Course Information

The 25th Annual Edulog Training Conference

February 24-28, 2020 in Clark County, Nevada

Courses are organized based on the days and times that they are available. Click on the titles of the courses below to view the description.



Day 1


Day 2


Day 3


Day 4

Day 1

Day 1 – Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Session 1 – 9:15 am – 10:45 am

Basic eSQL: Transportation Elements

Description: If you are new to transportation or even new to eSQL, this class is for you. This class will lay the foundation for how you will understand the workflow and concepts of routing. This is a hands on course where you will be creating a model for how our transportation elements work together to form efficiently smooth running pupil transportation.

Intermediate Routing Runs: Stand Alone, Multi-School, Clusters

Description: In this session we will use eSQL and Edulog Advanced to create and edit single school and multi-school runs.  Because things can change unexpectedly in routing, we will practice adding and removing schools from multi-school runs.  We will also build a cluster of schools and explore the benefits and challenges of clustered runs.

Field Trip: Requesting Trips and Approvals

Description: Learn to use the field trip remote software to enter new requests and use principal level approval.

AVL Data & Insight

Description: A comprehensive overview of two of Edulog’s foremost GPS products: The eSQL 12.5 add-on Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL), and Edulog Insight. By exploring the functional aspects of these tools, we will uncover new methods of gathering GPS data and leveraging it to develop more informed transportation solutions.

Boundary Planning for Beginners (Part 1 of 2)

Description: This two session class is designed for the beginner to learn the basics of Boundary Planning. The focus will be on setup and data loading techniques. You will be challenged to build datasets, load data to screen, apply themes, and query data. The sessions will be completed with the process of producing a nice plot layout of your displayed data. This course does not require previous Boundary Planning  knowledge or work. It is recommended for districts that are or are considering licensing of the Boundary Planning software.  

GPS: Driver Portal Tablet Training (Part 1 of 2)

Description: Driver Portal Training will take you through Driver Time and Attendance, Selecting a Route, The Route Sheet, Student Ridership, Passenger Lists, and Troubleshooting. You will be able to get your hands on a tablet, demo it yourself, and participate in a fun Driver Portal activity.

Product Review: Parent Portal and Parent Portal Lite

Description: Is your district considering adding an app to provide transportation information and bus arrival notifications to parents? If so, come learn about the features of our app(s), why we have two, and how they can help streamline your operation.

Student Transportation Leadership Conference Session

Description: TBD

Session 2 – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Basic eSQL: Adding Students and Address Matching

Description: This portion of the Basic eSQL Track will cover students in the eSQL software. It will cover the aspects of adding a student into the program that will ensure their transportation. We will address match students and troubleshoot any student information that is hindering their trip request.

Intermediate Routing: Stand Alone Runs, Circular, Midday, and Kindergarten

Description: In this session we will look very closely at midday transportation. Bell times are a critical piece of this process so we will add bell times in eSQL and shift a bell time in Advanced to prepare.  We will build and update circular runs that incorporate drop off and pick up students on the same run. After some experience with the software we’ll brainstorm some strategies for effective management of circular runs using both eSQL and Edulog Advanced.

Field Trip: Working with Field Trips

Description: In this session of Field trip, we will explore all that happens with field trips after approval: vehicle/driver scheduling, completing trips, billing, and archiving.

Parent Portal & System Management

Description: Get the full user experience of the Parent Portal App. From the parent’s home to the district transportation office, you will learn all of the ins and outs of one of our most highly anticipated products.

Boundary Planning for Beginners (Part 2 of 2)

Continued content from session 1 of Boundary Planning for Beginners. Be sure to select both in your registration.
Description: This class is designed for the beginner to learn the basics of Boundary Planning. The focus will be on setup and data loading techniques. You will be challenged to build datasets, load data to screen, apply themes, and query data. The sessions will be completed with the process of producing a nice plot layout of your displayed data. This course does not require previous Boundary Planning  knowledge or work. It is recommended for districts that are or are considering licensing of the Boundary Planning software.

