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How to Import a Class List

With the release of Class Cards v1.5, you can now import a roster of student names so that you don't have to enter everything using the on-screen keyboard.

Go to Droid instructions.

iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

1. Email Setting
Go to the general settings for your device and tap on the Class Cards icon. The top section is labeled Web Service. Change the default user@mail.com to the email address you'll be using when you send yourself the text file to import.

Email entry

2. Text File
Create a class list in any word processing program that will allow you to save it as a .txt file.

My recommendation is TextEdit. It's a simple word processing program that is installed on every Mac computer. If you have a PC, use Notepad.

Microsoft Word also works well. Just be sure to save your list as a .txt file or the app won't be able to import it.

Text file

Tip: You'll find a .txt file at the bottom of this section that you can download to use as a template to help you create your first list.

The sample below shows the proper format for capitals, lowercase, punctuation, and spacing. The black text indicates file info the app needs. The red text represents the personal info that you'll be replacing with your own. (The colors are just an aide. The file you create will be all black and have a .txt extension after the file name.)

Email format

Line 1 You need a space between the colon after User and your email address.

Line 2 You need a space between Class and Name. You also need one after the colon before you enter the name of the class.

Line 3 This line tells the app how the names are being entered: First, Last or Last, First. It doesn't matter as long as each name is entered accordingly.

Line 4+ You need a space after the comma when entering the first and last name of each student.

For the record: You don't have to enter names alphabetically as was done in the sample above. Once the names have been imported, the app will sort them correctly.

3. Send Yourself an Email
Attach the .txt file you created to an email and send it to the address you use in your device.

Email

4. Open the Email
Tap the Mail icon, go to Inbox, and tap the email you just sent to yourself.

Period 1 email

5. Open Attachment
Tap on the attachment icon and the contents of the file will be displayed in a new screen.

6. Forward Button
Tap the forward button...

Forward button

...and a list of options will appear.

Open In

On the iPad, it looks like this:

Open In iPad

Tap the Open in "Class Cards" button.

Note: If you don't see Open in "Class Cards" as an option, just tap Open In...and then select Class Cards from the list that will appear. Once you've imported your first class roster, you'll always see the Open in "Class Cards" option.

7. Success
If you've followed the previous steps correctly, the Class Cards app will open. You'll see a message telling you the class list was imported successfully. You'll also see your new class listed in the Class screen. Sweet.

Import Successful

8. Sharing Data with Another Device
Now that you know how to import a class list, you can use the same feature to share data--class name, student names, and current student scores--with another Apple device.

Tap the Scores button and then tap Email Scores.

Tap All Classes and then tap the Send button.

Open the email in your other device, tap the Scores.txt attachment, and then tap the forward button.

Tap Open in "Class Cards" from the list. The Class Cards app will open with the newly imported class lists displayed in the Class screen.

Note: You have to have your email address entered in the Class Cards app settings or the Email Scores feature won't know where to send the email.

Email settings

9. Text File Template
If you experienced problems with importing, you might want to download the sample .txt file, replace all the x's with your own info, and try again.

Suggestion: Download the template using your computer's browser. This will enable you to save the file to your desktop and then open it in TextEdit, Notepad, or Word.

Download .txt file

How to Import a Class List

Android Devices

1. Email Setting
With the app open, tap the settings button on your device. Tap the down arrow next to User. In the pop-up window, enter the email address you'll be using when you send yourself the text file to import.

User email

2. Text File
Create a class list in any word processing program that will allow you to save it as a .txt file.

My recommendation is Notepad. It's a simple word processing program that is installed on every Windows computer. If you have a Mac, use TextEdit.

Microsoft Word also works well. Just be sure to save your list as a .txt file or the app won't be able to import it.

Text file

Tip: You'll find a .txt file at the bottom of this section that you can download to use as a template to help you create your first list.

The sample below shows the proper format for capitals, lowercase, punctuation, and spacing. The black text indicates file info the app needs. The red text represents the personal info that you'll be replacing with your own. (The colors are just an aide. The file you create will be all black and have a .txt extension after the file name.)

Email format

Line 1 You need a space between the colon after User and your email address.

Line 2 You need a space between Class and Name. You also need one after the colon before you enter the name of the class.

Line 3 This line tells the app how the names are being entered: First,Last or Last,First. It doesn't matter as long as each name is entered accordingly.

Line 4+ Do not type a space after the comma when entering the first and last name of each student.

For the record: You don't have to enter names alphabetically as was done in the sample above. Once the names have been imported, the app will sort them correctly.

3. Send Yourself an Email
Attach the .txt file you created to an email and send it to the address you use in your device.

Email

4. Open the Email
Launch the email app on your device, go to Inbox, and tap the email you just sent to yourself.

Period 1 email

5. Open Attachment
Tap on the attachment icon.

6. Action Sheet
After the .txt file downloads to your device, an action sheet will appear asking you to choose the app to open the file.

Open With

Tap the Open in "Class Cards" button.

7. Success
If you've followed the previous steps correctly, the Class Cards app will open and you'll see your new class listed in the Class screen. Sweet.

New Class Imported

8. Text File Template
If you experienced problems with importing, you might want to download the sample .txt file, replace all the x's with your own info, and try again.

Suggestion: Download the template using your computer's browser. This will enable you to save the file to your desktop and then open it in Notepad.

Download .txt file

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