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Teacher Studio 2.0 was completely rewritten from the ground up to meet the needs of our users from around the world. We have listened to each and everyone of your feedbacks and suggestions. And because of your relentless support, Teacher Studio version 2.0 is now ready to go into your classrooms and help you stay organized. We know you have been waiting a long time for this new version, but we think the wait was worth it.
So, what's new?
Everything. Really. We admit that the first version of Teacher Studio was quite rigid and a lot of features were missing. We heard and listened to your frustrations, and we took a good, hard look at where we could make improvements based on your feedbacks. Needless to say, you had a lot on your minds. Thank goodness.
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The desktop is the ears and eyes to Teacher Studio. Completely resigned, you now have a quick view of your schedule for the week, what items are due, lesson plans you may have for the day, and the current health of your class. Double-click on the week view and you now have access to a full calendar. Cancel a class, mark a class as being taught by a substitute, enter a holiday -- all from the desktop. You can even customize the look and feel of the desktop in the Preferences panel.
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The gradebook module received extra attention because so many of you use so many different grading scales. Some of them we have never even heard of! Well now you can define your own grading system and we wouldn't cringe at you anymore. Maybe. The gradebook module will now automatically adjust itself to accommodate grading between weighted grades, standards-based grades, and percentage-based grades. Simply create your grading system and assign it to the class. It's that simple.
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The attendance module worked pretty well in version 1.0, so not a lot of physical changes were made. We did get rid of that annoying clock for you (clap, clap?). And we added some nice toggle switches for you to play with. Seriously, although it doesn't look like it received any attention, we had to rethink the way it worked at the code level and made significant optimizations.
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The seating module took a great chunk of our development time. It's almost like developing a video game. We put a lot of thought into this module and the end result is stunning. Just as an example, we created "smart" layers where all of the "furniture objects" will never overlap the student objects no matter where you move them. It's the simple little details like that that makes us weep when we look back at the old seating chart. We still see a lot of room for improvement here, so know that future versions will be even better.
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Our objective was to make running reports a no-brainer. Select the report type, select the student or class, enter the date range, press the "run" button. Couldn't be any simpler. Don't let its simplicity fool you though. We reworked all of the SQL queries to focused on more efficient coding. Reports generation is a lot faster. It's almost like night and day if you were to compare it with the old version.
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The student module now includes an area for you to take three different kinds of notes: student, parent, and teacher. This feature was one of the more popular feature requests because apparently, you make a lot of phone calls to parents... hmmm. We know, kids these days -- right? When we were their age....