What's new?

We ship a new version of Firefly frequently. Details of the new features, bug fixes and other improvements in each release can be found in the Firefly changelogs.

29 November 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Lesson times no longer cut off in timetables.
  • To prevent confusion, if a user selects an archived task, the Archive button is disabled. 

20 November 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • When teachers filter by class on the task listing page, the correct tasks for that class appear.

14 November 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Parents see a link to a list of all of their child's tasks as expected, including when a student has completed all of their tasks.
  • If a school doesn't show tasks to parents across Firefly, the Show to Parents option is not displayed on the task overview page.
  • Resource pages in Safari no longer crash when adding some types of embedded content.

6 November 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • The Firefly for Students apps load as expected when students have personal tasks. 

30 October 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • The time that a task was sent is consistent between the Task Listing and Task Details pages.
  • Attendance reports now appear more cleanly on mobile devices.
  • An error message now appears if you forget to fill in a criterion while adding success criteria to a task.
  • Attendance and behaviour information is correctly uploaded form the SIMS API and shown on profile pages.
  • Completed tasks appear in the Done section as expected in the Firefly for Students apps.

9 October 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • If a school uses SIMS as a MIS, they can now display teacher names using the 'Initial, Surname' format.
  • The light bulb has a new design! Now when you get a new message, a notification appears and tells you the number of unread messages you have, so you never miss an update from Firefly. 

What have we fixed?

  • Tasks with quotation marks in their titles appear in the day view of the planner as expected.
  • Teachers can excuse students after adding a mark or grade for another student.
  • Teachers who co-owned tasks and were part of old groups in Firefly can view their markbook as expected. 
  • Bulk archiving tasks now takes less time.
  • Teachers using Synergetic as a MIS can save lesson plans for classes with a slash (/) in their name.
  • When selecting an assessment type for success criteria, there's no longer an empty option in the list.
  • The navigation component editor works as expected.
  • Users who had set tasks in previous years to groups that no longer exist at the school can view the markbook as expected. 
  • Internal users marked as students can see tasks and other options for students as expected.

27 September 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • If tasks assigned to students are changed to have a start date in the future, they don't appear on the student task list until the start date.
  • Submitted tasks appear on the Firefly for Teachers app as expected.

25 September 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Users can access profile pages for groups, such as a class list, without receiving an error.

20 September 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Once teachers mark a task with success criteria and release the mark to students, students and parents can now view the success criteria in full, including the description. 
  • Tasks set by teachers in advance appear in the Firefly apps on their set date as expected.

18 September 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Users at locally hosted schools with complex Active Directory structures can set tasks and view their task lists as expected.

13 September 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Users no longer have to complete a reCAPTCHA to log in after resetting their password. 
  • Parents using the Firefly for Parents app (iOS) no longer see a list of all recipients of a reminder for form. 
  • We've made various performance improvements, including for the task listing page for students and for bulk archiving.

11 September 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • The 'Submit' button on forms no longer remains disabled when a user receives an error filling out a form, so they can submit the form once they have corrected the error.

05 September 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • To concentrate on creating a better experience for iOS 10 and beyond, we've ended support for iOS 9. If a device in use runs on iOS 9, please upgrade your iOS version. 

What have we fixed?

  • When co-owners view a task that has been excused, completed, requested for resubmission or reverted to 'To Do', the notification is correctly marked as read.
  • The number of unread task responses is consistent when teachers and co-owners of task switch between the Task Listing screen and the Task Overview screen.
  • When a student answers questions in a task and selects 'Submit and Mark as Done', the 'Mark as Done' button changes to 'Mark as To Do' as expected. 
  • If embedded content on a Firefly page can be collapsed, it now opens and closes as expected.
  • When a co-owner adds a response to a task, the task now shows the co-owner's name as expected.

30 August 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Emails from Firefly are now sent successfully if the user who sent or received them has a special character, such as an accent, in their display name.
  • Firefly now syncs as expected for schools using Hosted SIMS.
  • OneDrive and Google Drive files are now recognised as files if a form requires users to attach a file before submitting the form.
  • To prevent lags, students can only select Submit once for a task. 
  • Bookmark and recommended pages now use the correct time zone to mark when they were sent.
  • Form reports now display multiple-choice bar chart results in the correct order.
  • Tasks no longer appear as 'not completed' in a student's profile if the student has been excused from the assignment.

