Nov 14, 2022
Two big releases! Well, one real release and another beta release.
Voice memos are launched! This has been one of our most requested features — you can now send voice notes similar to Whatsapp or iPhone messages. This is a big plus for teachers and staff that need to send out longer messages but don't have the time to type as well as for multilingual families who may have an easier time talking into their phone or listening than reading the text. Additionally, native speech to text still works within the app.
Playground also is doing a beta launch of calendar. The calendar feature is going to be the future hub for everything on Playground. Events, scheduling, meal plans, lesson plans, absences, billing, and more are all date based and the school calendar and day to day functions revolve around calendar. While our calendar out of the box supports holidays, birthdays, events, recurring events, invites, locations, notes, downloadable event files, and more, we are planning to add a ton of functionality around calendar in the coming months — which is why we are calling this only a beta. Stay tuned!
And as always, a bunch of upgrades and fixes :)
Voice memos — send voice recordings directly through chat
Calendar — create events, track birthdays, invite people, and more
Staff roles — message us if you're interested, we have launched an alpha version of staff roles to track permissions and access to data
Staff paperwork, like student paperwork, but for staff
A hidden changes dashboard at /changes. Track updates to your center and family information
Staff can now adjust the recipients to their posts on the app
You can record meal items on the meal posts now
App now downloads significantly less data. Should make it feel snappier
Program attendance is now ~20-30x faster/snappier, especially for large centers and slow internet
Chat on the app should also be 2-3x faster than before
Parents can hide their graduated students to reduce clutter
Can now filter by absent students for quicker record tracking
There are now sort options on program students
Admins now have a back button during attendance tracking
"Parent" is now a relationship option
Sound now plays for videos, even on silent mode
Exact time shows on posts instead of "xx days ago"
Comments on students show on the mobile app for admins
Chat recipient fixes