Version 10 – The Timetabler

Timetabling Solutions has indicated that they are aiming to release Version 10 of The Timetabler in March 2020.

This is an online version of the software by Timetabling Solutions that will improve many of the current usability issues with the product – particularly with The Daily Org module, when you have people covering the job using different computers.

We believe from discussion with Timetabling Solutions that MyExtras will be fully compatible with this version, however it has not become available yet for testing by us, and we currently discourage our schools being an “early adopter” when the software is initially released.

As with all new software, particularly with such a major change in how the software runs, we strongly recommend waiting until further testing and debugging by live running schools and by us here at MyExtras.

Enjoy the remainder of Term 3. It is almost over!

Perpetual Beta 改善

Since 2012 when we first launched MyExtras, we have considered our product to be in perpetual Beta.

Our mission critical feature was to read timetables and produce extra notices electronically. Our original extra notice templates still resemble a very similar layout to what they were seven years ago.

Since then we have added many new features, e-feedback, extras bulletin, statistical overview and more. So while we continue to strive to make improvements in both the usability and function of MyExtras, we remember that software development is a lot like ourselves. Paul Sloane from destination-innovation.com refers to it like this.

“In a sense we are all in perpetual beta. The most dangerous people are the ones who think they know it all and who stop learning. We are not yet the finished article and never will be. So we should open ourselves to learning, to input and to feedback.” 1

In Japanese, the word for continuous improvement is “Kaizen” 改善. 2 Whether software developers, educators or students, Kaizen is something worthwhile for us all to strive towards.

Source

  1. https://www.destination-innovation.com/try-perpetual-beta-for-continuous-innovation/
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaizen

New backup Locations

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Over the past month we have been developing our backup locations which now store hourly snapshots of all extras generated. These backups are located in two geographically separate regions.

Specially coded links to these backups are sent out with the daily admin emails at 12.30am. There is also a link to one of these backups with the bulletin notification.

PDF backup link on bulletin notifications.

If you have previously bookmarked the old locations, be sure to update your bookmark with the current new locations. See section #15 of your admin panel (Backups) for more detail.

Bugfixes 🐞

-We fixed a bug in or software that would occasionally enter the wrong covering teacher at the top of extra notices. We think we have got it licked now.

-We discovered that the activation links for teachers wanting to add a passcode were not working correctly. This has been fixed.

-We fixed the total period counts on Teacher Timetables. This is part of the teacher timetable function in MyExtras.

Previously, if a teacher had more than one homeroom group combined in the same period, it would treat the homeroom as two periods, rather than one. This has now been fixed.

We appologise for any inconvenience these may have caused.

New Smileys

We have added a new row of smileys at step 1 … just to remind everyone that extras can be fun!

Jester Smiley

Week Number Calendar

We improved the appearance of the Week Number Calendar to make it clearer. It now includes VIC public school term dates and holidays periods to help make identifying week 1’s & 2’s in your school schedule easier.

Semester 1 cutoff date

You can now enter your own semester 1 cutoff date (admin panel section 6).

This is useful for schools who start their semester 2 timetable before going on break. The selected date should fall between the final day of Semester 1 and the start of Semester 2. (e.g. Saturday after the final day of Semester One).