Emerge Release Notes

Emerge for Schools - February 2015

Welcome! We are pleased to introduce to you the much anticipated new features of the Emerge for Schools app...

Speed Enhancements

We've done it again... The Emerge structure file is now 10 times smaller and therefore faster to load. We hope you enjoy the performance enhancements that this brings.

Assessment Write-back

AssessmentWB_listFollowing on from the success of making assessment marks available to both staff and parents to view we have now furthered Emerge's functionality by adding the ability for staff to record assessment directly in Emerge for write-back to SIMS.

When combined with the Emerge offline capabilities this truly makes Emerge an invaluable tool for lessons such as PE and Geography or any other occasion where Internet access may be unavailable or where a laptop or PC may be inappropriate. Not only can you take registration for the English trip to the theatre, but now you can also record assessment marks as your students undertake work.

Imagine the time and paperwork you will save!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner Registers

We've made the whole process of taking the normal morning register AND the dinner register easier; once enabled for Emerge, the morning register allows you to do BOTH at the same time, and write the appropriate marks back to SIMS (requires the SIMS Dinner Money module to work). This is predominantly aimed at Primary Schools who have the need to record dinner choices to provide to the kitchen, however if you are not a Primary School but would like to make use of this functionality, please let us know.

Read the user guide here for full information.

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Help Me Button

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An emergency alerting facility to be used in the event a staff user gets into difficulties inside or outside the classroom, in just a couple of clicks!

Read the user guide here.

 

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HelpMe_Config

Easily configure the message content and the list of recipients. Make different configurations for different categories.

HelpMe_Home

Quickly and easily choose the location, or accept the suggestion from the user's timetable, and add some text.

HelpMe_Confirm

Send the message to the configured list of recipients.

Emerge can send a pre-configured SMS text message to a list of key staff to ask for help. It will also show the user actually raising the alarm. As the SMS is sent via Emerge and not the device itself, Help Me can be used on any device, not just those with a SIM card. For devices with a SIM card, there is also a facility to phone the pre-configured numbers directly.

HelpMe_SMSReceived

An SMS is sent, via Groupcall's Messenger v5 platform, and displayed clearly to all recipients.

 

Fire Registers

fire_registerMuch like the any other register in Emerge, Fire Registers intelligently identifies your expected tutor group and students, then provides an interface to take a register (whilst still allowing users to select other groups).

Read the user guide here.

 

Tell me more...

The unique offering of this new features is that, in the event of a fire (real or drill) or other emergency, Emerge presents you with a single student per screen and allows you quickly to take your register visually when in a potentially chaotic situation. This has the added benefit of then presenting you with a list of students whose registration status conflicts with their expected status.

FireRegisterStill_GroupThe registers do not save to SIMS, but do save to the device for as long as is needed for cross checking or showing to emergency personnel. Fire Register interface provides a simple ‘in’ or ‘out’ option with a student photo and name, as well as what their previous (AM or PM) session register states, to allow staff to quickly ascertain who is in that should be in, who is out that should be out, but critically those who cannot be found.

 

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In addition to the main headline features above we have also made some improvements in other areas.

Communication Information

We've added even more details to the student record to help communication with parents. As well as the individual contact details for each parental contact, we now list the primary/main contact details for email, home and mobile phone on the 'Contact Info' page. We hope this makes it even easier for you to engage with parents directly in an emergency.

 

 

Multi Select Students for Behaviour and Achievement

The process for recording multiple students against a behaviour incident or achievement event has been streamlined, and for achievements you can now ‘Select All’.

Disable comments on Behaviour events for Parental users

BehCommentsOnOffWhen running the latest EmergeSchoolRoot scripts, it is possible to disable the comments associated with a behaviour event so they are not shown to parental users in the Groupcall app (formerly known as Emerge for Parents). This allows details to be recorded for use by staff but prevents potentially sensitive information from being displayed to parents. When used in conjunction with the date settings in the Emerge Admin app you have complete control over what information is shared.

 

 

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Reports

  • Reports now have filters for Year and Registration groups.

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  • ‘Flags’ added to identify EAL, FSM, Pupil Premium, G&T & SEN students on their student record in Emerge.
  • SIMS ‘Quick Notes’ now available on the student record in Emerge.

 

 

  • Contact notes displayed.
    • SIMS > Contact details > Open number or email address > Notes.
    • e.g. "Dad doesn't speak English"
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Notes location in SIMS - click to enlarge image.

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Note displays in Emerge next to number or email address.

 

Attendance

  • ‘Flag’ to indicate students that are on report, shown on attendance registers.
  • A teacher can now ‘Mark All’ with the Visit (V) code.
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Behaviour and Achievement recording

  • Behaviour records date back to the start of the academic year.
    • previously they dated back a specific number of months.
  • Behaviour records now show which member of staff recorded the incident and the creation date to highlight when incidents were logged at a later date.
  • Staff can now select the event date for behaviour and achievement records, where the recording of the incident may happen some time after the event.
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General

  • Staff codes are back in the staff list. StaffCodes
  • Options to protect staff details in reports run by other staff.

