Release Notes

Version 2.51 (February 17, 2009)

Curriculum Maps
  • Improved how Curriculum Mapping handles choosing grade levels when aligning a curriculum map to a set of learning standards.


  • Version 2.5 (September 17, 2007)

    Curriculum Maps
  • Parents can now view all shared curriculum maps for their school or district. Administrators can contact SchoolTools Support at HelpDesk@caboces.org to get a parent account set up for your school or district.


  • Version 2.41 (October 30, 2006)

    Curriculum Maps
  • District Administrators can now exercise control over which maps are shared in their district.


  • Version 2.4 (July 19, 2006)

    PD Tools
  • The PD Tools module can now be run independently from the rest of the SchoolTools web site.
  • The PD Tools educator menu has been streamlined and improved to provide better functionality.


  • Version 2.33 (December 12, 2005)

    Web Browser Support
  • Improved site look and feel for the Firefox, Netscape, and Opera web browsers.


  • Version 2.32 (August 3, 2005)

    New York State Learning Standards
  • The 2005 New York State Math Learning Standards for Grades 3 through 8 have been implemented.


  • Version 2.31 (May 25, 2005)

    Curriculum Map Printing
  • When printing a map, you can now choose to display four or five columns per page. This is useful for printing on large 11 x 17 inch sheets of paper.


  • Version 2.3 (April 27, 2005)

    Curriculum Mapping Enhancements
  • Curriculum Maps may now be searched using any of the following criteria:

    • Learning Standards: Standard Areas, Standards, Key Ideas, Performance Indicators, and Grade Levels
    • School or District
    • School Year or other time frame
    • Course
    • Keyword
  • Curriculum Maps may now be combined using any of the above criteria.


  • Combined maps now display the learning standard alignments in either concise or full text format.


  • Combined maps can now be saved in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.


  • School districts may now implement an approval process for curriculum maps. This approval process can be put in place by having a school district administrator make a formal request for this functionality by sending an e-mail to the SchoolTools support staff requesting this feature. Once this feature has been activated, then a shared map may only be copied by another educator when that map has been approved by a district administator.


  • School districts that do not want to align their curriculum maps to the state learning standards can now disable that functionality by contacting the SchoolTools support staff.


  • Curriculum Maps may now be aligned to the Alternate Level (Vesid) Learning Standards of New York State.

  • Curriculum Maps may now be aligned to the Career Major Learning Standards of New York State.


  • Version 2.2 (November 24, 2004)

    Curriculum Mapping Enhancements (Educators)
  • The "Copy Map" feature lets you make a copy of any map you can view - you can then edit your copy of the map.


  • Each month in a curriculum map can now be aligned to State Learning Standards by making choices from a list of:
           Grade Levels -> Standard Areas -> Key Ideas -> Performance Indicators.


  • Curriculum Map Reports


    • New report layouts are now available.
    • All reports can now be saved as a PDF file - this will allow users to save a copy of any map in PDF Format on their hard drive and to print the PDF copy.
    • All reports can now be saved as a Microsoft Word file.
    • Each user's reporting preferences are saved so that when printing reports, the report layout, format, and other settings will default to that user's preferences.
    • Combined maps can now be printed.
    • Improved mapping header layout for cleaner printing.
    • Improved Print Views - We have corrected the printing problems for the grid/table view of map (in the past, depending on their print settings and browser version, users sometimes did not get all pages of their map printed when they were printing in the table format).

    Curriculum Mapping Enhancements (Administrators)

  • School and District Administrators will have the option to "Create a Map" (in the past, they had to use a separate educator account).
  • District Administrators will be able to view all maps in their district whether they are shared or not (in the past, they could only view shared maps). School Administrators will be able to view all maps in their school.
  • District Administrators can now approve curriculum maps within their district. Approved maps will display the "District Seal of Approval" which is a graphic image that can be customized for each district.
  • Version 2.1 (October 5, 2004)

    PD Tools Enhancement Added
  • Peer Review - Non-SchoolTools User is added as another option to APPR Option Form.


  • PD Tools Reports Added
  • PD Tools reports for administrators are now available including
    • PD Tools Form Submission Report
    • APPR Option Forms Status Report
    • APPR Options by Type (Pie Chart)
    • Goal Approval Status Report
    • Goal Summaries by Teacher Standards (Pie Chart)
    • Needs Assessment District/School-Wide Report

    Version 2.0 (September 1, 2004)

    PD Tools Launched
  • A full suite of new professional development tools are now available including
    • Selecting an APPR Option
    • Needs Assessment
    • Teacher Evaluation - APPR Forms
    • Goal
    • PD Tracking
    • PD Request
    • PD Catalog
    • Approval Process
    • Mentoring Matches
    • Mentoring Timesheets
  • Version 1.97 (July 15, 2004)

    Learning Standards
  • SchoolTools can now accomodate many different regional, state, and national learning standards.


  • Version 1.96b (June 11, 2004)

    Search Curriculum Maps
  • Made enhancements to the Search Curriculum Maps web pages (Simple and Advanced).


  • Sign On
  • We now keep track of the last sign on date for each membership.


  • Version 1.96a (May 4, 2004)

    Improved New User Registration
  • Improved checking for duplicate users based on user id and e-mail address.


  • Improved Screen Layout
  • Eliminated Right/Left scrolling for some screen resolutions.


  • System Administration
  • Added better form field validation for updating user information.
  • Web Site Builder: Version 2.3 (March 30, 2004)

    WebQuest Builder
  • A new WebQuest Builder has been released. The new WebQuest Builder helps facilitate the development of WebQuests using Web Site Builder Technology. A simplified WebQuest Builder helps users create a WebQuest with Introduction, Assessment, Task, Process, Resources, Conclusion, and Credit sections built right in. Text in the template helps guide users in the development of high quality WebQuest activities for their students.


