What's new with Prodigies Academy?


Redesigned groups configuration, group presets, group generation, and more.

We’ve completely redesigned the groups configuration interface for assignments, and added some powerful new features. Instead of configuring a single set of default groups for your entire class, create group presets and select them when enabling group assignments.

Shuffle groups or group leaders randomly, and automatically generate new groups with Maximum Collaboration (groups students together who have worked together the least), and Leadership Boost (assigns leadership to students who have the least experience leading).

Finally, hover over students inside the groups page to get a quick snapshot of their leader efficacy, or the average grade received on assignments where they’re a leader.

Complete assignments front-of-class with Interactive Review mode.

When viewing the Student View tab of assignments, teachers have access to a new Interactive Review toggle at the top of the assignment. This allows you to complete the assignment and check your answers in real time.

Better protections against duplicate students.

Previously it was very easy for duplicate students to be added to a class, especially when joining via class codes. Now, if we detect a student is trying to join a class with a name similar to an existing student, we’ll notify the teacher and have them approve the addition. If the teacher finds the student is already in the class, they can easily merge the two accounts and the student’s page is automatically refreshed once they’re added to the class.

Teachers can now rename and delete grading categories.

Previously, once an assignment was enabled inside a grading category, teachers couldn’t make changes to that grading category ever again. That’s frustrating, because things change! Now, teachers can delete existing grading categories, and then select a replacement category to move existing assignments to. Teachers can also rename existing grading categories, and map our built-in categories to their custom categories.

Reorganizing and adding content to your class is now faster and easier.

We've had the same "Use in Class" experience for a while, so it's time for a tune-up. Let's talk about a few of the improvements we've made:

No more back & forth when adding content to your class. Previously, once you clicked "Use in Class," you were taken back to your class where you can drag / drop the content into your sequence. Once you were done, you had to manually go back to where you were. That's pretty time-consuming, so we streamlined the experience to be faster and more intuitive.

Use Split View for bulk changes. When viewing a course preview from the explore tab, click on Open in Split View to open a new view: your class is on the right side of the page, and the course you're viewing is on the left. Drag content over and rearrange content as you see fit, with immediate feedback. Once you're done with your changes, hit Save Changes. Want to start over? Hit Cancel. None of your re-structuring is saved unless you hit Save Changes.

Quickly open Split View from your Course Outline. Instead of having to go to the Explore tab to find a course to be able to add content, the courses in your license are listed directly inside of the Add Content menu. Click Add Content, then Courses, and then click on a course to quickly open it in Split View.

Drag content back & forth between terms inside single-class Split View. If you want to rearrange what content is in Semester 1 or Semester 2, click on the new split view button to the right of the terms picker inside the Course Outline view, and you'll be taken into split view for your current class. One term on the left, the other on the right. Move content back & forth between your terms, and hit Save Changes when you're done.

Make your own modifications to our content.

Teachers are now able to copy Prodigies Academy content as their own. To get started, head to your Course Outline page and click on the three dots to the right of the enable switch, then click Create a copy.

This creates a copy of our content and adds it to your My Content page. You can now make modifications to this content as you see fit!

You'll also be able to easily distinguish between Prodigies Academy content and your personal copies, with a new icon to the left of the enable switch.

Better assignment settings, in one place.

Previously, if you were viewing an assignment you wanted to grade, you would have to click Grade Assignment, which would close the assignment content and re-open a new window with the assignment's settings and submissions.

If you wanted to go back to view the assignment's content, you would have to click View Content, which would do this same popping maneuver back to the original window.

That was a whole lot of back and forth! So we combined the two. Now, you can view your assignment content and grade it, all in one place.

We've also redesigned the assignment settings page to be simpler and more balanced for easier editing.

A fresh experience for LMS sync and rostering.

Our existing LMS sync / student rostering experience has served us well for many years, but it's time for a refresh. We've completely redesigned the experience with a focus on usability based on feedback we've gathered over the last few years.

Our new LMS sync / rostering experience includes an entirely new way to connect your LMS classes, a simpler rostering experience where you can make bulk-modifications to students in one place, a refreshed students table with simpler and more visible controls, and a refreshed import students modal.

Grade export now supports points-based reporting.

When exporting a grade report from the grades tab in your classes, you now have the option between creating a traditional report, which shows percentages only, and a points-based report, which reports the number of points students received on an assignment instead of a percentage.

Filter assignments with missing submissions in the gradebook.

Teachers can now filter their gradebook to only show assignments past due where some students have not yet submitted anything (otherwise known as "missing").

Sections are now synced with Google Classroom as material

Previously, if you synced a section with Google Classroom, it would appear as an assignment. That's relatively cumbersome as it assumes students are going to be "turning in" a reading for grading, when most of the time that's not the case.

We've updated it to instead create sections as material inside Google Classroom, so it still shows up inside your materials and on your stream, but not as a grade.

Assignments still sync to Google Classroom as assignments inside the gradebook.

New editing experience for custom content.

We've just released a completely redesigned editor for teachers to use when creating their own content under the My Content tab.

Create new elements using the plus button, and drag them around using the dragger that appears when you hover over them.

We hope you like it!

We've added a dedicated Compose tool for teachers.

Inside your teacher account, you'll now see a Compose button at the top of the page. Click that, and you'll be taken to a standalone version of the same Compose tool that's currently available to students.

No more having to log into your student account to create compositions!

Teachers can now collaborate with other teachers in their class.

Teachers can now invite other teachers to their class to “team-teach” with them. The team teaching feature allows the “owner” of the class to control which teachers have access to their class, and their individual permissions as a team teacher.

