New and Improved Calendar Icons!

Have a lot of items on your eBackpack calendar and can’t distinguish which is a reminder and which is an assignment? Now there is an easier way to see the difference between which items are class vs personal reminders, items that allow turn in and those that do not!

Reminders are represented by a calendar/pencil icon overlay. You will still be able to see the class icon that the reminder is associated with and/or the icon that represents a personal reminder.

Assignments and quizzes that do not allow turn in will be represented by the “no” icon overlay, which is a circle with a diagonal slash.

Assignments and quizzes that do accept turn in are represented with no additional icon overlay.

Now you can be more organized with a quick glance at your calendar in eBackpack!

Lockdown Mode Available on iOS

eBackpack is happy to announce that we now offer lockdown testing mode on iOS devices for FREE! Autonomous Single App Mode, or ASAM, prevents students from using any outside sources while taking assessments on eBackpack through the iOS device, for free. eBackpack has offered this handy service previously through the web (Learn More or Get Started), but we have now expanded to iOS devices. This makes taking assessments at home or in the classroom much more secure and user friendly. Educators can rest easy knowing that their students are not able to exit the assessment mode while taking exams.

Here are a list of the key features the ASAM lockdown mode features when taking assessments with eBackpack.

  • Lockdown mode prevents students from entering other sites or apps while taking assessments.  (It locks them in)
  • If a student exits an assessment while taking it, the assessment is submitted as complete.
  • The assessment distributor can see when the student entered and exited the assessment.
  • Lockdown mode of the assessment begins as soon as the student enters the exam.

Learn more about getting your iOS device ready for lockdown testing with eBackpack.

Configure your assessment for lockdown testing.

Making the Impossible, Possible

Automated Offline Access on iOS

The eBackpack Team truly believes that educational technology can change the world. We are convinced that it can drive innovation and critical thinking, help build 21st century learners, and simplify some of the challenges of teaching and learning. However, to achieve this kind of transformation it’s vital that we make it as accessible as possible.

For the many students who live in rural areas, lack internet access at home, or simply don’t have a strong Wi-Fi connection, digital devices and technology can seem like a barrier to completing work and excelling in school.  This is where automated offline access become so critical. eBackpack will now mark items for offline access on iOS according to the following schedule: For Group Admins (teachers), eBackpack will automatically add an assignment to the Offline List when the assignment is awaiting review and current or past due by less than 14 days.  An assignment will be automatically removed from the Offline List when:

      • 0 items awaiting review or past due by more than 14 days, or
      • Assignment has been archived

For Group Members (students), eBackpack will automatically add an assignment to the Offline List when the assignment is not complete and is due in the next 5 days. The assignment will be automatically removed from the Offline List when:

      • Marked as Complete, or
      • Past due by more than 2 days, or
      • Assignment has been archived

Users can still mark things offline manually, this feature simply streamlines the process. Offline access essentially downloads the assignments for you and holds it in storage. You can complete an assignment, grade work, or study offline and any changes you make will stay in the same storage space and automatically upload when you have an internet connection.   Worried about space?  In all cases we limit it to no more than 300 files – which is generally under 300 MB in your normal use situation.  In the case of students – it will usually be about 30 files or 30 MB.  What a huge experience win for so little space! Just one more way the eBackpack team is striving to make this the best learning management system for students and teachers! 

We’ve Been Busy – What’s New?

It’s August 3 – Where do we stand on What’s Coming? …

We’ve been busy and our teams are hard at work!  Take a look at the amazing capabilities below…..

Let’s Start with what is LIVE ALREADY!

  • Enhanced Instructions with LTI capability and embedding (LIVE) – Add content from Khan Academy,  Quizlet, Youtube, Vimeo,  embed videos, formatted instructions, and more… TurnItIn coming soon (just working out a final kink for smaller monitors)….
  • LTI 1.0, 1.1, 1.1.1, and 1.2 Certification (LIVE) – Bring your own LTI tools into eBackpack with an easy set-up process for quick access to your favorite learning tools.
  • Safe Browser capabilities (LIVE)– Take tests/quizzes in a locked down mode on computers (both PC and Mac supported)
  • Custom Gradebook Types (LIVE)– Create your own categories of assignments.  Gradebook sync customers can map them to grade book categories.
  • Enhanced Assessments (Test/Quiz) – Free form short and long answer as well as grade override and the ability to curve the assessment (LIVE).
  • Pre-stage Assignments/Assessments(LIVE) – Set & Control Visibility Dates to easily set-up ahead of time.   BONUS – even limit visibility to only some students or users in the class/group!  Did I hear personalized learning and accommodations?
  • Parent Enhancements (LIVE) – New parent website, optional mobile apps with configurable alerts and notifications.  Try it at https://parents.ebackpack.com BONUS –New parent mobile app.  Parents can upgrade the basic parent experience for a full app experience complete with customized push notifications to events they configure!
  • Website (LIVE)– Automatic Class pages and teacher pages – embeddable on your site or run your site through us.  We can apply custom design templates – reach out for more details.
  • And much more including Archiving, Class settings enhancements (LIVE), Google Sign On Linking (LIVE on Web), and improved course management.

And Still in the works….

  • Frameworks / Standards – Tag content and run reports with various standards and frameworks.
  • Automated Offline Management on iOS – Assignments will automatically be available for students offline and teachers to grade for a period of time.
  • Gradebook Integration – more grade books with automated grade push!
  • Discussion Enhancements.

eBackpack iOS Beta Program, & What’s Coming

What’s Coming?

We are often asked, what is coming.  Here’s an overview of what you’ll see soon in eBackpack.

  • Custom Gradebook Types (LIVE)– Create your own categories of assignments.  Gradebook sync customers can map them to gradebook categories.
  • Enhanced Instructions with LTI capability and embedding – Add content from Khan Academy, TedEd, Quizlet, Youtube, Youtube for Schools, Vimeo, embed videos, formatted instructions, and more…
  • Enhanced Assessments (Test/Quiz) – Free form short and long answer as well as grade override.
  • Pre-stage Assignments/Assessments – Set & Control Visibility Dates to easily set-up ahead of time.
  • Parent Enhancements – New parent website, optional mobile apps with configurable alerts and notifications.
  • Website – Automatic Class pages and teacher pages – embeddable on your site or run your site through us.  We can apply custom design templates – reach out for more details.
  • Automated Offline Management on iOS – Assignments will automatically be available for students offline and teachers to grade for a period of time.  Stay tuned for more details.
  • And much more including Archiving, Class settings enhancements, Google Sign On Linking (LIVE on Web), and improved course management.

 

Join our iOS Beta Program
Would you like to help us test new versions of the application before they are publicly released? This is your chance to provide us feedback, thoughts, concerns, and let the app get some real world use. All we ask is that if you sign up, you use it and provide us feedback on any problems you experience or things you’d like to see changed.  You will hear back from us if accepted within a few days.

iOS Beta Program Request

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Offline Access for Teachers and Students in our iOS Apps

eBackpack is pleased to introduce offline access for students and teachers in our iOS app. Students can sync assignments to work on when they don’t have internet access and teachers can sync assignments to grade. When you come back on a network and have a data connection to the internet, the work will send to eBackpack from inside our latest iOS app.

Learn more about using eBackpack offline access!