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Re: [school-discuss] Open Admin for Schools 3.25 Released

Wow!  Are you sure you took a vacation this year?

As a user and system administrator (who just returned from vacation) I'm
grateful for Open Admin and all of these updates.  For all, I heartily
recommend OA.  We're moving into our second year.  I'll be happy to
correspond with readers considering the use of OA.

Gotta go!  Classes need to be set up in OA for the upcoming school year.

Andy Figueroa

Les R wrote:
> Hi All,
> The new Open Admin 3.25 is now available. It has a completely
> rewritten main IEP (Special Education) system to support session
> management, improved student entry sequencing, code cleanup and
> alternate languages (I18n). Some of the iep admin functions were also
> updated including a more selective erasure method to leave objectives,
> but remove evaluations of student progress (since in special ed areas,
> many objectives are multi-year).
> There is a new password management/policy system implemented to allow
> teacher site access directly, once a staff member has been added to
> the staff table. Apache 2 is required to implement this access
> control. This goes along with session management of the teacher site.
> The transcript system has been updated with a new graduation date
> added to simplify transcript generation (years after graduation, when
> memory fails... (grin)).
> The translation system development is continuing (although unreleased)
> and is being tested with both Serbian and Khmer (Cambodian)
> translations. This should be available in the next release.  The html
> templates (that are used to generate the main html files) are
> available in this release (3.25) along with a stripper to remove
> translation markup. Form templates will be available in the next
> release (3.50) also.
> There is a new Pre-Kindergarten report card system that is in testing,
> and should be available for fall release. It is designed to simplify
> report card entry and have a 'cuter' look than the normal RC system.
> There are additional options, etc. for the current report card system,
> as well.
> The Locker system should also be ready for fall release.  Feedback on
> school requirements for this would be helpful (although it is
> implemented and running).
> More feedback on missing features would be useful. There has been talk
> about 'integration' with other applications including Koha (library),
> Moodle (and other LCM systems). More concrete suggestions would be
> helpful.
> I'm not a 'build it and they will come' kind of developer. I only
> write what people want and need. I just need more feedback on 'Real
> Needs'. (grin)  Of course, people with money have 'real needs', since
> they are willing to part with it to get what they want! LOL.
> In any case, more documentation to follow, as well. Perhaps also
> inservice lesson plans, etc.
> Thanks,
> Les Richardson
> Open Admin for Schools