The May 2018 update (5.2) will be released on Tuesday, May 15th. During the upgrade, your sites will be unavailable for a few minutes at 5:00 pm local time.

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Ta-Da! Parent Portal has Arrived

The new parent portal allows teachers to invite parents to access student portfolios so they can view and comment on posts. Parents can also see a student's class sites and see upcoming assignments. 

 Your district or school IT Administrator may need to complete some steps in advance of teachers and parents using the parent portal.

 The rollout of the Parent Portal means the existing Parent Subscriptions feature will no longer be available. Teachers will need to invite parents using the new registration process in order for parents to continue receiving email notifications. 

Parents will receive an email invite with a link and a registration code. A simple registration process allows parents to verify their account and associate to the child using a number of security questions. When signed in, parents can see what’s new on their child's portfolio and can control whether to receive email notifications for new posts. Watch the video to learn more about the registration process. Once registered, parents can see and comment on posts in their child's portfolio. Teachers can moderate parent comments just as they can with student comments.

In addition to the parent portal there's also a variety of other improvements to Student Portfolios:

  • Parent Registration - Use the new Parents section from the Settings in your Class site to invite and manage parent access to your student's portfolios.
  • Parent Visibility Date - You choose when a parent has access to a portfolio post. When the date arrives they will receive an email notification.
  • Read Markers - Posts that have changed since you last read them are highlighted with an orange glow. Students, teachers or parents can quickly see what's changed in a portfolio.
  • Parent View Tracking - When viewing a post, teachers can see a list of parents who have viewed a post and when.
  • Tagging Improvements - The tagging and filtering interface has been enhanced to be more obvious and easy to use. Tags are still managed centrally, custom tags for individual grades or schools are also available.
  • Move Post to Grade - Teachers can move individual portfolio posts to another grade from the Edit menu.
  • Widescreen View - When viewing posts on a large screen comments will display next to the post. For small screens they still appear below the post.
  • Editing Improvements - Various improvements to the editing experience, especially on smaller screens.

For technical details on the registration process and security features see the Parent Portal Administrator guide.

Copy Assignment Files to Students

Distribute a new assignment handout or file to students after they have started working. Simply attach the new file to the assignment and set it to be Copied to Students.

Locked Assignments Copied to Portfolios

When copying a locked assignment submission to a portfolio, the portfolio post will now be locked by default.

Other Changes & Technical Notes

  • OneNote Support - Improved support for OneNote on Mac (dependent on your specific district or school).
  • Mobile App Homepage - It's now possible to customise the default homepage in the mobile app for your district or school. Contact Support to customise the page for your organisation.
  • Authentication Improvements - Various enhancements to improve the logout experience on all devices.
  • Smart App Banner - If your portal uses ADFS login you will now be prompted to install the Scholantis Mobile App on iOS and Android devices. 
  • Google Calendar App - Site publishers can now add the Google Calendar app to a site.
  • Newsletter From Address - When subscribing to a mailing list the confirmation email is now sent from the email address configured for the mailing list.
  • Tons of other fixes and small enhancements!

Did you know about? System Dashboard

If you support other users in your district or school, or you're an IT administrator, check out out the System Dashboard. If you don't have access get in touch with the Scholantis support team.