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  1. BETT 2012

    by
    CAM
    , 16th January 2012 at 06:54 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Recycling bins filling up, spam folders overflowing. Yes it's that time of year again when you come into work with a bag full of leaflets and find half of them make their way into the bin. BETT 2012 is finished and the dust is settling in the Olympia Exhibition Hall for the last time with BETT 2013 scheduled for the ExCeL Centre instead.

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    This year saw the return of the Edugeek stand to provide tech staff with an amusing diversion in ...

    Updated 16th January 2012 at 06:57 PM by CAM

    Categories
    Work , SIMS , Technical
  2. Using Dates in SIMS Reporting

    by
    CAM
    , 4th January 2012 at 06:12 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    When you output dates in SIMS with the Reporting tool, the results will come out as text and cannot be converted into a proper date with the number format window. This is a fix used in the SIMS Standard Portrait template to prevent Excel from throwing a fit and entering the data incorrectly. You can modify the template and remove the fix but that is best left to advanced users, there is a simpler option.

    Let's take a date in the format "1 March 2012" in cell C2. You can ...
    Categories
    Work , SIMS , Technical , Office
  3. OK I Have To Admit Some Mistakes

    by
    CAM
    , 3rd February 2011 at 11:38 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    And I made a biggy!

    This year we decided to set up SIMS Learning Gateway to comply with the 2010 Online Reporting requirements. These required us to provide a means of serving school reports to parents online for which Learning Gateway does perfectly. But as we roll into the close of the written reports cycle, there are lessons to learn.

    First off I overestimated how much Assessment Manager can cope with. Figuring staff were used to it for single grades, it is terrible ...
  4. Assessment Manager Quirk: Marksheet Updates

    by
    CAM
    , 10th May 2010 at 01:31 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    I spotted a little quirk today in Assessment Manager that anyone using it for reporting should be aware of. Over time, staff members will change and the Marksheets that have been assigned will slowly become out of date. In our case, a baby boom amongst the staff population led to a large number of maternity cover teachers being employed and thus assigned to the now teacherless classes.

    This lead to the Marksheets that were assigned at the start of term to be out of date and still ...
  5. Working from Home

    by
    CAM
    , 4th November 2009 at 09:51 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Due to being unable to set foot outside of my house thanks to a knee-jerk reaction by the NHS (oh no, blanket diagnosis of swine flu!) I am being forced to work from home.

    So far so good. I'm staying in touch with my manager via EMail and able to handle jobs on our two online systems of Fronter and the homebrew reporting system. I'm still able to respond rapidly to some tickets and have pushed out at least one instant resolution this morning.

    Just in-case, I am using ...

    Updated 5th November 2009 at 12:00 PM by CAM

    Categories
    Work , SIMS
  6. When Undo Fails...

    by
    CAM
    , 5th October 2009 at 01:20 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    ...it fails dramatically. Such as not actually being an undo button but a "Too lazy to close and re-open the Marksheet Template without saving so here is a button to do it for you" button.

    Said button is mistakenly pressed after spending over half an hour assembling columns with great patience in Assessment Manager on the pretence that it will undo only one action. Instead it rolls back to when I last saved, which was over half an hour ago. It took so long as the Marksheet ...

    Updated 15th July 2010 at 01:04 PM by CAM

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    Work , SIMS , Rants