What’s new in Twine for January 2021

Ashley BellomySchool Management

We’re always looking for ways we can improve Twine to better serve our teachers, parents, students, and schools. We’re starting the new year off with some great new features and modifications to existing features based on user feedback.

Launch Pad

The launch pad (represented by the rocket icon in the navigation bar) currently links users to the online help option. The latest update allows staff, students, and parents to add their own custom links for quick navigation. School admins can customize this menu with school-specific links applicable to all school users, as well. For organizations with multiple schools, links can be added that are program-wide

 

Settings 

When there is information in settings that cannot be changed by a user, a new message will display, letting them know that is the case and directing them to the school to update their information.

 

Standards/outcomes/expectations selection

Based on feedback from teachers, the menu to choose S/O/E items will be collapsed by default for easier viewing; any section can be expanded by clicking on it. 

 

Edsby Capture 

The new Edsby Capture app, available for iOS and Android, allows students to submit evidence of learning by scanning a QR code, making it easier for younger students to submit work without needing to log into their account. Parents and students can submit images and videos, and can include a written reflection.

 

 

Search

New updates to search make it easier for users to filter through search results that might otherwise be extensive. This allows users to narrow down search by specific groups, people, or a date range. Filters can be found by expanding the filters drop down on mobile and by clicking “View More” on desktop.

 

Perspective

There’s now more flexibility in how teachers display information on the Perspective graph, and the student/parent My Work graph. Teachers now have the ability to set the y-axis to any available grading scheme through the Class Setup form’s new Perspective Axis field.

 

 

Mobile

We’ve also made some additions to the mobile app. Comment banks for report cards are now accessible from both the home screen and Search. Learning Object Repository groups are now viewable, and the contents of LOR groups are accessible through Search.

 

Gradebook 

This gradebook update provides more flexibility in sharing grades for multi-column assessments. Examples of multi-column assessments include the Stranded and KTCA grading schemes. Previously, teachers could only share assessment results if all columns had been completed. Now, they may override the default behavior and share assessments, even if marks are not present for all columns. 

 

Rubrics

Teachers that create rubrics to assess multiple outcomes or expectations will now see a multi-column assessment in the gradebook. In this illustration, the teacher has created a rubric to evaluate three expectations; the results in the gradebook include a column for each expectation.

 

Parent-Teacher Interviews 

For schools where parent-teacher conferences/interviews are taking place online, the location field now allows for web conferencing links in place of a room number. Parents can click the link directly from the calendar to join a meeting.

 

Online Help in Twine

When working in the Twine management console, school administrators may request help using the new Help widget, to submit questions directly to Twine Support.