The School Loop seating chart is an easy to use, drag and drop seating chart. Your current rosters will be right there so you can:
- Easily arrange the room and delete extra seats
- Randomly or alphabetically assign seats
- Drag and drop students you want to move
- Print out hard copies of the chart
Locating the Seating Chart
The Seating Chart link can be found under Course Management on your Portal page.
You will also find it in each Course Center in the Roster Manager section.
Creating the Layout
Select the Layout tab.
Create a grid of any size.
Move the seats into any configuration by placing your cursor over the seat and dragging and dropping it where you want it to be. Do not move seats into the blank area on the left.
Add extra seats by clicking Add One Seat. The new seat will appear on top of the existing grid. Drag and drop the seat wherever you wish.
Delete a seat by moving the cursor over the small X in the upper right corner of the seat.
When you are satisfied with the layout, select Save layout.
Note: A layout consists of an arrangement of seats. Only one layout can be saved per teacher. If you have two classes with different seating arrangements, create a grid that accommodates the larger of the two arrangements and do not delete seats from this arrangement. One layout applies for all of your classes, so create a grid that is large enough to accommodate your largest class.
Assigning Students to Seats
Select the Students tab.
Your roster will appear tiled down the left side of the seating chart grid and you can arrange students easily to meet your needs.
You can either Randomly assign or Alphabetically assign the seats by clicking the corresponding buttons.
If you wish to start over, click the Reset Students button to clear all seats and move the students back to the left-hand column.
You can also drag and drop students anywhere on the seating chart.
When you have completed the arrangement, select Save Seat Assignments.
Using the Seating Chart to Take Attendance
On the Layout tab, Select Save and Print.
You can use the grids below the student names on the printed seating chart to take attendance.
Hints For Printing
In most cases, the seating chart printout will be more than satisfactory. If your classroom has a large number of seats, you may need to play with the printer settings.
To adjust the print settings, use the "Print Preview" option under the "File" menu on your browser and look for the option to adjust the scale. Each browser handles this option in its own way, but it's typically a percent setting. If you are getting multiple pages with blank seats try scaling down to 90%. If that doesn't work try 80%.
Firefox has a particularly useful "Shrink To Fit" option in addition to a percentage setting. If your classroom has a small number of seats, you might try bumping the scale above 100%.
Depending on your layout, using Landscape instead of Letter format can sometimes produce better results.
Note: If using Internet Explorer, make sure Compatibility View is on. From the Tools menu, select Compatibility View or click the Compatibility View icon (looks like a broken page) to the right of the address bar.