One step forward, two steps back
Actions speak louder than words, so I won't dwell on this much, but we've made stability and performance our number one concerns (yes I know there are two of them!) moving forward. Our users and their learners (we love you!) are really starting to depend on our easy-to-use charting and performance measurement tools. We get very frequent emails saying how Precision Teaching and Chartlytics are changing peoples lives. So when we have bugs in the software that prevent our users from charting, or even lose some past data (sorry Sorah!), we really do feel like sad pandas.
We should, we can, we must get better at providing a stable awesome performance improvement tool to our users, and we will!
Recently released features
- Date output to all chart types - so daily, weekly, and monthly charts can now all display date information
- Chart labels for specifying supervisor, advisor, manager, performer and all those other labels at the bottom of the chart. These can be managed in the Performer->Pinpoint->Settings tab. We know there are a couple of issues with it, but it works for most use cases. (Just don't get too verbose in what you write in those spaces!)
- Export to PNG and PDF - charts can be exported to PDF or PNG. That's been on the chart viewer for a while now, but we didn't really tell anyone about it. We've recently had some requests to add a "Share to Facebook" button, which we think is a cool idea, so we'll be adding social media sharing capabilities in the near future.
- "Chartlytics" analytical data - we added initial analytics/statistics about performer performance on pinpoints. This shows celeration values, bounce, jump, turns, and A.I.M. for each pinpoint. There is a button on the list of Pinpoints for a Performer called "Show Statistics."
- Saved chart preferences - when you turn on/off a chart layer or option, we are now storing that in the user profile so charts will look the same from one session to the next.
- And a whole bunch more!
- Functional Analysis Charting - a neat mashup of various charts and pinpoints into a cohesive interface to make it easy to use the SCC when performing functional analysis - this will be huge!
- A Performer specific interface with Fluency badges and achievements! See the mockup above!
- A reporting module to create awesome reports of performers progress across a single or all of their pinpoints.
- Enhanced user roles and access control permissions to control which users can access which performers. Very similar to how Dropbox works.
- More charts - someone asked for a yearly chart and a yearly chart they shall have!
- Data Encryption - we're working on incorporating multiple levels of at-rest and in-transit data encryption on our journey towards HIPAA compliance hosting. To avoid HIPAA compliance requirements, just don't tell us anything about your Performers, i.e., name, age, grade. Make up a name, use initials, or even a number (no one is just a number!) for now if HIPAA compliance is a requirement for your business.
- Mobile Timer/Measurement Apps - we're hard at work designing the easiest to use measurement tool for Precision Teaching ever envisioned... ok maybe that's a stretch but we think we have a great idea on how provide a very simple to use measurement recording app that works on most smart phones. Look for a beta of that soon!
- Practice Library - Rick has a ton of science backed learning materials, specifically in computational math skills, reading, and writing/expressions. We're going to be adding those to the app in our "Library" area. There, our users can find practice materials developed strictly within instructional design conventions, practice procedures, fluency standards, and their associated pinpoints.
There are a lot more things to build on the list, but that's the short list. Exciting stuff!
State of the business
What we're really excited about though, isn't the numbers; it's the lives we're helping to change - both of our users and those they serve. We're really looking forward to seeing more of the amazing transformations of those using Chartlytics and hope to share them with you in future blog posts!
All we can say is thank you. Thank you to our users who are entrusting us with such precious responsibility. We won't let you down!
Cheers! Happy Friday! And as always, Happy Charting!