Server and Xporter Versions

To take advantage of the new functionality, your school server needs to have the latest version of the Emerge scripts applied to it.

This allows your MIS database to be queried appropriately by Emerge and for the information to display on your devices.

The updated scripts will be applied on a rolling basis to all customers by our support teams over the coming weeks. If you believe you should have received this update already, please get in touch.

You should also ensure all Emerge devices are running the most up-to-date version of the app possible. Apple iOS devices require version 3.06 and Android devices require version 3.16.

Emerge Server Version 6.3.0.801
The minimum version of the Emerge Server required for the above features is version 6.3.0.801. This can be identified by the version number found at the bottom left of the console.

Xporter version 5.4.0.1586

You must be running version  5.4.0.1586 or higher of Xporter. This will be applied by our support team when they release the scripts required to make the above features active in your school.

 

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Previous Releases:

Emerge for Schools - October 2014

Emerge Releases - September/October 14

This release note covers the features added for Apple iOS and Android.

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Parents1024Emerge for Parents version 1.14

 

All Platforms

Emerge for Schools version 3.00+

  • Support for the upcoming Assessment Writeback functionality. Watch this space for more information. 
  • Performance enhancements.
    • The today screen now refreshes when you resume using the app to avoid stale information being displayed.

Emerge for Parents version 1.14

  • No changes since July.
Apple iOS Android
  • Reactive maintenance to support iOS 8.
  • Performance enhancements.
    • Better handling of database updates.
  • Improvements to the way evidence for achievement or behaviour is deleted - you can now simply press and hold to delete a photo before you save the record.
  • Performance enhancements.
    • Comments for medical notes now display to give teachers better access to the information held in the MIS.
    • Issues with saving records caused during device rotation now resolved.

Please Note: Some features require a script update to be applied on the Emerge server in school. If you do not have access to a feature listed here, please speak with the Emerge Administrator in your school. The latest scripts will be automatically updated in accordance with Groupcall's upgrade policy in due course.

Emerge Server Version 6.2.0.773

The minimum version of the Emerge Server required for schools running Emerge for Parents or Emerge for Schools is version 6.2.0.773. This can be identified by the version number found at the bottom left of the console.

 

Emerge Releases - July 2014

Emerge Releases - July 2014

This release note covers the features added for Apple iOS; Android changes will follow in the next few weeks.

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All Platforms

Emerge for Schools version 2.67

  • Reactive maintenance to support the SIMS Summer 14 release (7.158/9).
  • Bug fixed when selecting a student from the timetable within the Behaviour module.

Emerge for Parents version 1.14

  • Supports re-inviting parents who may have lost the original email or since updated their email address in the school MIS.
  • Support for parents to reset a forgotten password.
    • To make this process as secure as the initial registration process, parents will require the mobile phone they have registered with the school to complete this. You should make sure your MIS is up-to-date when parents give you new details.
    • NB for reasons of security, only the school can give out usernames; there is no support to recover or change a username without school intervention.
  • Links to emergeforparents.com help pages in the app to easily assist parents.
  • Added ability to reset Emerge databases (clear the cache) directly from the Admin App.
  • Improved attendance reporting.
  • Better presentation of the Emerge for Parents account management area - Groupcall IDaaS.
  • Distortion of photos on the app home screen is now fixed.
  • Better handling of updates and app behaviour during data download.
  • Improved options for configuring the school website link displayed in Emerge for Parents - you can now do this in the Emerge Management Console.
Apple iOS
  • Support for our new features above.

Please Note: Some features require a script update to be applied on the Emerge server in school. If you do not have access to a feature listed here, please speak with the Emerge Administrator in your school. The latest scripts will be automatically updated in accordance with Groupcall's upgrade policy in due course.

Emerge Server Version 6.2.0.767...

The minimum version of the Emerge Server required for schools running Emerge for Parents is 6.2.0.767. This can be identified by the version number found at the bottom left of the console. Establishments running Emerge for Schools only will work with version 6.2.0.758.

 

Emerge 2.6+ Release Note

Emerge 2.6+

 

This release note covers the features added in the 2.6 and later family of Emerge releases across all supported platforms. This includes but is not limited to – 2.6 for iOS devices, and 2.70 for Android devices. The Windows 8.1 version of Emerge is currently in Beta and therefore is not covered by this release note at present.

