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If you'd like to find out more about how the toolkit programs work,  why not join us for a live demo via Skype on Wednesday 30th. October between 7.15 pm and 8.15 pm BST

We hope be able to accomodate up to 4 members at the same time on a group call - just search for EPtoolkit on SKYPE and send a request to add contact beforehand if you'd like to take part.

This is an ideal opportunity to get free tuition, ask questions and learn how to get the most of the programs + don't be shy we don't bite.

NB You don't have to have or use  a webcam to take part, you can join in by audio only if you like, as long as you can receive video so you can see the live  screen demonstration.

Latest News / Happy Half Term!
« on: October 27, 2013, 08:41:04 PM »
Hope you've survived the first half of the Autumn term  + the hurricanes and the flooding!!!

Quite a few of our new beta testers have been trying out the EP Toolkit programs over the last half term and we hope things are going well.

If you've had a go please let us know what you think here or on the Facebook page so we know what programs people want and what we can do to make them better for everyone.

If you haven't had a go yet, I dare you to dip your toes in the water over half term and again let us know what you think - you won't break anything honest!

NB If you've mislaid your password you can easily reset it by:
  • clicking login in the line : Welcome, Guest. Please login or register. at the top of the page
  • clicking Forgot your password?
then following the instructions

Look forward to hearing from you!

Latest News / Happy New (School) Year!
« on: September 03, 2013, 07:23:05 PM »
Hope you enjoyed a break and you're still in that euphoric hinterland at the beginning of the Autumn term where everything is rosy and your new school year resolutions are still being met :)

You probably didn't have a chance to check out the EP Toolkit in the last half of the summer term, and there was too much catching up to do during the school hols, so this is just a reminder that it's still there waiting to give you a hand!

If you need help with any of the tools just post in the forum or here

Look forward to your feedback!

CORA / Re: What can CORA do for me?
« on: July 31, 2013, 07:18:51 PM »
Hi James

Firstly, download the free Dropbox app to your tablet (a simple Play Store/Itunes search should find it).

Let me know when it's installed and I'll send you a link to our Dropbox folder so you can access CORA offline.

Dropbox is necessary for running the web page off line - it's a great program anyway and gives you free cloud storage space for your files and photos as well.

Please see new post (Reply #8) below for a quick and easy way to use CORA offline without the need for Dropbox

Latest News / New - 'Show most recent posts' link
« on: May 31, 2013, 10:49:43 AM »
You should now be able to see a 'Show Most Recent Posts'  link at the top left of the forum page - this is very useful for a quick catchup as it shows you a list of the most recent posts.

CORA / Re: What can CORA do for me?
« on: May 31, 2013, 10:31:16 AM »
Thanks to Elaine's help, the next beta version (0.70) of CORA is now available for testing by registered beta testers who will be able to see the appropriate button at the top of the forum page (we've left a link to the previous version (0.66) there as well for now).

The differences in this new version are that:
  • after you choose your category of descriptions, but before you click Start
  • or if you click Pause during an observation
    • clicking on any of the descriptions (even the blank ones) will bring up an edit box so you can alter/add them to suit. Click Close to close the edit box and leave the comment as it was, or Close and Save if you want to save your new comment and use it for that observation.
    • you can now enter some details about context in the bottom text box (now headed Context/Comments) and the program will store these and add at the beginning of the summary

NB there are also now two buttons at the top of the screen to start off another set of observations.
  • New (as before) resets all the description boxes and lets you start again with the built in list
  • Same starts again, but continues to use the changes to descriptions you have entered during that session

CORA / Re: What can CORA do for me?
« on: May 31, 2013, 08:30:02 AM »
Hi Elaine

Thanks for posting and with some brilliant ideas   ;D

I think your suggestions would be really useful additions for everyone so I'll get to work on a draft and post as soon as it's ready.

My initial thoughts are to have a maximum of 10 rows of description boxes (including some empty ones) to keep the screen compact as possible for tablets, but add in an Edit button which wil allow you to change a cell when you click on it, instead of recording.

That's the theory anyway  :)

I'll get to work on that and post here when I've got a draft ready for people to try.

Welcome! / Tell us what you want, what you really, really want!
« on: May 29, 2013, 06:46:41 PM »
Got a brilliant idea for an On Line program that would really make your work easier or more productive?

Don't be  :-[  post here and let us know - we've got over 10 years experience creating on line tools for assessment and report writing, so we should be able to help!

