We love efficiency, simplicity, and productivity. We know your time is valuable. And we believe using paper for your seating charts is absolutely crazy!

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Fantastic Seating Charts, Attendance, Photos, Random Student Selector

Quickly export a copy of your class attendance record

Export a PDF version of your seating chart via email or to Dropbox!

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"I love this teacher app!!! I love how I can take attendance and tardies by touch of a button." – Mike

"It has made my teaching life so much easier!" – Susan

"The seating plan feature in Smart Seat makes this the best app for keeping attendance records. I also love the 'random' student selection feature...well done!" – Glen

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This app lets you create seating charts with desks on a grid, record and export attendance, choose random students for class participation, make student notes, and store student photos all in one place. Move students around by dragging and dropping students. Generate a PDF version of your seating charts (with photos) as a backup or to give to substitute teachers. Take role easily by tapping on absent, tardy, or excused students. Create spreadsheets of your class attendance records and then easily transcribe the records to your school's attendance system. Load student photos to help you quickly learn student names. Make notes about each student. Export student records to e-mail. Create a custom desk layout by starting with a grid pattern that you choose, then hide selected desks. Go paperless!

● Load student names using three options: from e-mail attachment, type in, or copy and paste. See our website FAQ for more info.
● Drag and drop students to change seating arrangement.
● Choose how you want your seating chart to look: show student nicknames, full names, or photos plus nickname.
● Export and print PDF seating charts.
● Record attendance by simply tapping on the student to mark Absent, Tardy, or Excused. Default state is Present.
● View, export, and print a spreadsheet of class attendance records for a range of dates that you select (up to 1 year).
● Choose students at random for class participation and class discussion.
● Use the "flashcard" feature to quickly learn student names. Toggle between photos and names by tapping on the class title at the top of the seating chart.
● Tap on a student to access attendance history, notes, and to load a photo using your mobile device's photo album or camera.
● Use the classroom layout screen to change the number of rows and columns by panning up/down and left/right.
● Customize classroom layouts by creating a grid pattern for your desks, and then hiding selected desks.
● Scramble option allows instant creation of new seating arrangement.
● Add new students to class roster.
● Maximum size desk layout is 15x15 for iPhone/iPod touch and 30x30 for iPad.
● Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, iOS 5.0 or later. 2nd generation iPod touch no longer supported.

● Delete students by swiping student name in roster.
● To save a PDF copy of your seating chart in Dropbox, install the free Dropbox app. From the seating chart tap More, Chart Options, View PDF Chart, and tap the export button in the upper right corner.
● If your .txt file is not loading, copy the list of student names directly from your email. Create a class in Smart Seat using the “Type or Paste Names” option.
● Tap the title bar to enter flash card mode in which the student photos are shown but the names are hidden.
PHOTOS: G Livaudais, R Lakis, E Vikne, Sizumaru, Limaoscarjuliet, A Al-Naser, H Saber, A Baker, DirkusMaximus, Geishaboy500, C Bach, Nezemnaya, Joyseph, P Gagilas, J Wilson, and T Stein.

What’s New

Version 3.6

We updated the app to fix the camera permission bug. Thanks for using Smart Seat!

Ratings and Reviews

2.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

bethKH ,

Good App, a few suggestions

Yes it is a great seating chart, the best I can find. Here are the things I would like to see improved:
1. As other reviews have said, using only a grid system is extremely limiting. I have “made do” for years and worked around it but would be so helpful to have more flexibility.
2. Is there some way I can use the same photos in multiple seating charts? The camera/roster system works well and is easy to use. But as an elementary music teacher, I have three seating chart setups for each class: riser positions for performances, table and chair setups for desk and small group work, and floor mats for movement activities. The time and patience required to photo 600 students 3 times each is completely crazy. Again I have found workarounds but it involved paper printout which misses the whole point of the App, right?
Any hope? Thanks for your consideration.

Rincon7777 ,

Doesn’t sync on the cloud to an account

I love this app. Best seating chart I’ve ever used. I need to upgrade my phone but this app doesn’t sync on the iCloud so if I do I will lose everything. Or if I were to lose my phone and buy a new one all my data would be lost. Also I set everything up on my phone but I can’t get it to show up on my iPad. I just assumed it would sync flawlessly between my devices but it doesn’t. If I had an account to log into and it saved all the data on the cloud I would use this app exclusively. For now I’ll have to start shopping for a different one so I don’t have to be in fear of losing everything I set up. Please let me know when you fix this problem.

MrLeeGrade5 ,

Needs one big fix

I really like the idea of this app, and I thought it had everything I needed from the description. Unfortunately after paying and downloading, I realized that the “custom desk layouts” are limited to simple grids. This is not how most classrooms are organized anymore, so the app became unusable for me. I often have tables with 4 students, or some desks pushed up against others. I’m hoping the app author updates to allow us to freely move the desk formations to reflect our actual rooms. Then this would become a five star app.


Jack Quinn
2.4 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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