What’s new in classroom.cloud?

Check out the last features and enhancements recently added to classroom.cloud.

Web Portal v1.30 (Apr 2024)

Enhancements

Admin Web Portal
• Newly added to Classes – Miscellaneous settings, ‘Allow guest users to take part in your Teams classes’. This setting has been introduced to cover scenarios where your Microsoft 365 student accounts are set as guests. Enabling this new setting will ensure that student guest accounts can take part in Teams classes in use within classroom.cloud.
• Newly added Korean language support.

 

Fixes
Admin and Teacher Web Portal
• Resolved an issue where the Power on client installer was returning an ‘Invalid account ID’ error when installing via .msi.
• Resolved an issue where the Organization Administrator was not able to edit user profiles.

Windows Student v1.96 (Apr 2024)

Enhancements

Windows Student

• Updated the mechanism we use to detect VDI thin clients and provided ADMX template settings to allow better management of clients from within the web portal.
• As mentioned above, phrase matches have been updated to send the class and teacher information back to the web portal when the student is ‘in class’.
• Added an ADMX setting to allow the user email value stored against a local AD user account to be used by the student for teacher connections.
• Added a setting to allow the student to connect to Teams classes using the Azure/Entra register ID stored in the devices registry.

Fixes

Windows Student

• Resolved an issue where the Teacher Console did not auto-reconnect to devices if the student switched Wi-Fi network.
• Resolved an issue where Acceptable Use Policies were still displaying at the student devices when the Technician component had been turned off.
• Resolved an issue where the Online Safety Resources icon displayed on the student taskbar was incorrect.
• Resolved an issue where students can access blocked websites using the split screen feature in the Edge browser.
• Resolved an issue where the student’s browser would continuously load when trying to access a site on the web control list but was missing from site level restrictions.
• Resolved an issue with Microsoft Edge side bar not being blocked by web restrictions.
• Resolved an issue where the student would crash when in a ‘hardened’ environment.
• Resolved an issue where changing the Report Concern page customizable text would not update at the students.
• Resolved an intermittent Issue where a re-direct to blocked websites did not complete.
• Resolved an issue where the Chrome browser side panel was not being blocked by web restrictions.
• Resolved an issue where the Firefox browser side panel was not being blocked by web restrictions.
• Resolved an issue where a black screen was displayed when signing into a previously locked student.
• Resolved an intermittent issue where the approved website list would display rather than load the required ‘approved’ website.
• Resolved an issue where the Online Safety Resources desktop shortcut was not removed when uninstalling.
• Resolved an issue where the student would not be able to get correct username and email address from AD.

Chrome Student v2.90.0.0​ (Apr 2024)

Enhancements

Chrome Student

• As mentioned above, phrase matches have been updated to send the class and teacher information back to the web portal when the student is ‘in class’.
• The student now supports the use of Google Organization Units when specifying Online Safety Group rules.

Fixes

Chrome Student

• Resolved an issue with the student not sending Internet data from auto opened brower window tab following logon.
• Resolved an issue where AUP acknowledgements were not always being displayed in the web portal.
• Resolved an issue where AUP dialogs were being incorrectly restricted when web portal based Internet restrictions were in place.
• Fixed an issue where the ApprovedWebList.htm cannot be displayed when web portal set to Approved Only Websites.

iOS Student v1.20.0000 (Apr 2024)

Enhancements

iOS Student

• Support added for Entra ID authentication, allowing you to force students to sign-in to the app with Microsoft credentials if applicable (used in conjunction with the newly added web portal Device Group setting, ‘Force Microsoft Entra login on iPad’).
• Enhanced the information sent in Online Safety phrase matches to include the student names and email when used in conjunction with signing in using Microsoft Login.
• The app will now send the teacher and class name back to the portal for any phrases triggered during a class.
• Due to Apple privacy requirements, we have removed the reporting of the storage device size for hardware inventory.

Fixes

iOS Student

• Resolved a Microsoft sign-in issue specific to student logins to the ‘Educake’ website where a blank screen was shown.
• Resolved a crash isolated to iOS17 devices when attempting to launch multiple websites via the quick launch feature.
• Resolved a crash when trying to send multiple messages that included an emoji.
• Resolved an issue where the count badge on the apps Chat button wasn’t displaying the correct number of chats sent by the teacher.
• Adjusted the size of Web icons to fit the available space in fields.
• Resolved an issue where sub-URLs in a restricted list were not being blocked.
• Resolved an intermittent issue where the app was unable to open specific URLs from an Approved List.

Web Portal v1.29.1 (Feb 2024)

Enhancements

Admin Web Portal
• Newly added to Classes – Miscellaneous settings, ‘Allow guest users to take part in your Teams classes’. This setting has been introduced to cover scenarios where your Microsoft 365 student accounts are set as guests. Enabling this new setting will ensure that student guest accounts can take part in Teams classes in use within classroom.cloud.
• Newly added Korean language support.

 

Fixes
Admin and Teacher Web Portal
• Resolved an issue where the Power on client installer was returning an ‘Invalid account ID’ error when installing via .msi.
• Resolved an issue where the Organization Administrator was not able to edit user profiles.

Windows Student v1.95.1 (Feb 2024)

Enhancements

Windows Student

• Korean language support.

Chrome Student v2.89.0.0​ (Feb 2024)

Enhancements

Chrome Student

• Korean language support.

iOS Student v1.21.0000 (Feb 2024)

Enhancements

iOS Student

• Korean language support.

