Recent Improvements in Our Software
We hear you!
You asked and we listened: since writing all-new software to power our PoWs, we've made lots of changes based on your feedback. Many of these updates — now rolled out monthly — improve operations behind-the-scenes. Here are some of the most significant changes that you'll see.
As of December 10, 2011:
- We've added a "My Students' Work" link to the blue-shaded box on all PoWs so that teachers can quickly see their students' work on that problem.
- Adjusted links and spacing on the Current Problems of the Week page to improve navigation.
As of November 12, 2011:
- Primary has joined Math Fundamentals, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry on the Current Problems of the Week page.
- Students can always submit to the Current Pows — no more submission deadlines! Teachers with Current PoW memberships can "assign" any of the PoWs listed on the Calendar page.
- Announcements about free mentoring are visible at the top of several PoW pages to alert you to those opportunities.
- We now have a fifth current Problem of the Week service. Use the "Calendar" link (from the left sidebar) to view the recently added Primary level problems. By the end of the 2011-2012 school year, current PoW members will enjoy access to a grand total of 100 PoWs — all still for only $25.
- A $25 membership to the Current PoWs and accompanying resources now also includes 1 class (up to 36 student logins).
- Additional classes (each with up to 36 student logins) can be purchased for $10 per class.
- All registered students are eligible for free mentoring when available.
- Students are allowed to submit if they have previously saved a draft (even after the submission deadline).
- Students can always revise — no more revision deadlines!
- Students can see any of their past submissions and mentor replies.
- An additional submitter can be added to a submission even if that student has already looked at the problem by themselves.
- Students' school names and ages are now publicly displayed when their solutions are highlighted. (Note: students and their teachers choose how much information they reveal about themselves; and even when students furnish their last names, we never publish them.)
- We've improved the display of the mentor's thread view and of the teacher resources linked from the "blue box." These are especially noticeable for Internet Explorer users.
- You can now easily see when your subscriptions expire.
- We've simplified the registration process for returning teachers and people signing up for our free KenKen and Financial Education PoWs, and displayed expiration dates whenever you purchase a product.
- Icon guides, mentors' queue thread status, and all pages in Internet Explorer look nicer.
- Teachers can now set up classes faster with improved student registration, creating multiple student accounts or adding multiple existing students to your class at once.
- Mentors will see the name of the student(s) they are replying to at the top of the response page.
- Teachers who archive a class will no longer see their archived students' work on their current My PoW Work page.
- Students can see problems when reviewing mentor's reply or completed submissions — even after revision deadline is past.
- We've simplified and improved the answer submission form.
- We've clarified that drafts can be saved and edited, but they are not submitted work.
- We've improved the display of our pages on the web, especially noticeable for Internet Explorer users.
- Mentors can now see student ages as they respond.
- In conjunction with Nextoy LLC, we've launched a KenKen service.
- We've updated our left navigation menu to include this page and one for intro videos.
- Teachers can edit student names and class names.
- Teachers can see student draft solutions — for when students click "I'll finish later" instead of "submit" for their solutions.
- Teachers can see student usernames on their class and student management page.
- For increased security, we have updated our credit card handling process.
- We collect and display optional student age information.
- Teachers and administrators can archive old classes, so that they only see their current classes.
- Teachers can assign problems to individual students as well as to groups.
- Teachers can view their students' work sorted by class.
- Teachers can unassign problems for their classes.
- Teachers can mark threads as complete or trivial.
- Teachers can control whether or not to show students their rubric scores.
Keep those comments and suggestions coming. We appreciate your feedback.