New Release – Jun 20, 2022

In today’s release, we continue to make security improvements, PLUS a mix of improvements to the Orchestra Master Scheduler, Online Forms, Fee Tracking, and the Report Creator, just to name a few.

New “Login History” under “Settings”

Here is a list of the latest QuickSchools improvements:

Master Scheduler Improvements

  • Expand new “Scheduling Algorithm” in Step 4
  • Improve Debug logging in Step 4

Security Improvements

  • Login History for User (see above)
  • Include School Info in Email Notifications
  • Change sender for Email Notifications
  • Bug fix Email Notification when teacher is added/removed from a Role
  • Other General security improvements

General (Functional) Improvements

  • Limit how Form Packets can be accessed by Grade Level (see below)
  • Audit Trail History for Form Packet configuration changes (see below)
  • Option to receive email notification when a scheduled task is completed (see below)
  • Ability to schedule Summary Reports
  • Report Creator Data Definitions for Online Payment Transaction Fees and Attempted Amount on Failed Charges
  • Ability to preview Teachers’ Documents
  • Show Assessments from My WorkSpace
  • Disable Bulk Actions on Teacher for non-School Admin
  • Update API Resource for Zapier

General Bug Fixes

  • Fix Report Card when Gradebook Formulas are not used consistently across multiple academic terms
  • Bug Fix Email Notifications from Mobile

Beta Improvements / Fixes

  • Option to BCC with Mass Email Messaging
  • Option to hide “Upload Date” in Teachers’ Documents tab 
  • Student tab for Sign-In/Sign-Out history
  • Allow student to pay via ACH Only (i.e. Disable Pay via Credit Card)

Improvements to Online Forms

We’ve made a few improvements to the Online Forms module, namely:

  • Form packets can now be made specific to a grade level
  • View changes made to a Form packet

When configuring a Form Packet, you can now specify grade levels to show the entire form packet:

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Roundup: Scheduling with Orchestra

Over the years, we’ve continuously built the Orchestra Master Scheduler (our standalone scheduling software) to provide a better user experience. In this post, we’ve curated articles related to Orchestra. Without further ado, let’s take a look:

Announcing the Orchestra Master Scheduler

Setting up the Master Scheduler

Configuring the Master Scheduler

Related Articles

If you’d like to know more about our Orchestra Master Scheduler, sign up for our upcoming webinar on June 23, 2022 at 11 am PST / 2 pm EST.

This webinar is the perfect time for you to see a live demo and/or ask questions. Book a slot for yourself by logging on to your QuickSchools account, and signing up from the Teachers’ Lounge page. If you do not have a QuickSchools account and you’re curious to learn more about Orchestra, please send an email to eruani@quickschools.com to register.

We look forward to seeing you!

Is using social media in the classroom a good idea?

impact of social media in the classroom

Ever thought of using social media as an educational tool in your classroom? Maybe now is the time. It is a great tool that can enrich the learning experience and improve communication. Form a deeper connection between your school and students. For instance, students can be updated with events and happenings through the school’s social media profile. We look into ways how using social media in the classroom can be helpful in the classroom.

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June Webinar: Orchestra Master Scheduler

Summer is here, and we’re counting down the days to host our first summer webinar. Sign up and you’ll get an exclusive look into our Orchestra Master Scheduler! 

Discussion highlights include:

  • A brief overview of the philosophy guiding design decisions for the Orchestra Master Scheduler (OMS)
  • Latest improvements which include reject analysis, allowing conflicts, and color-coding
  • Product roadmap              

This webinar is suitable for school administrators as well as principals. In addition, we welcome current OMS users and those looking for a scheduling system to help them simplify their work.

As per usual, our webinar is interactive. The 30-minute presentation session includes a live demo. You’ll also get to post questions and answer polls. We’ll follow up with a 30-minute Q&A session. Here’s your chance to engage in a more detailed discussion with our panelists. We’d love to answer your questions and hear any suggestions/feedback from you.

The Orchestra Master Scheduler webinar will be held on Thursday, June 23 at 11 AM (PDT) / 2 PM (EDT). For current QuickSchools and Orchestra customers, you can register by logging on to your QuickSchools account. The registration link is available on the Teachers’ Lounge page. If you’re not currently our customer, please send an email to eruani@quickschools.com to let us know of your interest in attending our webinar.

Looking forward to hosting you!

Current QuickSchools and Orchestra customers can register by logging on to QuickSchools and clicking on the “Register Now” button on the Teachers’ Lounge page.

The impact social media has on your students – the pros and cons

how social media impacts your students, both the positive and negative

Social media has been around for some time. It allows users to post or react to content posted online. Many, if not most, students have access to a variety of different platforms. Some popular social media networks are Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and recently TikTok. More new platforms are emerging as we speak.

It is without a doubt that social media is great for news and entertainment. However, like all other things, has its pros and cons. Today we will be discussing the impacts of social media in the classroom, both the good and the bad. 

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