See what's new and updated in Along.
- Reply All
Teachers can stay connected with all of their students by replying to all students instead of responding individually to each question.
- Multiple Choice and Free Response
New ability for teachers to send students multiple choice questions from the Library.
Students choose one of 4 answers and have the option to provide additional context via freeform text. This makes it easier for students to respond and build relationships with their teachers.
Now once a teacher has asked a question to their students, Insights on their students' responses are readily available. Insights include helpful resources and activities to dig deeper into subjects with their students.
- Learner Profiles
Better coordinate with your colleagues as you use Along and support your students. Teachers can track past student responses to identify trends and growth over time and coordinate with other teachers using Along with their students.
- Better Recommendations in the Library
Recommendations based on the type of question asked. Guided prompts for teachers for each Library question help teachers reflect on what they’re hearing from students and how to respond to it.
- Multiple Teachers per Student
Students can now connect with more than one teacher on Along! This will allow multiple teachers at a school to use Along with any of their students as needed. Teachers are able to view how many other teachers their students are reflecting with and communications will remain one-to-one with individual teachers and students.
- Respond to Student Reflections with Stickers
Teachers can now respond to a reflection with Stickers on Along. Teachers will have access to and see the full range of stickers to choose from when typing a response to students’ responses to their reflection questions. Stickers can be standalone and a response to student reflections.
- Student grouping
Teachers are now able to create groups of students in Along. Grouping allows teachers to organize students in smaller groups to make it more sustainable to manage classes or students with specific focus areas. You can create groups anytime—before or after adding students to Along.
- Connect codes
Now you can roster your students via connect codes. Once you sign in to Along, you’ll have access to your connect code. You can then share your code in whatever mode of communication you use with your students, whether that’s through email or a messaging app.
- Content Library Updates
We redesigned our collections, so they’re organized by topics that are top of mind for teachers. Topics like: “Getting to know your students”, “Sharing sparks and strengths”, or “Celebrating wins” can help teachers quickly access relevant content.
You’re now able to favorite Collections, Reflection questions, Classroom Activities, and Educator Practices so you can quickly navigate back to them.
- Weekly Recommendations
There are a selection of timely reflection questions tailored to meet teacher and student needs throughout the school year–updated weekly.
- Resources and guidance for educators
Educators can now find guidance and resources in the side navigation on Along.
- Student navigation
Students can now see their reflections organized into New, Answered, and Expired.
- Easier ways to see the steps to invite students
We made it easier for you to see how to add students to Along.
- Share questions with fellow educators
You can now copy/paste the URL when you click a Question Card from a collection to share it with other educators using Along.
- Keep track of questions you've sent
You can now find a blue checkmark on question cards that you’ve used before.
- Countdown for videos
When you press "Record" on a reflection question, you will now see a 3-2-1 animation before your recording begins.
- Updates for students recording reflections
Changes to the student experience give students a more inviting visual experience that showcases the reflection question, gives students a clear choice about how they want to respond (through video, audio, or text), and works smoothly across all devices — desktop, mobile, and tablet. After they are done responding, we’ve also added a new module that directs them to any additional open questions.
- Email Batching
You will now receive updates on student activity in the form of a daily digest. If you want, you can go to your account page after you’ve signed into Along and choose between receiving live updates, a daily digest, or a weekly digest.
- Updates for educators recording reflection questions
Educators now have a full screen dedicated to recording a reflection question, rather than just a pop-up. This makes it easier for you to record your reflection, customize the talking points on the right-hand side and reference them as you record, and preview your reflection before sending it to your students.
- Add additional students to reflection questions
It is now possible to add students to reflection questions, even after recording and sending! Click the Add button in the bottom right when you’re viewing a prompt you sent, and you’ll be able to add more students to the question.
- Record audio reflections
There is now a way to send and receive audio messages. Select the Audio option when you’re on the recording screen to get started.
- Select a video overlay
You can now use a video overlay when recording a video. Select one of our colorful overlays before you start recording to add a fun addition to your video that highlights your smiling face! We know that teachers and students aren’t always in an environment conducive to recording videos, and we hope this feature will help in those situations. Please note that video overlays only work on desktop computers using the Chrome browser.
- Students can set a status
When students log in to Along, they’ll see a card asking, “What’s on your mind?” where they can share what’s new and exciting in their lives. Only teachers can view a student’s status, and it is visible to them on the Students page, when viewing the student’s reflection, or on the student’s profile page.
- Redesigned Students page
You’ll be able to sort your students by when they were last active, when they last replied, and more. You can easily invite additional students to Along with a new welcome link, and find engagement tips.
- Schedule a reflection prompt
We’ve made it possible to choose between sending a reflection prompt video immediately, or scheduling it up to two weeks in advance. You’ll be able to pick a future date to send later when you start a new reflection.
- Create a follow up reflection
When you reply to a student's reflection, you can now click the "Send and continue reflection" button to immediately create a new reflection prompt video that builds upon the conversation you are having with an individual student.
- Capture teacher notes
Now when you watch a student reflection or look at a student profile, you can jot down notes and reminders for yourself. These notes will only be seen by you when you review your student reflections.