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Classes

Teacher Dashboard Access is an optional feature and may not be included in your app subscription. The Import capability is also optional.

See also:


Overview

Class Links

You may want to list classes in your app so that:

You can add classes manually as needed, or import them from a spreadsheet, PowerSchool, MyEducationBC, or any OneRoster-compatible SIS. You can re-import them at any time if there have been any updates.

Semestered classes are shown in the app only during the semester. Read more.

Some schools use other tools for classroom communications, while using their Appazur app to share important district, school-wide, club, athletics, PAC/PTA or other group messages, calendar events, and links.


Change / Add / Remove

Add Class

You may also be able to Import your classes.

Click Add class/group.

Name and Category are the only required fields. Short Name is used in push notifications and on the calendar.

The only difference between a Class and a Group is Category. The Category field specifies the subsection heading it will appear under on the Classes or Groups screens.

Change Class

For each class that needs changes, just click on it under Classes/Groups. After you click Save, users will see your changes the next time the app is opened.

Make sure Semester is correct, as only the current semester (or all-year) classes are shown in the app.

To allow an instructor to send messages or set up a calendar for this class, you have to add them under Permissions (click the blue Permissions bar to expand and show this section).

If you want students to find any links under this class in the app, you have to add them in the Links section. For example, typically each class or group has a link to email the teacher.

You can also set up Connections for each class.

Remove Class

To remove a class (or classes), select them in the Classes/Groups list and then select Remove from the Action Menu.


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Permissions

Staff with Instructor level access can only send Messages, update Calendars, or update app content for a Class or Group if they are listed under Permissions for that Class or Group.

If you add a class or a club, you should add the teacher to the list here. (You may also want to add an email link, like mailto:[email protected] - see the next section.)

When you import Classes, usually the teacher's permissions will be set automatically. In that case you'll see the teacher listed here.


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Links and Documents

You'll need to input the following information

External URL

You can link to a web page, online video, app, and more.

Copy and paste the link from your browser's address bar. You must include the https:// portion of the link.

If you leave the Needs webpage navigation? option as Default, the app will decide automatically how to open the link. Alternatively, you can choose one of these options:

Upload

You can upload an image, PDF file, audio file, or video.

Read our advice regarding PDF files and documents: Documents

Editor

You can create a document here. If the content already exists in a Word document, you can copy and paste into the Editor. Then, check for any formatting issues.

Phone

Enter a phone number. The app will use this to initiate a call when the link is tapped. Do not include any spaces. Do not include an extension or any other text. e.g. (888)277-5705, +18882775705, or 888-277-5705.

We recommend entering the phone number in the Subtitle field as well, so that the user can see this information.

Email

Enter a valid email address. The app will launch the email app when this is tapped.

We recommend entering the email address in the Subtitle field as well, so that the user can see this information.

Submenu

If you have lots of links, you can organize them into submenus. For example, you could use a submenu for a Student Handbook with multiple sections, or for multiple programs or schools.

After you add a Submenu link and click Save, an Edit button will appear so you can create additional links under the new submenu.


More information:


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Connections

If you are currently sharing information via email, social media, or a website, you may be able to link that to the app, and your emails or posts can automatically go out as app notifications as well.


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Subscribers

Click the Subscribers button (top right) for the Subscribers page.

On the Subscribers page, you can see which app users and staff are subscribed to a class or group (i.e. who will receive messages etc.). If your app supports it, users may subscribe and unsubscribe themselves. If you don't want to count on users to subscribe themselves, you may want to subscribe them here.

If you grant permission for a class or group to an Instructor, we will automatically add them to Subscribers for you so that they can see what messages are going to their class or group.


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Import Subscribers

If you are importing user accounts then it is also possible to automatically subscribe users to existing school or grade groups or classes.

First create a group, and then set the Course Code field to the unique code or number that your SIS uses to identify the school or grade. (If more than one code should map to one group then you can list multiple codes separated by commas.)

Run the user import (contact support for assistance to get started with this), and confirm that users are subscribed to the group as required.


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Import Classes

At the start of each school year or semester, to avoid having to manually add and update your classes in the Dashboard, you can export your class list to a CSV file from your Student Information System or Excel.

If you have one of these Student Information Systems, follow the link:

Otherwise, create a CSV file with the following column headings. Please note that these may be case-sensitive. Column headings in bold are required; the others are optional.

Include all Classes as you would like to see them listed in the app (and optionally, Groups as well).

You should include the instructor's email address for each class so that we can give that staff member permissions for that class (or group). The instructor name fields need only be filled in if you would like users to see the instructor in the class list to help them pick the appropriate section. Example: "Spanish 12 (1): Garcia, Ms J."

To import your CSV file: From the Dashboard Home page, click Classes/Groups, and then the Import button (in the upper right corner). Next click Add Import Data, choose your CSV file, then click Save to start a dry-run of your import. When the dry-run import completes, review any warnings in the report, and if there are no problems, click Import.


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