9.13.2017 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on September 13, 2017. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Product Updates

“End other session” Link Restored. We heard your feedback and restored the “End other session” link.

When a student tries to launch a session while another student session is already in progress, a “Student Locked” pop-up appears in the program. We recently removed a link in that pop-up that allowed students to end the other session. Based on your feedback, that link has been restored.

  • Note: If you do want your “End other session” link removed, just contact Waterford Support. We can now remove the link for individual districts as needed.

Additional Spanish Language Support. In August, we added native language support for Spanish-speaking students in most of the activities in SmartStart and Level 1 of Waterford Early Learning’s reading program. This release adds Spanish audio files to more of those activities.

Students for whom native language support is enabled hear Waterford activities in English first, and then get repeat instruction in Spanish and English.

Administrators can enable native language support in the Waterford Manager.

  • Go to “Settings.”
  • Click on “English Language Learners.”
  • Click the toggle to “on” to enable native language support.

This enables native language support for any student whose primary language is set to Spanish in their student profile. To change a student’s primary language:

  • Go to “Students” – “School” – “Class” – “Student”
  • In the info tab under the student profile, go to “Primary Language” and select Spanish.

Resolved Issues

SmartStart PDF Files Available. Several SmartStart teacher materials meant to be in the August release are now available in the Waterford Manager.

8.30.2017 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on August 30, 2017. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Product Updates

Curriculet is our new independent reading program for grades 3-12. A curriculet is a digital layer of checkpoints—questions, rich media experiences and assessments. Curriculets can be embedded in any digital text in the Curriculet eReader or used alongside any book from your own library (print or digital) with the Curriculet External Reader.

This release adds three new features to the Curriculet External Reader:

  • Teachers can create External Reader curriculets for books or texts we don’t already have in our library. This means a teacher can now create a curriculet to use alongside any text they have in their curriculum.

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  • Teachers can edit an existing External Reader curriculet. Teachers can now add, remove, edit or reorder checkpoints and experiences within an existing External Reader curriculet. Teachers do not need a book license to make changes to an External Reader curriculet; these curriculets are used alongside an outside print or digital text.

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  • Existing curriculets in the External Reader now show highlighted text. In the eReader, experiences are attached to highlighted text within the novel. Now, you can see that snippet of highlighted text along with the experience in the External Reader too.

Resolved Issues

  • Curriculet’s password reset tool is now working.

3.9 Release Notes

Waterford released an automatic software update on August 2, 2017. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Updates to Note

Curriculet External Reader and New Texts: Welcome to all our new Curriculet customers! This release launches Curriculet, Waterford’s new independent reading program for grades 3-12. It includes two main updates to our beta version of Curriculet:

  • External Reader: The external reader allows you to read texts outside of Curriculet eReader—in print, via audiobook or on another digital reader—and then log in to access curriculet checkpoints for that text.
  • New texts: This release adds about 400 new books with curriculets from publishing partner Harper Collins.
Curriculet’s external reader lets students access Curriculet’s curriculum to use alongside a print book or external digital or audio text.

Native Language Support: This new feature adds native language support for Spanish-speaking students in SmartStart and Level 1 of Waterford Early Learning’s reading program. Students for whom native language support is enabled hear Waterford activities in English first, and then get repeat instruction in Spanish and English. Administrators can enable native language support in the Waterford Manager.

  • Go to “Settings.”
  • Click on “English Language Learners.”
  • Click the toggle to “on” to enable native language support.

This enables native language support for any student whose primary language is set to Spanish in their student profile. To change a student’s primary language:

  • Go to “Students” – “School” – “Class” – “Student”
  • In the info tab under the student profile, go to “Primary Language” and select Spanish.

 

SmartStart Teacher Materials: New SmartStart teacher materials are available in the Waterford Manager. Go to the SmartStart “Curriculum” tab and click on “Search.” Filter your program by “SmartStart PreK” and “Activity Type” to see new materials, including.

  • Downloadable PDF versions of the SmartStart book set
  • An updated version of the Volume 1, Teacher Guide, including Units 1-3 (or the first 12 weeks) of classroom instruction—now, in a downloadable PDF format.

New Import Template: There is a new student import template in the Waterford Manager. Be sure to use this most recent version when you add students for the new school year.

New Student Profile Indicator: You can now add a student’s “Household Status” under their student profile. Options include foster, military, homeless and other designations. 

 

As always, please contact support if you have questions or need assistance!

