This is just a quick post to let you all know that there's an updated version of the My Big Campus app for iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) available for download now in the iTunes store.
In addition to bug fixes and performance enhancements, we've begun a makeover of the user interface--beginning with the main navigation, Activity feed, wall posts, and discussions. Here are some of the highlights:
- View the navigation menu by Actions, your Groups, and any staff-only Topics you've joined--making it easier to find your favorite places.
- Tap the menu button or swipe left to right to see the menu. Tap again or swipe right to left to hide it.
- Notice the color-coded background of posts in your Activity feed that correspond to your groups for quick recognition.
- Tap the speech bubble to see comments, tap the star to see who "Yes'd" the item, tap the Gear icon to copy, hide, report, or delete a post.
- Easy-to-find links to Comment or "Yes" a post--or Respond to a discussion prompt and attach a photo, file, document, or bundle.
- Logout by scrolling to the bottom of the navigation menu.
Our developers are now working to bring the interface enhancements to other parts of the app--as well as additional features to bridge the gap between website and app functionality. So stay tuned for future releases.
Suggestions and questions related to the subject of this blog post are always welcome -- let me know what you think in the Comments.
We put a happy little "Golden Nugget" in last night's release, for anyone using iPads, iPhones, and other iOS devices. You can drag and drop iTunes Books and iTunes Apps into your Bundles. We think this will be a great way to add relevant books or apps to your Bundles, and reduce the number of steps your students will need to get all the required content onto their iOS devices.
Where do I add iTunes content?
You'll find two new content types in the "Select type of content" list: iTunes Books, and iTunes Apps. My Big Campus searches the iTunes store for items -- there's no need to add web links or files to Your Stuff to add iTunes content to a Bundle. Search for the book or app to include in your bundle, and drag matching results into the Content pane, just as you would for any other type of Bundle content.
How do people download iTunes content from a Bundle?
The item in the Bundle is actually a link to the item page in the iTunes store. Click the item link in the Bundle to launch iTunes on your iOS device, where you'll be able to download and install the app or book. If you're viewing the Bundle in a web browser, you'll be taken to the iTunes website. Note that iBooks and apps can only be used on a compatible iOS device (iPad, iPhone, or iPod) -- and users are responsible for the cost, if any, to download the content.
We have many more updates on the development schedule for the next few weeks. Keep watching my Blog for updates, and join the MBC Release Notes topic for details. So many of our best ideas come from you, our users. If you have feature requests or comments related to the topic of this Blog post, let me know in the Comments. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you around Campus!
In all the excitement of the Parent Portal, the Bob Campus extreme makeover, and the updated Schoolwork interface, I haven't had a chance so far to discuss the changes and improvements we've been making to the My Big Campus app for iOS devices. If you've been using the iOS app over the summer, you've probably already seen the redesigned user interface, which now has more of the features of the web version. The latest update also adds support for the new Schoolwork interface.
This is an important update because it brings the mobile app experience much closer to My Big Campus web site. The update is now available in the iTunes App Store,
Check out this self-guided training module for more information. Meanwhile, here are some of the highlights:
You'll be able to move around My Big Campus more easily, and with fewer clicks, taps, and swipes. We've replaced the navigation icons with a navigation menu, which you can open with the menu button at the top left corner of the screen. Tap the button again to hide the menu.
Drag down the main navigation to reveal site Search. Tap in the Search field to enter a keyword then select whether to search everything, people, or groups.
You can now submit Schoolwork of all kinds--assignments, quizzes, polls--directly from the app, whether it was assigned to you in the old Schoolwork interface or the new one. Note that teachers will still need to create and grade schoolwork in the My Big Campus website.
You can now view blogs and add your own blog posts.
You can now view Bundles in the app, but for now you'll still need to log into the MBC website to edit them.
No internet connection? No problem! One important feature we added was Stashing. Students without an internet connection at home can "Stash" (save) a copy of a bundle on their device for offline viewing. Stashing saves all Bundle content except YouTube videos and links to websites.
Visit your profile or click on someone's name to see their profile--and all the website elements are accessible: About me via the circled i icon (user's school, district, state, title, subjects taught, and info added by the user), wallposts, photos, albums, blog, shared items, and groups. If enabled by their user policy, Follow and Message buttons also display. This is especially helpful if you're watching EduTalk and discover someone you'd like to message or follow.
Calendar has changed from the linear list format to a graphical format.
What about Android?
Hoping for similar features in the Android version? Don't worry, we've got plans for that. In the meantime, you can get full MBC functionality by logging into the My Big Campus website from your Android phone or tablet.
Got ideas or questions related to the subject of this blog post? Have your say in the Comments. I'll see you around Campus!
This has been an exciting spring for My Big Campus. Since the beginning of the year, my development team has added:
And we're not done yet. You'll soon see a major update to the My Big Campus app for iOS, followed by a similar update to the Android version.
