Adding files to development cards – new feature in eKool!

It is now possible to add files to development card entries. This is a good way to share sensitive files only with those who have permission to see them.

Adding files is easy:

To enable this functionality, we ask school’s eKool administrator to contact eKool at help@ekool.eu.

eKool new features

Here you can find information about our new features

Teacher sees, if student has marked homework as done.
It is now possible for the teacher to see which of the students have marked their task as done. You can see this for homeworks, assignments and tests. In the journal, this information is displayed in the form 3/16, which means that 3 out of 16 students have marked the task as completed.

RIKS library integration
If your school uses the RIKS library information system, then it is now possible for students and school staff to see in their news feed which books have been lended from the school library and the deadline for their return.

Adding files to development cards
It is now possible to add files to development card entries. This is a good way to share sensitive files only with those who have permission to see them.

RIKS library integration – new feature for eKool users!

If your school uses the RIKS library information system, then it is now possible for students and school staff to see in their news feed which books have been lended from the school library and the deadline for their return.

To activate the RIKS library integration, we ask school’s eKool administrator to contact eKool at help@ekool.eu.

Student has marked task as done – eKool’s new feature for teachers!

It is now possible for the teacher to see which of the students have marked their task as done. You can see this for homeworks, assignments and tests. In the journal, this information is displayed in the form 3/16, which means that 3 out of 16 students have marked the task as completed.

If teacher has allowed students to answer with file, information is shown under the link,

and by clicking it the students’ files will be displayed:

If the school has expressed a wish to open the package features for school, the completed tasks will be displayed under the link,

while opening it, the students’ list will be opened:

When the teacher is waiting for answers with a file, the information is displayed as follows:

When the teacher is waiting for answers with a file, the information is displayed as follows:

To activate the package, we ask the school’s eKool administrator to contact eKool at help@ekool.eu.

Getting access to the child’s information

  1. Log into the system
  2. Look for the school the child attends by clicking “Request access to student’s data” and look for the school (inserting school name)
  3. To request access choose the “For parents: access my child’s school information”
  4. Fill in the application, make sure the ID number for your child is correct and “send request”
  5. You can see the status of your application under “Requests”
  6. You can only access the child information after the school Administrator has accepted your application.
  7. On your page, you as the parent can see an overview of all your children’s news (grades, homework, tasks, notifications…)
  8. Each of your children has on page with information about that child and reports, tasks overview, study book, learning content, etc Here parents can see a child’s profile and documents.

Creating new user

To use eKool you first need to have a username and access to the system, also you need to have a proper role and access rights to the institution/ school you want to work with.

  • Go to the opening page and click “Create an account”
  • Choose the proper identification type. (Note: based on the country the identification options vary)
  • Fill in your personal data (name, id, address)
  • Fill your account data (email and password)
  • After the required information is correctly inserted click “Create account”
  • The account is created and a confirmation email sent to your specified email address. If the confirmation
  • Now you need to open your email inbox and use the instructions to Activate the account.
  • After that, you can log into the system. The second letter about successful user creation is sent to your email.

Managing students and parents request

1. The administrator will see students and their associated parents on the Schoolyear > Students page

2. To add a new user, click on “Create an account” on the eKool homepage. Choose the authentication method, the steps for adding a user will vary slightly depending on the authentication tool you choose.

3. Enter your name, personal identification code, date of birth, gender. In the next step, enter the contact information, address. In the final step, username, and password.

4. An e-mail will be sent to the address selected as the username with a link that must be pressed within 24 hours. Clicking on the link will activate the user and send a new email about it.

5. The student logs in with his/her new eKool user. At first, there are no roles and no access to his/her learning information. For help, click on the question mark icon in the header of the page, and to change your user profile information by selecting the gear icon.

6. Press the + sign in the left-hand column to ask your school for access to your data. The school search page will open. Enter your school name or part of it.

7. The student selects the action “I am a student, I want access to my data”. All fields are pre-populated with profile data and cannot be edited.

8. In order to send an application, you must agree to the sharing of data with the school and send the application.

9. The parent adds the user in the same way as the student. Enters data, validates the received link. Logs to eKool.

10. Press the + sign in the left column of the page to ask your school for access to your child’s data. The school search page will open and enter your school name or part of it.

11. The parent selects the action “For parents, access to my child’s school information“. Information about your child must be entered, the parent’s own fields are pre-filled with profile information and cannot be changed.

