Software Updates

If you have any questions regarding the Learning.com software updates and release notes please contact support at support@learning.com.

December 2017

Release 133

Feature Enhancements

  • Adaptive Keyboarding
    • Average WPM and average accuracy found in the teacher’s dashboard will be “over a selected date range” instead of a compilation of the last five scores the student learned.
      • The default range will be from the beginning of the school year but can be customized to any range by the teacher.
    • The Guided Practices naming convention has been updated to include the target practice key:
      • For example, what was “Ike likes Ice” and “6 May Try” are now “I: Ike Likes Ice,” “Number Row: 6 May Try”
    • We now have a friendlier and more universal error messaging attached to Adaptive Keyboarding
    • Students can now click the ‘Continue’ button with their mouse OR hit the ‘Enter’ key on the keyboard to continue a lesson.
    • Adjusting the date range in the Dashboard and Reports tabs will customize the display
      • *Note, if the student hasn’t completed an assessment within the selected date range, the assessment-specific details at the bottom of the dashboard and in the Raw Reports will be blank. The header will default to the very first assessment details to compare to the averages.
  • Digital Literacy Assessment
    • It has been made clear when a question has only been partially answered so students can locate and complete the question before they submit their assessment. This is specific to questions that have two or more parts.

 

New Features

  • Adaptive Keyboarding
    • A “Student View” option has been added to the Teacher Dashboard that will allow teachers to launch Adaptive Keyboarding as a student. Results will not be recorded in the gradebook, but the student view will save the teacher’s progress.
    • There is now a ‘Reset’ button in the Settings tab that will default student and/or class settings back to the Learning.com settings.

 

Bug Fixes

  • The ‘Software’ lesson now bookmarks as intended.
  • The ‘Hardware and Software Fundamentals: Program Menus and Toolbars’ lesson no longer has extra lines that display in the dropdown menu on slide 17.
  • Manual scores can be saved in all English and Spanish lessons.
  • The ‘Reset Username’ feature on the Support page no longer pulls an error message.
  • Adaptive Keyboarding:
    • The resource titles within EasyTech’s Keyboarding Teacher Resources all link to the proper resource documents.
    • The dropdown list of individual student names is now in alphabetical order, rather than in order of launch-date.
    • Any non-functioning Dashboard & Reports buttons from customized Guided Practices have been removed.
  • Digital Literacy Assessment
    • Scores no longer “freeze” in a cell when switching between assessments.
    • Teachers who have been assigned to take the Digital Literacy Assessment as a ‘learner’ (typically in a demo account) can now see their scores in the gradebook.

 

November 2017

Release 132

Feature Enhancements

  • The remaining EasyTech Lessons that were run on Flash Player now run on HTML5
    • Games, Assessments, and Archived Lessons may still run using Flash Player
    • We are continuing to optimize the performance of our HTML lessons
  • Digital Literacy Assessment
    • Vocabulary terms have been added to the Test Prep resources to help prepare for the DLA exam and to use while teaching digital literacy
      • This will be available to teachers as a Discussion item and will not be made available to students unless the teacher distributes the list.
    • Teacher Dashboard now displays breadcrumbs in the header on Safari as teachers drill down into student detail report
    • The total score on the DLA raw report now matches the Standards score; both scores are now able to display a ‘.5’ for questions that are worth half a point
      • ** Please note this may cause some discrepancies in data when comparing scores that were earned before and after November 9th
  • The default font size in the assessment will be ‘Large’ instead of ‘Normal.’ Students can customize their settings to a different size if they prefer.
  • The bookmarking message students see after exiting a lesson and returning to a bookmarked screen is now friendlier for a K-8 audience.

                                                

Bug Fixes

  • The ‘Sourcing and Ethics’ lesson now launches in the correct language
  • The ‘Sending Email Messages’ lesson now launches in IE browser
  • The ‘Networking’ lesson now allows users to proceed after slide 13
  • The ‘Creating and Organizing Content’ lesson now allows users to proceed after slide 22
  • The ‘Proofreading and Editing’ lesson display on slide 16 has been visually optimized in Internet Explorer
  • The ‘Online Searches’ lesson now allows two different methods of selecting the search button (in the URL and within the browser) to be correct on slide 6
  • The ‘Numbers’ lesson now allows users to achieve all 20 points
  • URLs lesson includes two backslashes (//) in front of ‘www’ on slide 11 but those slashes are not spoken
  • In the ‘Present and Future You’ Application Exercise, the digital tool 3 is now an editable text box