These redesigned apps will have almost all the features of the My Big Campus website. Here's a sneak preview of some of the new features:
- New navigation for more compatibility with the web version
- Ability to Stash content on the device for access without an Internet connection
- Support for Blogs and Bundles
This update will be available soon in the iTunes App Store. When the Android version is ready, you'll find it in Google Play (formerly Android Market) and the Amazon App Store. I'm looking forward to using the new features, how about you? Tell me about it in the Comments!
My development team continues to work on making the My Big Campus mobile apps come closer to the full functionality of the My Big Campus website. The latest release, version 2.0, is several steps closer to our goal.
With the newest version of the iOS app, you can now do the following:
- Yes! posts. This is not just for fun -- many teachers use this feature to make sure students have read their posts.
- Upload directly to Your Stuff. No more "open in" workarounds.
- Record and upload video from the app. Do I even need to mention how useful this will be?
- Schoolwork redesigned to mirror the website. Easier transition from web to mobile and back again.
- Approve/Deny requests under notifications. Teachers can approve group and follow requests from anywhere.
- Search results now include people, as well as posts and items. People are now much easier to find.
My Big Campus for iOS is available now in the iTunes App Store. As always, I welcome your comments on how you're using the MBC mobile applications at your school.
As many of you know, we just updated the My Big Campus mobile app for iOS, and the update for Android will be released shortly. I wanted to take a moment to describe the highlights, and to let you know where to find more information.
- Notifications: There will be a new icon for Notifications, with an indicator for new notifications. Requests aren't supported yet, but you will be able to see when someone posts on a wall or discussion, or sends you a conversation. Tap the notification to go directly to the post or discussion.
- Group Pages: Group content will now include custom group pages. You'll be able to view but not edit pages.
- Numerous usability and performance improvements.
Frequently asked questions:
- The icons for new features replaced some existing icons on the home page. Where did they go?
- There is now a second page. Swipe from right to left to see the icons that were moved from the home page.
- What features are supported in the apps, and which ones are available only on the My Big Campus web site?
- This Technical Note has a matrix of supported features.
How do I get the update?
If you've already installed a previous version of the My Big Campus app, you'll be notified of the update the next time you visit the iTunes store, the Android Market, or the Amazon App Store.
Where can I download the current version of the apps?
If you're curious about the differences between the My Big Campus mobile apps and the My Big Campus web site, this document has the answers.
I’m always eager to hear your success stories. Please let me know in the comments if your school is using, or even thinking about the My Big Campus app as part of your for 1:1 or Bring Your Own Device programs.
If you’ve ever wanted to carry My Big Campus around in your pocket, there’s an app (or two) for that.
Although EduTalk got all the attention on my blog last week, our new Android app for My Big Campus is getting lots of excitement out in the real world this week. Attendees at the annual Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators (HECC) conference in Indiana this week each got a new Lenovo ThinkPad tablet, which is awesome enough on its own. They’re also learning about My Big Campus, and downloading the free MBC app from the Android Market, where it’s currently flying off the (virtual) shelves.
The MBC app gives you most of what’s in the desktop web-based version, in a sleek, easy-to-use interface for your iOS and, now, Android smartphones and tablets. I’ve talked about the iOS app previously. Follow that link to get an overview.
The iOS and Android versions of the MBC app support a similar set of features, including EduTalk, our Professionals-Only collaboration and networking portal. If you’re in a 1:1 or BYOD classroom, or if you’d just like to stay up to date on your smartphone or tablet, give the MBC app a try.
Here’s where to get them:
Note: Not all website features are supported at this time (e.g., blogs, group pages, quizzes). App requires a My Big Campus account. Free accounts are available to educators at www.mybigcampus.com/sign-up.
This past weekend saw the rollout of our newest My Big Campus feature: EduTalk. EduTalk is a separate feed within My Big Campus for educators, consisting of status updates from non-student users. We created EduTalk to make it easier for educators to create Personal Learning Communities for collaboration and learning, outside their local school and district boundaries.
Already, I’m seeing educators sharing tips and links on EduTalk, getting practical answers from their peers, and arranging meet-ups at HECC, CETPA, and other important events going on this week. They’re using laptops, tablets and smartphones to post on EduTalk, and they’re hooking up EduTalk with their Twitter accounts to post updates.
It’s always a gamble to launch a new feature like this. Will people notice? Will they use it? Will it truly take off, and become an important part of their professional lives? Will it allow educators to “work smarter,” and apply state of the art pedagogy in their own classrooms and office?
I think the answer’s obvious. In just the first full school day, EduTalk has racked up hundreds of quality posts. Educators are reaching out to their colleagues and attracting both comments and new followers. EduTalk is a soapbox, and a peek into the everyday lives of teachers everywhere.
Come check it out. Click EduTalk on the left navigation bar. Watch and learn from your peers. Follow the ones who interest you to see them in Your Feed. And, when you’re ready to reach out, start posting!