27 October, 2020
Our focus for this release has been fixing common syncing issues and laying the groundwork for splitting Google Directory and Google Classroom out into their own synchronisation schedules. Over the next few months, we’re expecting to move to a model where School Manager will continue to synchronize with directory services (e.g. Google, LDAP, Azure) with a dedicated schedule set for Google Classroom. Manual Synchronization can still be run by School Manager Administrators.
The first step in completing this split is giving teachers the ability to manually sync Classwize with their Google Classroom. This will make sure that teachers can easily update Classwize with any changes that they make to their Google Classroom in between scheduled Google Classroom synchronizations.
We’ve added a new option in School Manager that, if enabled, will let teachers do just that. You can read about that in more detail below, or access our quick guide for teachers in our knowledge base. We’re also investigating if this feature can be made available to schools that use Clever, Classlink, OneRoster and Wonde classroom synchronization services.
There’s a new option in “School Manager > Configuration > Classwize” called “Allow teacher to sync Google Classrooms”. Enabling this option will add a “sync” button to Classwize that lets teachers manually sync their classes with Google Classroom. Disabling it hides the “sync” button. School Manager administrators will still be able to run manual synchronizations for their school and district.
We’ve got a quick guide for teachers on using the sync feature and troubleshooting common issues in our knowledge base.