12. In order to send an application, you must agree to the sharing of data with the school and send the application.

13. The school administrator will see the Requests menu on the school page and the number of applications is marked there. Clicking the menu will open the Requests window.

14. Each application will show whether it is a pupil’s or a parent’s application, as well as whether a student with the appropriate personal identification code has been found in the school’s student list and what his or her name is.

15. Open the application, check the details. In the case of a student, you can choose the form of writing the name in the eKool (school documents). Confirm the application.

16. If a student is not found on the school list, the application cannot be approved.

17. The New Relationships can be found on the Schoolyear page, on the Student Card.

New academic year – Transferring and adding journals

Creating journals for classes and teachers in the new school year is a great job. Several ways have been added to simplify this process. When starting a new school, journals must be defined one by one in the first year.

1. teachers lock their journals (this journal can no longer be edited or supplemented). If teachers do not lock journals, this can be done by admin: by individual journals or groups, using journal filtering by a teacher, subject, class, or even all unlocked journals at once.

2. Once a new school year has been added, locked journals can be cloned into the new school year. Click on the Menu in the Journals page and choose “Clone journals for the new school year”, the name of the next school year will be displayed.

3. Cloning transfers the name of the journal, its relation to the subject course, the other definitions of the journal, and the tags that define the study group. The teacher’s relationship with the journal will not be carried over to the new academic year. Cloning can take a few minutes. Each journal can be cloned once; thus, cloning can be repeated as many times as needed without duplicate journals being added to the new school year.

4. The new academic year’s journals have the students who participate if they have already been transferred to the new school year. Students are identified by the class and parallel labels as well as by school-defined labels.

5. If there are no pupils in the journal, they may not have been transferred yet or this may be a new journal. If students were picked in the journal last year (added by choices made by the teacher or administrator), they will not be carried over to the new year. In this case, the student selection must be updated either by picking again or by using school tags (class, parallel, child’s gender, or tag added to the school).

6. Add students to the journal by selecting or picking through labels. You can add multiple label options.

7. The journal that was cloned but not needed in the new year, can be deleted. For example, this subject is no longer taught.

8. The journal can be copied – either for a parallel class or students can be divided into groups in the new school year. When copying, you are asked what information is added to the copy of the journal.

9. Initially, the names of the cloned journals are preceded by yellow marks, meaning that the teacher is unlinked to the journal. To add a teacher, press Edit in the journal header, open the journal definition and assign a teacher. The selected teacher will get the role of the teacher in the new year.

10. To add a new journal, press the + sign above the journal list and select the related subject card; enter the name of the journal, make choices that define the diary (individual study, hobby); choose a teacher. Save the journal definition.

11. Add students to the new journal, either using tags or picking.

12. Change student relationship by changing tags when problems occur. Open Resources, open the Groups page. Select a tag, you see its connected students list. Students, who left school, have been removed from tags.

13. Select “+ Add Members”, select the academic year and class and students, and confirm the selection. Students will be assigned a membership tag of their choice and can be selected in the journal.

14. Study groups are often formed by gender of students. In Estonia, this identifier is found on the basis of a personal identification code. The gender-related tag can be used like other tags for selecting students in the journal.

