This week, we are excited to announce a core update to our student and teacher Assignment Timeline! These changes reflect a long list of suggestions made by Kiddom educators, so we have YOU to thank!
In this article, we'll cover:
- A Quick Overview of Timeline & Planner
- New Student & Teacher Timeline Updates
- At-A-Glance Assignments
- Know What's Due & When
- Filter Assignments by Due Date
- New Teacher Timeline & Planner Updates
- Edit & Delete Assignments
- See Submitted Work From the Timeline
You Asked, We Listened. We Have You to Thank!
We are excited to announce a core release that simplifies everyday tasks (like viewing assignments, filtering assignments, and checking for new comments on assignments), and provides a more holistic picture, in effort to bring greater transparency to teachers and students.
When we first designed Timeline, we strove to create an all-in-one view – after all, this is where teachers and students would spend a great deal of their time in Kiddom.
We wanted to allow teachers and students to quickly know what's been assigned, when it's due, and what's been submitted and graded. But, in the spirit of being lifelong learners, we believe there are always ways to improve. And so this week's big release had to start with listening to educators' voices.
We've received so many creative suggestions from teachers and administrators on how to improve the Timeline this past year. We made several changes along the way, but we knew a larger, core update was needed, and so we began collecting a list of your Timeline suggestions while prioritizing distance learning features.
Well, those suggestions have been applied, and the new and improved Timeline and Planner is finally here – so thank you, educators! In a big way, this one came straight from you.
Quick Overview to Get Our Bearings
Before we dive in, let's get our bearings and go over what exactly Timeline and Planner do, and where they can be found. You can skip ahead to the next section if you're already familiar.
When you click into your Course in Kiddom, there are four key sections to understand: Timeline, Planner, the Classroom Navigation menu, and the Student Roster. Teachers see all of these sections, but students will only see the Classroom Navigation, Roster, and Timeline.
Click around on the tabs below to gain a better sense of the different areas included in this update.
Timeline – From the Timeline, you can see all of your upcoming and past assignments. As part of the new release, students and teachers will be able to filter Timeline Assignments by New, what's due Today, what is Late, and what work has been completed, or Done. Additionally, there is now more information available on the at-a-glance assignment cards.
Planner – The Planner is only visible in the teacher view, and it is where teachers can view their digital curriculum, build out or edit existing curriculum, or simply drag and drop activities and assessments into the student Timeline. As part of this release, updates have been made to show more information on the activities, to match what's visible in the Timeline, and soon you will be able to view assigned and unassigned curriculum.
Classroom Navigation – This area helps you quickly jump around to your Announcements (Classroom), Timeline, Reports, and Class Settings (not Shown).
Student Roster – From the Student Roster, you can quickly start a chat with students and, if your school is using Kiddom for Schools and Districts, you can have student groups and see who is online.
Student & Teacher Timeline Updates
At Kiddom, we are committed to creating student-centric experiences in online learning. This goal was at the heart of our new changes to Timeline and Planner. In order to manage their time and workload effectively, students need to understand at a glance, what's due and when.
But that’s not all: now students will be able to see their grades at a glance as well, knowing within an instant how they’ve done on an assignment. Check out this and other changes below.
As mentioned, a big part of this update is ensuring that students and teachers have what they need at-a-glance. Two things students and teachers will be able to see at a quick glance are as follows:
1) See Which Assignments Have New Comments on Them
For assignment-based feedback and communication, comments are your best bet. Now, students will never miss a comment from their teachers – within the Timeline, students and teachers will be able to see a blue message box on the top left of the assignment icon, when there is a new comment to view. Note: This feature will be available soon.
2) See the Most Vital Info on Assignment Cards
Students will have quick access now to the most vital information about their assignments – due dates, whether they've completed it already or not, and what grade they received. As a teacher, you'll want to know how many student submitted their work, how many you've graded, and what the grades are (for individual students). Now, that's all visible, directly on the Assignment Card! In the next section, we'll dig into the four types of cards, which are now color-coded by due date.
Knowing What's Due & When
Students and teachers will be able to see quickly what is due and when, thanks to a new color-coded system that groups assignments by due dates. The four categories they will see are as follows:
1) See New Assignments & Viewed Assignments
New assignments are always in blue. Once you open an assignment, it becomes light blue until the day that it is due. Assignments you’ve never opened remain in dark blue.
2) See What's Due Today
Assignments that are due today will appear in yellow. This can help students immediately prioritize what is due soon and manage their time better.
3) See Late Assignments, and Which Were Submitted Late
Hopefully you won’t see the color red very often on your Timeline: red assignments were either submitted late or haven’t been submitted yet.
4) See Completed & Graded Work
Green assignments have been submitted already. Additionally, teachers and students will soon be able to see what grades were given for each assignment directly from their Timeline from the individual student view. Note: This feature will be available soon.
Filter Assignments by Due Date
This one was perhaps our biggest feature request – you can now filter your assignments by those four categories we mentioned: New, Due Today, Late, and Done!
Teacher Timeline & Planner Updates
Teachers will have all of the above views of assignments, with a few exceptions, which we'll cover below. Soon, they'll also see some important changes to their Planner.
Edit & Delete Assignments
Teachers can now edit or delete assignments by clicking the small menu to the right of each Assignment card. You'll be able to edit the following elements of the assignment after submitting an assignment:
See Submitted Work From the Class Timeline
See Total Submitted Assignments From "Everyone" View
Upon viewing the entire class's Timeline, teachers will be able to see how many students have submitted their work.
See Individual Submitted Assignments From "Student" View
Upon viewing an individual student's Timeline, teachers can see what a student has submitted and soon they will be able to see the grades they received at a quick glance, as well.
There you have it!
We hope you're just as excited about these features as we are to share them with you. If you're interested in bringing Kiddom to your school or district, you can request a demo by clicking the big red button below.
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