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Activity Journal Roadmap

We are so incredibly grateful for all our Activity Journal subscribers! The platform is growing every day and gaining quite a bit of momentum, and as we grow, we always want you to know what we’re up to and what features we’re working on next.

Our goal is for Homeschool Hall to be a comprehensive tool for homeschooling families, and we have a lot of features planned to make your life easier.

Below is our Activity Journal Roadmap, which shows the next features on our list and the estimated times to expect those to roll out.

Below that are the Release Notes for every version of the Activity Journal so far.

Features We’re Building Next

Member Poll

Until 11/3/22 at 11:59pm

We want to be a platform driven by our members, so we’ve sent out a poll to ask members what features they would like us to build next. If you are a member and would like to contribute, please check your email or log in to the Activity Journal and click the Alerts icon (top-right) to see the announcement of this member poll and the link to vote.

Beginning the week of 11/7, we’ll start working on adding the top-voted features to the Activity Journal!

Activity Journal Release Notes


*Note: All times are in Central Time


V_7.1 Released 11/04/22 @ 12:11

Small Student Access Bug Fix
– Fixed: The Student Access “send invite” button wasn’t triggering student access steps at times


V_7.0 Released 10/26/22 @ 02:09

Public, Non-Subscriber Version of Journal and LOTS of other changes

  • Added: Ability to add an Assignment URL to Activity Journal Entries (only editable by parents)
  • Added: Display letter grade in Grades View if the parent has set up a Grade Scale
  • Added: Transcript Builder and Order Transcripts pages (stand-alone product for non-subscribers)
  • Changed: Made it so Stats, Grades, and List Views are not visible if there are no Entries for the current student & year
  • Changed: Improved layout of Transcript Builder year sections (on both pages where it exists) for tablet/mobile
  • Fixed: Missing close script tag on conditional script that loads when a specific (rare) condition is true
  • Fixed: At times, the Activity Journal subscriber version of the Transcript Builder wasn’t properly saving Credits to Graduate
  • Fixed: Deleting a Transcript Course was deleting attached Course Notes even if other courses had the same Course Note
  • Fixed: Some small aesthetic changes to the menu on the Directory and Listing pages

V_6.1.1 Released 10/7/22 @ 1725

Additional “My Subjects” controls for students with access

  • Added: In the My Subjects area, added the ability to control which Subjects will show in student accounts, in addition to controlling this via the My Children > Student Access Settings area
  • Fixed: “Select or Create a Subject” text wasn’t hiding when editing/creating a Subject, causing it to overlap with the Subject form containers

V_6.1 Released 10/6/22 @ 1739

Improved error checks and UX for Transcripts

  • Fixed: Grade Scale wasn’t ordering grades properly at times (e.g., adding new grades didn’t add them to the correct place in the list)
  • Added: Warning if you are about to delete a Grade from your Grade Scale, and one of your students’ high school Transcripts is using that letter grade
  • Added: Signals within Transcript Builder if a Course’s Grade is empty (because it was deleted from the Grade Scale)

V_6.0.1 Released 10/5/22 @ 1618

Subject settings for students with access

  • Added: Put in a Subjects area for students who have Journal access so parents can manage what Subjects show in their student accounts
  • Fixed: Some students weren’t receiving the access email when parents gave them access to the Journal
  • Changed: Conditions for Transcript Download cancellation/refund checkbox wasn’t calculating date properly for some accounts

V_6.0 Released 10/05/22 @ 0026

Initial release of the Transcript Builder! (subscribers only)

  • Added: Transcript Builder tool for college-ready high school transcripts!
  • Changed: Some small aesthetic alignment/spacing improvements across the Journal

V_5.3.0 Released 9/29/22 @ 1706

My Homeschool section & misc. changes

  • Added: “Save & Add New” button to Journal Entry popup box – makes it easier & faster to add multiple Entries
  • Added: My Homeschool section for member homeschool details and grading scale
  • Changed: Removed “Log Entry Date” related workflow actions to QEs
  • Fixed: Similar Listings Nearby on Listings pages included the current listing (redundant); now they don’t
  • Fixed: Listing URLs for websites which have case-sensitive URLs were leading to broken pages because we were changing URLs to lowercase when saving to the database (primarily affected Classical Conversations Listing links because they use case-sensitive query parameters for each community’s page on the main CC website)
  • Fixed: Entry Delete icon wasn’t showing for parents when their student created the Entry

V_5.2.3.1 Released 9/19/22 @ 1204
Fixed Calendar “Days of Week”

  • Fixed: Calendar in the Calendar View had Saturday as the first day of the week instead of Sunday, making the dates below each day of the week look incorrect.

