New Backup Location

Our backup server now utilises Amazon Web Services (AWS) .

A new link to this backup appears on the automated daily backup email send to school admins.

Sharing The Timetabler Software settings

There is no built in way in The Daily Org module Version 9 to quickly share your settings (e.g. bulletin display options) with another user on a different computer. However, one way around this on a Windows machine is to export your settings through your computer’s Registry Editor.

Search for Registry Editor then Navigate to Current User -> Software -> Timetabling Solutions -> The Timetabler then right click and select export.

Save the registry file then send it to the person you want to give the settings to. The receiving person would simply double click the .reg file to add the settings to their machine. 

Email Feedback bugfix

We fixed a couple of small bugs that affected the “Email Feedback” that replacement teachers see once they submit feedback.

These links can be a useful way to send feedback directly to the absent teacher via email. Email subject titles and email body text containing quotes now appear correctly.

Hope you have a nice long weekend.

Interesting Workaround

Have you had the situation when there is a significant timetable change for the whole school during Term 1 or 2?

If you ever find yourself in that situation there is an interesting MyExtras workaround to reduce the impact on teachers generating extras.

  1. Select the date that the new timetable is going to start, and import the timetable as “Semester 2”.
  2. Once that date has past, re-import it but this time as “Semester 1”. The previous “Semester 2” timetable will be automatically removed.
  3. Immediately after the re-import, change the Semester 2 changeover date back to your original date in July.

Then you are right to go!

Start of a New Year – 2020

At the start of a new school year there is a lot to do, with limited time. Prioritisation is essential.

The following quote from the science fiction movie Ad Adstra reminds us at this time to focus, prioritise, and to enjoy re-connecting with our colleagues and working together as a team. We only have the present moment, but as educators we should look forward with hope and optimism. Teaching and learning requires hope for the future, faith in one’s ability to get there, and love, in the form of patience, to sustain the effort.

“I’m steady, calm. I slept well, no bad dreams. I am active and engaged. I’m aware of my surroundings and those in my immediate sphere. I’m attentive. I am focused on the essentials, to the exclusion of all else. I’m unsure of the future but I’m not concerned. I will rely on those closest to me, and I will share their burdens, as they share mine. I will live and I will love.”
— Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), Ad Astra

Summer Holidays – Lock

MyExtras now automatically prevents teachers accidentally generating extras for 2020 under the 2019 timetable. This sometimes happens in January before the new timetable has been imported.

As soon as you import your new Semester 1 2020 timetable, this lock is automatically removed.

You can also manually remove the lock by visiting Section 16 of your admin panel.

Bulletin Update

We have made several optimisations on the bulletin page to help speed up its loading, particularly with larger numbers of teacher absences when the bulletin is long and requires a lot of scrolling.

We have also tested version 10 of The Timetabler for the first time. The bulletin feature is slightly different in that you have to click on the print icon to get to the MS word version of the bulletin. Initial testing indicates that the import into MyExtras works correctly as expected.