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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2541

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Please post here your suggestions for discussion.
We're working already on the next version, and preparing the specs
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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2574

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Hi the app is superb and just gets better.

2 things I would like to see.

1-the ability to start the week on Sunday as I work overseas. This would apply to the schedule and calendar so that Sunday is at the start.
2-the ability to print an individual students information or export / mail it. For example to include name, class, annotates and test results. This would be very useful at parents evenings.

Many thanks and keep up the great work!!

Steve
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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2575

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Thanks for contacting us Steve,

The first point you mention should work already! iDoceo is supposed to use your iPad's system settings to decide wether to start on monday or on sunday.
Give it a look under (System) Settings/ International / Region Format.
Your calendar app in the iPad should work the same, let me know if you can't solve it

The second point is on its way, it was an important feature we left out of 2.5 because we passed our deadline. Count on it for our next major update.

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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2580

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Thanks very much for the reply. I will have a look for the first point. The second...I can wait for this no probs...as a work around I have created a column and then have added annotations to this, then filtered the student to build up their annotations. Works fine until the update.
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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2605

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I'm so new to this these maybe in already...

I need to have the ability to add a third or fourth icon to the quick attendance. One tap is here two taps is away (x) three taps not prepared four taps...., rather than having to add the icons separately. I should be able to default the attendance to work like for all classes.

If we use levels (1-4) can I input that instead of a numerical value? And yes have that as a quick add on from the main screen?

This is a very impressive program, highly recommending it to fellow teachers.

I will think of more!
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Some Suggestions from Homeschooler 6 years 5 months ago #2608

First, let me say I love your app! It is the only school organizer made for teachers that works for a homeschooler too. And the homeschool apps are just not powerful enough. Yours is awesome, and I have recommended it to the public school teachers and homeschool teachers whom I know.

Here are a few suggestions that I would love to see in the next release:
-- Include a place to add a "title" at the top of each schedule, so that I can name each schedule page.

-- Most important: Include the ability to have more than two schedules! I use each schedule for a different child...luckily I only have two in school now...but my 2 year old will be in Kindergarten in a few years...ok, I am a bit early, but I thought I would ask now! :>

-- Any way to create an option that allows an alarm to ring at the beginning and end of scheduled classes? I am trying to keep on track with time management, and this would help immensely.

-- Is there a way to add a time tracker, maybe attached to each tab or each attendance check. I need to keep track of instruction hours for my State's homeschooling rules, and I don't believe there is a quick way to do it now. That would allow me to run an attendance report and have the time spent per tab (within each class) automatically calculated based on the number of attendance checks I include.

-- I know you mentioned in an earlier post that you would provide a sort of a "hide" or sort option for students...I second that idea! I would love the ability to only show certain students within certain tabs. Thank you for that!

-- Finally, I am having trouble with the "text and icon" option within the column editor. I had hoped that if I chose that option, I could type in a number score, say for a test, and then choose the green check mark as the icon, and that column would then provide data for a grade (the text) and the attendance (the check mark). But the green check is not included in the attendance tally, unfortunately. Which means in addition to recording a score for the test, I have to create a separate column for attendance. Once you get into a busy school year, with lots of columns, it makes separate attendance columns out of order and more work...I must be OCD, because it drives me crazy...just wondering if there is a way to make all "green checks" no matter where they are in a tab or column equal to a "yes" for attendance.

Thanks so much for such a high quality app, and for the ability to make a "wish list"...I certainly appreciate all your work, and will rate you highly in the appStore.
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Some Suggestions from Homeschooler 6 years 5 months ago #2610

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Welcome to iDoceo ultim8rep,
The first two suggestions are kind of linked to an important feature we'll have in our major update. We'll try to add a calendar which will allow you to configure several schedules and specify its periods along each term.
We're trying to avoid overcomplicated configurations to start using iDoceo... and I really like the idea of simply adding more schedules ... we'll see how it turns out. It's kind of difficult to meet the one-size-fits-all solution for this...
-- Any way to create an option that allows an alarm to ring at the beginning..
I like this one, noted!
-- time tracker feature
This one is a great idea but it will be difficult to implement with the current layout. Noted !
If anyone else likes this one, please upvote!
About the attendance check mark
It is something we're still working on ... The only way for the app to recognize a column as an attendance column is by its 'Editor' .
The initial idea was to have a separate tab for attendance so they did not mix with assessment columns, but maybe adding an option to hide/show all attendance columns at once will do.
We have to keep certain 'issues' for backward compatibility and they take some time to improve, but count on it.
Another thing you may try: instead of creating Text/Icons columns, create attendance columns as usual. You'll have the Text/Icons editor available upon a tap&hold in every cell ... it will be slower than a double tap, but all the info will be in the same cell.

Thanks for contacting us, don't hesitate to post new suggestions!
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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2611

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Thanks Johnuren,
The attendance icons configuration still needs some work, we'll try to include those additional settings!
Regards
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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2658

Hi, I'm loving the app so far and with a week of use during the new school year it has got a workout!

I'd love the schedule to link to the diary? So the diary page shows the classes for the day (in schedule order) that I could print/email for my substitute teacher when I am away? And also when a class doesn't occur on a day, it doesn't appear in the diary?

Thanks for all the current great features!

ETA: Just read a little further into the forum and realised this is a work in progress already, not sure if it will be able to be exported?
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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2659

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Hi Kylie,
Yup, you'll be able to export it in different formats and one of them will hopefully look like a conventional paper planner. We've been collecting some samples to create our own.
If you'd like to share a sample sheet of planner, send it over to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll have it in mind!