V_5.2.3 Released 9/19/22 @ 1712
Fixed Subjects Bug

  • Fixed: When a user needed help adding a Subject and HH admin added it for the user, the user didn’t have permission to see the HH-admin-created Subject, even when added to their profile.

V_5.2.2 Released 9/19/22 @ 0325
Misc. Improvements

  • Fixed: Misc. HH admin tools improvements

V_5.2.1 Released 9/19/22 @ 0157
Fixes for Scheduled Reports, Misc. Performance Improvements

  • Fixed: Reports file creation failed if one or more of the Entries contained double quotes (“) in the description
  • Fixed: For Reports which only included one child, the email sent before the Report files finished generating, resulting in an email with no file attachments
  • Fixed: Small typo in Reports email body/content
  • Changed: Performance improvements for HH admin tools

V_5.2.0 Released 9/18/22 @ 0431
New Feature: Scheduled Reports, New Feature: In-App Alerts

  • New Feature: Scheduled Reports with weekly & monthly options
  • New Feature: Alerts notifications shown in the platform, not just sent via email, for easier access/reading later

V_5.1.0 Released 9/16/22 @ 0435
New Feature: On-Demand Reports, Misc. Changes

  • Moved “My Children” section to top of Settings page for easier access of new Reports feature
  • Fixed: Removed duplicate Settings icon on Desktop view (from 5.0.1)
  • New Feature: My Reports section; has on-demand reports, and scheduled reporting will release 9/18/2022

V_5.0.2 Released 9/15/22 @ 1244
Misc. Improvements & Prep for Exports Feature

  • Change: Made Duration an optional field for Entries (small change in prep for scheduling/assigning future activities)
  • Change: Redesigned My Family section to get ready for Student Schedules addition
  • Fixed: Quick Entries date field was resetting to the current date after clicking “Save”, causing users to have to set the date again between each “Save” click when adding Entries from QEs for other dates
  • Staging Server: Completed most backend work for Journal Exports and some frontend work for the export workflows

V_5.0.1 Released 9/9/22 @ 0323
Misc. Improvements 

  • Changed: Made a few small changes to improve loading speed of List View when a date has several Entries

V_5.0 Released 9/9/22 @ 0238
NEW FEATURE: Student Access & Misc. Changes 

  • Added: Student Access (beta) so students can record their own activities
  • Fixed: some small bugs related to resetting passwords
  • Changed: A few small aesthetic things and wording on some elements

V_4.2.3 Released 9/3/22 @ 1533
Adding Children & Misc. Fixes

  • Fixed: Privacy rules were preventing users from adding additional children to their own account during the account setup process
  • Fixed: Clicking the grade container inside a List View Entry didn’t properly display the Entry details in the popup box

V_4.2.2 Released 9/1/22 @ 1827
Minor List View Fixes and Changes

  • Fixed: Sometimes changing the date of an existing Entry didn’t show that Entry in the List View after fixing the List View loading bug
  • Changed: Made some performance improvements for the List View

V_4.2.1 Released 9/1/22 @ 1758
List View Bug – All Items Loading at Once

  • Fixed: List View was attempting to load all the year’s Entries at once, causing the app/browser to freeze due to overload
  • Changed: List View now loads 3 days of Entries at a time vs. loading when you scroll to improve performance and load time.
  • Fixed: Sometimes Entries were not showing in List View for some users

V_4.2.0 Released 8/31/22 @ 2243
Calendar View Small Change

  • Added: Creating a new Entry after clicking a date in the calendar will make the new Entry’s date default to the calendar date clicked
  • Potential Fix: List View trying to load all items at once even though it was set not to; will need to test on live version to confirm fix

V_4.1.2 Released 8/22/22 @ 1629
Home vs. Away Entries

  • Fixed: Creating a new standard Journal Entry (using + Entry button) with “Away” selected was saving the Entry as Home for some users

V_4.1.1 Released 8/21/22 @ 1502
Journal Setup Wizard Fixes

Activity Journal Setup Tool

  • Fixed: Duplicate “Create Subject” button showing during Journal profile setup
  • Fixed: Journal setup didn’t require any children to be added before proceeding, creating a poor UX if you went through the rest of the steps and arrived in the Journal