14 August 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  •  To make Firefly more secure, we've added a reCAPTCHA to the login page. When a user fails to log in five times in a row or requests their password five times in a row, they now need to complete a reCAPTCHA before attempting to log in again. 

What have we fixed?

  • The Reset Password button behaves as expected, and it is enabled as expected for users viewing Firefly with Internet Explorer 11.
  • Searching for students now takes less time. 

02 August 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • We've made improvements to Firefly security.

What have we fixed?

  • The Reply-To line is no longer split into multiple email addresses when there is only one sender.
  • When editing a task, an email notification is sent out to task recipients when fields other than 'Co-owners' are changed as expected.
  • If an admin tries to create a new user without a password, they now see an error.

16 July 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • By default, administrators only see the tasks they set or co-own in the task list. They can select other teachers from the filters list to see their tasks. 

What have we fixed?

  • Teachers at locally hosted schools can select all other teachers as a co-owner as expected.

  • Teachers can assign students to an existing task as expected.

  • Tasks without an assessment type no longer have a default assessment type set.

  • Users can leave the password field empty when modifying users and not receive a 'Password does not meet the validation criteria' error.
  • Form report bar charts now have the bars proportional to the results. For example, a result of 1 is 10% the size of a result of 10.
  • If a teacher copies a page to a task description with multiple choice questions that have answers selected to show in random order, those questions are now correctly shown in a random order in the task description.

2 July 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • It now takes less time to export full responses to CSV from a form page.
  • Students are now notified that a task had been edited if a teacher changes any of the following values: title, start date, due date, where a file is required, assessment type, the overall mark out of for assignments with a mark or mark & grade, description, and attachments.
  • To prevent long loading times, the Firefly for Teachers app only downloads the tasks if the teacher set them or is a co-owner for them.
  • When viewing a task on a mobile browser, the description scrolls as expected. 
  • The email that parents use to log into Firefly appears as the home email address on the Contact Details form. 

20 June 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Teachers can add co-owners when setting a task. These co-owners can edit, copy, view and mark the shared task, which can help teachers collaborate across classes or departments.
  • When creating success criteria for a task, teachers can now add levels to the criteria. These levels can help teachers clarify different types of achievement and guide students when they complete their assignments. When marking, teachers can select the appropriate level for each criterion to measure the student's level of achievement. 
  • To prevent confusion, teachers can no longer set the 'Mark Out Of' field to zero (0) when setting a task
  • When setting a task, the tick box that determines if a task is shown on the Parent Portal or in the markbook will reflect what the teacher selected for the last task they set on that computer or device. 

What have we fixed?

  • We've updated the wording for the reports section of a student's profile to reflect which academic year the report is from for Australian schools.
  • The link to the Help Centre when using a CSV upload now goes to the correct page.
  • When users select a link to the resources section but aren't signed into Firefly, they are now always prompted to log in instead of seeing a 403 error.
  • Maximum marks in the markbook no longer incorrectly appear as -1 if success criteria aren't enabled.

23 May 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Removing a news category from news story page no longer removes the category for all pages.

18 May 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Firefly has increased account security by requiring users to choose a stronger password when it is set for the first time and any time it is reset.

What have we fixed?

  • If a page has questions that appear next to each other, the submit button appears as expected when the page is copied to a task description.
  • Section pages using the Melody theme reflect the navigation item colour correctly.
  • Submissions to worksheets take less time.
  • The planner preview section appears in the default layout for new dashboards instead of the timetable section.
  • Users trying to log in after downloading a resource from an external source no longer see a 'Request Blocked' page.
  • Increased security for script tags embedded in a page URL.
  • Releasing marks and feedback to students from the tasks page takes less time.
  • Emails are sent as expected when a page is recommended to thousands of users.

11 May 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Parents can access their children's tasks as expected when their task profile permissions are set to 'Their Children'.
  • Staff can see each other's tasks when their profile permissions for tasks are set to 'Staff and Firefly Administrators'.

4 May 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • If a form question is edited, the submissions to the original question now appear within the exported responses report.
  • Teachers can remove files they have attached to task submissions as expected.
  • Parents can't submit worksheets when viewing their child's worksheet submission.
  • Students no longer receive a push notification when teachers delete a draft task.
  • Parents without a home address in iSAMS are now imported into Firefly.
  • The loading icon is the correct colour in Internet Explorer when saving a task.
  • When marking a task as complete, the field in the Confirm as Complete window is now labelled 'Comment'.
  • When teachers create a task on the Firefly for Teachers app using 'Overall grade' as the assessment type, the web version no longer displays a mark of -1/0.

