See two-minute introductory video at www.dave256apps.com/attendance2
Attendance2 is a new app from the developer of the original iOS Attendance app. It is a complete rewrite of the app with a new data format to make it more flexible and easier to use.
* Main Features *
Easy to get started with and powerful features you can learn if you need them.
Flexible importing of names from CSV file or your Contacts (videos on website show how to create an import CSV files)
Display photos next to names while taking attendance. Photos can be taken with the device, imported from Dropbox, or from your Photo library.
Statuses (i.e., Absent, Present, etc.) are customizable so you can add your own statuses.
Each day includes a status, a second status, and a generic note field.
Use the second status to track participation points or for dropoff/pickup (more information on website for how to do this).
Manually select status for each person or scan QR or barcode to record a person's attendance status (Attendance2 will create QR codes for you).
Optionally enter course meetings times (i.e., MWF 9AM) so you add your next class time with one tap or manually select meeting time if course does not meet at regular times.
Standard fields for first, middle, last, email, etc. for each person plus 5 custom fields you can optionally use.
Customize which person fields are visible while taking attendance in the Take settings.
Multiple report options (spreadsheet, summary, detailed report) that can be emailed or saved to Dropbox in CSV format.
Reports of students who have missed a specified number of classes to help identify at risk students.
Customize what fields are included in the reports in the Report Settings.
Each course is a separate data file and you can share your data file with teaching assistants or administrators by sending it to them in an email.
Easily backup your data file to Dropbox or via email.
Supports TextExpander touch snippet expansion in various note fields.
* Gestures while taking attendance *
Tap photo to view larger photo or to change the photo.
Tap name to enter the note for that day for the person.
Tap and hold name to view/edit details for a person.
Double tap a name to view summary report of attendance.
Tap and hold status to select status from a list.
Swipe right/left all the way across screen to switch to previous/next date.
* Sharing data between multiple devices or people *
Data cannot be synced between multiple users, but as long as you send the data file back and forth between multiple people and the person using it has the latest copy, mutliple people can take attendance at different times. For example, an instructor could take attendance on MWF, email the data file to his/her TA after class Wednesday and the TA could then take attendance at a recitation section on Thursday and email the updated data file back to the instructor afterwards so the instructor could use it again on Wednesday. The same instructions apply for using it on multiple devices - just share the data (via email or Dropbox) with your other device and make certain the device you're using at the momemnt has the latest copy of the data before you modify the data.
As of version 2.0 of Attendance2, it includes all the major features of the original Attendance app (version 2.0 adds importing from your Contacts). I have a list of requested features and will continue to update the app regularly as I have time to work on it. While I can't promise to add every feature request, if you have a specific request, feel free to email it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
See http://www.dave256apps.com for more information about the app. There are a few videos there showing more information about the app and how to use it.
Requires iOS 10.2 or higher.
Prevent duplicates when importing names from another course (based on identifier field or matching first and last name).
Specify starting value for identifier field when using "Add ID to Enrolled Persons" option.
Spreadsheet reports now show percentages if the percentages Report Setting is on.
Ratings and Reviews
Where are the roster?
I truly enjoy using the app. However, I wish the app would allow you to generate a daily roster of the students attendance.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for buying Attendance2 and leaving a review. There are a couple options for this.
1. On the screen where you've taken attendance for the day, scroll the top buttons and press "Communicate". The last three rows there give you the option of report including everyone with their attendance status, a report just listing those not there, or a report of just those who were there. This is for that single day.
2. On the main screen for a course, scroll down and select Spreadsheet report and that will generate a report showing the statuses for everyone for all dates between the start date and end date that are specified in the Report settings. You can also customize what fields appear in the report using the Report Settings.
Assuming I understand what you're asking and this helps, I'd greatly appreciate you updating your review to 5 stars. Thanks!
Outstanding App For Teachers
My colleagues and I have been using this app for years with great success. If you are a teacher who regularly works with large amounts of students, and are looking for a way to quickly take attendance, this is THE app! The developer is also accessible and helpful if you need to contact him. As a teacher, this is one of the few apps that I’ve not only used for years but has truly made the attendance-taking part of my job much easier. If I could give it 6 stars I would.
Miss the original app!
I was forced to switch to the new version when the original app stopped working after an update, and boy, do I miss the old version! It was just much more user-friendly and intuitive. If possible, please get the buttons on the bottom of the screen back! I will most likely continue to use this app as it is still the best I could find, but I miss the simplicity of the original app.
Developer Response ,
Hi evalarad. Thanks for buying Attendance2. Yes, the old app was originally written for iOS 2 and could no longer be reasonably maintained. The new app has a lot more features and has much better CSV import of rosters. Once you select your course, all the option are in list on the first screen with the most commonly used ones at the top (adding a date and taking attendance). Below that are options for adding students, followed by settings, and then the various report options. Yes, it's different but I think once you use it a bit you'll find you can use it much more efficiently.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.