V_4.1.0 Released 8/19/22 @ 2214
Journal Improvements & Misc. Directory Fixes

Activity Journal

  • Added: For Quick Entries (QEs), there’s now a setting to either show all QEs in the Quick Add popup or only show QEs for the current student selected
  • Fixed: Clicking Graded activities opened Ungraded activities in slide-in panel
  • Fixed: Quick Add popup had unnecessary horizontal scroll


  • Fixed: Homeschool Consultants (new category) breadcrumbs text was empty
  • Fixed: Pasting text into the Listing Tab Editor at times included text highlighting from original copied source text; this is removed now
  • Fixed: Create Listing form for the Directory didn’t add http/https when it was missing, causing links to work improperly at times

V_4.0.3 Released 8/8/22 @ 2318
Grade Book Improvements & Misc. Fixes

  • Fixed: Desktop Directory menu link didn’t work from Listing pages if user has AJ account
  • Added: Quick Entries can now have a date set instead of forcing today’s date
  • Added: From Grades View, clicking on Graded/Ungraded containers in widgets shows those respective filtered Entries (for the currently-viewed child) for easier grades management
  • Changed: Better horizontal alignment of Grades fields on Entry Details popup on mobile/tablet
  • Changed: Made it more obvious from List View which Activities have grading enabled (whether a grade is recorded for the current child or not)
  • More backend work prepping for High School tracking structure & ensuring a smooth transition from current subject/hours structure

    V_4.0.2 (Patch) Released  8/4/22 @ 1300

    • Fixed: Users couldn’t scroll the My Subjects area on desktop when using a mouse without a scroll wheel; added scrollbar for desktop to container

      V_4.0.1 Released  7/29/22 @ 1958

      • Fixed: Changing points possible of AJ Entry didn’t change the points possible of Entry’s Grades
      • Fixed: adding/removing children from Entry didn’t properly add/remove Entry Date from List View
      • Fixed: Listing pages Directory icon on mobile not doing anything if user has AJ account
      • Added: Can see Grades for Entries when looking at List View

        V_4.0 Released 7/23/22 @ 0215

        • Added grading to AJ Entries
        • Added Grades view to AJ

          V_3.1 Released 7/20/22 @ 2041

          • Fixed: Hitting the back button from the subscription checkout page made a couple of elements hidden that should still be visible.

            V_3.0.9 Released 7/9/22 @ 1334

            • Fixed: Activity Popup not displaying correct Home/Away value, so saving appeared to change all Entries
            • Added: Support for Home/Away with Quick Entries

              V_3.0.8 Released 7/9/22 0211

              • Fixed: Users didn’t have permission to change Quick Entry Name
              • Aesthetic consistency with QE fields in Settings
              • Switched AJ Account panel structure for better UX
              • Fixed: Account panel in AJ sending to Directory page Account panel with certain actions
              • Added: Home vs. Away setting, stat widget, and Entry record option
              • Added: HH Admin notice email for AJ subscribers & user notification settings

              V_3.0.7 Released 7/6/22 @ 0328

              • Added: Quick Add / Quick Entry feature

              V_3.0.6 Released 7/4/22 @ 0013

              • Rejecting a Directory Listing now hides the page from Google

              V_3.0.5 Released 7/1/22 @ 2305

              • Removed admin notice on index & /l pages about missing Listing images

              V_3.0.4 Released 71/22 @ 2259

              • Fixed: Listing Images not displaying because images were marked as private

              V_3.0.3.1 Released 7/1/22 @ 1251

              • Fixed: AJ page load workflow was disabled for troubleshooting and wasn’t properly loading the start date for stat calculations

              V_3.0.3 Released 7/1/22 @ 1251

              • Fixed: Create 1st entry prompt showing upon page load, then disappearing, even if onboarding was complete
              • Made Entry popup aesthetic changes for better UX

              V_3.0.2 Released 6/28/22 @ 1229

              • Fixed: Clicking “login” from AJ signup page didn’t show login screen, so user couldn’t get into the AJ

              V_3.0.1 Released 6/27/22 @ 2336

              • Fixed BETA group bugs

              V_3.0 Released 6/22 @ 1251

              • Released Activity Journal Beta (for Beta users ONLY)
              • Fixed: Signup process fails because user is already in email subscriber list
              • Fixed: index and Listing pages header menus not responsive on Tablets