PCSchool ‘Spider’ was developed to deliver a very simple, customisable and intuitive front end across a browser interface for Teacher, Caregiver and Student use.
For more information see: Spider Flyer | Spider Tech Tips | Spider Tech Blog
To determine what Version of Spider you are using log onto Spider and see the Version number at the bottom of the screen:
Below are new Enhancements & Bug Fixes for Spider Version 2013:
14/11/2013 – Absence Rollmarking. Ability to restrict teachers to ONLY using buttons in rollmarking and disabling the ability to select from the Status drop down list. Available in Spider version 2013.11.14 and above.
14/11/2013 – Absence & Lates in Student Information control now shows the weekday beside the date. Available in Spider version 2013.11.14 and above.
14/11/2013 – Hide report alias. A new key has been added to the Spider Configuration File that allows the report alias to be hidden when viewing report options in the Spider. It allows you to hide this information for all users or just caregivers, staff or students. The key is ENABLE_REPORTALIAS_IN_REPORTLAUNCH. Available in Spider version 2013.11.14 and above.
When report alias is hidden, only the report name / description will show.
30/10/2013 – Student Info added ability to show / hide student absence and late information from various users. Available in Spider version 2013.10 and above (Post Conference release available end October).
28/10/2013 – Student Info added security options for Spider families. Available in Spider version 2013.10 and above (Post Conference release available end October).
28/10/2013 – Spanned Absences in Back Office now sensitive to adjustments made via Roll Marking in the Spider. Available in Spider version 2013.10 and above (Post Conference release available end October).
26/09/2013 – Subject and Assessment Criteria control now allows for assessment due dates to be added to a subjects areas of assessment (with attachments), these due dates are then populated to the Spider Calendar control. Available in Spider version 2013.10 and above (Post Conference release available end October).
26/09/2013 – Payment Portal enhanced to allow multiple payment portals (eg one for school fees and one for outside appeals) to have separate optional payments for each portal via changes to the payment.xml file. Available in Spider version 2013.10 and above (Post Conference release available end October).
Using various keys of APPEAL and VISIBILITY, payment options can be set to display in different payment portals
25/09/2013 – Subject Information available throughout Spider. The ? and i buttons will now be available in any Spider view where subjects are show (such as Result Entry, Student Subjects). This will allows students, caregivers and teachers to easily view the details of any subject including subject description and area of assessment. Available in Spider version 2013.10 and above (Post Conference release available end October).
18/09/2013 – Email Authentication can be set to use the default setting when sending out bulk emails from Spider (such as Parent Teacher Interviews) but will prompt individual teachers to enter in their personal email authentication details when sending out emails emails to students / caregivers from within Spider. Available in Spider version 2013.10 and above (Post Conference release available end October).
18/09/2013 – Absence Entry control has now been enhanced to enable teachers to view the Student Information control for students in their class by simply clicking on their name in the roll. Available in Spider version 2013.10 and above (Post Conference release available end October).
18/09/2013 – Change password option can now be ‘hidden’ with the use of a new Spider Configuration key of “ENABLE_CHANGEPASSWORD”. Available in Spider version 2013.10 and above (Post Conference release available end October).
30/08/2013 – Subject and Assessment Criteria control enhancement to allow the user to select a teacher first, then select from the subjects they are the Coordinator of to add information. Available in Spider version 2013.10 and above (Post Conference release available end October).
19/08/2013 – Subject choice enhanced by allowing html editing in the Subject and Assessment Criteria control. (Available in Spider version 2013.08.19 or above).
12/08/2013 – Student Information. Ability to restrict families from seeing student address details. (Available in Spider version 2013.08.12 or above).
02/08/2013 – Assessment. PCSchool has added the ability to select and view markbooks for different subject periods. Previously only markbooks from the current subject period could be accessed. (Available in Spider version 2013.08.02.xxx or above).
25/07/2013 – Help Content in Spider can now be customised by school. (Available in Spider version 2013.07.25.xxx or above).
24/07/2013 – Budget Dashboard improved.(Available in Spider version 2013.07.24.xxx or above).
26/06/2013 – Roll Marking in Spider is now sensitive to the students ‘Arrival Date’. This means that if a student starts part way through a term they will not show on previous attendance rolls as ‘not marked’ as was previously the case. (Available in Spider version 2013.06.26.xxx or above)
04/06/2013 – Email template editor now available via new ‘Administration Control’. (Available in Spider version 2013.06.04.xxx or above).
14/05/2013 – Optional Payments in ‘Pay Student Fees’ is now sensitive to student tagset. (Available in Spider version 2013.05.14.xxx or above)
28/04/2013 – Attendance Periods show differently for Form Class and Subjects if ‘build from timetable’ is unticked in Absence Entry view. (Available in Spider Version 2013.04.28.xxx or above).