Web Portal v1.29 (Feb 2024)

Enhancements

Admin Web Portal
• The ability to configure and apply school-wide Internet Restrictions has been added to the Settings page (Organisation and Site level). Create approved and restricted website lists and configure the times during the school day when restrictions apply. Web controls set by a teacher do not override the global settings.
• Increased the character limit for Acceptable Use Policies to 10,000.
• Newly added to our list of available third-party educational Connectors, youhq is the digital pastoral hub that helps schools enhance personal development as well as track and monitor student wellbeing.
• Updated the settings for a Safeguarding Administrator to remove access to Inventory and Connectors.
• Updated the Safeguarding keyword libraries.

 

Fixes

Admin and Teacher Web Portal
• Resolved an issue where password reset settings would incorrectly show as disabled once they had been set.
• Updated the URL character limit that can be sent in the teacher quick launch feature to 2048 characters.
• Resolved an issue where Safeguarding Group configuration changes were not being set correctly.
• Resolved an issue when setting the keyword and phrase sensitivity to 100% would incorrectly apply a value of 74% at site level.
• Resolved an issue where the required number of additional pages were not loading to show all activity data.
• Resolved an issue in the audit log where changing a class connection mode would incorrectly audit the request as a site name change.
• Resolved an issue where deleting an application from the phrase and keyword settings would not save correctly.
• Resolved an issue where device assignment rules were not interpreting / or \ correctly when specifying AD organisational units.
• Resolved an issue where blocking the editing of profiles at site level would incorrectly allow the editing of profiles.
• Resolved an issue where the subject list in classes settings would not refresh correctly when changing a subject name.
• Updated the system requirements on the iOS Student installer page to version 14 or higher.
• Updated the Activity view tables to display the number of records retrieved. Relocated the load all button from bottom right of page to top right.
• Updated the minimum supported version on the ChromeOS installer page from 76 to 86+.
• Removed Windows 8.1 from the list of supported operating systems on the Windows installer page.

Windows Student v1.95.0000 (Feb 2024)

Enhancements

Windows Student

• The student will now enforce any internet restrictions set by an Administrator in the web portal.
• Updated the Safeguarding keyword libraries.

Fixes

Windows Student

• Resolved an issue where the AD Domain field was not being automatically populated for managed AD environments in reset password scenarios.
• Resolved an intermittent issue where videos captured with safeguarding keyword triggers were not always being sent to the cloud.
• Resolved an issue where application restrictions set in the Teacher Console could be bypassed on Windows student devices by renaming the application .exe to one in the approved list.
• Extended the characterlimitfor Acceptable Use Policies to allow 10,000 characters when sending policies to Windows devices.
• Resolved an issue where Microsoft Edge would close if a student attempted to view a blocked website during a class. The correct restricted website page will now display.

Chrome Student v2.89.0.0​ (Feb 2024)

Enhancements

Chrome Student

• Updated the student to read an alternative email domain from Google Admin policies to allow teachers to connect to students where the Google Classroom classes email address differs to the student’s login email.

Fixes

Chrome Student

• Resolved an issue where a student survey with 6 possible answers was not displaying the 6th choice.
• Resolved an issue where the student was displaying an incorrect connection status causing it to appear unconnected in the web portal.
• Updated the student to respect changes to the alternate Email Domain setting in the portal.
• Resolved an issue where the student would fail to load correctly in a Chrome browser running on macOS.

iOS Student v1.20.0000 (Feb 2024)

Enhancements

iOS Student

• Ability to set the student app as the default browser on each iPad.
• Added ‘long press’ menu capabilities giving you the ability to download and copy images directly from the classroom.cloud browser.
• Updated user acknowledgement messaging when teacher starts a broadcast.
• The app can now be used in split screen mode, allowing other apps to be used alongside the student browser.
• Added Arabic language support.
• Updated the Safeguarding keyword libraries.

Fixes

iOS Student

• Resolved an issue where it was possible to edit the configuration of the app while it was in a class.
• Resolved an issue where internet restrictions set by the teacher were retained by the app at the end of a class and would only be reset when the student restarted.
• Resolved an issue where applying lock mouse and keyboard for a full screen screenshare would incorrectly display the lock screen image at the iPad.
• Resolved an issue where no notification was displayed at the student when a chat was started by the teacher.

macOS Student v1.75.0000 (Feb 2024)

Enhancements

macOS Student

• Keyword monitoring of Ukrainian phrases now supported.
• Fully localised for the Arabic language and monitoring of keywords.
• Updated the Safeguarding keyword libraries.

Fixes

macOS Student

• Resolved an issue where screenshare was not working on Big Sur.
• Resolved an issue where phrases were not triggering when typed in Google docs.
• Updated the message window to display 255-character messages.
• Resolved an issue where the Student service was not being stopped when a device was unassigned from a device group.
• Resolved an issue with RAM disk icons appearing on the Mac desktop on lower spec MacBooks.
• Resolved an issue where the Student was not correctly reporting its version to the portal.
• Resolved an issue in the portal devices view where the platform icon for macOS devices was not correctly displayed.
• Resolved a connection issue where the Student would not detect when the network was available for use.
• Resolved an issue where the student would constantly disconnect and reconnect when the MacBook was turned off and back on while in a class.
• Resolved an issue where turning off the Safeguarding feature would incorrectly set the student icon to grey.
• Resolved an issue where turning off the Safeguarding feature in the portal would leave the Safeguarding Resources icon available at the student.
• Resolved an issue where the lock mouse and keyboard notification was truncated at the Student.
• Resolved an issue where the custom text messages displayed when viewing and connecting to devices was truncated at the Student.
• Resolved an issue with the Mac Student still sending Activity data when the account has been deleted.
• Resolved an issue where reporting a student concern would not display a confirmation message.
• Resolved an issue where the Activity Monitoring school hours were not being processed correctly.
• Resolved an issue where visits to websites in the Safeguarding Resources list were being recorded in Activity monitoring.

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