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  1. Parent communication preferences integrated into Skyward Family Access

    SchoolMessenger has an integration with the Skyward Family Access portal that allows parents to update their communication preferences (it is under a tab called SkyLert). For example, they can choose to receive inclement weather messages via text but not a phone call by simply checking/unchecking boxes. They could not edit their contact information, but could add additional email addresses and phone number (possibly for babysitters, grandparents, etc.).

    This would be a great addition to the Bb mass communication product.

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    • Hello, I would like to see an app for creating pie charts, bar charts and other kinds of charts on a web page.

      Adding a graphic element to dress up a web page is always important. Sometimes a chart tells the story better than paragraphs, so I would like to see an app added to make it easy to create a chart on a web page.

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      • 29 votes
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        • Bring back editor layouts

          Editor Layouts allowed you to add content within an app (used to be flex now content) on a page added to a section configuration. This would allow a webmaster to set-up a template for one to work from. For example, district sometimes like teachers to have certain content on their homepage and maybe the district logo. The webmaster could create "dummy" text in a app and the teacher would fill in their specific info. This was a time saver. Please allow editor layouts to be created in content apps and added to section configurations.

          3 votes
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          • Co-taught classes to be populated in teach accounts

            I'd like to find a way for co-taught classes to be populated into teachers' rosters. Or perhaps be able to manually enter emails.

            2 votes
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            • Track Open Rate - Email Notification System

              It would nice to track the open rate of our emails..

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              • Add security to email addresses beyond the obfuscate

                Add captcha to the email submission hyperlinks to thwart phishing attempts. Also, display the email address as an image to prevent screen scraping or just show the envelope instead of the email address.

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                • Calendar Import Fields: Add fields for full Location

                  We import our district calendar events, board of education meetings and all athletics events into the calendars, but unfortunately the calendar import does not allow for us to include the full information/address for the Location of the events. Please add Address, City, State and Zipcode fields as those that can be imported via an Excel .csv file.

                  14 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Table App

                    The Table App Needs attention and updating, as follows:
                    - A function for cells to span column and rows.
                    - Improved interface for editor
                    - Fix content deletion bug
                    - Resize capability for rows, columns, and table itself
                    - Color capability for table content and table itself, including cells, rows, and columns
                    - Link capability for content other than text
                    - Insert table tool inside of other apps

                    51 votes
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                    • Rename APPS to something else

                      Please rename APPs to Modules, Templates or Containers. Apps to most of the public especially the non Tech savoy teachers is confusing. I am very knowledgeable in the tech world and its not the correct term in website design. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/app

                      Apps with in apps doesn't make sense. A module in a module, or Container in a container, templates with in templates all do.

                      36 votes
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                      • Automate Staff Directory from Integrated App data

                        Several requests here are for the ability to automatically update the Staff Directory from Active Directory or scheduled uploads. Customers with the Integrated App have already provided this data and the Staff Directory IS supposed to be live and dynamic in the App. So it seems possible that this data could be used to populate the Staff Directory in Web Community Manager.

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                        • friendly URLs should remain and not disappear after first click

                          Campus staff and end uses don't really get the friendly URL outside of seeing it on a news article or announcement.

                          These friendly URLs should remain constant throughout the user experience irrespective if they clicked on it to get there.

                          6 votes
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                          • PUSHING calendar events to higher level calendars WITHOUT NEEDING APPROVAL

                            I should be able to give permission for CERTAIN users to be able to PUSH calendar events to higher level calendars WITHOUT WAITING FOR APPROVAL.

                            12 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Searching all sites should not be the default

                              The default option for search on Blackboard websites is to search all pages associated with your main domain name.

                              This means if a parent searches for "homecoming" on High School A, they could possibly get the results from High School B.

                              I went to Denton ISD and searched for "second grade" from Blanton ES and the first page of results were all from different elementary schools.

                              We've had them alter the way search works on our site, but it does cost extra. Odd that this is the default. Does anyone else have issues with search complaints?

                              2 votes
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                              • Site-Wide Find Section or Find Page

                                Provide Site Directors with the ability to search site-wide by section or page name or ID. This would assist with internal trouble-shooting and support activities by making it easier to quickly locate a specific section or page. For example, sometimes end users accidentally move a section or page and forget where it's been moved to. Other times a subsite director might accidentally delete the editor associated with the section or ask for assistance with assigning a new editor. Being able to quickly search site-wide to find the content would reduce efforts in trying to track down what site > channel…

                                12 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Site Workspace  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Headlines and Features App "More Info" link

                                  When using the updated option to choose a link or file instead of an actual article, the option to toggle visibility on the "More Info" link is desirable. Clicking the headline opens the file or external link in a new window an having the "More info" button there does the same but in the same window. The action is redundant. I wouldn't strictly remove it, but have an option to display the "More Info" button by default on all headlines to accommodate those who don't want it either way.

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                                  • Control / Force Global Incons to subsites from District website

                                    It would be quite useful to control global icons from our district website to force changes on all sub sites. Currently if we want to add a global icon to every school page it has to be done on all 50(ish) sub sites through the template for each site. It would be more efficient to have a toggle checkbox list for each global icon with an option to push to a sub site if desired. We currently to this with custom JavaScript when needed but it isn't always reliable cross-browser.

                                    2 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Templates & Styler  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Look up best practices for SEO from 2007 and implement them in your platform

                                      Implement canonical URLs via user-configurable meta tags
                                      Use HTTP 301 redirects
                                      Allow SEO-friendly URLs within site structure (navigation, breadcrumbs, in-page links, etc.)
                                      Create a sane way to manage SEO-friendly URLs sitewide
                                      Be less bad at webs

                                      2 votes
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                                      • Obfuscate email addresses

                                        I just learned that the Staff Directory app and the About Teacher app will obfuscate email addresses to prevent (or at least slow down) their collection by email harvesters.

                                        Since we also add email addresses in other apps (Tables, Minibases, Content), could WCM consider obfuscating all email addresses or giving content creators an option to add obfuscation? Maybe a Captcha screen?

                                        4 votes
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                                        • photo editing needed in Photo Gallery

                                          Since the recent change in photo gallery, posting images and editing them to the right size is not possible within your sight. I require a third-party interface to edit the size of photos (915x1500) to match your requirements.
                                          If your interface is limited in the size of images we're supposed to upload, it would be extremely beneficial to the client to be able to at least crop or resize directly from the photo gallery app like we used to be able to.

                                          18 votes
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