This month's release focuses on a series of incremental improvements to Engage across security, co-curricular attendance, assessments, curriculum, contacts, fees, timetable, examinations, and portal speed. The requirements have evolved from customer feedback directly, at user groups and via our Share Ideas portal.
Schools have been increasingly using text messaging as a key method of communicating with parents, both for emergency situations but also for routine messages. Engage will feature the ability to text individuals, or groups selected by a wide range of parameters.
v2015.04 contains a series of improvements and updates in response to school feedback. Engage development is continuous and influenced directly by schools and via the Share Ideas Portal which enables customers to raise ideas vote on them and cokment on other ideas.
The 2015.03 release contains a series of new features and improvements including updates for the co-curricular planning and management Activities module, the Daybook module and the Staff Screen, plus a series of improvements for several areas of Engage.
Version 2015.02 contains a series of new features and fixes that have been created in response to feedback from school academic, administrative and IT staff. We engage with our users all of the time, through the Support Centre and also through the Share Ideas portal where schools can propose, comment upon and vote for new feature ideas. Significant feature additions include the configurable ability for pupils to view and edit assessment columns in the Pupil Portal Report Comments section and a new Quick Cash receipts area within Fees.
The office is headed by Dennis Marriott (pictured), an Australian national who served as a senior director of du Pré, Double First's IT and telecoms partner, for several years prior to returning home. He has a broad experience of IT operations and compliance across the business and education world and has recently been gaining further knowledge of our Engage school management information system prior to taking up his new post.
Double First is pleased to announce that the next Engage Asia Pacific User Group will be kindly hosted by Nexus International School, Putrajaya, Malaysia, on 19-20 March.
We typically see attendance of 60 or more delegates for our user group events, which cover a broad mix of presentations, future developments, feedback, group training, Q&As and 1-2-1 consultation. You'll meet with members of the Engage by Double First UK ad Singapore offices, as well as learning from school colleagues across the region.
As with all monthly updates of our software this is free to all licensed users of Engage, who can obtain the client app and portal releases, along with release notes, from the Double First Support Centre. Product development priorities are also assisted by the use of the Double First Share Ideas portal, where schools can suggest development requests and vote and comment on them.
Engage 2014.12 contains a number of enhancements, including improvements to the Daybook.
Engage 2014.11 contains a series of new features and improvements in response to our ongoing development programme and feedback from schools.
An important addition for UK schools is the ability to enter SLASC census information directly into Engage and to directly submit relevant data in an XML file of the correct format via the COLLECT system.
Share Ideas puts school academic and administrative staff in direct touch with the Double First development team. It offers an area to upload, vote and comment on new ideas and to tell us what features that schools would like to see in the Engage school management information system and accounts software. Once a new idea receives enough votes, it is published to a top rated ideas page and the ideas with most votes will be considered for development and released into the software.
It's that time of the year again when we wish all of our schools a very Happy Christmas.
Not that anyone gets much of a break these days, so to ensure we are available if you need us we'll have a full range of support services over the winter break as follows:
Double First will be taking up temporary residence within the Bett 2015 education exhibition at ExCeL London, from 21-24 January 2015.
Bett is the largest education focused ICT exhibition in the UK and attracts nearly 20,000 visitors each year. If you are planning a visit then please make a note to come and see us on stand C483 (by entrance N8 and opposite the Bett Hub) to take a break and catch up with us there. A good number of the UK team will be present throughout the event and we'll be able to handle any questions you have about our Engage school management information system and accounting software, right on the stand.
Share Ideas puts school academic and administrative staff in direct touch with the Double First development team. It offers an area to upload, vote and comment on new ideas and to tell us what features that schools would like to see in the future. Once a new idea receives enough votes, it is published to a top rated ideas page and the ideas with most votes will be considered for development and released into the software.
Double First has announced the latest release of its school management information system, Engage. This also includes the first phase release of a brand new product for the Portals. Activities provides a rich suite if customisable tools for schools to manage a broad range of extra-curricular lessons, clubs, sports and other events. It offers full integration with other Engage modules - including Assessments, Attendance, Curriculum, Room Booking and Timetable. Activity attendance can be marked and assessments recorded.
Releases are available from the Support Centre and are free to all licensed users of the Engage MIS, in common with the company's practice for all Double First software.
We're pleased to announce that the next Double First User Group for schools in the UK, rest of Europe and the Americas will be held on 13-14 October 2014 at The Watermill Theatre, near Newbury, Berkshire, UK.
The Watermill has a well deserved reputation for being one of the best producing theatres in the country. Double First has a close working relationship with the theatre through its IT and telecoms partner du Pré which sponsors a programme that seeks to nurture disadvantaged teenagers and young adults. Attendees at the Double First User Group will not only get to experience the historic and peaceful grounds and facilities of The Watermill, but will also be invited to dinner and to see an adapted production of Hamlet as our guests.
We're pleased to announce that the next Double First Asia Pacific User Group will be held on 13-14 November 2014 at the Australian International School Malaysia, near Kuala Lumpar.
The agenda will include two streams, one aimed at the academic side of Engage and the other on the administrative and finance aspects. The Double First team will include staff from the UK and Double First Asia Pacific. They will have expertise in all areas of the Engage school management information system and the company's accounting applications.
We're pleased to announce that the next Double First Middle East User Group will be held on 9-10 November 2014 at the Latifa School for Girls, Dubai, UAE.
Elements of the agenda will include two activity streams. One will focus on the academic modules of Engage and the other will examine the administrative and finance aspects. The Double First team will include staff from the UK and our local Double First Middle East consultants. They will have expertise in all areas of the Engage school management information system and the company's accounting applications.
Following a successful tour of duty as a support services consultant for Double First in the Middle East, Jenny Knott has returned to the UK to take up a newly appointed role as northern region trainer for the company's Engage school management information system.
Jenny is a graduate of the University of Central Lancashire. Her career highlights include experience with IT systems, procurement, project management, training and web development for Cumbria County Council, working closely with schools in that region.