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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2660

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Hi. As many have mentioned this is a excellent app with some really great potential! For me there are a few things I'd love to see (Please say if this is already possible!)

1. Additional calculations such as 'counts' E.g how many absences, how many lates. Is there a way to calculate the instances of certain icons?

2. (Linked to point 1) Some simple operators in the calculation screen would really help to simplify and expand on functionality. I realise it's not a spreadsheet but any other functions would be a god send!

3. A 'master organiser' separate to individual diaries. For example I currently use a copy of my timetable with space to write where I got up to last lesson. I have a lot of repeat lessons and it gets confusing very quickly! I realise you can simply add to the class diaries but having the info in one place would be very useful for me. I sent you a pic of what I mean, it's easier to see it then explain it!

4. Copy calculatons - which you said you're already working on. Thanks for this!

Keep up the great work. Word I spreading about this app...

Cheers,

Brett.
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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2661

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Hi Brett,
1 and 2 Noted, we'll try to add some additional functions for specific uses instead of the actual more generic ones which are difficult to use in some cases. Our point is to have spreadsheet like operations without its complexities taking care of our users requests so... work is still in progress!

3. Thanks for the pic, we'll try to have something exactly like that ,maybe a bit prettier :P

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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2662

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Hi Bert - great news about point 1 and 2 - it will really help. I appreciate the challenge to keep the work flow as simple for most users as possible whilst allowing others like me to get lost in analysis :cheer:

Hey - my weekly planner is plenty pretty...until I start writing on it! :P So anything that removes the need for my hand writing will be significantly more attractive!

Question: (Apologies if off topic)
While I'm here, rather than open another thread about this - am I missing something with the attendance circle graph in the student data screen? I produced an attendance sheet for this term and have a calculated field (that skips blanks) that gives me the current attendance figure...omitting those days on the sheet yet to come. However, when I double click on the student data screen it seems to be including all the cells, even future dates. It states total =24 (Correct number of days for entire term) 15 presents, 0 Abs. This student has 100% attendance so far but the calculation is referring to all 24 cells rather than the 15 that have occurred far - giving her an attendance figure of 62%. Is there a way to configure the 'total' for only the days that have occurred so far? Hope that makes sense!

Many thanks - great work going on here Bert! I shall be spreading the word...

Brett
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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2663

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Duh... I think I've found the answer to my above Question. If you click on the last date entry in the data screen it gives you a partial attendance graph underneath. So... the only problem I have now is if I need to make an authorised absence e.g students missed class due to an exam. Is there a way to do this? Currently I only see present/absence/late.

I could make a calculation for this but it wouldn't link with the data screen's pretty circle graph - that's a nice feature you could use on parent's evening to show individual data rather than the whole class. So I guess it's a request - back on topic again :cheer:

Btw, Is there a reference manual available? If so I'll dig in, I always search the forum and How to guides first.

Cheers.
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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2666

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@Brett,
The idea behind attendance in iDoceo is to create the current day columns as they come, without creating them in advance (you can do that though).Here you'll find some details on this , i.e. how to create a column for today's attendance from the seating plan or the gradebook
If you tap on the gear icon when on gradebook view, you'll have the attendance configuration which will allow you to assign an additional state and a second icon for attendance.
They are not taken into account for the circle graph, but the fourth icon will be counted in the summary.
We still don't have that reference manual as we develop faster than we can document... really hard to keep up. Some instructional videos are coming and we'll keep adding more How-tos, don't hesitate to post your questions here or create a new topic for it . I know it isn't ideal but we're a small team for the job!
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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2667

Thanks for the rationale behind the attendance - that actually helps quite a bit. I guess it's in my nature to be perpetually 'counting down' to the end of term, I like to see the road ahead grow smaller!

No worries about the manual - I'm happy to post here. Thanks again for the support. Impressive stuff!

Now... back to seeing if I can produce an absence field by subtracting columns. I've done it using percentages in a grade book, I should be able to do it using frequencies. It beats doing the marking I'm supposed to be doing...

Cheers.
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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2668

Hi Bert,
Loving the app and spreading the word.
I would love to see in the next update being able to use coloured fonts in the diary. This is because I'm a visual leaner and would colour code for homework, lessons and notes. I did want to be able to see all my classes in one diary and since the last update I can see what is planned but I like being able to see one class at a time and plan for the week that way. I find it much easier.
The second wish is for timer, not so much for lessons start and finish but for timed tasks.
Thanks for making me almost paper free. :)
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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2670

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HI welshkirsten,
We'll try to add the colour codes but we are kind of limited with its at the moment because we must provide iPad1 compatiblity ,at least for a while longer, and this would be easier to do with iOS6 . Noted!

Not sure where to put those timers in iDoceo! I'll give it a thought though

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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2688

Tweaks to attendance request:

Just a couple of ideas regarding the attendance function...

1 . Would it be possible to add an 'authorised absence' option to go with present/absent/late? Could this be picked up by the data radar graph, that would be really helpful!

2. Any chance of automatically including the day along with the date in the column? A 3 letter field for the day would be great... If you alter the height of the column it automatically aligns vertically, giving you enough room to show the whole term.

As ever... Many thanks!
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Our next release 2.6 6 years 5 months ago #2690

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Hi Brett,
About 1. We're almost there, you now can now add a fourth icon/concept in attendance settings but it doesn't add up in the graph or in the seating plan

About 2. It was an old granted wish ! You'll find here the details on how to do it
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