24/04/2013 – Attendance Period Descriptions Display Heading and made Sensitive to Year Level (Available in Spider Version 2013.04.24.xxx or above).
18/04/2013 – Ability to Enable Security for Spider Controls (Available in Spider Version 2013.04.18.xxx or above).
17/04/2013 – Caregiver details are now displayed differently. (Available in Spider Version 2013.04.17.xxx or above).
04/04/2013 – Bug Fix – Composite Classes with Double Period in Absence Entry V2 control not allowing the second year level to be selected for first period. This has now been fixed. (Available in Spider Version 2013.04.04.xxx or above)
15/03/2013 Attendance codes made sensitive to Care Giver. (Available in Spider Version 2013.03.15.xxx or above)
11/03/2013 Subject Areas of Assessment can be made time based and display only when the student has attended school for a specified number of months. (Available in Spider Version 2013.03.11.xxx or above)
06/03/2013 Split family login will not show the address information for the students. (Available in Spider Version 2013.03.06.xxx or above)
28/02/2013 Student Absence Review has been improved. (Available in Spider Version 2013.02.28.xxx or above)
27/02/2013 Student Behaviour & Notes now sensitive to security set in Back Office. (Available in Spider Version 2013.02.27.xxx or above)
Below are new Enhancements & Bug Fixes for Spider Version 2012 :
27/11/2012 Student names are now displayed as ‘Surname, Known as Name (Given Name)‘. This change is now standard in Result Entry, Absence Entry, Behaviour Notes, Student Information, Medical Entry etc within the Spider. (available in Spider Version 2012.11.27.xxx or above)
08/10/2012 Improved Comment Bank Searching in Spider Result Entry control and ability to view Spider Error Log. (available in Spider Version 2012.10.03.xxx and above)
14/09/2012 Edit Spider Configuration File through Quick Link Maintenance Control. (available in Spider Version 2012.10.13.xxx and above)
31/08/2012 New Version 2012.08.20.xxx Spider Update includes:
20/06/2012 Version 2012.06.20 recommended update available.
30/04/2012 Result Entry Sensitive to ‘Exclude from Reports’ option – PCSchool has now added an option to make the Result Entry sensitive to the Subject Exclude from Reports option. (available in Spider Version 2012.04.30.xxx and above)
16/04/2012 Room Availability Search – PCSchool has added a new control that allows users to view a ‘Room Timetable’ to see which rooms are available at any given period. (available in Spider Version 2012.04.16.xxx and above)
30/03/2012 Reset Templates – PCSchool now allows user templates for Staff / Students / Caregivers to be reset from the Quick Link Maintenance Control. This means that as new controls are made available to different users the template can be reset so that these new controls will appear when the user next logs into the Spider. (available in Spider Version 2012.03.30.xxx)
27/03/2012 Behaviour Action Reports – PCSchool now allows for Action reports to be printed from the “Behaviour Notes – ALL COMMENTS control”. (available in Spider Version 2012.03.27.xxx and above)
26/03/2012 Enabling Document Manager & Email – PCSchool now has the added ability to define which users have access to the DocMan and Email controls in various views – see New Buttons entry dated 24/02/2012 below. (available in Spider Version 2012.03.26.xxx and above)
07/03/2012 Result Entry for PAT Tests (NZ) – PCSchool has now added the ability in the Spider for Teachers to forcefully recalculate the Percentile and Stanine should the wrong result table have been attached when originally generated. (available in Spider Version 2012.03.07.xx and above)
02/03/2012 Student/Family Alerts – added ability in Teacher My Classes control to see if a student has an alert attached to them and view the alert details. (available in Spider Version 2012.03.02.xx and above)
29/02/2012 Email from Behaviour Notes – Ability added to the Behaviour Notes control to email the details of the behaviour or note based on student. (available in Spider Version 2012.03.02.xx and above)
24/02/2012 New Buttons – enhancement to Student Information control, Student Behaviour Notes control and Teacher My Classes control to include new shortcut buttons to emails, behaviour and document management.
23/02/2012 Roll Marking Colours – added ability to change the colours used in roll marking to identify different absence statuses.
22/02/2012 Generic Log-on for Deans – added ability for Deans to log on to Teachers Spider view using a generic password. This allows them to view or fix issues reported by teachers (contact PCSchool Help Desk for details).
22/02/2012 Forgot Password – enhanced ability for a user to reset their Spider password if forgotten.
21/02/2012 Email from Spider – added ability to email from Spider, including email based on student, or email class.