GPS: Driver Portal Tablet Training (Part 2 of 2)

Continued content from session 1 of GPS: Driver Portal Tablet Training. Be sure to select both in your registration.
Description: Driver Portal Training will take you through Driver Time and Attendance, Selecting a Route, The Route Sheet, Student Ridership, Passenger Lists, and Troubleshooting. You will be able to get your hands on a tablet, demo it yourself, and participate in a fun Driver Portal activity.

Product Review: Athena Telematics

Description: Does your district have GPS or are you considering purchasing GPS in the near future? Come learn how our telematics system gives you answers to common questions and can save your district time.

Student Transportation Leadership Conference Session

Description: TBD

Session 3 – 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Basic eSQL: Student Trips

Description: When dealing with student trips we are specifically referring to the “legs” of their transportation or how they get to and from school.  We will explore the most basic of student trips and alternative trip arrangements such as after school programs, special school programs, and McKinney-Vento.

Intermediate Routing: Backups and Rollovers

Description: This class will give learners a hands on opportunity to save files and Edulog tables needed to restore data, and will practice using the Edulog Utility called Rollover to change the grades, schools, and programs of existing Student records.  This class will be accessing the file structure of Edulog.

Reports: General Reports

Description: A review of Standard reports through eSQL and in the report writer. How to copy reports and make basic filter changes.

Mapping: Editing Boundaries in Maris

Description: The process of performing minor editing on existing boundaries will be practiced. This includes understanding boundary protection and setting how a boundary is displayed in Maris. Methods to determine if a boundary includes both sides of a street or just one side and shortcuts to line up the edges of a boundary with other objects will be shown.

Bell Times: Managing

Description: This course is designed to users responsible for managing the bell times within the system. This will focus on higher level of implementing, adjusting, removing bell times. There will also be a focus on the importance of managing the early and late windows within the system. This is designed for intermediate level users, that have the base level knowledge of bell times.

GPS: Edutracker and Reports

Description: In this year’s Edutracker and Reports course, we will start with the basics, creating views, loading vehicles into the program, organize groups, getting around the map, using information tools, and working with tracking views. We will also learn how to pull routing data with historical and planning views and also look at some common reports.

Product Review: Athena RM

Description: Edulog is creating a new standard for pupil transportation routing software. Come learn about our new cloud-based routing system driven by user permissions and roles.

Student Transportation Leadership Conference Session

Description: TBD

Session 4 – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Basic eSQL: Building Runs

Description: While districts usually have a base for the runs they use from year to year, routers still need to have the ability to alter those runs to accommodate changes for each year. We will build runs and practice creating any necessary changes a Transportation Office may need.

Intermediate Routing: Basic Downloads

Description: This class will instruct on knowing which stages of the process are needed based upon the type of student file to be imported as well as where to place data so the desired batches can use it.  We will copy and edit existing prestu.prm and stuprm.dat files to match a new format of student information and we will discuss the basic list of recommended utilities to run while importing Student records.  This class will access the file structure of Edulog and will use the Edulog Maintenance Utility.

Reports: Specialized Reports

Description: Learn how to take your copied reports and shape their forms into useful reports for your district. Also learn how to add these new reports to your common reports.

Mapping: Adding Boundaries in Maris

Description: This course will focus on adding a boundary and posting it to a school. The automated tool that builds a boundary based on distance parameters will also be practiced and discussed.

Bell Times: Frequencies

Description: This course is designed to users responsible for managing the bell times within the system. This will focus on higher level review understanding of bell times when varying day schedules are present. This will include techniques for early-out or late start schedules,  programs with varying day patterns, and other unique schedule challenges. It is designed for users that manage bell times and have a base level knowledge of working with bell times in the software.

