Spring Software Improvements

Beehively’s Web Services are better than ever!  Our team is celebrating today with the launch of a few great product enhancements, and we don’t want you to miss out on these improved features.

What is new with Beehively Web Services?

People Messaging: Our communication features have always been the backbone of our software and today they are even stronger.  You can now message individuals or a selection of users directly from within Beehively.  Just like with all our communication features, the system will track these messages so you know when users receive and open them.  To find out more about how to access this feature please see our support documentation here.

Custom Downloads: While all of our great pre-made downloads are still there, you now have the ability to customize the exact information you want to pull.  Looking for a birthday list for second graders, no problem! Do you want to run a search each month and download the name of parents who have an expired Driver’s License of file, use the saved search feature in conjunction with the new custom downloads to save time on these routine tasks.  For more information on how to use these new downloads please see our support article here.

Google Classroom Sync: Google Classroom integration is now available as a beta feature!  If you are interested in having your Google Classroom grades sync directly with your Beehively grade book send us an email at support@beehively.com.  More exciting things to come with Google this summer!

A Few Additional Improvements: Along with these major feature enhancements we are working every day to make small enhancements to the software.  Some additional items that were added this month include:

  • Apple Classroom downloads for Apple School Manager
  • Row and column highlighting in the grade book
  • Class averages in the grade book
  • Improved flow of announcements
  • Comment dates are now optional on report cards

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 documents, feel free to contact the Beehively support team at support@beehively.com

The Beehively Team

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!

 

 

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!

Beehively Summer Update: New Tools and Features for Admin Users

We have built a few more tools for admin users to have more control of announcements, searches, and users.

Announcements

First, announcements now have a timestamped history. You can see who created, edited, and approved each announcement just by clicking on its title from the Admin > Announcements page.

Second, Admin users now have the ability to view and reactivate deleted users. The deleted users page will look like this showing when they were deleted with the option to edit, bringing you to a page that allows you to approve and activate the user.

deleted

Approve and Activate

Approve

Database Tools

The new and improved search function allows administrators to query the database. This means that you can ask the system questions like, “Which users do not have addresses” in a query format and the system will generate a list that can then be downloaded. You can also save a search if you use it frequently.

A few of the most exciting query options include: first name, last name, homeroom, approval status, and birthday. Each of these can be queried in a number of ways. For a full list of query options, click here. To watch a quick video of the process, click here. We will update the list as new query options become available. Let us know if you have a request!

We heard your requests, so we created a whole new report! The new report is an Emergency Report. It generates a two sided sheet for each student that includes all of their emergency contact information, medical information, and releases for easy access and filing hard copies. This report can be downloaded from the directory.
Emergency Contact Report

We also added a new option to the announcement editor. You can now choose which types of users receive notification emails for any particular announcement. Just add any types of users in the box shown below.

Announcement

These announcements behave in the same manner on the Beehively homepage. If you are posting announcements that should only be seen by a certain group of people, please continue to use the group or class pages.

In addition to all these fun updates, you can also look forward to an all new look for Beehively announcement emails. We thought they could use a make-over, we hope you like it!

Do you have questions about our updates? Do you have requests for future updates? Let us know and keep your eyes out for more updates soon!

Happy Summer!

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.

Fall Release Update

Well, it has been two weeks since our big release and we can’t thank you enough for all of the wonderful feedback!  We are so happy that you love the updated design and are excited about the new features. This is just the start of some more great things to come!

We wanted to give you a short update on a few quick changes we have made in the past two weeks to adjust features based on your feedback.  When beta testing all of our releases we share the software with focus groups and do extensive testing, but sometimes you still surprise us!

We appreciate those surprises though – so we adapted quickly and have made the following updates in production:

  1. Brought back existing images to the Principal’s Corner and Spotlights
  2. Give schools the option to remove Files, Calendar Events and Spotlights from the homepage feed
  3. Adjusted the “Edit” and “Delete” button closer to the user’s name in the People section
  4. Added back the ability to color code calendar and homework calendar entries
  5. Adding holiday attendance for past dates
  6. Files has returned to the classroom menu options
  7. Returned the alpha sort option in the People section
  8. Increased the size of Announcements on the feed
  9. Adjusted class roster downloads

We have some additional exciting new features coming your way soon – in the meantime please keep sharing your ideas, it constantly pushes us to make our software better – and for that, we thank you!