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What's New?

Students and parents, review this topic to learn all the latest features with Edline.

February 2015 Release

For users requiring screen readers or keyboard only functionality, your website has automatically been improved to better assist you.

Many pages accessed by students and parents include the following enhancements:

  • A link is provided to skip navigation and other page elements that are repeated across webpages.

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  • Menus are navigable using standard keyboard keys - TAB, UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT arrows, and ENTER.
  • Areas on a webpage are navigable using standard keyboard keys.
  • Any tabbed interface sections on a webpage are navigable using standard keyboard keys.
  • Text alternatives have been added to many images.
  • Text labels have been added to many form fields.

To learn more, see Accessibility Features.

July 2014 Release

Google Translation Update

Edline's translation feature has been updated to Google's latest version. You will now have over 80 different languages to choose from for your translation needs.

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  • Click the Translation File:en-us/Edline/010_Student/001_What's_New/translationicon.jpg icon for the Select Language list. Click the language you want for translation.

Accessibility Improvements

Edline has included the following accessibility improvements to make your website friendly for accessibility tools:

  • All menus in Edline can be navigated via your keyboard.
  • Document and Folder page titles are now main headers (h1 styles) for easier location and navigation.
  • Form input fields now have labels for screen readers.
  • Buttons available on Edline pages now have alternate information attached for screen readers.
  • Your page header and any header-like banners will now be recognized appropriately by screen readers.
  • Slideshows can now be controlled by the user via the keyboard. The Left, Right, and Enter keys move through slides, while the ESC key plays and pauses the slideshow.
  • The monthly Calendar page has been improved to be more navigable.
  • Many of the icons available on Edline pages have alternate information attached for screen readers.

Hall Pass Includes Britannica Online and Study Island

More single sign-on capabilities have been added using the Hall Pass feature to allow users — students, teachers, and other staff members — to access Britannica School and Study Island directly through their school's Edline website without needing to constantly enter different user names and passwords.

Britannica School

The school user with access to Britannica can launch the application through Edline after the district completes the initial setup.

  1. From the My Edline menu, select My Hall Pass available under the My Account section.

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  2. Click on the Go button next to Britannica.

Study Island

Users with access to Study Island can launch the application through Edline after the district completes the initial setup.

  1. From the My Edline menu, select My Hall Pass available under the My Account section.

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  2. Select Study Island from the list.
  3. Type your User Name that you use to access Study Island.
  4. Type your Password that you use to access Study Island.
  5. Click Save.

Now, any time you want to access Study Island, you can open My Hall Pass and click the Go button next to Study Island.

May 2014 Release

Account Activation Process Enhancements

Users can now activate their accounts using mobile devices. You may also use an email address as your screen name when activating your account. Using your email address is a convenient way to ensure a unique and easy-to-remember screen name.

In addition, the activation email has received an update, including a standard introduction, minimal Edline branding, and the inclusion of the actual activation code in the footer for users who have concerns about potential phishing links in email.

April 2014 Release

No changes for students or parents.