Mass Notifications

  1. Editing a message after it has been scheduled

    After scheduling a message it would be nice to be able edit the message rather then having to cancel it and reload it from the saved messages.

    43 votes
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  2. When sending Text Messages from our school - Is it possible to have the School Name Identified instead of the 5 digit # in the text?

    This is what we see:
    829-32
    Don't forget, the first day of school is tomorrow.

    What I'd like to see:
    Sawyer Road Elementary
    Don't forget, the first day of school is tomorrow.

    31 votes
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  3. Advanced Options: Deliver to Students AND their Parents

    When we have a specific group of students that we want to send both they and their parents a message, we send it to the students first and then make a copy, choose the students as recipients again and click the Advanced Option "Deliver to Students of Parents" (which then doesn't send the message to the students at all. Would be helpful if we could send to these students and their parents with another option "Deliver to Students and their Parents"

    26 votes
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  4. smore extend access to Principal & Attendance Secretary

    Smore is a great add but Principals & Attendance Secretaries are the ones that do most of School communication, it needs to be turned on for those roles as well

    26 votes
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  5. Allow the translation of languages to be over the 1,000 character count.

    We are running into problems with Spanish messages getting cut off and having to edit the English to get them down in size.

    23 votes
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  6. Increase Text Character limit in ParentLink

    We used to use Connect 5 & moved to Parentlink Connect 5i...for SMSText, C5 allowed 300 chrctrs and C5i only allows 140 chrctrs.

    It would be great to be have the ability to increase limit for our District OR, allow the user to type in more than 140 chrctrs and let the system break up the msg into 2 msgs -- just like the Iphone does...thanks

    23 votes
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  7. Mass Text - character count

    When sending mass notifications text, it is very difficult to get your message in just 140 characters. A lot of my parents use just the text feature more than the other features.

    19 votes
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  8. Make the checkbox in Messages > App Push default so that "Recipients only" is checked.

    Hello! The feature that we would like to see is:

    When in Blackboard > Messages, if one selects the App to push the message out to, we must remember to check the box down at the bottom that says “Recipients only”. If we do not check this box, the app push notification will go to everyone in the district who has the Katy OnTheGo app -- not just the intended recipients selected in the “Recipients” area of Messages. We would really like to have that box default so that it is automatically checked.

    Please let me know if you have…

    18 votes
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  9. 18 votes
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  10. Text/SMS School Identification

    When parents receive text/SMS messaging, the text comes from the same phone number each time (ex. 808-60); Despite having come from different schools or the District Office. Parents who are subscribed to more than one school (having both a high school student and elementary student) are sometimes left confused investigating which school the text message came from. A couple solutions I've come up with: 1. Assign each school a specific text number. Allowing parents to store that number as a contact for identification purposes. 2. Blackboard includes an automatic footer at the end of each text message that doesn't impact…

    17 votes
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  11. Allow more than 50 characters when you paste text into the "Text/SMS" box

    When you paste text into the "Text/SMS" box it limits you to 50 characters instead of 140. If you manually type the text into the "Text/SMS" box it allows the full 140 characters. Please allow a full 140 characters whether you type text in or paste text into the box.

    16 votes
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  12. Change Facebook posting ability to be able to add multiple pics/files

    Currently, you can add multiple pics/files for email, text, mobile app, and twitter... but not Facebook. My users post multiple pics the majority of the time so it is VERY inconvenient for them to have to post to Facebook seperately.

    15 votes
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  13. Make the Custom Email Name and Email Address the default instead of user account name and email

    Right now the default is the user account email and name. We can create a custom email name and email address, but cannot make that the default.

    15 votes
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  14. Add expiration date field for On Screen Alerts

    When using the Website and Alert messaging modes that integrate with the website (On Screen Alerts) it would be nice to have an expiration date field available. This way the administrator only needs to send the message once and doesn't need to remember to login to website Site Manager to expire it.

    15 votes
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  15. It would be great if the system would save the recipient list in the draft section and not delete it

    In the old system if I was interrupted creating a mass message I could go back in and finish it with the recipient list saved. I just put it in for our Honor roll and it was all deleted when I went back into the draft. As a school secretary I am constantly interrupted so this would be great to have this option again.

    14 votes
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  16. Allow sending automated messages to ANY group already in Blackboard

    Currently, you can only setup automated messages for Attendance, Detentions, Lunch Balance, etc. But it would be great if there were a way to choose any dynamic group that is already uploaded to Blackboard, or one that you create within Blackboard and setup an automated message to send at chosen intervals like you already can with the Attendance options. For example, if the admin at a school wanted to send a newsletter to all seniors every Friday, Blackboard should be able to dynamically generate a list of all 12th graders every Friday and send out the message, while only requiring…

    13 votes
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  17. 13 votes
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  18. Make all merge tag options available when creating a message in the library

    Would like to be able to use some of the Grades, attendance and other merge tags when creating a message in the Library. Can ALL merge tags that are available be added to this group? For instance, I'm need to create a grades notification similar to the Grades Summary Message in the System Messages which we can't schedule or use but any of the grade specific merge tags aren't available when creating a message in the LIbrary

    11 votes
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  19. Work on your email templates

    Within email you have a handful of templates for newsletters, etc. They are not the most user friendly to customize. Once a user has gone to the trouble of customizing an email, provide them with a way to save it as a template. Additionally, create the functionality to revert sent messages into draft form so they can be used as a form of template- i.e. if someone else in my organization sent something, I can take it and reopen it as a draft in my email, and use all their same formatting/color choices, etc.

    11 votes
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  20. Add ability to send test email

    Please add the ability for users composing an email notification to be able to send themselves a test copy of the email. This would be similar to the "Send Test Call" feature on the phone call message type, but instead, "Send Test Email" and I'd input my email address instead of my phone number.

    The preview button on emails is useful, but we would also like to see what the email will look like in the inbox, or to send a test copy to the principal before sending it to all parents.

    10 votes
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