What's new for teachers

Keep track of Firefly's new features and changes.

07 April 2020

To help you support all of your students even more effectively, we are delighted to announce that we have further extended our integrations with Microsoft and made their Immersive Reader tool available within Firefly’s standard resource pages. This new feature will be available to all cloud-hosted Firefly Schools.

This new and exciting integration makes it possible for text on a Firefly page to be presented in a format which is more accessible to those users who may have particular difficulties or face specific challenges in their reading. The format of the text can be adjusted according to their needs, allowing them to:

  • Change the font size, text spacing, and background colour.
  • Split up words into syllables.
  • Highlight verbs, nouns, and adjectives.
  • Choose between two fonts optimised to help with reading.
  • Read text aloud, and change the speed of reading.

Working together, Firefly and Immersive Reader make it easier for all of your students to have access to your learning resources, in the way that best suits their needs, regardless of their age or ability.

Note: In light of the COVID-19 crisis, we are making this feature available as a pilot to all cloud-hosted Firefly schools until September 2020.

02 April 2020

If you are using Microsoft Teams Meetings to connect with your classes online, you can now create these within Firefly pages and tasks.

This new feature allows you to collect and share all of the resources and instructions your students need for a lesson, alongside an embedded link to your online meeting, making it easy for them to find everything they need in one place.

For more details read Using Microsoft Teams with Firefly

26 February 2020

Firefly’s new markbook makes it even easier to look for patterns in grades. This latest version of the markbook adds a new set of colour coding into tasks; with red - amber - green traffic lighting,  you can spot at a glance where your students are excelling and are ready for extension work, or those students that have struggled and might need further support. This new colour system will also make it easier for you to identify if a student is struggling over time, by comparing the marks of the student quickly and easily across the term.

Where a piece of work stands out as different to the others, you can select that mark and get a detailed breakdown on the task within the markbook itself. If you want a detailed view across the entire term, you can opt to view all of the marks and feedback for any student and have it presented in chronological order, separate from your other students. 

These latest updates to the markbook give you the immediate visibility you need to track your students progress quickly and easily, along with the ability to get further context and information whenever you require it. You will be able to spend less time tracking your students, but still have the data you need to support them in achieving their personal best.

30 January 2020

We know that a teacher’s markbook is a key feature of their day to day routine, allowing them to track and monitor the progress of their classes and individual students. To save you time and provide you with better insights into your students, we have released our latest update to the Firefly markbook. This new version of the markbook gives you greater visibility of homework within the markbook itself. Selecting an entry in the markbook allows you to view all of the activity associated with that assignment; see the original task you set alongside your student’s homework and your feedback and comments. The new Firefly markbook means it's now even easier for you to track your students' assignments with a single click.

06 January 2020

To give you more flexibility when working with Microsoft files and documents we have further developed our integration with OneDrive. As well as attaching files from OneDrive to tasks, it is now possible to embed OneDrive files directly into Firefly pages and resources. If you have editing rights over a document, you will be able to open it directly from the Firefly page, make any necessary changes and these will appear automatically within the Firefly page.

For more information visit our help centre page: Adding Files from OneDrive

15 August 2019

To help you adapt the learning journey, we've added a new customisation option in the markbook. You can now sort the list of students by first or surname, in either alphabetical or reverse alphabetical order.

 

17 July 2019

The markbook has a fresh, new look. It's now easier for you to distinguish highlighted tasks and to scroll quickly through all of your tasks. Among other visual changes, we’ve made the markbook more compact, easier to read and faster to load. More importantly, we are moving the existing markbook onto a new foundation that will allow us to make further feature additions in the months ahead. 

24 April 2019

To help you create formulae, we've added subscript and superscript options to the editor toolbar. You can now use these options when editing a resource page or task. 

09 April 2019

To make it easier to respond to tasks, we've made the Request Resubmission, Confirm Student is Excused, Add Comment and Add File options more visible. If you are using a larger screen, these options now appear on the Task Responses tab. If you are using a smaller screen, these options remain in the More menu.

27 March 2019

Help your students keep track of their assigned readings by adding their textbooks directly to a resource page or a task with Firefly's new integration with Classoos. If you have a subscription to Classoos, you can add your textbooks for your class. If you don't have an integration, you can use the free 14 day trial for any book to offer different options to your students.


We've also changed two areas of Firefly to help you with marking and grading. When you open a task, you now go straight to the Task Responses tab so you can respond to student responses more quickly.

When you create a completed task from the Markbook, a new button takes you straight to the tasks so you can start filling out marks and grades. 

31 January 2019

When you select See all Marks and Feedback on a student's profile, you now see an improved list of your student's marks and feedback. Instead of archiving a mark, you can now mark it as Starred or Unstarred. This change helps you organise your feedback into a collated list, so you can pull it up to view specific marks or feedback for parents' evening or to review with a student.