If you’re using the Master Scheduler in QuickSchools, the Alternate Bell Schedule can be used to reformat the main Bell Schedule into a weekly schedule. This includes displaying classes that meet at different times throughout the week. Here’s an example:
In this example, Math, Science and English meet 3 times a week, while the remaining classes meet only twice a week. In order to produce a weekly schedule like this, you’ll need to configure a main Bell Schedule that contains all distinct periods, in this case 7 classes that meet twice a week (designated as “A” periods), and 3 classes that meet 3 times a week (designated as “B” periods):
Bulk Create Block Sections (based on Lecture-Lab combinations)
Bulk Remove Block Sections
Ability to adjust target limit for Step 5 Load
Bug fixes related to running Step 4 with orphaned sections
Google Classroom Synchronization
Improved support for teachers to synchronize individual courses
Bug fixes related to Timezone and Scale Score Formulas.
Other General Improvements
Automated emails for Online Form Submissions when status is changed
Automated emails for Online Payments
Improve Notification features for Assignments and Submissions
Improve support for shared addresses in Admissions module
Improve support when taking attendance from the Attendance Calendar on the Student record
New Importer for Subjects/Sections-Based Attendance
Extend timeout for large Stock Take in Library App
Bug fix when a school within a group is suspended and archived
Bug fix for Temperature App
Miscellaneous improvements to Summary Reports related to Attendance
Internal monitoring framework improvements
Automated Emails for Online Forms
If you’ve installed the Online Forms App, there is a new feature to allow you to automatically send out an email when the status of a submission changes. Check out the new Mail icon on the Submissions page (similar to the Mail icon for Gradebook):
When you click on it, you’ll be able to customize an email that gets sent whenever a submission is changed to that status:
With the release of the new Assignments module (which is an improvement over the previous Homework module), we’ve expanded the flow for handling assignments over the portals in QuickSchools. Here’s a rough summary:
Teachers can now post assignments in real-time, or schedule an assignment to be published at a specific date / time in the future. This means that teachers can plan out and configure assignments for the entire academic term, and the system will publish them automatically:
When creating an assignment, teachers can specify if the assignment requires a submission, and whether the assignment will be graded. For graded assignments, a column in the Gradebook can be created and linked automatically.
Students can very easily view all upcoming assignments. Assignments can be filtered by subject, and sorted by the column headers:
With 2021 now in full swing, it’s important to understand how teachers can utilize QuickSchools to communicate and engage with students effectively. Here we highlight a few sample scenarios, how teachers can communicate with students.
The “Class Discussion” feature (part of the “Homework” and “Assignments” modules) is a great way to discuss topics online. Only students enrolled into the class are able to post messages for any given subject:
As a teacher, you can also post a new discussion thread to multiple subjects at the same time using the “Also post to subjects” box. Simply select one or more subjects from the dropdown:
We’re now at the end of 2020, and what a challenging year it has been. As with previous years, it’s always good to spend a little time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, and revisit what it means to be a technology provider for hundreds of schools around the world. And we hope our efforts here at QuickSchools will continue to make a positive and lasting impact to all our customers.
2020 has been particularly challenging due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. With that, we’ve focused our efforts towards providing and improving our capabilities for Online Learning. This includes:
One of our new goals moving forward is to provide a simple and easy to use Learning Management System (LMS) that’s in the style and spirit of QuickSchools. And we’ve had a blast developing this feature so far with your help and feedback.
Google Classroom Integration
Of all the Learning Management Systems (LMS) that we readily integrate to, Google Classroom has received a lot of attention, due to its cost-effectiveness and robust application. We’ve added many new features to simplify the way grades are transferred into QuickSchools:
This is the 17th and last release of 2020. Most schools will be on break right now. We’re looking forward to a bright 2021, with awesome new features and improvements. As always, your feedback is important to us, so let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see in a future release.
But for now, here are the latest improvements in QuickSchools:
Fix Department Constraints
Enhance ways for setting up Course Offering
New function to Lock All Sections in Step 5
Show Periods that have been restricted via Constraints
Set Student Portal Course Requests as INACTIVE by default, when an enrollment period is activated.
Improve wording of certain phrases
COMING SOON: Temperature App
Store student temperatures
Customize Health Screening questions
Works with externally scanner
Other General Improvements
Administrator can charge credit cards from Family Billing (See below)
Increase size limit for files uploads not related to email messaging
Bug fix when uploading multiple files with the same name
Improvement to District/Group School, to support more data to be copied over when students / teachers are transferred between schools.
Improve support for Name Formats when enrolling student from Online Forms
Report Creator Support for Subject ID (used for data exports)
Report Summary Support for Gradebook Total Marks Possible
Improve support for adding/updating subject attendance from the student record
Support links in template descriptions for Transcripts
Fix labelling support for Homework
Fix App Store error when loading reviews linked to a deleted user.
Various improvements to server infrastructure
Various improvements to the test environment
Security login improvement (login counter and timeout)
Charging Credit Cards via Family Billing
In a previous release, we introduced the ability for administrators to charge credit cards that were entered via the Student and Parent Portals. However, this feature was only available for schools using Student Billing. We’ve now extended this functionality to also support Family Billing:
This feature can be enabled when you configure the Fee Tracking module as an administrator:
In response to the year of Covid-19, we are preparing a new Temperature App, that will allow schools to quickly record and track student temperature readings, along with responses to health screening questions that can be customized. Here’s a preview of what the app looks like:
When taking a student temperature, you can use the Custom Fields widget to create screening questions:
More details for this app will be announced soon. Do enjoy the rest of your December Break!
Despite our previously planned outage on Dec 27, we unfortunately need some additional time to complete some server upgrades. QuickSchools will be offline this Friday, on Jan 1, 2021, starting at 1 am US Eastern Time. The QuickSchools service will be offline for approximately 2 hours.
We hope all users will take this time for a well-deserved break, and enjoy a good start to the 2021 calendar year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support staff via email or chat.
Our Live Chat Service will be offline starting 4 pm US Eastern Time (EST) on Thursday Dec 24 in observance of Christmas. We’ll be back online on Saturday at 8 am EST. Please leave us a message, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can:
Likewise, our Live Chat Service will also be offline starting 4 pm US Eastern Time (EST) on Thursday Dec 31 in observance of New Years. We’ll be back online on Saturday January 2 at 8 am EST.