A new seating plan resource will soon be added to the site and the information below will hopefully help people to begin using it in their classrooms or places of work.
The resource will be a work-in-progress for a while and I will try to add new features over time in response to teacher feedback.
If you have a chance to try the resource then please contact me to let me know what you think of it.
All feedback – positive or negative! – is always very much appreciated.
When adding new students to the seating plan you have two options: Basic or Advanced.
By default, advanced mode is hidden. You can view the advanced options by sliding the blue switch from Hide to Show.
In Basic mode, you simply add the name of a student to the panel and then click the Add to Class button.
The panel will resize to fit with the size of your room and you can drag the student to an empty space on the seating plan.
Continue this process until all of your students have been added to your seating plan.
You do have an optional additional feature in basic mode: you can use the colour picker to change the colour of a student’s border.
Again, this feature is optional, but it may be helpful to colour code your students (and these colour choices will – in a future update of the resource – be used to make focused selections or to rearrange your seating plan).
Adding Students - Advanced
With the advanced mode switch set to Show, you will notice that some additional elements are revealed.
Again, they are optional and you are free to use as few or as many of them as you like.
The first additional option allows you to upload an image to appear behind the student’s name.
Click the Upload Image button, select the image that you would like to use and then click Done. Once the image has been added, you can scale it, change its position and – if necessary – delete or update it.
Next, you will see two checkboxes which can be used to indicate if the student is male or female. Ticking one of these boxes will allow gender to be considered when making selections or rearranging the seating plan.
Lastly, you will see two empty tag boxes. You can add tags (for example, the grade that the student is currently working at) which, again, can (in a future update of the resource) be taken into consideration when making selections or rearranging the plan.
As in basic mode, when you are ready to add the student to the class, click the Add to Class button and move the student to a space on the plan.
Making Focused Selections
There are two ways to select students using the Seating Plan resource.
The first way is to press the Quick Select button. This will make a quick selection from your class and, once a student has been selected, he or she will not be selected again until all other members of the class have been selected at least once.
(Note: If a student is added or removed from the class then the quick selections will be reset.)
The second way is to use the Focus Select button.
This feature will be added to a future update of the resource. My plan is that you will be able to make a selection based on a number of criteria. For example, a selection based on gender or any tags inputted when the students were added to the class.
A selection could also be based on any colour-coding used when adding students.
I need to think further about how this will work best. If you have any ideas or feedback then please let me know and I will take this into account when updating the resource.
It is very easy to rearrange your class quickly with the seating plan resource. As with making sections, you have two options.
The first option is to press the Quick Change button. This will randomly move all of your students to new seats.
The second option is to press the Focus Change button.
This feature will be added to a future update of the resource. My plan is that you will be able to rearrange your students based on a number of criteria. For example, rearrange the class according to gender or any tags inputted when the students were added to the class.
A new classroom arrangement could also be based on any colour-coding used when adding students.
I need to think carefully about this feature will work. If you have any ideas or feedback then please let me know.