Teacher Communication

  1. We need to be able to communicate with individual parents/students when groups are created.

    In my district, we want to maximize Bb communications and create groups for each of our athletic teams, clubs, organizations, special education groups that have students not rostered to them (Dyslexia, speech, etc.) and assign teachers/club sponsors with the right to send messages to that group. When a teacher is assigned to a group that they oversee by an administrator that includes students that are not in their class (coaches/club sponsors), they need to be able to send to individual students and parents in that group. For example, we had a student on our football team get injured, it would…

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  2. Teachers want to be able to send photos via text!

    I am hearing from many teachers in my district that they want to be able to text photos...

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  3. Teachers Having the Ability to Edit/Modify the Default Teacher Messages

    Our teachers currently don't have the ability to modify the default teacher reach messages, which seems to defeat their purpose, considering they all use a John Doe in the salutation and emails and phone numbers for responses (which would all need to be changed, depending on the teacher sending the message). As they are, the templates are unusable.

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    The default teacher messages are pre-translated, recorded and created ahead of time including merge tags. Thus, editing is not possible. We are making this more visible in the near future. Messages created by teachers or by admins can be edited because the content is not hard coded into the system.

  4. Teachers with Co-taught class rosters need to be able to send messages

    Many secondary teachers in my district share class rosters and cannot communicate with those classes as there is no feature to pull in co-taught class rosters from eSchool into teacher accounts - it currently only pulls into staff accounts that are not used due to the access level it permits. Could this be an added feature?

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  5. Two way teacher messaging along (and) being able to do message an individual student within a group

    Two way messaging that parents can respond to the teachers message if they have questions would help with more direct communication between teacher and parent. Teachers would also like to be able to message an individual student within a (created) group. At this time there they can only message the entire group.

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  6. Teachers need to have the option of sending messages to their staff as well!

    Having their classes broken down is great. But giving them the option to add themselves or other coworkers to important too. Why is this not an option for teachers but it is for a staff member role? This should be fixed

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  7. Teachers need to be able to cc themselves on their own messages.

    They want to forward messages to peers and administrators as needed, and add the content to our parent/teacher contact log in our student information system.

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  8. Archiving Communications

    We really need to be able to have the ability for Blackboard to archive communication between employees and students, parents, etc. and have access to that communication and its content for at least 6 months to a year after a student unenrolls or graduates. If Blackboard could do this, it would be most beneficial to districts when dealing with potential students at risk of improper relations with educators, improper correspondence, racism, social injustice, etc. Losing the information is a detriment to our overall communications goal of keeping everything in one place to easily access and refer to when the need…

    2 votes
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  9. View Calendar from last year

    I want to go into my september 2016 calendar to see my pacing, but cannot access anything older than January 2017. This is super unhelpful and frustrating, as I believed I would be able to view this when planning for the upcoming year. I should be able to view at least the past 2 years.

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  10. The new Teacher Reach UI is much more difficult to use than the old interface.

    The list of classes off to the side was much easier to navigate than the new method of scrolling in a popup. We also used to be able to send multiple messages in one step, now each unique message requires its own step.

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  11. Allow teachers to send to parents of selected students by default.

    Currently, when teachers send messages, there is no way for them to default send to parents of students based on student names. When creating custom groups for clubs, it is much more efficient to select students and send to their parents rather than trying to manually add all the parents to the group (because parents don't always have the same last names and for the most part you have to select twice as meany people.)

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  12. Need report of manually created accounts

    If a user account was manually created, it will not be removed if the teacher leaves and has an end date in our SIS when our SIS syncs with Bb. If we could run a report of any manually created account, then we could identify those users who would need to be manually deleted.

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  13. Teachers need to be able to use student merge tags!

    Teachers need to be able to use student merge tags (STUDENTFNAME), STUDENTNAME, etc.)!

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  14. Teachers need to be able to edit shared groups.

    Coaches, sponsors, club hosts, ELL teachers, special education...they see kids from all classes and need to be able to edit a group once we have created it and shared it with them. Otherwise the "super user" is the only one who can help them modify when new students need to be added or students who aren't participating need to be removed.

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  15. Teachers should be able to use merge tags in phone calls

    Currently teachers can use merge tags in emails but not for a phone call. They should be able to use it in both places.

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  16. Private chat

    Private chat is now a feature in blackboard learn but there is no way to disable it. It would be great if that option was included in the settings for teachers.
    Thanks

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