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/

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!)

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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.

Beehively Update: What Do These Flags Mean!?

You may have returned from Thanksgiving break to find some exciting new Beehively updates – including this little symbol appearing on the the Overview screen:Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 10.48.35 AM

The orange flag will appear beneath select students within a single subject area. You can see it under Troy’s Reading class in the below screenshot.

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If you try to enter a grade override in that box, it won’t save. What gives!? Well, this symbol signifies that Troy is not enrolled in that subject. Therefore, no Reading grade can be assigned to him.

This is especially useful if you have a mixed-level class. For example,  some students in your homeroom may not be in primary Math, but rather in Algebra. This symbol allows you to see, at a glance, which students are and aren’t assigned to primary Math.

If the student should be in a flagged subject, you can “edit” the subject, select “Add Students,” click Troy’s name and save. He’s now good to go!

If you ever forget the meaning of this symbol, hover over the mark for a short reminder.

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Other improvements include:

  • Improved speed on the Overview entry screen
  • Standards Based Report Card signature line improvements
  • Excused absences now count towards overall absent count

As always, support@beehively.com is available 24/7 should you have any questions, concerns or suggestions. Happy grading!

 

Beehively Update: Gradebook Improvements

Welcome to the new school year! We are staying busy here at Beehively – as our new gradebook is used by more and more folks, we continue to make changes to improve the user experience.

With the handy autosave feature of our new gradebook, we found some were having trouble with poor network connectivity impacting their grades. If a teacher enters grades without being connected to the internet – they don’t save to the gradebook. We definitely don’t want that!

In this release, we have implemented an error message when a grade doesn’t save. This allows users to know when their internet may be down, or another computer issue causes failure to save a grade.

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As shown above, a red error mark appears when a grade did not save successfully. If this happens, ensure your computer has a strong network connection or try to refresh the page. Keep in mind any grades with an error beside them will not be saved.

Next, we will cover the brand new “saving icon.” Displayed below is a user entering grades. Once he or she types in the points and hits “enter” to move to the next student down, a new icon will emerge (grey circular loading icon). 

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This icon signifies that the system is in the process of saving that grade. Once the grade is saved successfully, the icon will vanish. Look fast, because it goes away quickly! If your internet connection is sluggish, the saving icon may remain on your screen longer. If the grade loads far too long, this signifies potential network issues and the grade may move to “unsaved” error mode.

We hope these new icons will be helpful in cases of network or device issues causing gradebook problems.

Also look forward to our next release on September 17th! Some minor fixes and improvements include:

  • Created the option to remove the preferred name field in people profiles
  • Improved assignment saving (faster and better than ever!)
  • We improved the the assignment creation and edit dialogue so vanishing assignment issues are no more!
  • Fixed some stale data issues to resolve lingering assignment marks
  • Subject grades can now be entered by for all students at once using the overview screen
  • The ability to undo overridden grades is now up and running again
  • Warning message when accessing the new Gradebook using Internet Explorer
  • Improved category filtering in the new Gradebook
  • Newly created categories will now have blank weighting – no more 100% defaults!

As always, please contact support@beehively.com with any questions, concerns or suggestions!

The Buzz: Beehively Summer 2015 Updates

As we head towards the new school year, Beehively has worked on improving and streamlining the user experience. A few of our notable updates are listed below:

New Text Editor. You wished for a new text editor, and we listened! Included in this updated text editor are additional features:

  • Strikethrough text
  • Numbered & bulleted lists
  • Improved tables and –
  • Font choices!

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Report Distribution now has all report types. Progress reports, missing assignment reports and all formats of report cards are now available for your school to send home – completely paperless! If report distribution is not yet turned on for your school and you would like to try it out, contact support@beehively.com.

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We cleaned up the reports area. We streamlined the naming conventions of your favorite reports, so the staff can have a better and easier experience come report time.  Feel free to explore and find the best report for your school’s needs! Contact support@beehively.com if you have any trouble locating your previously used reports. They are all still there!

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Inline file viewing – parents can now view Beehively files* within their web browser, rather than having to download! *Applies to PDFs and image files.

Other improvements include:

  • Restored components of volunteer feature functionality
  • Various bug fixes, always to better your experience!