psugil_december2011

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December 8, 2011 PSUG-IL Workshop
Today’s Agenda
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Installation / Server Management
Custom Page Management
Upgrading State Reports
New Features
Common Issues
“Ask the Experts”
What’s Coming Next for PS 7?
INSTALLATION
Installation Preparation
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Oracle Installed
Oracle Server Information
Data Imported
Installation Guide (KB#63458 in PowerSource)
Are you using a Server Array?
– Did you create a sharepoint (shared folder)?
– Did you open up ports for Oracle?
• Download the latest PowerSchool version
New Installer
New Installation Options
• Mobile App Web Services (apps for iPad,iPhone,Etc)
• PowerSchool (Where you login and Gradebook)
• PowerSchool Identity Provider (SSO and Student
Mobilty?)
• PowerTeacher API (integration for other
software/Services)
• PT Gradebook & PT Administrator
• ReportWorks
New Monitor
Enter Database Information
To Server Array or Not Server Array
For Server Arrays Only
Importing SSL (page 40)
ReportWorks
PS/PT Settings
Post Installation
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It is very important you add rules to your firewall
Open port 80 (if not using SSL)
Open port 443 (if using SSL)
Open port 7880
New Things you should know
• PowerSchool Monitor (in your startup folder)
• New Way to start and stop PowerSchool
• Still a separate PowerScheduler App
CUSTOM PAGES
Custom Pages in PowerSchool 7
• Where did the stock pages go?!?
~\Program Files\PowerSchool\application\components\powerschoolcore-7.v.w.x.y.z\system\server\resources\web_root
where v.w.x.y is the version (7.0.3.1) and z is the build ID (118780)
• Did they move the custom pages too? Nope.
~\Program Files\PowerSchool\data\custom\web_root
The Old Look
The New Look
Stock Code in PS 7
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<!-- start right frame -->
<head>
<title>~[text:psx.html.admin_students.demo.demographics]</title>
~[wc:commonscripts]
<link href="/images/css/screen.css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen">
<link href="/images/css/print.css" rel="stylesheet" media="print">
</head>
<body>
~[wc:admin_header_frame_css]<!-- breadcrumb start --><a href="/admin/home.html"
target="_top">~[text:psx.html.admin_students.demo.start_page]</a> &gt; <a
href="home.html?selectstudent=nosearch" target="_top">~[text:psx.html.admin_students.demo.student_selection]</a>
&gt;~[text:psx.html.admin_students.demo.demographics1]<!-- breadcrumb end -->~[wc:admin_navigation_frame_css]
~[wc:title_student_begin_css]~[text:psx.html.admin_students.demo.demographics2]~[wc:title_student_end_css]
<!-- start of content and bounding box -->
I’m LOST!!!
Keys to success…
• ~[text:psx.html.admin_students.demo.demographics]
– This is a text key that corresponds to words that can be
substituted in Custom Page Management (CPM) for other
words (perhaps another language, or a word that may
make more sense to your staff).
• You don’t NEED to use them unless you want to use the
Language Translation Tool Kit.
The Old Code
<html>
<!-- start right frame -->
<head>
<title>Yearly Attendance</title>
~[wc:commonscripts]
<link href="/images/powerschool.css" rel="stylesheet">
</head>
<body marginwidth=10 marginheight=10 topmargin=10 leftmargin=10 background="/images/bg3.gif">
~[wc:admin_header_frame]<!-- breadcrumb start --><a href="/admin/home.html" target="_top">Start Page</a> &gt; <a
href="home.html?selectstudent=nosearch" target="_top">Student Selection</a> &gt; Yearly Attendance<!-breadcrumb end -->~[wc:admin_navigation_frame]
<!-- Beginning of title of page -->
~[wc:title_student_begin]Yearly Attendance~[wc:title_student_end]
<!-- Ending of title of page -->
<br>
<!-- start of content -->
<!-- end of content -->
~[wc:admin_footer_frame]
</body>
</html><!-- end right frame -->
The New Code
<html>
<!-- start right frame -->
<head>
<title>Yearly Attendance</title>
~[wc:commonscripts]
<link href="/images/css/screen.css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen">
<link href="/images/css/print.css" rel="stylesheet" media="print">
</head>
<body>
~[wc:admin_header_frame_css]
<!-- breadcrumb start -->
<a href="/admin/home.html" target="_top">~[text:psx.html.admin_students.demo.start_page]</a> &gt; <a
href="home.html?selectstudent=nosearch" target="_top">~[text:psx.html.admin_students.demo.student_selection]</a>
&gt; Yearly Attendance
<!-- breadcrumb end -->
~[wc:admin_navigation_frame_css]
~[wc:title_student_begin_css]Yearly Attendance ~[wc:title_student_end_css]
<!-- start of content -->
<!-- end of content of bounding box -->
~[wc:admin_footer_frame_css]
</body>
</html><!-- end right frame -->
STATE REPORTING
UPDATES
State Reporting Updates in PS7
• State reporting updates for PS7 are delivered via an
installer on PowerSource.
– Support/Downloads/PowerSchool/State Reporting
Installers/PowerSchool 7.x State and Provincial Reporting Installers
• Follow installation instructions on PowerSource.
• State reporting auto updates for PowerSchool 6.x will
be discontinued at the end of this month.
NEW FEATURES
Teacher Email in PTG
• Teachers can now send emails from PowerTeacher gradebook
to parent/guardians and students
• Student email addresses must be entered on Student Email
Configuration screen.
– You currently CANNOT import student email addresses into the
Student table
– There is a customization available on PowerSource that processes
email address submissions using AJAX (thank you Ken Torgerson).
(https://powersource.pearsonschoolsystems.com/exchange/view.action?download.id=4
46)
• Parent/guardian emails go to email addresses in the
guardianemail field.
Language Translation Toolkit
Set Final Grade Comment Length
• Available in PowerSchool 7.0.3
• You can set the approximate number of characters
that can be used in Final Grade Comments
• District Setup/Comment Setup
COMMON ISSUES
Server Slowdown Due to Logging
Teacher Logins Not Working
• If teachers have more than one PowerTeacher
account (active or inactive) and those accounts have
the same username, PowerSchool will append a “1”
to the end of the newest username (e.g., calbright1)
• Also applies to admin accounts
• If you have not upgraded yet, you may want to clear
usernames from inactive teacher accounts to prevent
this.
Passwords are now “CaSe-SeNsItIvE”
• All PowerSchool passwords are case-sensitive in
PowerSchool 7.
– Parent/Student
– Teacher
– Admin
Importing into Teachers table
• Known Issue…
• When updating a Teachers record via Quick Import,
and that teacher has already customized their own
password, PowerSchool will revert the user back to
their previous password even if the password isn’t
contained in the import file
Student Photos
• Some Districts have reported that their student
photos are missing after upgrading
– Try moving your student photos folder to new server
– Re-import photos
– Change photo size to thumbnail size (e.g., 65 x 90)
• District Setup/Miscellaneous
Ask the
“Experts”
What’s Next for PowerSchool 7?
• Welcome to Illinois, Josh Deegan!
• Welcome back, Eric Zorr!

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