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Summer Cleaning: Inherited Buzz settings and API HTTP redirects (2016-07-07)

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Brad Marshall
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Inherited Buzz settings

Buzz was built to be configurable and adapt to different schools’ needs. Now that the new Admin app is available to all accounts, administrators have an easy way to configure what options and settings they want for their schools.

On July 7, we will remove a few inherited configurations to allow schools to choose the settings they want and need.

Activity Metadata

We will be removing the inherited Activity Metadata options of "Big Picture," "Essential Questions," "Vocabulary," and "Resources."

To continue to use any of these options, you may change the title (e.g., "Big Picture" to "Summary") of any of them before July 7 or re-add them after they have been removed. To re-add them, use these settings:

NameTitleInput Type (if available)
big-picture Big Picture Rich Text
essential-questions Essential Questions Rich Text
vocabulary Vocabulary Rich Text
resources Resources Rich Text

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Learning Standards

When importing objectives into a course, teachers and course authors select from the approved Learning Standard sets. Currently, all Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and each state standards are made available to the teacher on import. To reduce confusion and clutter, we will be removing all of these standards as the default options for import. Admins will have to specify which standards apply to their school or district.

If you've made any changes to the defaults, your settings will remain unchanged by this revision. You can make changes before July 7 to avoid having any of the standards removed, or you can wait until they're removed and add the ones you need. If you need to retain all of the standards that were previously included by default, copy and paste the following list into the field after July 7.

CCSS, NGSS, AL, AK, AS, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

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Badges

We will be removing the inherited Badges, including "Target Badge," "Playlist Badge," "Unit Badge," "Course Badge," and "Buzz Badge."

We recommend that administrators create badges that are applicable to their school or district.

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API HTTP requests

Some partners and schools use the API (xLi, DLAP) to integrate with our platform. As of today, if your request is made over the insecure HTTP protocol, we will redirect the request to HTTPS. While this protects and encrypts the data returned from the API, the request itself could contain some sensitive information.

On July 7, we will begin to reject insecure HTTP requests (i.e., not return any data). We strongly encourage for your integrations to be reviewed immediately to make sure that any http://gls.agilix.com or http://api.agilixbuzz.com requests are upgraded to https.

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