Latest News / SKYPE On Line Tests
« on: May 29, 2013, 06:15:30 PM »
Wednesday 29th. May 7pm BST to 8.30 pm BST
Thursday 30th. May 10.30  am BST to 11.30 am BST

Just search for EPtoolkit on SKYPE and send request to add contact beforehand if you'd like to take part.

Latest News / On Line Tutorials with SKYPE
« on: May 25, 2013, 10:20:46 AM »
As a number of people have now signed up to beta test the programs we thought it might be useful to offer some on line tutorials using SKYPE so that if you have any problems or want help using the programs 'hands on' we can do just that.

Obviously all our time is limited and there are now people all over the world using the EP Toolkit so there would need to be some fairly serious timetabling  :D

If you think this might be useful can you please let us know what you think in the poll above.

NB In the meantime, if you want to take pot luck we're happy to take some test calls if we're on line - search for SKYPE name: EPtoolkit

We have just updated RELATER so it now outputs results  of the assessment to a popup window so you can copy it into a wordprocessor or spreadsheet for editing/interpreting.

CORA / What can CORA do for me?
« on: May 22, 2013, 07:10:22 PM »

We are working hard on CORA (Classroom Observation Recording App) that makes it easy to record and analyse your observations - click here for a video demonstration.

You can use CORA online or offline on just about any computer, tablet, phone or browser.
CORA makes it easy to record your classroom observations in a structured way, then automatically analyse and export them to a worprocessor or spreadsheet.

No more scribbly old notes you can't find or read when you come to do your writing up!!

The program is still under construction and we only have a limited range of observational categories and decriptions in there. We'd really like feedback to help us develop the format and content so that it will best meet your needs.

As well as getting to use the program before anyone else, beta testers also get access to a private forum board where they can get help, share ideas and shape the program so it does what they want!

  • a Microsoft Windows or Apple Desktop or Laptop or Netbook
  • an Apple or Android Tablet or Smartphone

If you'd like to take part in beta testing please use our contact form .

RELATER / What's it all about?
« on: May 22, 2013, 06:59:57 PM »

RELATER is a new on line tool being developed to help explore childrens' interpersonal relationships.

It was inspired by some of the ideas behind the original Bene Anthony test, but with:
  • a much more modern slant using a fun 3d interactive web program
  • options to explore relationships in and/or outside of the family
  • responses which aren't designed around a psychodynamic model
  • the opportunity to explore a wide range of parenting styles
  • an automated summary of the child's responses which can easily be transferred to a spreadsheet of wordprocessor for further interpretation and analysis

RELATER is not a standardised test but an exploratory tool, and we hope that. as it develops, it will offer useful insights into a child's attachment and interactions with the people they know best.

It's intended to be completed with adult supervision, but the instructions are simple and clear and are both written and spoken so that only a 'light touch' should be needed by the adult.

As this program is still under construction  we'd really like feedback to help us develop the format and content so that it will best meet the needs of professionals working with children.

As well as getting to use the program before anyone else, beta testers also get access to a private forum board where they can get help, share ideas and shape the program so it does what they want!

A Microsoft Windows or Apple Desktop or Laptop or Netbook connected to the Internet (a smartphone/tablet version is not available at this stage).

The program uses the UNITY plugin which downloads automatically the first time you use it.

If you'd like to take part in beta testing please use our contact form .
As a beta tester, not only do you get to use the program, but you can also give us detailed feedback via the forum and on line questionnaires so we can shape the program to do what you want it to!

Welcome! / Come on in!
« on: October 19, 2012, 06:05:33 PM »
Welcome to the EP Toolkit forum especially all the members from EPNET who have kindly agreed to join the forum and take part in the beta testing program.

If you want to share ideas with others or have any constructive suggestions about our site or any on line resources you'd like us to develop please let us know!
We have many years experience in designing on line reporting, recording,assessment and virtual worlds so why not let us help you put your ideas into action!

Most of the forum posts can be read by visitors (apart from those in the private boards for beta testers), but if you would like to post any comments yourself you will need to register using the link at the top of the forum screen.

To reduce the dreaded spam, your registration needs to be approved by admin before you can post, but this is usually carried out within 48 hours and often less, to give us a chance to check that a request is legitimate.

Please don't let this put you off from joining  ;D

SENstore LIVE / Beta testers wanted
« on: October 18, 2012, 03:52:06 PM »
SENStore LIVE is in beta test phase. We're looking for a small group of teachers and EPs to help us test it with different browsers and machines and refine it so that it does what YOU want.

If you'd like to be one of our select band of beta testers please contact us!

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