3.8 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on June 21, 2017. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Updates to Note

  • New Activities: This release includes 45 new reading activities for level three. These decoder activities teach students how to look at a written word and determine its spoken sound. Schools that meet the system requirements for WebGL will get these new activities.
    • Schools with WebGL activities already enabled will receive these new activities automatically.
    • Schools that meet the system requirements, but aren’t yet using new activities should ask their Waterford sales or services representative about enabling new activities.
    • Schools that do not meet the system requirements for these new activities will automatically continue with the existing Waterford activities.
  • Change to How to End Sessions: This update removes the ability for students to end sessions. Previously, if a student selected another student from the class whose session was already in progress, the student was presented an option to end the in-progress session. Teachers can go into the Waterford Manager to end a session if needed.

Resolved Issues

  • Enhanced Clever Integration: This release makes several improvements to Waterford’s integration with Clever, including updating information that’s displayed in the dry run table and adding an administrator review for any changes that affect large numbers of users at once.

As always, please contact support if you have questions or need assistance!

Dashboards Update & Request for Feedback

After a district-by-district early release, Waterford’s new dashboards are now available for all schools! Find them in the Waterford Manager and check out this section of the Help Site for how-to steps. Then, please let us know what you think by emailing our product team at product@waterford.org!

We appreciate the time some of you have already taken to review this new feature and provide us with your feedback. Your feedback is vital to helping us continually improve your experience with Waterford. Some of the feedback we’ve received so far in this early release is already being considered for the start of the school year 2017-2018. Here are some examples:

    • How do I improve my dashboard load time?
      Load time can be affected by a lot of factors, including Internet connectivity and the number of students for which your school or district is pulling data. On our end, some improvements are being made with each release to make incremental gains in speed. We are also actively working on additional improvements in this area for the back-to-school time frame.
    • Why are my district and school dashboards all red?
      Usage goals were set to the default Waterford recommendation of 5 days per week and 15 or 30 minutes per day; these may be higher than your district’s goals, meaning your students are showing up as “red,” or underperforming. Use the enhanced usage goals feature in the settings page to input your district’s own goals! Changes to the usage goals will not affect the existing reports, so please take this opportunity to see how powerful these settings can be. Dashboard calculations take place overnight, so changes to the usage goals aren’t reflected until the next day. You can make adjustments as often as necessary. We are also considering adjusting the red, yellow, and green thresholds to more evenly distribute them.
    • Can we remove days that students are not in school?
      This is on our list of enhancements we will be including for the back to school time frame.

More feedback being considered for the near future:

  • Can we sort our dashboard alphabetically, or by lowest performing to highest? We are reviewing this with our team to see if it can be included in a future release.
  • Can we filter our dashboard by specific demographic information such as gender, race, poverty level, or at-risk indicators? Yes this is possible, and it is on the list of enhancements we want to make in the very near future.
  • Could benchmarks be added to some of the dashlets to show us where our students should be? Yes, this is in the works and will be added to the dashboards in the near future.
  • Can I see the details of the data from a single dashlet in the dashboard? Drill down capabilities currently exist on all levels of the dashboard. Future releases will provide direct links to more granular reports.
  • Can I print or export the data from the dashboards? This is on our list of enhancements we will be including in the near future.

 

Do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or comments, and please keep the great feedback coming!

3.7 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on April 28, 2017. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Updates to Note

  • Dashboards: The new Waterford Dashboards were released district-by-district over the past month. All schools should now have access to Dashboards in their Waterford Manager. To learn more about the individual dashboards and how to use them, visit the Help Site guide.
  • New Activities: This release includes 194 new reading activities for level three. Schools that meet the system requirements for WebGL can get these new activities, which have been improved graphically and instructionally.
    • Schools with WebGL activities already enabled will receive these new activities automatically.
    • Schools that meet the system requirements, but aren’t yet using new activities should ask their Waterford sales or services representative about enabling new activities.
    • Schools that do not meet the system requirements for these new activities will automatically continue with the existing Waterford activities.
  • New Import Template There are new options in the student profile. As a result of this change, customers need to download a new template before they import new students. Administrators can find the new template under the Students tab, “Import Students” in the Waterford Manager.

Resolved Issues

  • This release also includes updates for the Waterford/Clever integration and resolves an issue with the cursor disappearing behind activities.

As always, please contact support if you have questions or need assistance!

3.6 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on March 8, 2017. There are several exciting new features in this release—highlights below! And as always, if you have any questions, our Support Team is happy to help!