October 2017

Release 131

New Features

  • Digital Literacy Assessment
    • An answer key is now available for DLA practice tests
    • The DLA Coordinator Dashboard is now live:
      • When coordinators access the dashboard they will have access to two tabs: Reports and Dashboard
      • The Dashboard will display a series of information including:
        • District Assessment Progress Data
        • Overall Proficiency by District
        • Overall Proficiency by ISTE Standard
        • Overall Proficiency by School
      • The Reports tab will allow coordinators to export a CSV file of DLA raw data for the entire district. If assessment district data isn’t yet available, coordinators will get a message indicating that ‘No data is currently available.’ 
    • If a student skipped some questions on the assessment, the student can click ‘Review’ once they are done to see any questions that still need to be answered before submitting the exam

 

Feature Enhancements

  • Adaptive Keyboarding
    • Teachers can set the grade of the student or class instead of just a range in Adaptive Keyboarding class settings
      • Language included in the typing challenges will be chosen based on grade level to ensure age-appropriate vocabulary.
    • The “Best Finger” display in the lesson summary has been removed and replaced with “Practice Zone” to be more consistent with how success is being measured and now includes ‘Zone 9’ (spacebar/thumbs)        
    • A chart that displays “Practice Zones” mapped to a keyboard has been added to the Teacher and Student Resources section
    • Dashboard now includes a hover over text to indicate that the proficiency score is based on a range
    • Individual student reports can now only be exported as a PDF document
    • Raw Class Data Report now pulls as an Excel document
    • In the Student Interface, there is a header display that shows the current Practice Keys and Practice Zones being prescribed
  • EasyTech Curriculum now shows ISTE-S 2016 alignment

 

Bug Fixes

  • Adaptive Keyboarding

o   Teachers are now able to change their class settings (including WPM goals and how many minutes are needed to earn game time)

o   Individual Student reports now generate for all students.

o   Graphs displayed in the Teacher Dashboard have been visually optimized to include all information clearly

  • Digital Literacy Assessment
    • Students now only have to submit their exam once for their score to log in the system
    • DLA teacher dashboard has been visually optimized to ensure that graphics do not overlap and all information is displayed clearly

 

Other:

  • EasyTech Lesson name changes:
    • ‘Hardware and Software Fundamentals: Basic Components’ is now titled ‘Computer Basics’
    • ‘Internet Usage and Online Communication: Basic Components’ is now titled ‘Online Information and Communication Basics’
  • Educational standards have been updated
  • ERate standard alignments have been restored
  • The checklist in the ‘Home Sweet Home’ lesson has been added to track students’ progress
  • Links in the ‘Online Safety Guide for Parents’ have been fixed
  • ‘Internet Essentials’ lesson now allows users to see and click appropriate items on Chromebooks and other devices
  • Curriculum Items are now able to be assigned without having a class selected in the left side bar

September 2017

Release 130

New Features

  • Digital Literacy Assessment
    • School and District Coordinators are now able to launch the DLA Dashboard from their coordinator interface
  • Educators now have the ability to create their own Keyboarding Guided Practices
  • The Adaptive Keyboarding report is now live in the class reports list

 

Feature Enhancements

  • Five lessons were converted to HTML5 (instead of Flash Player):
    • Attributes and Linking
    • Pie Charts
    • Web Searches
    • Podcasts
    • Parts of a Spreadsheet
  • Outdated educator standards were removed from the system
  • When 18 levels are completed in Adaptive Keyboarding, students get to “power up” their badges with stars and lessons.

 

Platform enhancements:

  • The User Import Tool can now upload passwords that contain non-alphanumeric characters to ensure a district can preserve their password privacy
  • The login page has been improved by grouping ‘Username,’ ‘Password,’ and ‘District’ fields together to more easily tab between fields

 

