I have moved several times as an adult. Each move has started out much the same: I am charged with a burst of energy to reorganize and evaluate all my worldly possessions. I purge and develop a unique color-coded system to organize boxes. I tell myself, “This move will be different! It won’t be stressful!” But life happens, and inevitably as the big day arrives I find myself throwing random items into boxes (those juice glasses don’t need to be wrapped in newspaper, we can just put them in this bin of baby clothes!) and then dumping said boxes into a spare room of my new abode to be dealt with later.

Maybe you have not physically moved recently, but have you embarked on a digital migration or move? Often when moving to a new database or school year, you start off with great organization intentions (just like me). But as reality sets in and timelines rapidly progress, you fall into a similar practice of dumping everything into the database to be organized and evaluated later.

The good news is that Blackbaud’s education management portfolio has several new data imports that can help you feel less overwhelmed when sorting through and organizing your school’s data. Use this robust tool to add large quantities of new, clean data to your system, or to quickly and efficiently update and tidy up data that you are already storing.
Want to learn more about the data import process as well as tips and tricks for working with large data files? Register today for the new Blackbaud University course, K–12 Core: Importing Data.

Good news for Blackbaud Learn® training subscribers! If your school has a Learn More subscription, this class is included. Not a subscriber? Find out how a Learn subscription can help develop efficiency and build skills for every user of your system.

A Glimpse Of The Future: Teacher Resources!

One of the things we’ve consistently heard from you guys in the community is that there’s a need for more content designed specifically with teachers in mind. Over that span of time, we’ve been tinkering away behind the scenes to make that dream a reality.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m thrilled to finally be able to announce the Teacher Resource Page!

In an effort to help teachers find documentation topics geared towards them, we’ve just launched a brand new Teacher Resources location inside of our existing Online Help. This new section has been curated with information and topics that teachers need to know about including Assignments, Grades, and much more. Hopefully, having this section will help cut down on the need for searching and quickly get you to the content you're looking for.
 
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In addition to that, we’re also in the process of filling out Teacher Resources with new guides and teacher-centric video content. In fact, the first of many is now ready! The first teacher overview video focuses on Assignment Grades and Using Gradebook. Join me as we take a look at Gradebook, what you can do with it, and how to enter grades. If you’re looking for more in depth details on gradebook, make sure to check out our online help.

I’ll have more details on our upcoming video plans in a couple weeks, but rest assured that more high level, overview style videos like this are on the way.

 

In my opinion, the best part of this resource hub for teachers is that we’re not done! This is an area of the help that we plan on continuing to evolve over time. Not only are we going to be adding more documentation to it as needed, but we’ll continue to add new guides and videos as they are created.

In fact, while your schools are out on summer vacation, our goal is to basically stockpile this hub with new content so that when you get back sometime in August or September, you’ll have all sorts of new content to look through and utilize.

So yes, this is just the beginning for Teacher Resources. We hope you’re as excited about this as we are and will join us for the ride as we fill this page out going forward. Let us know what you think below in the comments and don’t forget to leave us a like as well.

I hope you’ll join us next week as we take a deeper dive into the second May release. See you then!
Posted by Derek Nichols on May 21, 2019 11:31 AM America/New_York

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Thank you Derek! This will be very helpful. Much appreciated. 
  • Posted Tue 21 May 2019 12:04 PM EDT

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