October 16, 2017

New Features and Enhancements 

TEKS Reports: Subscribers of the Texas Social Studies OER Curriculum now receive TEKS reports at the teacher, school, and district levels. The standards can be filtered by type: Readiness, Supporting, etc. The reports show the following metrics for each TEKS SE:

  • Average quiz item score
  • Average number of related responses
  • Number of breakouts within the SE addressed
  • Time spent on elements teaching the SE

Bug Fixes 

  • Teachers can create groups with the same name for different classes.
  • When gates are open, data remains in unsubmitted Draw elements.
  • Student feedback status doesn’t change when experience scheduled.
  • Quiz performance issues addressed.

October 1, 2017

New Features and Enhancements 

Experience library opens to last location: Within an active session, the experience library now opens to the last active location (when locating an experience, previewing or assigning an experience, etc.). The list resets when the teacher logs out.

Bug Fixes 

  • Unsubmitted data disappearing when teacher opens gates: The issue that caused student posts to disappear if they had not yet been submitted when the teacher opened a gate has been resolved.
  • Reading Groups saved: Reading group assignments are now “remembered” for reuse based on the most recent experience assigned per class.
  • Students not started/finished dashboard badges: Now update in real time whenever a student starts or completes the experience.
  • Class name updates: Class name now updates in real time when the teacher changes it in the Class Settings menu.

September 27, 2017

New Features and Enhancements 

Time On Experience in reports: A new metric has been added to display the time a student spent logged into an experience. The time is paused if a student logs out of the experience and resumed if the student returns to it. The time is final once the experience has ended.

  • Summary report: Time on experience displayed in the last column of the report
  • Progress report: Time on experience displayed in the metric drop-down menu. The background color for the metric in the progress report is gradated from white for 0 minutes to a strong yellow for 60 minutes.

Roster Screen Improvements:

  • Boxes are unchecked after the teacher selects students and chooses Add to Class
  • Success notification appears after adding or removing students from a class, and after removing students from All Students
  • Verification pop-up added before a teacher disconnects students from the teacher account
  • Student table now sortable by clicking on the column header

Bug Fixes 

  • Texas OER curriculum: Special characters supported in TEKS text

September 5, 2017

New Features and Enhancements 

Class Archive: An enhancement for this premium feature, teachers can view archived classes in the Experience Summary Report and the Progress Report by activating “Show Archived Classes.” Archived classes are indicated in the report with a yellow A.

Bug Fixes 

  • Regression fix: Response indicators update if an answer is changed.
  • Regression fix: The teacher is prompted to save a group when assigning an experience to a subset of students in a class.
  • Regression fix: The wall share settings do not change when the teacher submits a post.
  • Quiz scores are now the first metric displayed in Progress Reports.
  • Assigning small groups: If a group is empty during assigning, it will be removed instead of alerting the teacher.
  • Summary tiles in the Experience Summary Report no longer exceed the tile limits.
  • The teacher’s Account Settings now includes “Dr.” in the title prefixes.

August 28, 2017

New Features and Enhancements 

Standards (TEKS) Display on Experience Cards: A premium feature, currently for Texas Middle School Social Studies subscribers, displays the standards covered in the experience on each experience card in the Library and the Active/Ended lists.

  • Click the TEKS arrow to display the student expectations (SE) covered in the experience.
  • Click an SE to display its text and the specific breakouts taught in the experience.

Archive Classes: Teachers can archive a class, for example at the beginning of a new school year. Archiving a class:

  • Removes the class from the class roster list
  • Ends all active experiences for that class
  • Removes all ended experiences for that class from the Ended list, including for the students themselves
  • Optionally teachers can choose to remove the class students from the All Students list

Note that teachers and students can no longer preview any past work from this archived class.

New help portal for teachers: A new help portal, currently for teachers only, allows us to automate some of the help messages in our in-app chat.

Summary tiles for reports: A premium feature, summary tiles were added to the experience summary reports of all levels (district, school, teacher). The tiles show how many experiences were taught by how many teachers to how many students in how many schools generating how many responses.

Bug Fixes 

  • Issue causing “connect to teacher” to fail was fixed.
  • Reading groups were removed from student experience cards.

August 8, 2017

New Features and Enhancements 

Standards Mapping: A premium feature for mapping experience elements to a pre-specified set of state learning standards. In the Authoring Tool, experience authors can select state, grade, subject, and specific standards at the experience level. Then the author can assign each element to a specific micro-standard.

In a September release, the standards covered by an experience will be visible to the teacher and the students. In a later release there will also be a standards report showing student performance against the standards.

