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Release Notes 2012

Read about new features and enhancements for Pathblazer, Hybridge, and Odyssey released during the 2012 calendar year.


Support for Chromebooks and Google Chrome

  • Google Chrome and Chromebooks are now supported for all products

Message Center Update

  • The Message Center has been redesigned with a new, simpler look and feel. New functions include:
    • Reply button in the menu at the top of the screen
    • Select a message in your mailbox and click Reply to compose a reply in the Message Center editor, rather than having to open the message 
    • Open messages with a single click rather than a double-click
    • New filtering option now available inside all mailboxes
    • Text now wraps automatically, eliminating the need to resize columns

New Learning Activities

  • New authentic tasks are available in the 7th grade math curriculum
  • Improvements have been made to the chemistry curriculum
  • Due to Microsoft ending support for Microsoft Agent, read-aloud functionality that requires this technology has been removed from certain K-8 activities

Standards Alignments

  • Updated alignments to NWEA correlations for Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Vermont
  • Updated Common Core alignment has been added for Florida customers

Maintenance and Bug Fixes

  • This release also features routine maintenance, system improvements, and bug fixes


New Electives Courses

  • Five new elective courses are available for purchase. Each of the following semester-long course contains summative assessments, including chapter tests and end-of-course exams:
    • Marine Biology
    • Psychology
    • Renewable Energy
    • Paleontology
    • Space Exploration

Test Translator

A new test translator, aligned with GlobalScholar's award winning Performance Series® computer-adaptive tests, is now available for purchase. This new enhancement provides teachers with immediate assessment results, as well as personalized learning paths that fit the specific needs of each student and are aligned with Common Core State Standards.

New Learning Activities

  • 12 new Authentic Task activities have been added to the K - 5 Math curriculum and are aligned with Common Core standards

Standards Alignments

  • Updated alignments for K-8 Math and Language Arts for Common Core and Texas

New Help Button

  • A new Help button is now available in the upper-right corner of the Odyssey Student Launch Pad (next to the Logout link) which opens the Odyssey Quick Start guide for students and parents


Maintenance and Bug Fixes

  • This release also features routine maintenance, system improvements, and bug fixes


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