  • Book Studies Builder
  • A Book Studies Builder is now live on the SchoolTools.us site. The Book Studies Builder assists teachers in the development of online communities and discussion boards to guide thoughtful discussion of books or other literary materials. The Builder helps teachers by pre-formatting sections for them and providing a structure that helps them focus on the construction of Book Studies than on construction of a web site.


  • Custom Templates Available for Grand Island
  • Templates for Charlette Sidway Elementary School and Huth Road Elementary School are now available. From Web Site Builder click the link “For Grand Island Central Schools Users” on the bottom right.
  • Version 1.95 (February 17, 2004)

    Curriculum Maps is now compatible with MAC computers
  • Curriculum Maps is compatible with MAC OS 9 and OS X as well as Netscape 7.1 on PC. View System Requirements for more information.
  • Clicking on "Print this Page" will only attempt to find a printer when it is run from a web server. This means that we will avoid searching for a printer when viewing a "Printable" page that was received as an E-Mailed file attachment.
  • Version 1.94 (February 2, 2004)

    New and Enhanced User Features for GUI Editor
  • Improved Preview functionality: user is able to preview a page without saving it first
  • Added Remove Link functionality: user is able to remove the hyperlink
  • Added Justify functionality: user is able to justify a paragraph selected
  • Added Indent and Outdent functionality: user is able to indent and outdent a paragraph selected
  • Improved Clean Formatting of Whole Document functionality: it cleans more formatting than the previous version
  • Improved Icon Library functionality: it now has more and consistent-looking icons


  • MAC Compatibility
  • All features available on PC are also available on MAC except some known issues (See below)
  • Users have to use certain browsers to use the Editor on MAC
  • OS 9 or OS X (View System Requirements)

    Known Issues for MAC
  • Partial Clean button does not work. It only works on PC
  • Spacing: to make single space, press Shift + Enter on PC, press Enter on Mac. It is a limitation of the browsers
  • Cut, Copy, and Paste buttons do not work. Users can use keyboard shortcuts (Cut: command+X, Copy: command+C, Paste: command+V)
  • Cut, Copy, and paste tables from Word does not work
  • Undo button does not work after the user uses Clean Formatting of the Whole Document
  • Insert Document, Insert Image, and Insert Icons: the window will not automatically close after inserting. The user can click the Close Window button to close it. The window will automatically close on PC.
  • Enhanced System Maintenance

  • Improved handling of users and groups from outside New York state.
  • Improved methods for preventing the addition of duplicate users.
  • Web Site Builder Version 2 (January 27, 2004)

    Web Site Builder Version 2
  • The new version now supports MAC OS 9 and OS X as well as Netscape 7.1 on PC. View System Requirements for more information.
  • Version 1.93 (January 8, 2004)

    Curriculum Mapping
  • When creating a new map, the mapping time drop down now defaults to the current school year. For example, if a user creates a map before July 1, 2004, it will default to 2003-2004 school year, but if a map is created between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005, it will default to 2004-2005 school year. The user also has the option to choose the year as early as 1990.
  • Version 1.92 (December 8, 2003)

    District Sign Up
  • First name, last name, and e-mail address are now only validated when the form gets submitted. Also, required fields are now in red.


  • Forget Your Password
  • The process for requesting your password has been streamlined.


  • List User Information
  • More search criteria are now available.
  • The "Choose Your Membership" sign on page now properly displays the list of multiple memberships for Users who are not associated with a school.
  • Version 1.91 (October 30, 2003)

    Help
  • Online help documentation is now available.


  • Curriculum & Instruction Tools
  • Curriculum Mapping:
    • Fixed the bug which caused access denial when navigating the map in "View All My Maps".

    Version 1.9 (September 15, 2003)

    Resources
  • Event Planner:
    • "List View" is added in Catalog of Events.
    • "Search by Grade Range" option is added in Search.
    • Search form retains the information that users have typed or selected even when users are browsing through the Catalog of Events.
    • Minor User Interface changes in "Catalog of Events", "Add New Request" and "Add New Event" pages.
  • Articles
    • Search Articles and Advanced Search Articles are now available.
  • New York State Learning Standards
    • Improved layout for viewing New York State Learning Standards.
  • General
    • Search Engines can now directly access any page in the SchoolTools Web Site.
  • Version 1.75 (July 28, 2003)

    Administrator
  • User Registry Enhancements

    General
  • Release Notes: Keeps track of version history including new features, enhancements, and bug fixes.
  • Version 1.7 (July 25, 2003)

    Resources
  • Event Planner: This tool provides users in Performing Arts Coser (CA BOCES Coser 403) an ability to add Distance Learning and Performing Arts events. The users can make a request to attend an event and find out the "matching district(s)" for the event.  *Users that are not in the Coser can only browse through the events in the catalog.
  • Version 1.0 (Prior to July 25, 2002)

    Curriculum & Instruction Tools
  • Curriculum Maps
  • Learning Experiences

    Standards
  • K-12 Learning Standards
  • Staff Development Standards

    Resources
  • Articles
  • CA BOCES Media Library
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Knowledgebase
  • Learning Resources
  • NYS Library On-Line
  • Sample Exams

    Professional Development
  • Book Study
  • Journal
  • Moderated Forums
  • Needs Assessment

    Communication Tools
  • Discussion Boards
  • E-Cards
  • Web Site Builder


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