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 Summer Update: Settings That Are Even Easier to Use!

We’re having a busy summer here at Beehively. Along with all of the updates you have already heard about, we are making our software, even more, user friendly.

We have redesigned the subject edit page so that it lays out all of the information more clearly. The page now has tabs that clearly divide the different information you are used to. If you don’t see what you are looking for, let us know as we may have renamed it.

You can also edit multiple subjects at once! This means that you can change what your parents can see for all of your subjects without clicking into each one individually. You can find this screen by clicking on Grades/Reports in the Admin menu.Gradebook, classroom report, and report legend settings have been moved to a more easily accessible location. They are the settings you are used to, but can now be found in the Reporting section of the Administration Menu.

The homework notification system has also been updated. You can now set your homework assignment with the date it will be assigned and the date that it is due. This allows you to tell the system when to send out the notification emails for each assignment. To send a notification on the assignment date, make sure you check “notify parents by email”.

For our wonderful Admin users, the School Profile page received a makeover this summer! All the options that were on this page before are still there along with a new option! You can now control what items show up in homepage feeds (i.e. Announcements, Calendar events, Spotlights, principal’s messages… )

We hope you’re having a great summer. Keep checking in for more Beehively updates.

As always, let us know if you have any questions by email support@beehively.com or calling (888) 851-4879. You can also leave a comment here!

Have a Question? Text Us!

We have great news! It is now more convenient than ever to ask us a question. Just text us a note and we’ll text you right back.

To reach us by text, please add (530) 883-8835 to your phone and send us a text message with your name and the name of your school. We’ll save you in our system and know who you are whenever you text.

Don’t worry, we won’t share your information or text you unless you text us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Beehively Team

(Now with texting!)

Standard messaging rates apply. Please check with your carrier for details.

File Related Service Notice

2:20

Great news! The internet has begun to heal and all Beehively file services are now accessible! If you would like more information on the service disruptions across the internet today, CNet has a nice overview here.

To clarify, attachments and files are now behaving as expected. We will respond here if there are any further updates.

2:07

Files are almost back to normal!

Previously uploaded files and information are now behaving. Unfortunately, newly generated attachments and PDF outputs are still not loading as expected. Hang tight. As we continue to monitor the situation further updates will be posted here.

12:26

Files are currently misbehaving in Beehively.  For parts of the software where you use attachments, you may find they either do not load or take a very long time to load.  For example, files are used when attaching content or accessing progress report PDF outputs.

Except for this file issue, all other services are running normally, like grading, announcements, and urgent alerts.

We are working resolving this issue and have identified the cause.  We will update this notice when it’s resolved.

Winter Break Release!

Welcome Back!

We hope you all had a wonderful break and are starting off the new year well.

We were very productive while school was out and we’re detailing three of these updates for you below.

First, you can now remove events in a recurring series without removing the entire series. I know a lot of you have been asking for this feature and it is here!

Second, we have updated the “Principal’s Message” section to improve usability! This section is a great place to share school-wide notices from the Principal (for example, a note about Catholic Schools Week).

  • We moved “Principal’s Message” to the drop-down menu instead of the previous checkbox.
    • When this option is selected, the “more” menu automatically opens for you to select whether or not you would like to send an email.

principals-corner-example

Third, we have made some updates to the announcement feature so that it is clearer and simpler to use.

  •   We added a message to notify the user that “School” is selected. This will send the announcement to the entire school and post on the homepage.

school-wide-announcement-example


With all of the recent holidays, we also wanted to remind you that holidays can be added to attendance at the school level. Your classroom teachers and office staff do not need to enter holidays one student at a time.

If you would like assistance setting this up, please email support@beehively.com

Please keep sharing your wonderful ideas for Beehively’s future. Your feedback helps us to update the system in truly meaningful ways.