Time On Element: A premium feature for collecting data on how much time students spend on each element in an experience. In an upcoming release, the data will be presented in a premium report.

July 18, 2017

New Features and Enhancements 

Teacher All Classes Reports: A premium reporting feature for licensed products.

Wall Share Settings: Teachers can now change the share settings of an entire Wall element in an active experience, regardless of how it was set up initially. Teachers are prompted to confirm the change, so that they do not accidentally make private posts visible to the entire class.

Quiz Requirement: A change was made in how the quiz requirement is calculated in order to save incomplete tests and to give a truer calculation for the average responses in reporting.

Bug Fixes 

  • The missing images in experience Preview mode has been fixed.
  • Some backend updates should enable faster loading times for the app.
  • In the teacher’s Assign Students panel, if student names are truncated, a tool tip gives the full name.
  • Fill in the Blanks element now properly displays special characters.

June 29, 2017

New Features and Enhancements 

School License Management View: A premium feature for licensed products.

Full-Screen Assignment Redesign: The experience assignment screen has been redesigned and now appears in a full-screen modal for a cleaner design and flow.

Ended Experiences: All ended experiences are now available to teachers (by clicking “Show more”) and students can see experiences from the past year.

Bug Fixes 

  • Quiz Improvements: Multiple fixes to progress calculations and general performance
  • Horizontal scrolling was added to the Curriculum Reports, which allows the user to see all the experiences even when the unit contains many experiences.
  • The Print button is now hidden in all Ended experiences.
  • Choice element fixed to register answers as Partially Correct if they include additional answers other than the correct ones.

June 12, 2017

New Features and Enhancements 

Passage Differentiation, Phase II: Differentiated passages can now be authored for a pre-defined reading group. When the teacher assigns the experience, s/he assigns each student to the desired reading group. Reading groups are automatically given the relevant passage when clicking an in-scene or pack link.

Bug Fixes 

  • Report results improvements
  • Old sessions were migrated to the new, lightweight sessions, which should improve performance.
  • Users logging in using the same device will no longer see the previous user's license views

May 15, 2017

New Features and Enhancements 

Passage Differentiation, Phase I: This feature enables multiple versions of a document to be assigned to a single link in a scene and the pack for the sake of differentiation (reading level, translations, jigsaw method, etc.).

Bug Fixes 

  • Returning to Quiz questions: Users can now go back to previous quiz questions and change their responses (until the test in finished, at that point it will be locked).
  • Response indicators and small groups: Response indicators do not appear for small group members who haven't yet entered the experience. Once a student opens the experience, the progress and elements submitted by the group will update.
  • Sign up issues with email and gmail were resolved.

April 26, 2017

New Features and Enhancements 

Response Dashboard: This premium feature, available from the Teacher Dashboard, displays response indicators when students submit answers to interactive elements. Student Dashboards display just the individual student’s responses.
Indicator legend:

  • Gray - element is not assessed
  • Red with X - incorrect
  • Blue - partially correct
  • Green - correct

Clicking on response indicators shows a tool tip with the element’s name. If the element is assessed, a score appears next to it. When working with elements set for small groups, response indicators appear for all the students in the small group. With the addition of the Response dashboard, the Posts tab was removed from the Teacher Dashboard, and all the tabs were removed from the Student Dashboard, as they have become redundant.

Bug Fixes 

  • Purchased masters clone update: The issue of teachers not receiving the latest version when cloning a purchased master has been resolved.
  • Last scene progress: The issues that caused the last scene to appear as completed even if it contained interactive elements that were not answered has been resolved. 
  • Gate issues: Teacher gates are automatically opened in ended experiences.
  • Wall element text will line wrap in cases of a long string with no spaces.

April 19, 2017

Bug Fixes 

  • Experiences unregistered progress: An issue with the way the average progress was calculated caused experiences not to move to the Ended tab once they were ended.
  • Experience card student badge: Properly display connected students and their progress in the experience.
  • All Classes reports tab: Display fixed.
  • Performance issues: In the past it took ~30 seconds for the next scene to unlock after the teacher opened the gate if the experience had a lot of gates/students. This issue is now resolved.

March 19, 2017

Bug Fixes 

  • Progress fixes: Change in the way progress in the dashboards calculated. It is not based on requirements, but on the last input element that the student has submitted. In addition, the student will not get credits unless they have visited the scene.
  • Student Feedback fixes: The display of student feedback for assessed elements in non-assessed mode is now fixed for Choice, Drag and Drop Text, Drag and Drop Image and Fill In the Blank. Poll no longer counts as an assessed element.
  • Login fixes: Major cleanup in the way Exploros handles login.

