New Features: Are You Ready for Badges and Android Mobile Resource Access?
We hope your summer (or winter, depending on where you are) has been great thus far. It's smoldering here in NYC and, in the spirit of the season, we've released some hot new features just for you.
But before we get into all of that, we are ecstatic to present you with—drumroll please—the Forger's Badge!
OK, so you don't actually need this badge to use the feature. I just couldn't resist because these badges are as fun to make as they are to award.
For those of you unfamiliar with the badges concept, they are awards that you can give your students to support their scholastic efforts, achievements, and really anything else you'd like to reinforce. They are a great way to make everyday tasks more fun.
To start using badges, navigate to your Gradebook, Personal Resources, or Group Resources. Badges in the Resource Center are treated as any other resource that can be created, edited, and shared with your peers. For the purposes of this overview, we'll focus on badges in the Gradebook because the process is slightly different.
When you navigate to your Gradebook, you may notice a dropdown menu in the upper left corner of the page labeled Grades. Selecting this will allow you to switch to the Badges view of your Gradebook. This is where you can award your students badges that they will see on their Profile page.
Upon switching to the badge view, you'll be offered 10 badges designed by us, and you can also begin creating your own like the one below:
With three shapes, nine colors, and a world wide web of images and animated GIFs to choose from, you have everything you need to spice up student participation and provide fun, constructive support in and out of class.
Support for Common Cartridge
In our ongoing effort to increase the platform's compatibility with third-party content and tools, we're proud to announce that Schoology now supports the import and export of Common Cartridge content. Common Cartridge is a formatting standard that enables content to be compatible with any system that supports the standard. You can learn more about it from IMS Global's website.
What this means for you is that you can import and export your Common Cartridge content via the Schoology Resource Center without losing its formatting.
Android Mobile App v2.1
Now that you've had a little time to get used to our Android app's brand-new interface, we have a few more exciting updates to add to your mobile repertoire. The one that really "takes the cake" in version 2.1 is the ability to access your personal and group resources from your Android device!
Similar to our iOS mobile app, you have access to all your resource files, links, and pages; all other resources will be greyed out. When you select and download a file, you'll have the option to open it in a compatible third-party app.
Other features of v2.1 include:
- Support for video content in Media Albums
- A sleek, new download progress indicator
- A cleaner Recent Activity feed
- A streamlined login process
- Performance improvements
- ...and more!
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That's all the updates we have for this week. Stay tuned because we have so much more to come. So when you get a chance, try these new features out, and feel free to let us know what you think about them right here on the blog.