Bug Fixes

  • Non age-appropriate language has been removed from Adaptive Keyboarding challenges
  • Impersonating in to a user account from Internet Explorer no longer brings the coordinator back to the initial log in page.
  • ‘Creating Documents’ lesson is now able to move past slide 27 in all browsers
  • Stringent grading in keyboarding lessons has been resolved
  • ‘Parts of a Spreadsheet’ lesson is now able to progress past slide 23
  • Students are now able to view certificates at the end of the lesson (when applicable) in all browsers
  • Slide 17 in the ‘Windows and Controls’ lesson can now be completed in all browsers
  • Slide 5 in the ‘Attributes and Linking’ lesson no longer freezes on slide 5
  • Slide 9 in the ‘Community Site’ lesson is now able to be completed in all browsers
  • ‘Personal Learning Networks’ lesson now loads
  • ‘Formatting Text’ lesson now allows user to click ‘Copy’ action button on slide 30
  • ‘Composing Slides’ lesson is now able to move past slide 4 in all browsers
  • ‘Databases: Data Classification’ lesson is now able to move past slide 1
  • ‘Desktop’ lesson no longer freezes on slide 15
  • Slide 13 in the ‘Select, Drag, and Doubleclick’ lesson now responds to ‘drag’ command
  • ‘Creating Documents’ lesson is once again scoring accurately
  • The English language version of the ‘Creating and Organizing Content’ lesson now has English audio
  • ‘Keyboarding’ lesson is now able to move past slide 35
  • All textboxes in the ‘Networks’ Application Exercise are now editable
  • Bookmarking feature is now working as intended
  • ‘Formatting Text’ lesson reports proper score upon completion
  • After a student completes a lesson, the score is automatically visible in the student’s account upon completion; refreshing the screen is no longer necessary.
  • ‘Scanner’ lesson now allows users three attempts to answer a question
  • ‘Network Basics’ lesson now grading accurately.

August 2017

Release 129

New Features

  • Adaptive Keyboarding is live and has taken the place of Prescriptive Keyboarding
    • Educators can customize target accuracy and WPM goals as well as the number of minutes needed to unlock game time for students.
    • Resources have been added to the support site, such as an overview of Adaptive Keyboarding and an infographic about our keyboard curriculum pedagogy.
    • Coordinator and Teacher dashboards show student progress and details, such as Student/Class average accuracy / time, WPM/Time, and minutes practiced
    • Educators are able to export raw data reports to CSV files
    • An age-appropriate selection of words to be included in typing exercises
    • Students’ Settings give them the ability to turn audio on/off, turn typing hands on/off, turn colored keyboard on/off, and change the size of the font.
  • Guided Practices are now available to supplement EasyTech keyboarding lessons; these are to be assigned by the teacher.
  • The Digital Literacy Assessment (DLA) Teacher Dashboard has been updated to show how long a student spent completing the assessment, the percentage of questions corresponding to specific standards that the student answered correctly and incorrectly, and how the class did overall.

Feature Enhancements

  • The following lessons now launch using HTML5 (instead of Flash Player):

o   Computer Basics: Cyber Bullying

o   Communicating Online: Cyber Bullying

o   Printer

o   Toolbars and Menus

o   Software

o   Network Basics

o   Numbers

  • The Teacher Dashboard in the Digital Literacy Assessment has been updated to show how long a student spent completing the assessment, the percentage of questions corresponding to specific standards that the student answered correctly and incorrectly, and how the class did overall.
    • Report data has also been optimized to load more quickly
    • Student names have been made into a recognizable link
       

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue in the ‘Select, Drag, & Double-Click’ lesson where the program wouldn’t let the user interact with slide 5.
  • Fixed the issue with the User Import tool that caused the tool to fail upon log in.

June 8th, 2017

Release 128

Feature Enhancements

  • New icons for EasyCode items to clearly identify coding items
  • The EasyTech lesson "Words, Spaces, and Enter" now detects which operating system and keyboard the user has and displays the corresponding keyboard. The “Backspace” button appears for Windows PC and Android; the “Delete” button appears for Mac PC and iOS (the lessons do not detect Chromebooks)
  • Added closed captioning for two EasyTech lessons "Software (Updated!)" and "Databases: Tables, Records, and Fields (Updated!)"
  • Added hover over text to the tabs inside of the Class menu to better identify those options

Bug Fixes

  • Corrected and updated E-Rate standard alignments displayed in the E-Rate report
  • Added the Indiana Academic Standards to the Standards Alignment Report
  • Removed a duplicate objective from the EasyCode Foundations item "A for Array" lesson plan
  • Fixed error with multiple different Application Exercises within EasyTech that prevented the text fields, checkboxes, and other elements from being filled in or interacted with
  • Fixed an issue preventing the title of the Spanish version of four EasyTech lessons from displaying in Spanish
  • Amended the wording of one of the questions within the "Internet Usage" EasyTech quiz that was confusing students
  • Fixed an issue in the EasyTech lesson "Cursor, Arrows, and Tab" that caused the narration to be repeated on a few slides.
  • Corrected errors in the closed captioning for three Spanish EasyTech lessons
  • Corrected an error that would cause EasyTech games to freeze in the Learning.com Tablet App after students closed and then re-opened the game
  • Fixed issue that was preventing items completed through the Learning.com Tablet App from being marked correctly when the class has a minimum score requirement setting in place
  • Fixed an issue causing Inquiry grades to not display correctly when viewed through the Learning.com Tablet App
  • Fixed an issue that allowed Inquiry Projects and Reflections to be opened after they were turned in
  • Fixed an issue that caused some Aha!Science items from loading properly, resulting in a blue screen

