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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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You have your Google Classroom set-up, but now what? Luckily, with Google Classroom you can integrate with many applications – but go slow. Master one integration before you introduce the next. Too many new tools and resources can be confusing for students and overwhelming for teachers. You will find success when you take baby steps.
Explore some great ways to take your Google Classroom to the next step b
Extension: Share to Classroom
- Extensions are browser add-ons that act as shortcuts for your internet activity.
- The “Share to Classroom” extension enables you to easily share web pages with your Google Classroom.
- Simply click the extension button from any website, select how to share the page (as an announcement, question, or assignment), and click post.
See instructions here to install “Share to Classroom”
Google Drive/Google Classroom Connection
Google Forms in the Classroom
Doodle 4 Google 2018 is live! If you aren’t sure why this is exciting, or maybe you’re not quite sure what doodling means, let us explain. You know that little picture above the search box if you visit Google.com? The one that celebrates historical figures or events and changes every day? Your students can make one!
This year is Google’s 10th anniversary of their contest “Doodle 4 Google” competition. This competition melds art and technology by encouraging students to create their very own Google doodle. The contest theme this year is inspiration.
The contest is open to K-12 students around the world. The national winner of the contest will receive a $30,000 scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school or non-profit organization and the opportunity to work with the Doodle team to make their doodle become interactive for Google’s homepage! Each doodle needs to incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e but the student can be as creative as they would like, mixing any type of media to create their master doodle.
Help your students and children follow these easy steps to participate in this year’s event!
- Download or print the entry form.
- Make the doodle using any materials you’d like.
- Write a description about the doodle and what inspired it.
- Fill out the rest of the entry form and sign it.
- Submit the doodle following these guidelines.
Learn more fun facts about Doodle 4 Google on their site- you don’t want your students or children to miss out on this opportunity to show Google what inspires them!
Make sure to read the contest rules before getting started.
Doodle 4 Google is accepting entries from January 8 – March 2, 2018 so…get doodling! If you want to take your class a step further, have them code their own animation for their doodles using CSFirst curriculum.
Did your students enter the Doodle 4 Google contest? Share your experience (and awesome doodles) in the comments.
Do your students ask about coding or computer science? Are you looking for an easy way to dip your toes into the ocean of computer science? Never fear, the Hour of Code is almost here! Get your students, and yourself, excited about the wide world of computer science by participating in a worldwide event.
The Hour of Code started in 2013 as an opportunity to show how accessible coding can be to anyone with access to a computer. Hour of Code is focused on the premise that every student should have the opportunity to become well-versed in computer science. They explain their mission as helping to build creative thinking, enhance problem solving, and strengthen logic and reasoning through computer science.
With the boom of computer based industries and careers, it seems like a no-brainer to introduce coding and computer skills to younger and younger students. You might be shocked by these statistical representations of coding and computer science:
- 71% of all new STEM jobs involve computing yet only 8% of STEM graduates are in computer science
- Studies have shown that students’ favorite subjects are the arts and computer science
- Women who study AP Computer Science in high school are ten times more likely to major in it in college and Black and Hispanic students are seven times more likely– the key is to start education early!
- A student who majors in computer science in college can earn 40% more than the average college graduate
- Jobs in computer science are everywhere. In fact, computing jobs are currently the top source of new jobs in the U.S.
- Only ten states have developed K-12 standards for computer science.
- In 2013, only 12 states allowed computer science to count for a math or science high school graduation requirement and now 34 states and D.C. allow it- some requirements are statewide, while other states let the schools decide
Less than half of the schools in the U.S. teach computer science . Hour of Code is on a mission to change those statistics! Last year, the wildly successful Hour of Code helped engage over 100 million students in computer science. This year, Hour of Code hopes you and your school will join the movement. No experience is necessary and the lessons are applicable to all ages. Hour of Code provides free one hour tutorials in over 45 languages and have already registered almost 70,000 events for this year!
Hour of Code happens each year during Computer Science Education Week. This year, it will be December 4-10.
Check out their simple how-to tutorial to see how you can run an Hour of Code and sign up to take part in this incredible and enriching experience. Make sure to watch some of the success stories from past years to get inspired!
BONUS CHALLENGE: You have an opportunity to win a celebrity chat for your class when you create an app, game, or design with Code.org and tag #HourOfCode and one of their celebrities to have a chance at winning a special video chat for your class! Check out what the celebrities are looking for in the projects, here!
We hope you can take advantage of this great program and let us know your thoughts once you do- happy coding! Please let us know if you would like more information about introducing a computer science curriculum to your school. You can also find year-round lesson plans and coding games at code.org.
Diving into the world of Computer Science can be a bit overwhelming for many students and teachers. Don’t be intimidated, there are dozens of online services that are dedicated to teaching students to code in fun, friendly and interactive ways. We wanted to dedicate a few blog posts to talk about some great options to start coding in the classroom. Enjoy!
Whenever the subject of coding comes up, our first response is always, “Have you tried Codecademy?” Codecademy is an excellent tool for easing students and teachers into the world of coding. If you have never written a line of code in your life, this is the place to start. The program is entirely free for the bulk of its content and spans many levels and languages. What makes Codecademy so accessible is that everything can be done from within the browser on any device. Since Codecademy does not require external downloads or applications, it can be used on shared devices like chromebooks, iPads,or lab computers. This means you never have to worry about saving files, distributing files to a class, or any of the messy techy jargon that can bog down the learning process.
Everything in Codecadamy is kept in one, easy-to-use place that allows teachers to track students progress. They provide a very clean, simple user interface with step-by-step instructions on the left side bar, a large colorful simplified text editor in the center, and the console output on the right. This layout is important because it allows the students to work on one page without needing to tab between several different windows and files.
Codecademy provides starter code and asks students to fill in bits and pieces rather than creating entire documents from scratch which can be very daunting for a beginner. With this program, everything is self contained within the web browser, which makes getting it up and running very easy. Codecademy offers courses in nearly every programming language and is an excellent choice for teachers who want to teach their students the basics of programming for free. Although most of Codecademy is free, they do offer a Pro Version for $20 per month. This adds additional features including projects, guided learning paths and quizzes. However, most of this is extra information and Codecademy does a great job of making all the content you need completely free.
Let us know what you think- is Codecademy a hit or are you still looking for other options to explore the world of coding with your students?
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!