Updates to Note

          • NEW FEATURE! Dashboards. Dashboards give you a new, quick and highly visual way to get real-time insights at the student, class, school and district level. This new tool will be released district-by-district over the next month. You will see it appear on your Waterford Manager soon. For more information on the individual dashboards included and how to use them, visit this Help Site guide.
            • See at-a-glance how much your district, school(s), class(es) and student(s) are using Waterford, and if they’re on track to meet your goals.
            • Get quick insights on data like engagement, student progress versus gains and student mastery and difficulty.
            • Filter by date range, grade level, curriculum and more.
            • Save time generating reports, and identify students in need of intervention early.
          • NEW FEATURE! Flexible usage goals. You can now set custom usage goals for each curriculum and grade level. Click on “School Year/Goals” under “Settings” and follow these steps to set your goals.
          • Automatic SmartStart reset. Students who complete the SmartStart online curriculum will now be automatically restarted at the program’s beginning.
          • Resiliency enhancements. We’ve added features to help you identify and troubleshoot Internet outages or delays that interrupt your student’s session time. Now when outages happen:
            • The program will send a message to the device to let you know it’s been disconnected.
            • You can try reconnecting to the Internet up to 3 times in 30 second intervals.
            • If the system is unsuccessful reconnecting, you’ll get a message that it could not connection with an option to refresh.
          • Unassigned student pagination. We’ve added pagination to the unassigned student section of the student management page. This makes it easier to find, select and move groups of unassigned students to a new class, simplifying your transition from one school year to the next.

Resolved Issues

      • This release also contains several fixes that will improve functionality for activities. Contact support if you have questions or need assistance.

3.5 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on January 17, 2017. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

    Updates to Note

        • New WebGL activities. WebGL allows schools that meet the system requirements to play hundreds of new activities Waterford developed for iPad on the web browser. These activities can replace existing activities in the current sequence, and are improved graphically and instructionally.
          • To play the new activities a computer must have a 64-bit processor. See updated system requirements here.
          • To ensure a consistent experience for students and accurate data for reports, all computers being used for Waterford within a school must meet the system requirements before WebGL activities are made available.
          • If your school’s computers meet the system requirements, please ask your Waterford sales or services representative about turning WebGL on for your school.
          • If your school doesn’t meet the system requirements, don’t worry! You will automatically continue with the original activities.
        • New school administrator role. We’ve added a new role for staff to the Waterford Manager: a school administrator. The school administrator functions much like a district administrator role, but is limited to just the school he or she is assigned.
          • The school administrator can add staff, students, classes, assign licenses, and perform the same administrative operations as a district administrator—just for one school, rather than a whole district.
          • District administrators can add a school administrator on the “Staff” tab in the Manager under the “Role” dropdown.
          • The import staff template in the Manager has been updated to show this role as an option.
        • Sequence update. Based on school feedback, we removed the Mental Math activities from the lower difficulty levels of Waterford Early Learning’s Level 1 math sequence. Mental Math activities are still available for custom playlists and from difficulty level 794 of  Level 1 and onward.

    Other Improvements

      • Bug Fixes
        This release also contains several bug fixes that will improve functionality for activities and reports. Contact support if you have questions or need assistance.

3.4 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on December 5, 2016. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Major Updates

  • New Clever syncing. Clever functionality has been enhanced to decrease the amount of time a sync takes. Some other changes you may notice:
    • We have added a “New” indicator on students who have been added to a class via Clever, so teachers can see immediately if a new student has come into their class. This indicator stays with the student for 24 hours before going away.
    • Students can now be automatically deleted from Waterford. Students will remain in an archived state for 150 days. If they are reinstated within that time, no data is lost. If they are not reinstated within that time, the student will be hard deleted from the Clever system. If that student returns to the district after a hard delete has occurred, a new record will be created with a new unique ID.
    • Teachers will continue to be updated as before; deletion of teachers is still a manual process.
  • New WebGL activities. WebGL allows you to play the activities we developed for iPad on the web browser. These activities will replace existing activities in the current sequence, and are improved graphically and instructionally. With this release, we will be piloting this change to just a few districts. A general release will occur soon!
    • Note: To play the new activities a computer must be running in 64-bits. See updated system requirements here. Computers that are not running on 64-bits will continue playing the old activities and have the same experience they had before. This process will be automatic.
  • Sequence update. Based on school feedback, we removed the Mental Math activities from all of level 1 of Waterford’s math sequence. Students can still access these activities through custom playlists or when they reach levels 2 and 3, but they were found to be too difficult for younger students to remain in the level 1 sequence.

Other Improvements

  • SmartStart reports. For students who complete and then restart the SmartStart sequence, progress reports will now display each round through SmartStart along with the dates in which each round took place. Teachers are better able to see overall improvements each time the student goes through the sequence.
  • Bug Fixes
    This release also contains several bug fixes that will improve functionality for activities and reports. Contact support if you have questions or need assistance.

3.3 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on October 25, 2016. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help.

 

Waterford Activities

  • Usability enhancements in several activities:
    • Above, Below, Next to, On Instruction
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    • Position Extra Practice
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    • Fractions of Groups Assessment
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    • What’s Your Name?: Hen
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Waterford Manager

  • Lesson-themed Homelink Newsletters added to offline materials.
  • Improvements to Clever sync functionality.

UPSTART

  • New activities unlock in FreePlay for UPSTART participants.