23 April 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • When users who don't have permission to view one news category on a news story page add a different news category to that page, the first news category is no longer lost.
  • Guest users now receive a copy of their submitted form when they select 'Send me a copy of this form'.

10 April 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Bulk archiving tasks now takes less time.
  • The lightbulb updates are working as expected.
  • When setting a task in a small screen, the fields are no longer obscured by the 'Help' button.
  • Form submission notification emails now contain the name of the form.
  • The 'View this submission online' link in the 'Submitted a form needing your approval on Firefly' email notification takes users to the completed submission as expected.
  • We've clarified that unticking the 'Send a copy to email' option when setting a task means push notifications won't be received in the student, parent and teacher apps.
  • We have changed the subject of the account activation emails to make the action required more clear to users.
  • When annotating a file, teachers don't lose written feedback if they select outside of the marks and feedback box.
  • Users can remove messages in the web app when they have been read in the native apps.
  • For schools using SAML login, the dashboard link on the SAML error page now goes to correct dashboard.
  • For schools with Progresso integration, the Your Students and Your Classes lists in the set a task workflow are now populated as expected.


28 March 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • If a form includes a structured data section, responses to that section are included in the email notification as expected. 

  • The correct 'Mark out of' is displayed in the markbook after a worksheet submission mark is edited.

  • We've made several security improvements. To ensure security, now only administrators can embed custom-made forms using the '<form>' tag into Firefly pages. Non-administrators can't submit responses to any of these forms that use the '<form>' tag and are embedded in Firefly pages. These forms might be generated by a third party or built specifically by the school. If your embed code contains the '<form>' tag, try finding an alternative embed code that uses an '<iframe>' tag.

16 March 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Changes to users and groups in your MIS are reflected in Firefly after the Cloud uploader runs, as expected.

15 March 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  •  Assessing student work using success criteria is now available for all schools. 

What have we fixed?

  • Nothing fixed in this release.

14 March 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Teachers can now choose how to assess success criteria for a task separately from how the overall task is assessed.

What have we fixed?

  • The number of unread responses icon on task list page updates after a response is read by the teacher.
  • Teachers can now only view their current classes in the class filter to minimise confusion when classes have the same name. 
  • We've made some security fixes.
  • For schools with Schoolbase integration, the reception year category contains members even when the year identity is 0.
  • Students can scroll down in task descriptions on mobile browsers as expected.
  • Firefly has updated the method we use to access pupil photos in iSAMS to match changes implemented by iSAMS. 
  • Administrators who aren't part of a staff group can now see tasks.

28 Feb 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • SIMS Parent Portal integration now uses the same rules for email contact details as for the user list.
  • Users logged in to multiple Google accounts can upload Google docs to tasks or pages as expected.
  • RSS feeds now work as expected.
  • Selecting 'Complete the Questions' or 'View Description' on a task takes the students to the questions or descriptions as expected on Internet Explorer11.
  • The file title appears when editing a navigation section for a page as expected.
  • Search terms must now be at least three characters long to improve search performance.
  • The 'View submissions' option takes users to the relevant web page regardless of SSL settings.
  • For schools with PASS integration, we no longer pull prospective parents into Firefly.

22 Feb 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Adding a navigation section to a page in Firefly works as expected.
  • Administrators can delete reports as expected.
  • If a teacher changes the 'Marks Out Of' field while marking a task, that change is saved as expected.

19 Feb 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Teachers can filter their task list by draft, set and all as radio buttons.
  • Teachers can now view the number of unread student responses for each task on their task list.
  • Teachers can select several tasks from their tasks list and delete them together.
  • Teachers can now leave the 'mark out of' field blank when setting a task.
  • Teachers can now edit the 'mark out of' field at any time from the Set task, Edit task or Task responses screens.
  • Teachers are now able to assess student work using success criteria. Schools need to contact Support have this feature turned on.
  • For schools using SAML login, clicking Change password now takes the user to the identity provider change password screen if the URL is included in the Firefly.config file.

What have we fixed?

