14 June, 2021
We’re continuing our work to make it easier to sort and arrange data in reports. We’ve also introduced an improvement to user authentication and made a couple of tweaks to make your School Manager experience better!
We have added another layer to the security of your data by introducing encryption to LDAP credentials.
We’re continuing to improve the way we present data in tables. With new sorting capabilities, more reports than ever can be rearranged according to column headers and sorted in ascending or descending order.
Users now have more control over how they view the following tables:
We removed a little bug that prevented users from saving new time period configurations unless the Add button was clicked. Now new time periods created in Objects > Time Periods > Add Time Period are saved instantly just by pressing Enter. Of course, clicking the Add button is still an option.
We’ve removed the “Browser Extension Connection Reporting” toggle from the Device Options page. If you need to enable this feature, please contact Linewize Support (United States (844-723-3932) | Australia 1300 687 052 | New Zealand 0800 445 206).
31 May, 2021
This version of School Manager introduces improvements to Safe Search, configurations, and reporting. We have also added improvements in the exported versions of the Student Journey Report, which is currently on limited release with our partner test schools.
The Safe Search page now allows administrators to manually reorder Safe Search rules. As some rules take priority over others, it is important to be able to place them manually in the right order: from top to bottom based on priority.
Simply click a rule’s Move (+) icon and drag the rule up or down the list. School Manager will then process the rules according to the order configured by the administrator.
This manual configuration replaces the previous way of rearranging Safe Search rules that required administrators to click on column headings.
School Manager’s Diagnostics > Coredumps page now features sorting capabilities that allows users to sort core dumps by date and time, or by filename in ascending or descending order. This should make it easier to spot configuration conflicts.
We have renamed our Emailed Reports page to Reports and Alerts to reflect the way School Manager informs teachers and administrators about their students’ online activities. You will still receive all messages as emails, including weekly and daily reports, about your students’ online safety, or real-time alerts when their actions trigger red flags. Check it out by going to Filtering > Reports and Alerts!
As we continue to polish the way content filtering rules are created and managed, the Quarantine function for editing rules has moved from being experimental to an established feature.
When an administrator enables Quarantine on a Content Filtering rule, users’ internet access will be suspended each time they trigger a red flag on that rule.
20 May, 2021
This release adds a number of improvements to the Student Journey Report. We continue to work with beta testing partner schools to ensure this new reporting tool provides a better understanding of how students use online resources and access information.
We have also enhanced our configuration pages by improving the way users view data, while squashing a few bugs along the way.
In this edition of School Manager, you can now filter and rearrange data by table headings in ascending or descending order. The sorting feature is also available to MDNS Bridge and Networking Interfaces configuration pages.
The Firewall configuration page also lets you move firewall rules up and down the list, letting you prioritize certain rules in the system. Simply click the Move (+) icon and drag the rule up or down.
With focus on students’ cyber safety, we’ve introduced better ways for School Manager users to access, review, and export reports.
On the Red Flags page, the most severe or common risk indicators are presented at the top by default. In addition, users can sort Red Flags reports by username or full name in alphabetical order, making it easier to locate and track individual students in schools with bigger student populations.
On the Student Journey Report, the latest data are placed at the top of the web page and, as in other reports, users can sort data according to column headings:
We’ve made it possible for users to keep track of the character limit as they enter their comments before generating PDF versions of Student Journey Reports. The notification appears when there are only 50 characters (or less) left in the Cover Page Comment field, or if the character limit has been exceeded.
By adding comments in exported Student Journey Reports, administrators and relevant staff can highlight the most salient points of their students’ online journeys.
We fixed a previously reported issue with exported Student Journey Report where the times recorded did not match the School Manager device’s location. Now the Student Journey Report reflects the time zone of the School Manager device, making exported data accurate and mroe relevant to school administrators and reporting staff. The Time/Date column on the Student Journey page also features this update.
We streamlined the list of Classwize configuration features, so watch this space for more updates.
3 May, 2021
We're continuing to work with our beta testing partner schools to develop the first phase of the Student Journey Report to ensure it meets your needs. The Student Journey Report is our new and improved reporting tool designed to help you better understand your students’ online journey based on data that School Manager captures.
This release allows you to include comments on Student Journey Reports exported as PDFs, letting you add more context to your reporting. We've also introduced more improvements to the interface’s functionality. The Student Journey Report (and all other reports!) will now stop the header row from scrolling off the screen when displaying large data sets, and more tables have the sort feature, allowing data to be displayed according to table headers, in ascending or descending order.
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22 March, 2021
This week we’re excited to be rolling out the first phase of the Student Journey Report to our partner beta testing schools! The Student Journey Report is our new and improved reporting tool, designed to help you get better insights about your students from the data that School Manager captures.
You may also notice that we’ve begun a campaign of beautification. Over the coming months, we’re going to be updating the look and feel of School Manager to make it easier to use and make it more color-blind friendly.
This release, including our new beta features, will be rolling out in stages over the next few days. Our Australian and New Zealand schools should see the update on 22 March 2021, while our US users will get the release over the following few days.