To get started, go to your Class Settings and then click on Teachers & Permissions.

We've refreshed the design of the class settings page.

Class settings were getting a bit out of control, with many ways to customize your class on one page! If you click on Class Settings now, your class settings have been organized into different categories based on function.

You’ll also notice your default groups configuration is no longer on the class sidebar, and has been moved to class settings.

Teachers can now view all student attempts.

On assignments that allow multiple attempts, teachers are now able to view all of the student's previous attempts. To get started, when grading an assignment, select a student from the left sidebar. If multiple attempts are enabled, the student's attempts will pop in on the left sidebar.

We've refreshed the design of the grades table.

The table is now a little more compact, providing plenty of room to see more students and grades at once.

Assignments also now include small indicators for their current sync status, and you can turn these indicators on and off by using the settings button at the top-right corner of the grades table. Even more room to see grades!

More flexible reveal answers settings.

Teachers now have more control over when to reveal answers on assignments. If assignments have multiple attempts, teachers can elect to automatically reveal answers to students after a specific number of attempts.

Students are also able to elect to forfeit the rest of their attempts to see the answers early, as long as the teacher has reveal answers turned on.


Assignment submission answers are no longer cleared in new attempts.

Previously, whenever a student would retry an assignment, their answers were cleared. Now, whenever they retry an assignment the answers from their latest submission are restored, so they no longer have to completely redo an assignment on each attempt.

Grades table sorting is now persisted.

Instead of having to select the same sort option each time you go back to the grades table for a class, your previously-selected sort option is now restored.

Move students between classes.

Teachers can now automatically move students from one class to another, even if they've already done work in one class.

To move students, go to the Students page inside your class, click the three dots to the right of the student you want to move, and then click Move to another class.

Reset assignment submissions to their automatic grade.

For auto-graded assignment submissions, teachers can now reset the grade to the automatic grade. This is useful if there are ever any issues with the automatic grading system, or if you've customized the grade and would like to reset it back to the original grade.

Support for "save as..." inside reports.

If you have a saved report you've made modifications to, currently you can only save those changes back to the original saved report.

We've added a new "Save as..." button to allow you to save the changes to a new report instead.

Teachers can now unsubmit assignments rather than completely reset them.

Currently, the only way to reset assignment submissions for students is to completely clear their answers.

However, if a student simply submitted too early by accident, they would have to completely redo the assignment. Now, teachers have the option to unsubmit the assignment, or completely reset it. Unsubmitting the assignment keeps the student's answers, and completely resetting it works the same way the current reset functionality does.

Additional sorting functionality inside the gradebook.

We've adjusted how filters work inside the gradebook, and added the ability to sort by creation date, due date, and the last submission date (the last date a student submitted an assignment for grading).

Sync sections with your LMS.

You're already able to sync assignments with your LMS for communicating assigned materials with students and grade passback.

Now, you can do the same with regular content. Simply click on the three dots next to the content, click sync, and then select your LMS class you'd like to sync with. The content is automatically synced and students will see it in their feeds if it's enabled.

You may also click on the "Copy Link" option to copy a link to the content, if you'd like to share it directly with students.

Learn how to use this new feature in our support article.

We've redesigned our reporting interface.

The reports tab is more powerful and intuitive than ever before. Teachers can analyze student performance by standard, by lesson, by metric, and they can compare performance across multiple classes/students with all new charts. Teachers can also save report presets for reports that are commonly viewed.

Access our library of Sheet Music in one place.

We've just released the Sheet Music Library for teachers. You can access the sheet music library as a teacher by clicking Explore at the top of your page, and then clicking the Sheet Music Library graphic.


Manage your connected accounts inside settings.

Here you can view a quick summary of which third-parties you're currently integrated with, and if any of them require action on your behalf. If you're having issues syncing content to a third-party, we recommend refreshing your account on this page (found in Settings → Connected Accounts) first.

We improved our Canvas integration (re-login with Canvas required).

We made some improvements to the stability of our Canvas integration. Because of this, you'll likely need to re-authenticate with Canvas (and will be asked to do so the next time you sync content). Your district may need to enable additional scopes. If it does, you will be presented with a message that shows what scopes are missing.

Friendlier to Chromebooks, and a faster grading experience.

In this small update, we released a few visual tweaks and a few performance improvements. Notably, Chromebook users aught to have a friendlier experience as we've tweaked a few parts of the interface to give Chromebook users a bit more space.

The grades table now loads all assignments by default, and loads in grades as you scroll. No more scrolling, waiting, scrolling, and waiting! View all of your assignments at once and quickly scroll to the assignment you're looking for.

New schedule / sync indicators, and quicker access to assignment sync.

Inside the outline view, teachers now have access to a quick summary of the current locked status, scheduled date, and sync status of a piece of content (directly to the left of the enable switch).

Teachers can now also sync assignments directly from the outline view. Just hover over a piece of content, click the three dots that appear, and then click Sync with... when it pops up.

A more modern video player, with settings for allowing skipping.

We've just revamped the design of the video player for all video content, and added a volume control.

Additionally, teachers now have a setting inside Class Settings to configure whether or not students should be allowed to skip through videos if they haven't watched the whole video at least once. By default, students are not allowed to skip through videos until they watch it all the way through at least once.

Configure default assignment settings per class.

Instead of revealing answers on every assignment individually, teachers can now set default settings at the class-level for revealing answers and excluding assignments from the gradebook. These settings apply to newly-created assignments, so no need to keep manually updating them!

Initial Release

Prodigies Academy has been released!