Centrify’s system takes the capabilities of Microsoft Active Directory and extends them across multiple platforms, said Corey Williams, senior director of product management and marketing—including iOS and Android devices.

A software agent that’s installed on each device allows students and staff to log on using their main Active Directory sign-on, and a control panel allows administrators to specify which users have access to which rights or settings.

The difference between Centrify’s identity access management system and traditional MDM software is that Centrify’s system also applies to Macintosh computers and applications such as Microsoft 365 and Google Apps, Williams said.

Enhanced ‘Notes’ feature helps personalize online/blended learning

A few months after unveiling a new user interface that let teachers leave notes in the margins of online lessons and other course content, Odysseyware has refined this feature based on user feedback to make it more useful for both educators and students.

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The previous version allowed teachers to write notes in a single box embedded within lessons. The revised version enables teachers to leave multiple notes within a single assignment—and it also lets students leave notes. This allows teachers to create more context-specific notes, and it saves students the hassle of flipping between tabs to study more effectively, Odysseyware said.

Teachers’ notes appear in red, while students can choose from a variety of colors. All notes also can be printed for learning offline, the company said.

Self-paced online curriculum for middle school students

Fuel Education has introduced a self-paced online curriculum designed for middle school students as they transition through the challenging “make or break” years in their education, according to the company.