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All Platforms
  • FastSync, your app will download its data like never before!
  • New SMT Reports
    • Including links to take attendance for a group identified in the report and the functionality to send an SMS to contacts associated with those students when Emerge is integrated with Messenger v5.
    • Attendance over the year,
      • including persistent absence reporting - Messenger integration allows simple parental contact to be made to help reduce persistent absenteeism direct from Emerge.
    • Today's Attendance
    • Achievement Summary
    • Behaviour Summary
    • Student birthdays today
    • More reports are planned for the future.
  • New Today Screen - for SMT users this gives an at a glance view of your school today.
    • Displayed in the right pane on tablets.
    • On smaller devices (such as the iPhone and iPod or phone sized Android devices), swipe up at the home screen for access.
    • Jump straight to take your attendance
    • AM and PM registration statistics
    • Missing registers
    • Achievement Summary
    • Behaviour Summary
    • Student birthdays today.
  • New ‘themes’ giving a Primary or Secondary School look to the App.
  • Assessment data available on the Student record.
iOS Android
  • Support for our new features above
  • The usual bug fixes.
  • Support for our new features above
  • The usual bug fixes.
MIS Updates
  • CMIS
    • Script updates to support new App features above and to significantly improve performance.
    • Greater support for existing features.
  • SIMS
    • Script updates to support new App features above and to significantly improve performance.

* Some features require a script update to be applied on the Emerge server in school, if you do not have access to a feature listed here, please speak with the Emerge Administrator in your school. The latest scripts will be automatically updated in accordance with Groupcall's upgrade policy in due course.

Emerge Server Version 6.2.0.758

The minimum version of the Emerge Server required to support the above features is version 6.2.0.758. This can be identified by the version number found at the bottom left of the console.

 

Emerge 2.5.2+ Release Note

Emerge 2.5.2+

 

This release note covers the features added in the 2.5.2 and later family of Emerge releases across all supported platforms. This includes but is not limited to – 2.5.2 & 2.5.3 for iOS devices, and 2.52 for Android devices.

iOS Android
  • Updated to support iOS7 including a new value for device identifier - existing users, please see this information.
  • Better compatibility with Squid Proxy based infrastructure.
  • Improved handling of register saving when taking attendance in offline Mode.
  • Added display of ‘Medical Notes’ from SIMS.net in addition to ‘Medical Conditions’ and ‘Dietary Needs’.
  • Various Bug Fixes and Performance Enhancements.
  • Support for tablets - Emerge will now display an enhanced screen layout for larger devices to display more information on the screen at any one time.
  • Various Bug Fixes and Performance Enhancements.

* Some features require a script update to be applied on the Emerge server in school, if you do not have access to a feature listed here, please speak with the Emerge Administrator in your school. The latest scripts will be automatically updated in accordance with Groupcall's upgrade policy in due course.

 

Emerge 2.5x Release Note

Emerge 2.5x

This release note covers the features added in the 2.5x family of Emerge releases across all supported platforms. This includes but is not limited to - 2.5.0 & 2.5.1 for smaller iOS devices, 2.5.0HD & 2.5.1HD for iPads and 2.51 for Android devices.

What's New?

The following describes additional enhancements made to Emerge. Please note that to see all the benefits you should download the latest version of Emerge for your device from the App Store or Google Play and ensure you have the latest scripts applied to your Emerge server.

All Platforms
  • Achievement recording:
    • The ability to record a specific piece of achievement and save this against an individual student’s, or group of students’, record(s) in the MIS.
  • Behaviour evidencing:
    • The functionality to record and save evidence of a behaviour event against an individual student’s, or group of students’, record(s) in the MIS including where the event took place, the students involved in various roles (aggressor, participant, target, witness etc.) and to save video/audio and photographic evidence along with the record.
  • Minutes Late:
    • When a student is late, you can now record the number of minutes in the MIS.
  • Added display of ‘Medical Notes’ from SIMS.net in addition to ‘Medical Conditions’ and ‘Dietary Needs’.
  • Attendance Notes:
    • Used to add a note against an attendance mark, e.g. a student is late because they were with another member of staff.
  • Integration with Schoolcomms messaging:
    • If Emerge customers are also customers of Schoolcomms, they can integrate the two services to allow messaging from the Emerge device.
  • Improved Management Console:
    • Redesigned to be more user friendly including the ability to select the device UDID from a dropdown list in the console.
    • Improved customisation including the ability to define your most commonly used attendance marks so they appear at the top of the list displayed on your device.
  • Native support for centrally hosted environments.
  • Simplification of the pairing process between devices and the Emerge server using the new management console.
  • Better support for proxies requiring NTLM authorisation.
  • Improved handling of register saving when taking attendance in offline Mode.
iOS Android
  • Notification of UDID usage to comply with Apple privacy settings:
    • Every device has a unique ID (UDID) and Emerge relies on this to keep the data secure. A message pops up when you install Emerge asking you to accept this additional security measure.
  • Updated to support iOS 6.
  • Non-HD versions now work with iPhone 5; see more information on the new iPhone’s taller screen.
  • Better compatibility with Squid Proxy based infrastructure.
  • iOS 4.3 is now the minimum supported version.
  • Various Bug Fixes and Performance Enhancements.
  • Various Bug Fixes and Performance Enhancements.
  • Removal of video as a form of evidence as the nature of the Android environment causes video to behave very erratically and we found that it caused too many crashes. We are investigating ways to deal with this limitation.

 

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