1. TIM Tools Admin Center
The Admin Center provides for management of the TIM Tools suite of applications.
- Admin Center Access
- Admin Center Dashboard
- Managing Zones (for Districts)
- Managing Zones (for Regional Service Agencies)
- Managing Zones (for Education Ministries, Consultants, Grantors, and Others)
- Managing Schools
- Uploading and Updating Members
- Profile Window
- Changing Passwords
- Defining Roles (for Districts)
- Defining Roles (for School Licensees)
- Defining Roles (for Education Ministries, RSAs, Consultants, Grantors, and Others)
Working with Data
- Participation Overview
- Downloading ARTI Data
- Downloading TIM-LP Data
- Downloading TIM-O Data
- Downloading TIM-R Data
- Downloading TUPS Data
The Technology Uses and Perceptions Survey provides essential information for planning technology infrastructure and support and identifying the perceptions and PD needs of teachers.
- TUPS Intro
- Opening and Closing the TUPS
- TUPS Intro and Closing Text
- Customizing TUPS Sections and Items
- Accessing School or District TUPS Data
- TUPS Report Template
3. TIM-O / TIM-LP / TIM-R
These three tools are for classroom observation, lesson plan review, and teacher reflection.
- TIM-O: Beginning an Observation
- TIM-O: Question-Based Method
- TIM-O: Matrix-Based Method
- TIM-O: Finishing an Observation
- TIM-O: Print or Share an Observation with a Teacher
- TIM-O: Editing Previous Observations
- TIM-O Report Templates
- Accessing School or District TIM-O Data
The ARTI tool provides a framework for teachers to design and conduct their own action research projects.
5. Report Tool
The Report Tool allows a school or district to create TIM-LP, TIM-O, TIM-R, or TUPS reports.
- Report Tool Intro
- Building a New Report
- View, Edit, or Delete Reports
- Interpreting TIM-O Report Data
6. Survey Tool
The Survey Tool allows a school or district to create internal or external surveys on new topics as needed.
- Survey Tool Intro
- Creating a New Internal Survey
- Creating a New Public Survey
- Adding Questions to Your Survey
- Customizing a Library Survey
- Viewing Survey Results
TIM Tools 6.0 Administration Guide
Creating a New Internal Survey
A new internal survey can be built from scratch or you can start with an existing survey from the included survey library and edit it to meet your needs. Only members of your TIM Tools instance may respond to an internal survey. This page describes how to begin creating an internal survey from scratch. If you’d like to begin with a survey from the Survey Library, please see Customizing a Library Survey. To create a public survey, please see the next page, Creating a New Public Survey.
To begin from the Main TIM Tools menu select Survey Tool, then Internal Survey Builder.
To create a new survey, simply enter a title for the survey and select “Create New Survey.” Your new survey will be added to the list of internal surveys. Select the Edit Survey button next to your new survey to begin editing.
2. Settings Panel
Figure 2. Settings Panel.
When you select the “Edit Survey” button, the Settings panel for that survey will open. Here you can enter a short description for your survey, make the survey live, select notifications, and choose respondents.
Short Description. The Short Description will appear next to your survey title in the Available Surveys list. It can be used to explain the differences between surveys with similar-sounding names or explain the purpose or benefits of the survey.
Live Survey. Changing the Live Survey setting to Yes will make it available to the indicated respondents. When set to No, it will be available only for editing purposes.
Notifications. The Notifications box allows you to add one or more email addresses when you want alerts to be sent at the time of each submission. You probably wouldn’t want to receive notification every time someone submits a general survey, but you might want to use this feature when creating a form such as a help request or bullying report.
Respondents. You can set Respondents to any internal role or combination of roles by making multiple selections. The survey will be visible only to those roles you select. Any survey taken by a member will be tagged with their TIM Tools ID.
If your role also includes permission to create public surveys, you’ll also see two public options, which will be explained on the following page of this manual. If you do choose to create a public survey using the Internal Survey Builder, you will find that it saves to the Public Survey Builder app. This prevents editing or downloading of data by those who have only internal survey creating permission.
Once you have selected at least one internal role in the Respondents selector, an additional option for Targets will appear below.
Targets. When the Targets option appears, you can select whatever combination of schools or zones where you want the members to respond to the survey. If you have set up zones in your instance, the schools will be arranged alphabetically within each zone. If you have only the one default zone, the schools will appear as a single alphabetical list.
Figure 3. Two high schools selected as targets for the survey.
3. Survey Introduction and Closing Statement
Clicking the Introduction and Closing Statements tab right under the Settings tab will take you to the next panel.
The first screen participants will see is the Introduction screen. You will probably want to use the text field to welcome participants and explain the purpose of the survey and how their responses will be used. The closing statement is usually a thank you for participating. You can use standard HTML to mark up the text with heading, bold, italics, etc.
Figure 4. Two text fields to enter both the Introduction and Closing Statements.
You can also add any image that you’ve uploaded to the Web by using standard HTML code: <IMG SRC=”YourURL”>. We’ve already uploaded a collection of welcome, thank-you, and prompt images you can use in survey construction. View these images at https://fcit.usf.edu/matrix/project/survey-parts-and-pieces
Figure 5. Collage of sample survey graphics.
A Note about Roles and the Internal Survey Builder
By default, all District Leaders, Zone Leaders, and School Leaders have full access to the Internal Survey Builder, including the ability to download results, edit, and even delete internal surveys. If any or all of these groups do not actually need Internal Survey Builder access, the Super Administrator can turn off access for specific roles in the Define Member Roles panel. You can fine-tune role permissions to your exact needs. If, for example, you have 100 school principals and only three need access to the Internal Survey Builder, clone the School Leader role. Name it “School Leader + Surveys.” Then uncheck the Internal Survey Builder permission for the original School Leader role and assign the new role of “School Leader + Surveys” only the three principals who need actually need access.
With the Survey settings and statements complete, you are now ready to jump ahead to Adding Questions to Your Survey.