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K-12 Release 13.09

K-12 Release 13.09


Hi! My name is Derek and I’m part of the K12 Content Design and Development team here at Blackbaud. Here’s what’s new for the August 22 release. Core and general features. It’s a new school year and we’d like all administrators to begin building a vital new habit in preparation for an upcoming change. When you need to edit a user’s profile data, start by using the People Finder to access the Core view of the user’s profile. In future releases, you’ll notice user records include additional information and important settings. So much so, that later this fall, we plan to remove the Edit User Profile Data task from the User Menu, because you’ll do those things from the user profile instead. So, use these new buttons any time you want to edit a user’s profile data. For now, many of these still link to the older Podium or Bridged interfaces. To quickly return to the profile, use your browser’s back button or these “breadcrumb” links. Additionally, from a Contact card, when you select a related user, you’ll stay in the Core view of that user’s profile too. Those aren’t the only improvements to the Core profile and Contact cards. For example, we’ve also made it easier for parents to review their contact status for emergencies. So be sure to check out the release letter for full details. We have added a new column to the User List in Core called Default privacy setting differences. This column allows schools to easily view differences between a user’s selected privacy settings and the default privacy settings set profile publish access. Academics With schools and teachers coming back from summer vacation, we’ve added a link under My Day to a blog that recaps all of the changes to assignments, rubrics, Gradebook, and other features teachers typically use. The link can be found from the Faculty persona on My Day after logging in. Student submitted files from Google Drive are now automatically shared with the teachers of the class. Before attaching a Google Drive file to an online submission assignment, students see the file name, type of file, and who the file is going to be shared with. All Teachers for the active term are selected to have the file shared with them by default. Students can select or add specific users from Share if needed. Please note that Share Access is managed through Google directly. When editing the Marking Period under Gradebook settings, improved validation for the Marking period start/end date prevents incorrect values from being selected. This is intended to prevent the user from selecting a date outside of the term selected.  We recently added the ability to include Official Notes on report cards. With this release, schools can apply this setting to all existing Official Notes of a specific type. Once the Official Note type is saved, you are prompted to confirm that you want all existing Official Notes to print on report cards. We are still adding new features to the Report Card Builder that was made available with last month’s release. Grading managers can now include Awards on Report Cards. To add awards, drag Awards from the Summary section of the design form step for the report card template. Nurses now have access to a Medical Student Notes list type allowing them to quickly view all medical student notes at once. Access it from Manage Medical Lists, Build a New List, then Medical Student Notes List from the available types. This list type will display each note on its own line for easy viewing. Enrollment management. Guided By and Interviewed By fields are now available placeholders for visit confirmation and reminder notifications. Extracurricular While inside Group Finder, users can now save the current list, load any previously saved Group Finder lists, or export the list like any of the other lists currently in the product. And while you’re here, remember to check out the release letter for details about features mentioned in this video as well as information about additional new features and enhancements. As always, thanks for watching!

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