Our students and teachers have settled into the new normal of attending school from home, and PlusPortals is being used more than ever before! We are working hard to ensure the PlusPortals experience remains stable while continuing to provide solutions to your needs. One such solution is the new account restrictions feature we included in this release, which we hope you’ll find useful. Our development team has also received numerous suggestions from our amazing community of PlusPortals users. Without spoiling any surprises, we look forward to turning some of your recent suggestions into reality!
|Updated Absence Totals Panel||Teachers can view their students' total number of absences in the Absence Totals panel on the Attendance tab.|
|Converted Pop-up Windows to Tooltips||We converted the pop-up windows that appear when viewing event and assignment information to tooltips in six locations.|
|Removed Discussions Settings from Manage Accounts Page||Administrators could set who had access to the Discussions feature on either the Manage Accounts page or Permissions page. We removed the setting from the Manage Accounts page.|
|Added Ability to Simultaneously Restrict a Student and Their Parent's Access to PlusPortals||We added a feature to the Restriction List in admin portals that gives administrators more flexibility in locking and unlocking contacts' access to their students' PlusPortals information.|
|Large Discussions Open Quicker||Discussions that have many replies open quicker.|
|Course Request Credits No Longer Exceed the Maximum Limit||When users request courses, they can no longer exceed the maximum number of credits permitted.|
|Fixed Timestamps on Messages||Timestamps on PlusPortals messages now always display the correct date.|
|Fixed Issue that Occurred When Adding Images to Assignment Comments||Previously, if a teacher dragged and dropped an image into their comment on an assignment, that assignment could disappear from E-Locker. We fixed this issue by adding an image upload button.|
Updated Absence Totals Panel
Teachers can view their students' total number of absences in the Absence Totals panel on the Attendance tab. Previously, students' absences were listed individually with an absence count of 1.
Teachers can click the student's name or absence count to see the dates of each absence.
Converted Pop-up Windows to Tooltips
Most event and assignment information in PlusPortals is displayed using tooltips, though some places in PlusPortals still display information in pop-up windows. To improve consistency throughout PlusPortals, information in the following locations is now displayed using tooltips:
- Login Page > Calendar panel
- Teacher Portals > Class Overview > Assignments panel
- Teacher Portals > Lesson Planner > Activities panel
- Student Portals > Lesson Planner > Activities panel
- Student Portals > Newsfeed > Assignments panel
- Student Portals > Overview > Calendar panel
Removed Discussions Settings from Manage Accounts Page
When the Discussions feature was released, administrators could control which users had access to it by going to Manage Accounts > Settings or Permissions. We decided that the Permissions page was the appropriate location for these settings, so we removed the redundant settings from the Manage Accounts > Settings page.
Added Ability to Simultaneously Restrict a Student and Their Parent's Access to PlusPortals
We added the Restrict Contacts check box to Manage Accounts > Settings > Restriction List in admin portals. This feature gives administrators more flexibility in locking and unlocking contacts' access to their students' PlusPortals information.
When an admin selects a student to add to the Restriction List, they can select the Restrict Contacts check box to prevent all the student's contacts from accessing the student's information. Rather than adding contacts to the Restriction List separately from students, which admin can still do, the Restrict Contacts check box allows admin to prevent contacts from viewing a particular student's information while still allowing the contact to view their other students' information.
In the student panel of the Restriction List, admin see a red icon next to the students whose contacts have been restricted from accessing their PlusPortals information.
Large Discussions Open Quicker
We made changes to our software so that discussions with many replies open quicker.
Course Request Credits No Longer Exceed the Maximum Limit
Previously, when requesting courses, users were able to exceed the maximum number of credits permitted. This issue has been fixed.
Fixed Timestamps on Messages
Previously, the timestamps on some PlusPortals messages displayed the wrong date. This issue has been fixed.
Fixed Issue that Occurred When Adding Images to Assignment Comments
Previously, if a teacher dragged and dropped an image into their comment on an assignment, that assignment could disappear from E-Locker. To fix this issue, we added an image upload button to the Add Comment dialog box as well as a note to remind teachers to add images using the upload button.