View Full Version : Resource List Weeks glitch
08-04-2010, 06:39 PM
when I sort by "week used" on the new Resource List, the weeks are not listed in order. It only sorts by the first number in the week, not the whole number:
Will you kindly place a zero in front of the single digit numbers so that the week numbers will sort properly by week?
08-05-2010, 09:08 AM
There are a few glitches on the Resource List that we are aware of and are trying to work through.
Donna in CT
08-16-2010, 07:12 PM
Hi Dana --
I really do believe you guys mean well with your helpful updates to the resource list, but once again I find myself tearing my hair out!
I was able to find which weeks a book is used, but that information will not export to Excel with the rest of the chart, nor will it print out! -- so the only way I can include and save that vital information is to hop back and forth between windows inputting it manually.
Also, now that the descriptions are a "roll over" they can not be printed or transported to Excel either.
The weeks used and description are an important part of how I sort and save my resource information, both for ordering and reusing in the future
I don't mean to sound ungrateful for your desire to improve (and the export feature is definitely an improvement) but PLEASE, PLEASE return the above information to the lists, in a way that can be saved and printed, and then leave it there!!
In all other ways I love TOG and plan to use it with my family for years to come --- I just wish they did not feel a need, however well intended, to continually tinker with the resource lists.
Thanks for all you do --
08-17-2010, 01:53 PM
Thanks so much for your feedback! We are trying to give as much information to moms as possible, to make using Tapestry easier, and every family seems to want/need different information. So, in our desire to help families, we have to make decisions that we pray will benefit the majority.
That said, we feel that if someone knows the number of weeks a book is used, that helps more for buying decisions. If I know a book is just used one week, I'm more likely to buy the other book that is used for four weeks. In my mind, it doesn't matter which weeks they are, just HOW MANY. Now then, of course, once I get the books, I need to know when they are used. And that information is easily accessed from the Reading Assignment Charts.
I hope that helps you in understanding our thought process on this. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this, so do feel free to email me! Dana@TapestryofGrace.com
08-19-2010, 12:01 PM
I am with Donna! I agree the resource list is an improvement- but the exact same thing bugged me too! This has been one of my greatest frustrations with the weekly implementation of ToG! I don't want to have to flip through every single week copying down what books are used when. I want a simple list that tells me exactly what books are used each week! I have been wanting this for the entire time I have used ToG. Every unit (for two years now) I have to sit down and type up a list of each book that is used on each week. I do this because sometimes I am getting resources from libraries and I want an easy to read list that has all the books BY WEEK - so I know at a glance what books I need to reserve (or buy). I also like to have an easy list next to our bookshelf for my kids to see what books they need that week. Wherever we can streamline things we do!
This seems so easy to offer- frankly i don't know why it is not included in the Loom material. Anyway, that is just my two cents!
Donna in CT
08-19-2010, 09:51 PM
Hi Dana --
Knowing the number of weeks a book is used certainly does help with buying decisions, but if I decide to borrow a book instead of buy it (which accounts for about 1/3 of my resources)that's when I need to know which week(s).I frequently use interlibrary loan, so I need to order it at least 1 week in advance, but not too many weeks ahead or I will have to return it before we need it.
Once I have saved my resource list so I can work with it, I save a second list and delete all but library resources, which I then sort numerically so that I can quickly see, for all 5 children, which books I need to order and pick up for week 22 or 23, etc.. -- it works beautifully, but without that,it is a nightmare. It also helps me keep track of what is mine and what belongs to the library or a friend -- I sometimes have 30 or more titles out at once.
Regarding the descriptions, sometimes I borrow a book and then later change my mind and decide to buy it, or I didn't need it the first time around but now I do -- I want to be able to look back over my saved lists and refresh my memory about certain resources -- something I now can't do.I do not use the Bookshelf at all b/c I get free shipping from Amazon so none of their features help me either.
But I think by far the most frustrating thing for me is that it takes an initial time investment to set up these lists and get used to working with a system, etc -- time well spent if I don't have to keep relearning how to work with and save yet another new version of the list -- I'm beginning to dread every time I see notice of an "update" -- can things be made better without removing or changing what is already there or the way it works?
thanks for your concern -- I hope this helps you to understand my ventinghttp://tapestryofgrace.groupee.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
08-24-2010, 08:36 AM
Thanks for all the thought and work that goes into making ToG better all the time. I so understand what the other moms are saying. The hardest task for me is the resource list. Basically, I painstakingly create a spreadsheet go through each week plan and type in the information I need and the weeks I need the book. This takes hours, because of my AR qualities, I go back through it several times to make sure I've included everything. I sometimes find that the resource list isn't always accurate. Nevertheless, I also use the resource list's feature of how many weeks a book is used, because it does make a difference in borrowing or buying a book.
Anyway, here's two ideas about exporting the resource list. First step would be to include in the resource list a column that states which weeks the books are used, in addition to how many weeks, and possibly a column for the descriptions. Then when we're ready to export, we could just check which columns we want exported. From a programmers standpoint, it would just be a switch added to each column on the resource list. Adding the description column might take up a lot of room on the webpage. Another concept would be to include something like a "Choose Columns" that would allow us to tailor it to meet our needs. Then, when we export, it'll export the columns we chose.
08-24-2010, 01:21 PM
This is a wonderful idea!!! I think that the work that has gone into the website is wonderful- and this would just make it more so!
I am sitting here smiling and hoping that someday I will be checking columns to export!
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