April 14th, 2017

Release 128

New Features

  • Students are now able to slow down the audio playback speed of newer EasyTech lessons to 75%
  • Created the "EasyCode Foundations Teacher Course". This course provides information for teachers about the CodeMonkey platform and fundamental concepts of programming

Feature Enhancements

  • When creating a course, the User Import Tool will now add a teacher to the schools they are not already apart of
  • EasyTech  "Creating Documents" and "Desktop Publishing" lessons now detects which operating system and keyboard the user has and displays the corresponding keyboard. The “Backspace” button appears for Windows PC and Android; the “Delete” button appears for Mac PC and iOS (the lessons do not detect Chromebooks)
  • Added Closed Captions to Spanish versions of many lessons
  • The Learning.com App can now be purchased through the iTunes Volume Purchase Program

Bug Fixes

  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) subjects now displayed in alphabetical order in three-column standards browser
  • "My Schools" links at the bottom of the Coordinator home page now load properly
  • The assignment sequence "forced" now works for classes on the Learning.com tablet app
  • Fixed broken link to Paycheck Calculator in Inquiry "Building a Balanced Budget" Project
  • A task was missing from the teacher view in Inquiry "Persuasive Essay and the Writing Process" Project. When viewing the lesson plan, the page on Task 3 "Revise" > Section 4 "Substitute" now correctly displays
  • Categories and Rubric now appearing correctly for teachers in Inquiry "Outlining the Water Cycle" Project
  • Students were not able to complete the EasyTech "Escáner" Lesson because of blinking. The lesson now works correctly
  • Updated on-screen date for EasyTech "Validity and Sourcing" Lesson. The question asks if the webpage has been updated in the last five years, and the correct answer is yes

March 3rd, 2017

Release 127

New Features

  • Journals are now called "Application Exercises"

Feature Enhancements

  • All selected, major state and national standards are now up to date in Learning.com  
  • If activated in the teacher’s class settings, students receive certificates of completion for newer EasyTech lessons that show 1-3 stars, based upon percentage of items correct in compiled interactive to-do scenes.  Students can now monitor and share their progress via the certificates.
  • "School: Usage by Unit" report runs faster now

Bug Fixes

  • Curriculum Publisher curriculum and unit icons and other details now save properly.
  • QuizBuilder quizzes now score correctly in 3rd party LMS integrations

January 19th, 2017

Release 126

New Features

  • Some of our content loads in a new window or tab and if a user has a pop-up blocker in their browser, it can be hard to tell that the lesson opened. Learning.com now checks if the pop-up blocker is turned on for the user and gives instructions for turning it off.

Feature Enhancements

  • HTML 5 Lessons: Changed icon that opens Closed Captioning menu to a cog icon. The icon used to say "CC," but students did not realize that meant Closed Captioning, so it was changed to the cog, a universal symbol for Settings.
  • EasyTech: Added core subject area standards alignments

Bug Fixes

  • The lesson "Windows and Controls" no longer freezes on slide 26 if the student clicks the down arrow instead of the actual scroll bar.

December 8th, 2016

Release 125

New Features

  • EasyCode Game Creator is now available on production for EasyCode Premium customers

Feature Enhancements

  • Curriculum Foundry Custom Assessments
    • Added a "Print Preview" feature that includes the answer key
    • Teachers can view students' quizzes from the gradebook
    • Custom Assessments can be launched from Google Drive as a student
  • Teachers now have the ability to fast forward through HTML5 lessons
  • Added ISTE 2016 standards alignments for EasyTech and Inquiry
  • Added Florida Media/Technology 2016 standards alignments for EasyTech and Inquiry

Bug Fixes

  • The "Assign Unit" button now assigns all items in all EasyTech units
  • Scores now appear in the gradebook and student UI for Curriculum Foundry Custom Assessments

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