March 1, 2017

New Features and Enhancements 

Teacher Experience Summary Report: This report shows at the class level the experiences taught, numbers of students, average responses, average test scores, etc., and is searchable and sortable.

Student Facing Feedback: This new premium feature allows the students to get immediate automated feedback when answering questions on the following elements: Choice, Drag-Drop (Image and Text), and Fill in the Blanks. If the answer is incorrect or partially correct, a notification appears and the student can retry. The teacher can enable/disable feedback at the experience level from the Dashboard.

 

Bug Fixes 

  • All Classes: “All Experiences” was changed to “All Classes” throughout the app.
  • HTML-5 reading issues: Various text throughout the app was displaying syntax instead of formatted text.
  • Session timeout is now based on an activity service instead of cookies.
  • Tao tests can no longer be taken twice once completed.

January 31, 2017

New Features and Enhancements 

Fill In the Blanks: A new element that enables students to type in a short-text answer on their own. The element can be configured for auto-assessment, hint displays, case sensitivity, and multiple correct answers.

 

Bug Fixes 

  • Google integration fixes
  • Tao tests updates
  • Cloud words overlapping
  • Navigation issues
  • Updating some elements to read HTML 5 properly

December 22, 2016

New Features and Enhancements 

New Reports:    
  • School-Level Experience Summary These reports allow the school administrator to review all the curriculum-specific experiences that were taught in the school. The report can be filtered and sorted.
  • School-Level Social Studies Curriculum Reports: These reports display the school’s curriculum experiences divided by units, and show the progression in it by class. The report is color coded, where darker colors indicate a higher value, for a quick assessment. The report displays 4 layers of information: number of participating students, average responses per students, average percent completed, and average quiz score.

School Value is Read Only: Teachers can now select their school once and then the field will be locked, unless they signed up via token, in which case the school will be set automatically and they will not be able to change it.

Bug Fixes 

  • Class creation pop up
  • Progress tab students state
  • UI/UX fixes

November 13, 2016

New Features and Enhancements 

Product-specific Reports: For now, Teaching Summary and School Progress Reports

 

Bug Fixes 

  • UI fixes in the new site
  • Google classroom import issues
  • performance issues.

October 20, 2016

New Features and Enhancements 

School/District Administrator Dashboard: For now, only Exploros can configure a user as a school administrator.  
  • By selecting a school from the left menu, the school administrator can see a school summary view, showing how many teachers are teaching how many experiences to how many students in the school.
  • The School Admin sees the data for all the teachers who have chosen the corresponding school in their account settings.

Teacher Summary Report for School Administrator:    
  • This report is available from the School Admin's reports tab.
  • It shows a fully sortable table, detailing which experiences each teacher taught, when taught, to which class, and to how many students.
  • The administrator can click an experience in the table to the Ended experience for review.
The report also shows a graph of all the teachers in the school and how many experiences they have taught. Clicking a teacher's bar chart or name will filter the table to show that teacher's experiences.

Bug Fixes 

  • Fixed the regression preventing a teacher from cloning a purchased master
  • Improvements in various user notifications, including new notifications and new information in existing notifications
  • Various fixes in the license administrator functionality

Septemeber 13, 2016

New Features and Enhancements 

License Administration: Once someone is identified in the system as a License Admin, he or she has access to the following features:

  • License View, accessed from the left pane menu. The License Admin can see a summary of how many teachers are currently teaching how many licensed experiences to how many students. The Admin can also review all Ended licensed experiences.
  • Class Roster and License View, accessed from the license details. The Admin can see the seat count for the license and its expiration date. The main table lists all the licensed classes (including classes that were licensed in the past), the teacher associated with each class, the number of students in it, and its current license status. The columns can be sorted by clicking the column headers.

    The Admin can click a specific class to view the roster and to add or remove the license from the class.

  • Student CSV Import, accessed from the license details. The Admin can create multiple new classes associated with teachers under the same subscription plan, and populate them with new student accounts by filling out and uploading a formatted CSV file. Once the process is complete, the Admin can choose to send emails with the import details to all the teachers for whom classes were created.
  • License Pack and Reports. The Admin has access to the Pack and Reports associated with the license. These reports are not yet available.

Bug Fixes 

Google Class Import:
  • Existing students are now correctly added to the teacher's All Students list upon import.
  • Multiple classes no longer appear for students if an existing class was imported again.
  • Existing classes are no longer displayed as available for import.
Other Fixes:
  • Various error notifications issues have been fixed.
  • Password Reset issues have been resolved.
  • Student “Connect to Teacher” issues have been resolved.
  • The teacher code and profile image now display properly.