GPS: Edutracker: Student Ridership & Driver Time & Attendance

Description: In this year’s Edutracker with Student Ridership and DTA  course, we will look at Student Ridership and Driver Time and Attendance. First we will start with student tracking, searching, screen management, ridership history and understanding the differing colors and legend. Then we will dive into Driver Time and Attendance focusing on employee actions, editing time data, edit tables, and reports.

Product Review: Boundary Planning

Description: The delivery of boundary information is only a small part of what districts need in order to have a smooth boundary change. Edulog has worked with clients on boundary planning projects for decades. We can help a district undertake a smooth transition to a new set of boundaries, using change management principles to help manage the cascading consequences and reactions to this kind of change.

Student Transportation Leadership Conference Session

Description: TBD


Day 2

Day 2 – Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Workshops – 8:30 am – 11:45 am

Athena

Description: Athena is Edulog’s newest enterprise business solution software for pupil transportation. Learn how to use this integrated, cloud-based platform.

Mapping

Description: Topics covered will begin with how to customize the look of the mapping area in Maris.  The first steps for creating a segment and editing its properties will also be shown and practiced.  Learn how to add a satellite picture to your map screen. The second half of mapping in Maris will demonstrate editing the geocode by splitting and joining segments as well as the effects that has on run directions. Methods to control how the Edulog algorithm generates run directions using the geocode such as speed, direction of travel and adjacencies will also be described.

Reports

Description: A hands on workshop where individuals or small groups will use learned techniques to create user defined reports.

eSQL: One Screen Routing

Description: In this year’s One Screen Routing class, we are going to use a hands-on approach to explore the full functionality available to users in eSQL’s Main Map view. By the end of this course, you will be able to use the Main Map tools to make changes to your data with a high degree of speed, accuracy, and efficiency. By visualizing these tools, you will also broaden your understanding of how the different pieces of data relate to each other, and how they all respond when one piece is changed. As a participant, you will be encouraged to ask questions, get your hands dirty, and have fun! (Beginner-Intermediate Level)

School Start-up and Maintenance

Description: When the beginning of the school year approaches there is always hustle to get your pupil transportation in place. However, August and not even July is the time to do it. This year, you’ll be prepared to start getting transportation in place come April. The School Start-up Workshop is designed to help you get organized and take you through the intricacies of school start-up so Edulog can partner with you before the panic sets in.

GPS Users Group Forum

Description: This is a Users Group forum where a variety of topics related to our GPS products will be discussed. Student Ridership, AVL, Insight, System Management, Parent Portal, and Parent Portal Lite are all products discussed and explored in this users group.

Student Transportation Leadership Conference Session

Description: TBD


Day 3

Day 3 – Thursday, February 27, 2020

Session 1 – 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Basic eSQL: Routes

Description: Once routers have their runs in place, a bus driver will need their assigned route. This will be the culmination of runs they will execute each day. We will place runs on routes and look at how to deal with any unforeseen changes that may arise within a day.

Intermediate Routing: Transfers

Description: This class will focus on joining runs using transfer stops to account for a student’s travel from home to school over more than one vehicle (and home). We will use both Edulog Advanced and eSQL so even if your version of eSQL doesn’t allow the management of transfer stops, you will know what to do and where to go to do it. We will finish by looking at how student stop assignments function when Transfers are incorporated.

Transportation Software Management: Data Areas, Information Gathering, and Reports

Description: Learn if your district has enough data areas to run your Edulog operation. An in-depth look at reporting to gather information about your district’s Edulog data.

GPS: Student Ridership Experience

Description: Experience firsthand how Student Ridership works.

Boundary Planning: Intermediate (Part 1 of 2)

Description: This course is designed for users that have working knowledge of Boundary Planning. The focus will be on a case study to work through higher level Boundary Planning concepts. Work will focus on loading data and various querying techniques. Additional focus will involve data analysis, boundary manipulation, and more. A good base level understanding of Boundary Planning is required.

Parent Portal

Description: Learn how to use our latest GPS tracking app for parents along with how to manage through System Management.

