Attendance Dashboard (Private Beta)

We understand how busy a Teacher’s day can get, and how this may lead to them forgetting to take attendance in QuickSchools. To resolve this, we now introduce a new feature — the Attendance Dashboard.

This feature is in BETA: If you would want this enabled for your school, please contact our Support Team.

This new feature would display the periods of a given day where attendance is Not Yet Taken. It is applicable for Homeroom, Period, or Subject-Based Attendance, and allow the Global Attendance Takers to either (1) Take attendance on behalf of the teacher; or (2) Send an Email notifying the teacher of the attendance yet to be taken.

To know more about our Attendance Dashboard feature, please see our Support Guide linked below:

Gradebook Webinar and more

I just wanted to express a quick thanks to all those who attended our webinar earlier today on the QuickSchools Gradebook. We covered a LOT of features in a short period of time, and so we went a little fast:

If you’d like access to a recording of the webinar, please fill in the survey that was sent to you. The recording is only available to subscribed schools. But we do have a copy of the presentation available below:

Finally, just a quick reminder that our Webinar Series will continue next month on the topics of Online Forms. This is also a large topic, and we may break it up into multiple sessions, to go over the various components. We look forward to seeing you there.

Google Classroom Synchronization Profiles

As mentioned in our New Release – March 22, 2021, we have added a new feature to our Google Classroom Integration — Synchronization by Profile.

THIS IS A BETA FEATURE: To have this feature enabled, please contact our Support Team.

This feature allows you to synchronize your Google Classroom courses in batches. This is ideal for schools will a large number of students and courses.

Some things to note about this feature:

  • Profiles are dependent on the courses being mapped under STEP 3.
    • Courses that aren’t mapped in STEP 3, will not be available in the Profile
    • If a course is unmapped in STEP 3, the course will also be automatically removed from the Profile.
    • When courses are remapped in STEP 3 at the start of a new semester, the Profile will also need to be updated with the latest mappings. Mappings from the previous term will no longer apply.
  • To avoid the sync getting timed out, we recommend having a maximum of 35 courses per Profile.
  • Multiple Profiles can be scheduled to be synced at the same time. However, each profile will be synchronized one at a time.

To know more about our Google Classroom Synchronization Profiles, see our Support Article linked below:

New Release – April 12, 2021

Here are the latest improvements in QuickSchools:

Google Classroom Improvements

  • Map students by email address – See below
  • Search feature for Profiles (Beta)

Email Improvements

  • Introduce Send History when sending Email from Templates – See below
  • Improve performance when emailing attachments from modules (Report Cards, Gradebook, Fee Tracking)
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes related to attachments

Other General Improvements

  • NEW: Attendance Dashboard for Not-Yet-Taken (Beta) – See below
  • Improve how Summary Reports are run for long queries
  • Live Stream now support recurring meetings
  • Search Student by Email Address and Phone Number
  • Ability to Schedule Synchronize with Sync 
  • Ability to disable Chat Box for Online Forms – See below
  • Fileroom App now supports sharing with Students
  • Improve Search on Teachers Lounge (Beta)
  • School Notes for new Self-Enrollment (Beta)
  • Miscellaneous improvements to Announcements
  • Miscellaneous improvements to Master Scheduler
  • Bug fix when managing Live Stream for Teachers
  • Bug fix when a new document is uploaded to the Student record

Mapping Students in Google Classroom

When mapping students in Google Classroom, the system now displays the email address, so that it’s easier to match students. This is particularly useful when students use their own personal Google Accounts for Google Classroom, and thus may have names in a foreign language:

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New Release – Mar 22, 2021

This is an expedited Sprint (only 2 weeks instead of 3). We have a few beta features we’re pushing out, plus some miscellaneous performance enhancements and bug fixes. 

Here are the latest improvements in QuickSchools:

New Features in Private Beta

  • Student Self-Enrollment
  • Attendance Notification for Not Yet Taken
  • Google Classroom Synchronization by Profile

Other General Improvements

  • New User Field in Interventions (introduced in previous release) is now reportable in Report Creator
  • Bug fix when deleting students
  • Timezone Bug fix when importing into Gradebook
  • Refactor framework for Email Messaging
  • New internal framework to support student subscription limits

Student Self-Enrollment (Beta)

This is a new feature to allow students to directly enroll into courses from the student portal (without using Course Requests from the Master Scheduler module). If the student is already enrolled into a courses, the student can unenroll from them:

New Self-Enrollment Feature for Students (Beta)

And there’s an “Add Course” button for students to select courses to enroll into:

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Gradebook Templates

The Gradebook Template in QuickSchools is one of several features available in the Gradebook for teachers. It’s available on the top right corner of the Gradebook next to the Full Screen icon: 

Use Gradebook Templates to copy columns between subjects

The Gradebook Template allows you to templatize an existing Gradebook, essentially allowing you to copy the columns in the current Gradebook, and insert them into another subject / course. Here we see several saved templates:

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Upcoming Webinars for March and April

March will be the first month where we’ll hold 2 webinars, one for Administrators and one for Teachers, as part of our Webinar Series. The QuickSchools webinar on Google Classroom Integration for Administrators was done last week, and we have an equivalent webinar for Teachers scheduled for next week. The webinar itself is almost full, so we’re super excited to see everyone there, and get some feedback on the feature as well.

Teachers can pull grades from Google Classroom

Next month, we’re aiming to do 2 more webinars. With the new school year coming up fast, our next webinar for administrators will be on the Admissions module which is included in all the subscription plans. More details to come soon. 

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Net Promoter Score (NPS)

We recently posted a short survey for administrators in QuickSchools in order to get a sense of how we’re doing, as well as to collect feedback on future improvements. The survey was simply to answer the question “How likely are you to recommend QuickSchools to a friend or colleague?”:

This type of survey is typically called a “Net Promoter Score” or NPS. And in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business, companies strive for a score above 40. And it looks like we fared pretty well this time around:

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