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!

Quick Tips and Tricks for Admin: Attendance Dashboard

We wanted to update our Admin with some helpful hints regarding the Attendance Dashboard. Read below to learn more about how to view daily absences and tardies schoolwide!

  1. Go to the “Administration” tab and select “Attendance & Discipline” from the menu.Screen Shot 2017-08-27 at 10.40.11 PM
  2. When the attendance screen opens, you have a few options:
    1. You can select a class from the dropdown menu to review attendance for just that grade.
    2. You can set up your school holidays for the year.
    3. You can download attendance reports for archiving or printing purposes.
    4. You can view an Attendance Dashboard that will quickly show any students that have been marked as Tardy or Absent for a certain day or date range.Screen Shot 2017-08-27 at 10.48.53 PM.png
  3. Select the “Attendance Dashboard”.
  4. On this dashboard you are able to do a couple of different things:Screen Shot 2017-08-27 at 10.40.24 PM.png
    1. In Section A you can select a day or date range for the attendance you would like to view.  If you would like to view just one day put the same date in the “From Date” and “To Date” sections.
    2. In Section B you can select to filter just students who are Absent and/or Tardy or view all attendance statuses (including “present”) for the school. If you are looking to know which students are Absent or Tardy please select that from the drop down menu.
    3. In Section C and Section D you will see the student names and the attendance code in blue.  These items are in blue because you can click on them to make changes to the student’s attendance.
    4. If you are looking to print or save this daily report as a pdf you can do so directly in your browser, contact our support line for instructions that will work with the browser you are using!
  5. If you click on a student’s name you will have the opportunity to change their attendance for the day.  For example if a student was marked “Absent” and then arrived to school at 9am, the attendance can be updated here.Screen Shot 2017-08-27 at 10.40.40 PM

We hope these tips help and, as always, feel free to contact us with further questions regarding our Attendance Dashboard or any of our other features!

AirPlay: A Simple Way to Expand your Screen and Share Content

Ever wish you could make your screen a little bigger or share your music, movies, and photos on your TV? Look no further than Apple AirPlay!

AirPlay is the built in functionality in Apple devices that helps you mirror your screen on a bigger display and stream audio in external speakers using Apple TV. In order to set up AirPlay, you will need an iPhone/iPad/MacBook and an Apple TV. With these Apple products, you can then follow these 5 simple steps to get the most out of your AirPlay experience!

  1. Make sure that both your Apple TV and iPad/iPhone or MacBook are connected to the same WiFi network.
  2. Next, find AirPlay in the control center icon on your iPhone/iPad or on the top right corner of the menu bar for MacBooks.

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  1. Once you’ve found AirPlay, choose your Apple TV from the list of the Apple TVs that appear in the dropdown menu when you select the AirPlay icon.
  2. When connecting to an Apple TV for the first time, you will receive a code which you will then enter into your Apple device. Once you’ve done this initial setup once, you should then be able to connect to your Apple TV without a code simply by selecting it from that dropdown menu. After you select your Apple TV, your AirPlay is set up and you will see your screen appear on the TV. Your every move on your screen will now be mirrored on the larger screen of the TV to share with others.
  3. Once you want to stop mirroring your screen through AirPlay, you simply go back to the AirPlay icon and deselect your Apple TV.

We hope you find AirPlay efficient, useful, and easy to setup whether it’s in your classroom or at home!

Quick Tips to Help Your Student Become More Tech Savvy

In today’s world computer navigation and learning one’s way around technological resources for education can save hours each day and put students on the path to achieving success in their respective classes.

While technology, at times, can feel overwhelming, follow some of our tricks below to help your student organize their workflow and enhance learning development both in and out of the classroom:

  • Master Keyboard Shortcuts: Not only will this save you time on frequently used computer tasks, it will also help students become adept to important typing and keyboard skills.
  • Use Browser Bookmarks: No matter the browser, the bookmark tool can help students quickly navigate to frequently used web pages and online material with less searching and fewer clicks
    • All web browsers have their own built-in bookmarking features in the form of some type of star icon near the address bar, though locations may vary
    • Clicking on that specialized star will save a webpage to a bookmark list in the browser
  • File Organization: Similar to how bookmarks streamline online learning time, students should also create a filing system for computer documents to keep their work secure and easily accessible
    • A consistent filing system may include: name, date, subject and assignment type.
    • Google Drive is a popular information storage system your student may wish to utilize
    • Backup your data to prevent losing important data using the Google Drive, saving files to a flash drive, to an external hard drive, or in cloud storage
  • Computer Checkups: Just like it’s important for us to get check-ups, our devices need them too! A slow computer can be frustrating and cut-down on learning time.
    • Check your device for important updates
    • Remove clutter and unused shortcuts from your desktop
    • You should have a free antivirus program such as Avast, AVG Free, or Microsoft Security Essentials downloaded on your computer.
    • Shutting down and re-booting as well as removing duplicate or unneeded files can help speed things up!
    • Free up space by uninstalling unneeded programs with the Control Panel
    • Make sure at least 15% of your hard drive space is free at minimum
    • Run a disk defragment, allowing your hard drive to place all saved data together in order to make it easier to access

What tips or tricks do your students use to ease their online learning experience? Share below!

Content Filtering 101!

Here at Beehively, we work with your school to help ensure your students are safe online. With the online world today’s students live in, it is important to filter their access to the web during school hours. Here is a summary of how Beehively can help your school filter inappropriate content.

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Did you know? You have multiple options to block inappropriate images and other content even when using a free device management system or older devices.

  • Encourage students to use a safe search engine such as KidzSearch. This type of search engine is highly filtered, preventing students from accidentally running across inappropriate content.
  • Enforce Login to Chrome browser and block access to other browsers. The Chrome browser allows administration to set safe search on student profiles and monitor student activity.
  • If your iPads are older and cannot run the latest operating systems, filtering content will be very difficult. The latest operating systems support more options for filtering and monitoring student usage.

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For additional options and features, you can expand filtering with paid filtering services.

  • At Beehively, we are constantly researching and adjusting our recommendations for paid content filtering to take advantage of the most complete and “safe” system.  We are always willing to work with schools on their individual needs. If you are interested in more information regarding additional paid filtering services, please let us know.
  • Like all solutions, content filtering is not a 100% fail-safe and cannot replace the diligence and support of teachers in the classroom. Some of these options do restrict content that your teachers may want to access.