Firefly 6

Changes for teachers

Find out more about the changes we think you should tell students about.

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Clearer navigation

We've completely redesigned the menus teachers use to navigate the site. All of their great content is still there, but the menus are now much clearer, with the things they want to do more readily to hand. We've also made the navigation of the website and the app the same so if they're familiar with one of them, then they already know how to use the other. Teachers can easily find out when their next lesson is, or check up on tasks that are due soon with a quick glance.

Richer, more complex tasks

While it's still just a few clicks to set a task, teachers can now also add files or links and write descriptions without any character limits. On the web, they can even add rich resources to their task description, such as images, galleries, videos, and questions. 

The dashboard has also been simplified so it's easier to manage the tasks that teachers have set to students. One of the ways we achieved this was by removing tasks set to teachers and parents. They can still use forms and assignments with staff and parents via messages or recommend a page.

More interactive tasks

Tasks are now built with feedback in mind. Teachers can send comments or files to students to help them improve their work. On the iOS app, they'll be able to annotate PDFs without leaving the app giving them a seamless marking and grading workflow. Students are able to leave comments or even submit their work multiple times. Teachers can see the full response history of a task at any given time, allowing them to easily keep track of students' progress and demonstrate the evidence of their feedback.

Smart lesson plans

The app knows each teacher's timetable and creates slots where they can add lesson plans. Lesson plans can be created ahead of time and reused, allowing teachers to plan their work more efficiently. We'll be bringing this functionality to the web version of Firefly in a following release.

Projection mode

We've added a brand new projection mode, allowing teachers to easily show their content to a class. With just a simple click, their content "pops out" and all menus are temporarily hidden away.

New and improved app

We’ve completely redesigned the teacher app, so it's packed full of features and more beautiful than ever. The way teachers log in to the app won't be changing, so if they need a reminder of their school code, they can easily find it in their Firefly account settings (via the web). 

For teachers to be able to use the new Firefly for Teachers app, the school needs to activate Firefly 6. Teachers can continue using the Teacher Planner app in the meantime.

The app is free to download and available for iOS (iPad).