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  1. Adding a school calendar

    It would be great if the program offered a calendar that you can customize for your individual school (start & end dates, vacations) and will allow you to change schedules for special programs or create a coverage schedule.

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      under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 13 votes
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      • Have a free text option for each individual card.

        Enable each card to have room for free text, just a couple of words or numbers. This means it would be more customisable for all schools

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        • Freezing first column in master view

          When zooming in the master view you easily get lost when moving across the pane becasue you cannot see the first column as you move. You should immitate the freezing panes feature MS Excel has.

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          • Class or Lesson Notes - module to keep records

            It would complete the product if as a separate module there was a lesson or class notes option so you could record a summary of what was done during a particular lesson, and this could be attached to rooms, teachers or students etc, so that a record of total materials covered could be printed out per room, teacher, student etc.

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            • Generate dates or allow to import them

              Currently you can add days one by one using buttons. That's ok if you havve a weekly timetable, but if you have a monthly timetable entering 31 days is a nightmare. It would be nice if we could specify a month and a year and have dates automatically generated or at least have import function working as for lessons or teachers, so that we can create the list of day with another program and use cut & paste to import it.

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              • Ability to export timetable data into an Excel spreadsheet, in list view, with day/time/room/teacher etc all listed in different columns

                It would be very useful to see the timetable data in spreadsheet form, instead of block view. i.e. view all timetable data together in one spreadsheet for an overall view, to be able to filter timetable data in a spreadsheet to check that everything is correct would be a great help!

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                  This is already partially possible using plugin app. Select rows in the Manage > Lessons form and copy/paste them into Excel. There is also an option of exporting data into .csv, .txt, .json.

                • Creating individualized student schedules

                  Students names and grades would be able to be imported into the program and then we could click checkboxes for the students groupings on the software.

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                  • Maximum days per week for teachers

                    For part-time teachers who can only teach one or two days per week, but are flexible on which weekdays they are available.

                    We have some teachers who need to be able to have all their lessons in the fewest days possible so they can reduce the time they spend traveling each week.

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                      Maybe you can pick certain days and use the marker to forbid or mark as unwanted other days? http://www.primetimetable.com/help/#unwanted&q
                      If the generator can’t solve the constraints you can quickly choose other days by using markers, e.g. switch to teacher individual view where you can quickly forbid certain days by clicking day name with the red marker.
                      We are trying to keep the number of constraints as low as possible in order to reduce the complexity of software and this looks like too specific constraints which can be simulated with what is already available.

                    • 6 votes
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                      • 5 votes
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                        • Freeze Column & Row labels

                          It would be great to be able to 'Freeze' the Column & Row labels to the left and top bars so that when you zoom in/out or scroll you can still see the headings

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                          • Formatting

                            I'd love to be able to format the size of rows/columns in the schedule to more accurately reflect the length of class periods.

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                            • Add a column for unique class code to import of lessons tab

                              When exporting completed timeable to a school management information system sometimes the class codes need to be already predetermined. Currently Prime auto generates the class code once timetable is completed. Adding a column to the import tab allows a school to maintain the class code it wants.

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                              • Add lesson names (or comments) on lesson cards

                                Add the ability to place individual lesson names (or comments) on lesson cards that will also print in different calendar views is selected.

                                4 votes
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                                • Can you create a setting that would allow you to request that a teacher not teach the same class back to back?

                                  For example:
                                  Mr. Smith's class has science three times per cycle. If Ms. Jones teaches Mr. Smith's science class on Day 1, I don't want her to teach them on Day 2 as well. I want at least one day in between. Please help! This is the ONLY function missing from this amazing site :)

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Allow a preference for same day subjects instead of teacher gaps.

                                    In NYC we have to be cautious of the UFT contract so it would be nice to be able to preference the solver to deal with certain errors before the other errors. The card conflicts and the the teacher gaps absolutely need to be dealt with before the same day subjects so we aren't in violation of the contract. The solver seems to do card conflicts and then same day subjects which is not helpful.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Set Time Gaps between lessons

                                      Would be great to be able to set a specific gap time (ex. 15 Min) between each lesson.

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                                      • Restrictions on the number of times a class appears in one day for one teacher

                                        It would be great to have an option to put constraints on how many times a class can show up for one teacher in one day so as not to have one class show up 3-4 times in one day.

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                                        • Calendaring the Timetable

                                          It will be awesome to add a calendar to the timetable, this is how i consider to be the best option.

                                          When you define Days and Periods in the owl you should put a validity start date and end date.

                                          The program could now generate a calendar for those dates which can be used to pin single events, define bank holidays where the school is closed or to see and publish the generated timetable in a calendar view.

                                          This should not be a gigantic effort in terms of development but a massive improvement to the product.

                                          Thank you

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