  • Adding a hyperlink to a Text Box component no longer causes an error.
  • Adding an .xml RSS feed to a page no longer causes an error.
  • Students using iOS devices can view task descriptions in Chrome as expected.
  • Lessons in the planner are displayed correctly even when the lesson is very short.
  • Exporting form reports to Excel no longer times out.
  • The report screen for class test and assignment pages no longer has two 'Delete selected submissions' buttons and two 'Export All Responses to CSV' buttons.
  • Deleted marked tasks are now removed from 'Marks and Feedback' section as expected.
  • Tasks can no longer be set to non-students by expanding a group.
  • Adding a formula to the task description no longer causes errors with the task.
  • Embedding an iframe with a formula component no longer causes errors with pages.
  • For schools using the Melody theme, the theme is applied as expected in all sections.
  • For schools with the Melody theme, logos of all aspect ratios are now displayed correctly.
  • For schools with SIMS integration, 'Parents of...' groups are no longer displayed using SIMS API Keyring when the parent portal is disabled.
  • Firefly now uses the production version of React. 

2 Feb 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Changes to pages with ClickView components and calendar components can be saved as expected.

1 Feb 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Fixed errors that occur when editing Firefly pages containing images with links to internal Firefly pages and pages containing calendars uploaded from ICS files. 

31 Jan 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Feedback provided for tasks in the Firefly for Teachers app is saved as expected.


30 Jan 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • For form emails, the ReplyTo fields are set using the form submitter's details as expected.

  • Teachers can accurately select classes in the task listing class filter.

29 Jan 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app 

What's new?

  • Nothing new this release.

What have we fixed?

  • Non-class groups that teachers assigned tasks to now appear in the classes filter on the task listing screen.

    25 Jan 2018
  • The task listing page renders for admins who are not teachers as expected.

  • Guests can complete forms as expected.

  • The 'Bulk Archive' window appears correctly in Chrome.

25 Jan 2018

Please note: Schools that haven't yet activated Firefly 6 won't be able to upgrade to this or any future versions of the web app.

What's new?

  • When setting a task, the latest assessment type selected is remembered so teachers don't have to select it each time.
  • Teachers can now bulk archive their tasks using the due date.
  • Teachers can now archive multiple individually selected tasks at the same time using tick boxes.
  • In the teachers' task list, archived tasks now have the word [Archive] at the beginning of the title.
  • Teachers can sort the task list by due date ascending, due date descending, set date ascending and set date descending. Their most recent sorting selection is remembered when the teacher leaves the task list page.
  • Teachers can filter their tasks list by when they are due, including today, tomorrow, in the next 7 days and in the next 14 days.
  • All emails sent from Firefly have been given a new look and feel. 
  • Schools with the Unlimited pricing package can now apply their branding to the emails sent by Firefly to students, parents and teachers. 

What have we fixed?

  • When dashboard permissions are changed, the user routing is updated without needing to restart the application.
  • Teachers can now see the correct answer to questions when marking students submissions.
  • 'Task Due Soon' component on the students dashboard shows the tasks due soon as expected.
  • Firefly has set a maximum limit of 30,000 characters to student comments in task responses to avoid loading issues.
  • Teachers can now send messages when accessing profile pages on mobile devices.
  • The PicMonkey plugin is now working as expected.
  • When viewing the timetable on a mobile device, the correct day is displayed when users scroll down the screen.
  • The correct out of mark is now displayed in all tasks with questions in the description.
  • Saved edited marks no longer revert to old value if the browser window is minimised.
  • The correct mark is now displayed in the markbook when 'No assessment type' is selected for a task with questions.
  • The scheduler fetches sites to set the Firefly URL for an installation as expected.
  •  'Overdue' labels are displayed on the 'Tasks due soon' dashboard section as expected.
  • Task feedback is always saved as expected.
  • The planner week view no longer appears blank if a user has a single quotation mark in their name.
  • Feedback is displayed on the 'Marks and feedback' component on the students' dashboard as expected.
  • Teachers can't set a task to MIS groups that include inactive AD GUIDs.
  • When adding a table to a page, all of the content is visible as expected.
  • For schools with iSAMS integration, all parents are pulled into Firefly as expected.
  • The navigation component no longer breaks when using purge deleted pages.
  • Completed tasks that aren't visible to students no longer appear within the Marks and Feedback section of the dashboard.
  • For schools in Australia, the correct recommended date and time are now show correctly for recommended bookmarks.
  • If students try to mark a task which requires a file submission as done from the dashboard, they are now alerted to add a file.
  • An empty box is no longer displayed in the draft task details pages.
  • The form report reminder button now works in IE11 as expected.
  • Teachers and students can now view the task page and responses of a file uploaded with special characters.
  • The 'Go to Markbook' link is no longer misaligned on Task Responses page.
  • For schools using SAML login, metadata from the ADFS identity provider is now parsed correctly.