Fronter has announced Y11 has been delayed.
The reason for the delay is to do with browsers caching y10 version causing issue when fronter then changes to y11. Nothing ctrl-f5 could fix but probably best to get it right first time
"the interface should disappear into the background"
"An exciting development in Y11 is the introduction of a license expiry option. This will allow an administrator to set an expiry date for a license either through an import or on a user's contact card. This may be useful for defining a time frame for a temporary user account and will ensure the user cannot continue to login beyond the set expiry date."
Not sure I'd use the word exciting but possibly a useful feature. Definitely not high on the list of things I'd want addressed though!! Recognising that a Key Stage 4 room might be needed for 2years rather than 1 and adding an expiration date to the room might be more useful.......
Don't think the issue of cleaning staff being imported from SIMs and taking up user licenses has been addressed. Not sure if the groups created for classroom teachers are being used in this version.
Clicking on the + symbol in an Open Forum entry way down the list to see a reply refreshes the screen back to the top of the page and forces you to scroll back down to see the entry you are interested in. Poor.
Are student timetables imported yet? Does Fronter recognise the difference between teachers and support staff yet? Is Fronter able to recognise that we've activated the LDAP option and to then automatically set the LDAP password code as new users are imported?
Is the room/resource booking feature worth using now? Is there a way of associating a TA with a students and that TA then having access to the same rooms as the student they support?
"The Page Tool has been improved, primarily in the form of single click editing:" whereas getting to Logout, Calendar, Rooms is now "single click+"...
Where is the demonstration of the better integration with Pearson's gateway or a demonstration SCORM course to show how much faster it loads and how much better the navigation is?
So much marketing spin; so little real progress.
We have examples of schools where the cleaning staff have their own facilities room and use it for shift rota's, uploading and maintaining policy documents and involving the support staff in the school community.
We have used Fronter for some administration purposes but having subsequently gone with Sharepoint as our Intranet we are generally moving admin tasks/documents etc there.
Looks pretty good - we go live tomorrow (fingers crossed) with Y11.
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