May 2017 District Newsletter
View the Results from Our Recent Teacher Survey
What do ProgressBook teachers have to say about their digital learning experiences and expectations? In April, we surveyed nearly 4,000 teachers from 360 Ohio districts to help shed some light on these important topics. Read more…
Ohio's ESSA Plan Is on Hold: Now What?
After spending over a year gathering input from educators, parents and other education stakeholders across the state, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) decided to withhold Ohio's submission to the federal government until the end of September. Russ Jones, former superintendent and ProgressBook’s product specialist, gives insights into this development in his blog article.
Save the Date: ProgressBook Suite Retreat 2018
Be sure to mark your calendars and save the dates for our biggest and best conference yet! The ProgressBook Suite Retreat 2018 will be held Monday, April 30 – Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Columbus. Stay tuned for details coming later in the year.
ProgressBook Introduces New Online Community Pilot
We get it. Today’s software users often prefer to do their own research, find their own support answers, and – when possible – seek and share information with their peers. So, in order to provide the best possible customer experience for ProgressBook users, we are launching two initiatives this fall:
1.) A new and improved WebHelp site (which we will cover in the upcoming fall newsletter)
2.) A new online community pilot program called “ProgressBook Community”
Serving all types of users – novice or expert, teacher or EMIS coordinator, and everyone in between – Progress Community is designed for collaboration and inspiration. It will allow you to ask questions, share ideas, and engage with other educators to facilitate learning from one another.
For the 2017-18 school year, we are seeking passionate, inquisitive, and experienced ProgressBook users who would like to join the community and provide feedback regarding features, functionality and user experience. With the help of pilot members, we hope to build a powerful and engaging online community that creates real value for all ProgressBook users.
ProgressBook Community Pilot Request
ProgressBook Fall 2017 User Group Meeting Schedule
Want to meet with ProgressBook team members and receive current information about the ProgressBook solutions you rely on every day? Consider attending a product-specific user group meeting. All meetings are held at the Meta Solutions Columbus Office from 9:30 am to 3:30 P.M. Mark your calendars and sign up today. Your participation and feedback is greatly appreciated!
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – GradeBook
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – DataMap
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – SpecialServices
Tech Tip: Update Your Web Browser for Best User Experience
To avoid any issues when using ProgressBook web-based solutions, make sure you have the most recent or recommended web browser version installed on your pc, laptop, or tablet. Specifically, we want you to be aware that ProgressBook’s Summer 17.0 Release will not support Internet Explorer 8. If you attempt to login using an outdated browser version, a warning will display and prompt you to upgrade.
Click here to see ProgressBook’s updated system requirements document, which includes a complete list of recommended product and version configurations.
Sign Up for a Free 60-Day Kickstart!
Looking for a Learning Management System (LMS) that you can “try before you buy"? Not sure if DataMap is the right assessment data warehouse and analytics tool for your district?
Discover the value of ProgressBook’s integrated, add-on solution with our no-obligation 60-Day Kickstart! We’ve designed step-by-step processes, training materials, and a collaborative environment that’s tailored to meet the needs of your district. Should you decide to move forward after the Kickstart is complete, you’ll be confident knowing that your staff is ready to hit the ground running. In addition, we offer CEU credits with the completion of the Kickstart. Get details on what you can expect from a VirtualClassroom or DataMap Kickstart, and sign up today!
Visit us at OAESA!
ProgressBook will be joining educators from across Ohio on June 14 for OAESA 2017, the professional development conference that’s focused on innovations in learning. Stop by our booth (#42), chat with ProgressBook team members, and register to win a prize!