Product Review: Driver Portal

Description: Is your district looking to add tablets to your fleet for digital route sheets, to manage bus substitutions, for time and attendance, or navigation? If so, come learn about driver portal software and how each product can benefit your district.

Student Transportation Leadership Conference Session

Description: TBD

Session 2 – 10:15 am – 11:45 am

Basic eSQL: Run Direction Editor

Description: Run Direction Editor is a handy tool to use when you need to make a directional change to part of a run. We will practice its capabilities.

Intermediate Routing: Shuttles and Custom Student Trips

Description: In this class we will learn to build shuttle runs that will take a rider from a predetermined location to their school of attendance, and how to assign students to those trips as well as the trip that will take them to that location from home.  We will also learn how to add and edit trips in the student tabular to schedule students to ride to another school on a regular run. We will look at which steps can be done in eSQL as well as how to do all of the steps in Edulog Advanced.

Transportation Software Management: Download Overview, Setting User Codes, Extra Student Transportation

Description: A quick review of student downloads and how your district can use them to stay up to date on students. A look at using district defined Codes to help track non regular student transportation, and learning about common extra transportation types.

GPS: Student Ridership Experience

Description: Experience firsthand how Student Ridership works.

Boundary Planning: Intermediate (Part 2 of 2)

Continued content from session 1 of Boundary Planning: Intermediate. Be sure to select both in your registration.
Description: This course is designed for users that have working knowledge of Boundary Planning. The focus will be on a case study to work through higher level Boundary Planning concepts. Work will focus on loading data and various querying techniques. Additional focus will involve data analysis, boundary manipulation, and more. A good base level understanding of Boundary Planning is required.

AVL Data & Insight

Description: Learn how to decipher and use your GPS data using Insight and Automatic Location Data. You will look at specific GPS events and learn how to understand what exactly they mean.

Product Review: Parent Portal Communication Plans

Description: You can buy our parent app, and, if you already have GPS, we can turn it on in almost literally two days. HOWEVER, that’s the easy part! The hard part, and the one that gets overlooked a lot, is preparing the ground for Parent Portal Lite to deliver good value and to have the systems/processes ready to back it up.

Student Transportation Leadership Conference Session

Description: TBD

Session 3 – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Basic eSQL: One Screen Routing Challenge

Description: In this session you and a couple other transportation professionals will be given a transportation challenge in which you will attempt to solve. Through this you become more fluid and confident in the use of eSQL and see how other professionals may approach the challenge.

Special Needs: Bell Times and Frequencies

Description: This special needs transportation class is for routers with experience using Edulog software for run building and stop assignments.  We will explore the use of frequencies and extra bell times for riders with unique needs. We will look carefully at how to make changes to student assignments and transportation when different frequencies are in play.

Transportation Software Management: Determining Ridership, Checking Efficiency, Outputting Information

Description: A discussion on how to determine which kids actually ride the bus. Also, how and when to review your transportation for efficiency. Plus, a discussion of different methods of getting the busing information out to those people that need it.

Mapping: Editing Boundaries in Maris

Description: The process of performing minor editing on existing boundaries will be practiced. This includes understanding boundary protection and setting how a boundary is displayed in Maris. Shortcuts to line up the edges of a boundary with other objects as well as methods to determine if a boundary includes both sides of a street or just one side will be shown.

Forum: Bell Time Analysis

Description: Getting your school district on board to allow the Transportation Department a seat at the table to discuss school start times can be extremely beneficial. This forum will support you in creating that alliance.

GPS: Driver Portal Tablet Training (Part 1 of 2)

Description: Driver Portal Training will take you through Driver Time and Attendance, Selecting a Route, The Route Sheet, Student Ridership, Passenger Lists, and Troubleshooting. You will be able to get your hands on a tablet, demo it yourself, and participate in a fun Driver Portal activity. 

Product Review: Parent Portal and Parent Portal Lite

Description: Is your district considering adding an app to provide transportation information and bus arrival notifications to parents? If so, come learn about the features of our app(s), why we have two, and how they can help streamline your operation.

