, OR can be manually entered on this overview page.
  • Click in the grade/mark box to pull up the scores from the selected grade definition.

Entering Assignments

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  • From the subject page, select “New Assignment”
  • Enter in the assignment details, select the maximum points and category
  • Use item level scoring to grade by the number of items
  • Use the bulk assign option to assign the same score to all students
  • Add to Homework Calendar to also post this to your Homework Calendar
  • Use your keyboard to enter scores and see the student’s overall grade immediately recalculate

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Adding and Removing Students

  • Click the triangle next to the subject name to access all subjects for the class
  • Click “Edit” to access the subject edit page

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  • To remove students from this subject, click the minus sign next to their name from the “Students” tab
  • Click “Add Students” to select additional students from this class, or select a different class to add students from another homeroom
  • Click the plus sign to add the students

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  • Don’t forget to SAVE!

Categories and Weighting

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  • Add the categories you use right to your subjects on the subject edit page
  • Use your predefined categories, or type in your own
  • Use weights to adjust your grading by category, or just use the categories to sort assignments
  • Assigning a weight tells the system how to weight the assignments in that category
  • Weights must total 100

We hope you find these informative as you individualize your grade books to what you need for your classes and students!

Still have questions? No problem-contact us at support@beehively.com or (888) 851-4879 and we would be happy to help!

 

Putting Computer Science First

The building blocks of computer science and coding are becoming increasingly more important to understand in today’s world of ever-evolving technology. Luckily, Google has created a program called CS First that is a free and easy to use program designed for teachers to expose students to computer science through in and after-school clubs. The best part? No experience is necessary!

CS First aims to provide 4th-8th graders access to computer science education and increase their comfortability around computers. Clubs can be run for several days or weeks at a time and there are a wide range of themes such as storytelling, animation, sports, game design, music, etc. The curriculum is set up so that each club has eight projects within the chosen theme that help students build a basic foundation of computer science knowledge. There are also sample activities you can try out before signing up for a specific project theme.

The program provides teachers all the training and materials needed to begin and run a club. Once teachers have the students and access to computers, internet, and headphones- they are ready to start! Teachers can set up their club online, then CS First will give the teacher the curriculum and materials and the teacher is then free to organize the club how they see fit.

With over 700,000 users, CS First is an effective and user-friendly way to begin teaching students the important concepts of computer science and how to use technology to as a tool of creation and innovation.

And check out how CS First has already impacted a school district in Los Angeles!