August 14, 2016

New Features and Enhancements 

  • Licensing: For publisher or Exploros subscription collections, licenses can now be assigned to specific users upon sign up using subscription tokens. Each subscription is associated with a plan (collection of masters visible only to licensed classes), a school, and a contact person. Each license has a limited number of seats and an expiration date. A license can be added to specific classes upon creation, import, or when editing class settings, and the seat count is updated per number of students on the roster of all the licensed classes using the same token. A licensed class can have a class-level pack.
  • Experience placeholder Assigned card: A placeholder experience card appears under the Assigned tab whenever a user is in the app and has no active experiences.
  • Student Management removed from the Authoring Tool: The student management functionality was moved to the app, so it has been removed from the Authoring Tool. This is one step on the roadmap to integrating the app and the Authoring Tool.
  • pivotEd Authoring: A new Authoring Tool URL was created specifically for pivotEd users (http://authoring-capstone.exploros.com). Licensed pivotEd users can create their own masters and push them to the pivotEd app, and they can clone and edit masters purchased from the pivotEd library.

Bug Fixes 

  • Google Classroom import: Numerous bugs fixed.
  • Note in an assigned experience is no longer visible to the student; it is a private annotation for the teacher.

July 12, 2016

New Features and Enhancements 

  • In-app student management allows teachers to manage their student roster from within the app. The feature includes:
    • Roster: Teachers can set up and edit class rosters, including multi-student add or remove from the class or from the All Students list (removing the link between the student and the teacher altogether). Teachers can also change student passwords from the roster.
    • Student Import: For cases where students do not have school-based email accounts, teachers can import a student roster by copying and pasting a list, adding the student information manually, or downloading a formatted CSV file and importing it once its filled. Exploros automatically creates the student accounts and adds them to the class.
    • SSO notification: Exploros has developed a Student Single Sign On Best Practices policy, available from the Student Import screen.

Bug Fixes 

  • Session timeout: Erratic behavior has been resolved, now appearing much smoother and cleaner.
  • Graphic Organizer: Students can now edit their posts without a workaround.
  • User management in authoring tool: The student list is sortable; click the header of the desired sort key.
  • Profile image updates properly when signing in as a different user on a single device.
  • Teacher Note: Erroneous tool tip removed.
  • iPad, Safari, private mode: User can now log on to Exploros.

May 30, 2016

New Feature in Authoring Tool

Authoring tool now enables student management: class creation and editing, import new student accounts into classes.

May 23, 2016

New Features and Enhancements 

  • Ended experiences that have no student work are now archived and do not appear in the Ended experiences list, in order to reduce clutter in the list.
  • Disconnection notifications have been improved across the app for various use cases, such as timeouts or multiple logins.
 

Bug Fixes

  • Horizontal rows of profile images: For elements such as the Graphic Organizer, when the number of students posting exceeds the space to display all profile images in a single row, the overflow profile images now properly align in a second row.
  • Drag-drop editing: Students can now do multiple edits without the element sticking.
  • Profile image display: Minor display bugs fixed so that the images display properly.

May 8, 2016

New Features and Enhancements 

  • Account settings have been restructured for better organization and new features. There are now three tabs:
    • Profile for setting title (teachers only), name, and profile image
    • School (teacher only) to link account to school
    • Credentials for reviewing username and resetting password (for accounts not linked to Google)
  • The Settings menu now also displays the private teacher code and links to the Exploros Help and Updates page.
  • Class settings have new Grade and Subject attributes, which are also part of the class creation flow.
  • Lazy loading was added to Ended experiences. For teachers, 10 ended experiences display at a time, and for administrators 50 experiences display. Users can click the “Show more” button to load 10 additional experiences.
  • Experience cards in teacher view display a progress bar and a student counter showing the number of students who have entered the experience/number of invited students.
  • Default profile picture helps the teacher identify students with no profile picture. In this case, Exploros displays the first letters of the student’s first and last names against a background color.
  • Named thumbnails for interactive elements where the profile images for students who have submitted an answer appear along the top of the element (drag-drop, graphic organizer, draw) and the student name is not displayed alongside the profile image. Users can now click on any student thumbnail to display the student name below the thumbnail line. This helps users identify who posted the given response.
 

Bug Fixes

  • Authoring user management: Issues affecting student account import within the Authoring Tool have been fixed and substantial performance enhancements have been implemented.
  • The regression affecting the display of pack materials in legacy experiences has been fixed.
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