Student Transportation Leadership Conference Session

Description: TBD

Session 4 – 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Basic eSQL: One Screen Routing Challenge

Description: This session is similar to the previous session with yet another common problem transportation professionals may face. Through this you will become more fluid and confident in the use of eSQL and see how other professionals may approach the challenge.

Special Needs: Homestops and Rider Needs

Description: This special needs transportation class is for routers who want to understand stop assignments, transportation needs, and home stops.  We will work on adding, assigning, and deleting information to prevent errors and frustration later in the year while solving needs in the present.

Transportation Software Management: Open Forum

Description: A forum style class designed to let decision makers gather to discuss specific questions on the use of the Edulog Routing and Planning software with other districts and Edulog staff.

Forum: Recommended Maintenance Batches

Description: What are some Edulog recommended batch operations and when should you run them? Find out at this forum with your peers and Edulog staff.

Mapping: Adding Boundaries in Maris

Description: The second half of the boundary class will focus on adding a boundary and posting it to a school.  The automated tool that builds a boundary based on distance parameters will also be practiced and discussed.

GPS: Driver Portal Tablet Training (Part 2 of 2)

Continued content from session 3 of GPS: Driver Portal Tablet Training. Be sure to select both in your registration.
Description: Driver Portal Training will take you through Driver Time and Attendance, Selecting a Route, The Route Sheet, Student Ridership, Passenger Lists, and Troubleshooting. You will be able to get your hands on a tablet, demo it yourself, and participate in a fun Driver Portal activity.

Product Review: Athena RM

Description: Edulog is creating a new standard for pupil transportation routing software. Come learn about our new cloud-based routing system driven by user permissions and roles.

Student Transportation Leadership Conference Session

Description: TBD


Day 4

Day 4 – Workshops – Friday, February 28, 2020

Workshops – 8:30 am – 11:45 am

Athena

Description: Athena is Edulog’s newest enterprise business solution software for pupil transportation. Learn how to use this integrated, cloud-based platform.

Mapping

Description: Learn an automated method to change segment properties for an entire road at once and edit segments names.  Also, common problems relating to the naming of streets and placement of nodes and schools will be discussed.  Examples of how to deal with unusual address arrangements will also be shown.

Reports

Description: A review of standard reports through eSQL and in the report writer. How to copy reports and make basic filter changes. Learn how to take your copied reports and shape their forms into useful reports for your district. Also learn how to add these new reports to your common reports.

eSQL: One Screen

Description: In this year’s One Screen Routing class, we are going to use a hands-on approach to explore the full functionality available to users in eSQL’s Main Map view. By the end of this course, you will be able to use the Main Map tools to make changes to your data with a high degree of speed, accuracy, and efficiency. By visualizing these tools, you will also broaden your understanding of how the different pieces of data relate to each other, and how they all respond when one piece is changed. As a participant, you will be encouraged to ask questions, get your hands dirty, and have fun! (Beginner-Intermediate Level)

Special Needs Routing: Fixing Frequency Issues, Home Stops, and Siblings

Description: The first part of this special needs transportation class is for routers with experience using Edulog software for run building and stop assignments. We will explore the use of frequencies and extra bell times for riders with unique needs. We will look carefully at how to make changes to student assignments and transportation when different frequencies are in play. The second half is a hands on session exploring ways to assign siblings to ride with transportation needs riders and using home stops for special needs transportation.

GPS: Edutracker and Reports

Description: In this year’s Edutracker 1 course, we will start with the basics, creating views, loading vehicles into the program, organize groups, getting around the map, using information tools, and working with tracking views. We will also learn how to pull routing data with historical and planning views and look at some common reports.  Additionally, we will look at Student Ridership and Driver Time and Attendance. First we will start with student tracking, searching, screen management, ridership history and understanding the differing colors and legend. Then we will dive into Driver Time and Attendance focusing on employee actions, editing time data, edit tables, and reports.