New academic year, managing staff and administrators

1.    On the school page, click on the “Resources” icon and a new window will be opened.
    2.    Under the “Staff” tab and “Invitation” menu, you need to look for the user under “Staff Invitations” or use the (plus) for inviting the staff.
    3.    Insert the teacher’s username (usually email) and invite them to be staff in the school. If such user is found from eKool database, you will see his/her name on screen and username, where the invitation was sent.
    4.    The request is sent to the user and he/she must accept it.He/she needs to login eKool, open Requests window and accept the invitation.
    5.    If a former teacher has no user in eKool yet, he/she should go throughout the user creation process. He/she will get an e-mail with the invitation link. After opening it, the teacher has to add personal and user account data.
    6.    You can always come back here and see if they have accepted the request or is it still pending or they have denied.
    7.    Selecting a person from the staff list you can manage their roles: Add Form master role or Management role etc. For Form-Master role you should additionally choose class and parallel identification.
    8.    Teacher’s role will be added after he/she is connected with the first journal as a teacher. Teacher gives a new role every school-year.
    9.    To delete user from staff open his/her card and click “Remove from staff” link.
    10.    To invite a new Administrator to school the person already has to have username and credentials in the system.
    11.    Under the “Staff” tab and “Invitation” menu, you need to look for the user under “Invite Administrator” or use the (plus) for inviting new Administrator.
    12.    Insert the new Administrator First- or Lastname (not username/email) click “Search” or Enter and the list for matching results are displayed.
    13.    To send the invite you need to check the box and invite message box is displayed. Fill in the invite message and click “Save”. Now the invite is sent to the new Administrator.
    14.    The user must accept the request first and only after then they get the Administrator rights.New Administrator must do the following steps after they are invited to be an Administrator for a school:
    1.    Invites to be an Administrator will we available behind the “Request” icon. When there is a new request, the icon should have a red envelope.
    2.    Click on the “Request” icon and a new screen will be opened, there you will see the new request information.
    3.    You need to “Accept” the request to become an Administrator and after that, you can start doing Administrator tasks.
    4.    Or you can “Deny” the request.
    5.    When you close the screen from the (error), then the Invite will remain pending and you can come back here and Accept or Deny it later.

New academic year, student administration

In the run-up to the new school year, students who are graduating or leaving school must be removed from students list, classes should be transferred to the new school year, new students should be added to the list of schools and, if necessary, changed enrollment to classes.

1. Enter the graduation decision for the final grades. Be sure to check in which academic year you are operating. Open Schoolyear page, choose class, select students, select Resolution, and select type of decision – “Finish school”. The decision number, date and explanatory text can be entered. This information will appear in the Record Book.
2. Designate drop-out students who will not continue their education in this school. On the Schoolyear page, select the class, add a checkmark to the names of those who leave, choose Resolution, choose “Expel from school”. The decision number, date and explanatory text can be entered. The activity must be repeated for all classes where the students have left.
3. Select students who will be in the same class next year (repeating class). Select students (separate from each class). select Resolution and the type is “Repeat class”. Students will be enrolled in the next academic year in the same class number.
4. Carryover to the new academic year those students who continue in the next academic year in the next grade. Select them on the Schoolyear page, select Resolution, and type “Transfer to next Year“. The transfer decision should be entered if the class leader has not already made it. All fields may be left blank.
5. Add new students to your school using Student Import. There is a separate video guide on this. If class numbers are included in the import file, additional new students can be enrolled at one time, per curriculum.
6. Add new students to the school by entering them individually. There is a separate video guide on this.
7. If in the new year the students’ membership in the parallels has changed, changes can be made. Select Students, select Resolution and choose type “Change Current Year”. This allows you to divide classes into parallel (by adding a parallel identifier) ​​as well as transfer students from one class to another.

Adding a new academic year and terms

1. Add a new academic year: Schoolyear > Menu> Add new. Start and end dates must be entered for the academic year. Overlapping academic years are not allowed. It is not good to leave a gap between school years, and their beginning and end should be one after the other.
2. Add terms to the academic year. Enter a name, start and end time. It is also not good to leave timeouts between terms.
3. Save the school year. You can now navigate through the years by selecting from the list on the page header.
4. The required year must be selected for changing the academic year; select Menu and select “Edit”. The changes will take effect immediately.
5. By default, the current academic year is always selected.

Add students to the school’s student list

Adding students to the school’s student list is a very important task. Required fields are the student’s first name; surname and personal identification code and country of issue. The ID code must be unique, two students with the same ID cannot have an active role in the school. If there is a unique national code, it should be preferred to use it. In the absence of such a code, the school should develop a system of numbering its students. When importing data, the country of issue of the personal identification code will be the country shown in the school’s data.

Adding students one by one
1. Open the sheet Schoolyear, find the year, curriculum and class required
2. Press + at the top of the page
3. Enter the student’s name and ID. You can add his address and other contact information.
4. Enter the school enrollment date. If there is one, you can enter the information about the school admission decision
5. Save the student information.

If there is no student with such a personal code in the school, the student will be added to the list immediately. If the student is already studying or has ever been to the school (with the same personal identification code), you will receive a message and a link to open needed student card.
1. Press the name to open the card
2. You see the completed role there, either in the same or a previous school year
3. Click “Add Role”. Select that a new role is a student; select the curriculum and class. The student is assigned a new role in the curriculum class of the current academic year.