Update 7/15/2014

Good morning everyone!  I’d like to announce that last night we released a much anticipated update the centers around the time field (details below):

1. Events (e.g. Assignments, Chores, etc…) no longer require a user to enter a time in the time field.
2. The time field, for all events, can now be user-definable.  This means a user can enter whatever time they wish (e.g. 8:14 am, 7:47 pm, etc…) for their events.
3. Field Trips can now be recurring.  Yay!!!  

Coming next:

1. The ability to add multiple students when creating a calendar event (e.g. field trips, chores, etc…)
2. The ability to take Core and Non-core attendance.

Last Night’s Release

Good morning all. Last night we squashed a few bugs (coding-wise). Below is a list of everything we fixed.

-iPad/tablet issue: When going to our website (www.homeschoolminder.com) a user noticed the Student Login was off the screen (to the right). So this forced users to horizontally scroll the page in order to access the Student Login feature. This has now been fixed to where the Student Login should now be immediately visible when going to our home page.

-Report Card Formatting: Some users reported that, when printing their report cards, the student header image would overlap the title of the first course.  Correct spacing has now been allotted for the header.

-Gradebook: We found an issue where adding the very first assignment, to a gradebook, didn’t always update the Term grade. This only occurred when the Term grade was previously blank. This bug has been vaporized.

-Editing a Standard (Skills module): A user received an error when trying to edit, and save, the name of a Standard. This has now been fixed.

-Report Card Term Grades: There was an issue where the report card didn’t always correctly print a Term grade that was manually overwritten by the user. Again, this ONLY occurred when a user manually overwrote a Term grade in their Gradebook (which happens very rarely).

Our developers are working hard on some great new features that will arrive before the start of this next school year. So stay tuned for more information. 

Andy

Transcripts get Graduation Date

Quick Update. One of our users astutely pointed out that our Official Transcript was missing the “Graduation Date” in the student header. So our wonderful lead developer Dave quickly provided us a fix. So now, our Official Transcript, will print the Graduation Date (if there is one) right besides the Date of Birth. Thanks to the user who pointed this out to us.

Happy New Feature Friday Everyone!

I’m pleased to officially announce the addition of a few new features.

1) The ability for students to view an assignment’s grade when looking on their own calendar. 

2) The ability to use the assignment Copy feature to copy an assignment back to the same student.

And as always, much more is coming over the next few months.

Andy

Quick little update for everyone…

Transcripts now support up to 2 customizable signatures lines.  When you go to print an Official Transcript, click in the Options box to add 1 or 2 signature lines.  Once added, you can click on the title of “Educator” to enter your own custom text for each line.

We hope everyone enjoys this new addition as we have much more coming!

Andy

The Heartbleed Bug - Change Your Passwords

CVE-2014-0160, also known as the “Heartbleed Bug” was reported by researchers on Monday this week to the OpenSSL team. This bug exposes a weakness in the encryption implementation used by a significant portion of internet services which secures the communications you make between your personal browser and our servers. Your passwords and other sensitive information may be at risk. Yahoo, Amazon, ourselves, and many others have been affected by this issue.

One of the unfortunate side-effects of this means of attack is that it leaves no signs of exposure. The bottom line is that we aren’t fully sure if any of our users have been affected. What we have done is to closely monitor unusual access to your accounts from unexpected IP addresses (locations in the world) as well as any improbable usages of our payments system. To this end, we have not detected any breaches of security. Regardless, we have copied our production data backups to a secure location in the event that any of our users experience such an attack.

Last night, we brought down our SSL endpoint, the security relay through which our encryption services are executed, for an update to resolve this issue. For our part, the Heartbleed Bug will no longer pose a threat to Homeschool Minder users. But just as a precaution, we recommend that all users immediately change their passwords. We also highly recommend that you visit any services you frequently use, especially those that may secure highly personal or financially sensitive information, to find out if they have addressed this issue yet.

HomeSchool Minder Update

Good morning everyone! Well, we had an update this weekend and below is the list of things we changed:
 

-New Header.  With our new header we added a new, yet to be released module, called Resources.   This new module will allow users to add things such as videos, web links, PDFs, and more to lesson plans and assignments.  We will also be adding a new activities view for students.  We plan on releasing this new module this summer.

-The new header also enabled us to fully display student and year names.  No more truncating!

-Student List.  When the user clicks to change students, they should now find the list of students is now sorted alphabetically.  Finally, right?!?!?!

-Student Search Filter.  When a user clicks to change students, and they have 10+ students, a new Search Filter will appear at the top of the list letting users quickly and easily find a specific student.

-Calendar Attendance.  When a user clicks on a calendar day, to enter hourly attendance, the cursor will now automatically default to the “Hours present” field. 

-Gradebook.  We made some changes to the way the Gradebook loads to hopefully ease some of the “Loading” issues users have reported.

-Saving Attendance.  We also made some changes to hopefully make the saving of attendance more responsive.  Some users reported having difficulties with attendance not always saving in a timely manner.

-Lesson Plan Script Errors.  Some users reported seeing “Script Errors” in the drop down list portion of the Lesson Plan module.  We corrected a minor scripting issue that will hopefully rectify this, but Windows users, please let us know if you continue to see this error appear.

And as always, we have much more coming in the ensuing months.  Also, your feedback extremely important to us, so please be sure to let us know what and how we can do better.

Today’s Quick Update

Hello Everyone!  Well, we finally did it.  We just released a few features that I’m hoping everyone will enjoy.  They are:

-Transcript header changes.  We removed a few random characters, added Grade Level and moved a few things around.  Hope you like it.

-We also made the page breaking, on Transcripts, a lot “smarter”.  This should make transcripts look much better and more professional.

-We changed the sort order of assignments as they appear during the Copy process.  Previously, assignments appear in the order in which they were created… which didn’t make much sense.  Now assignments will appear in descending date order (newest first).  This will hopefully make assignments easier to find.

-Lastly, we added the course name to the student’s assignment view.  So now, when a student logs into HSM and clicks to view an assignment, they will see the course name along with all the other assignment information.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

Performance Update

I’m pleased to announce that we made some changes to help improve the speed and responsiveness of HomeSchool Minder.  Users can expect to see a noticeable performance increase in the Calendar, Gradebook and Assignment areas of the program.  The performance of HSM is extremely important to us, so please continue to let us know if you notice any problems.

HomeSchool Minder Update (11/4/2013)

We are very pleased to announce the features of this weekend’s update.

Enhancements

  • Users can now create recurring assignments (yahoo!!!).
  • When editing a single instance of any recurring event, users can now apply those changes to that instance only or all future instances.
  • Users now have the ability to delete a single instance of a recurring event.
  • A Score (grade) can now be given to an assignment during the initial creation process (or while editing).
  • We have also done some behind the scenes work to better improve database performance.


Bugs squashed

  • The month of September should now correctly display attendance checkmarks (finally, right???).


Next up…
We will be looking at the Transcript header and making some changes:

  • Adding student address
  • Adding the words “Official Transcript”
  • Adding Grade Level
  • Subtracting some weird “05:00:00” characters (not even sure what those were to begin with)
  • Lastly, we will be making the page breaking more “intelligent and elegant”

And of course we will be doing lots of other things based on all of your feedback, so please keep them coming!!!