iTakeNotice Quick Start Guide

Preliminaries

Thank you for downloading iTakeNotice!

At first launch, iTakeNotice will ask you to choose how you'll use the app. There are a few templates to choose from; don't worry if none of them seem to apply to you, since the differences are only in nomenclature. Below is a table that shows how your choice affects your use of the program:

IconOtherCoachParentTeacher
Person Athlete Child Student
Context Group Setting Class
Event Action Behavior Action

For the rest of this Quick Start document, I'll be referring to them with the default names of Person, Context and Event, but remember that they simply correspond to the icons you see above, and so you might have to think "Student" or "Athlete" when you read "Person."

Once you've made your selection, you'll start out at the Context screen:

Contexts are an integral part of iTakeNotice. They allow you to group together related people and events, since it's likely that you'll want to be able to look at only certain things when you review your logbook. For instance, in the case of a teacher, I am unlikely to want to see data for all of my students at once. Instead, I'm interested in seeing all the students and actions in a particular class.

Click the + button to add a context. Give it a name. (Don't worry if you can't think of a good name right off the bat. You can always go back and change it later. For now it's just important that one exists.)

Events and People

Now let's add some events to your context.

  

Name your event and decide whether it should have an associated value. For instance, if I'm tracking my health, an event like "Ate a salad" probably wouldn't have a numeric value. On the other hand, when I create an event called "Jogged", I might want to record not only the fact that I went for a run, but also how many miles or minutes I ran. For those events that have numeric values, you can turn on the associated switch. If you want to provide a name for units (like "minutes" or "miles"), you can, but it's not required.

When you're done entering your first event, tap save. You'll see a screen that shows you the newly created event associated with the context. You may tap the + button in the corner to add more events.

   

Once you've created enough events, you can tap on "Done" to go back to the context editing screen. Notice that adding people to a context is optional. In certain cases you may be tracking things that aren't really associated with any particular person; in that case you may leave people out of the equation. If you need to add people, the process is identical to adding events.

   

When you're finished setting up the context, tap "Save" to save your changes and go back to the entry screen. Now you're ready to enter events!

Remember that the three tabs at the bottom of the screen represent people, contexts, and events. Tap on the events tab, and you will see a list of the events you created. Likewise, if you tap on the person tab, you'll see a list of all your people. To enter an event, start at any of the three screens and select an item from the list. iTakeNotice will lead you through progressive screens until it has enough information to put an entry in the logbook. In some cases, you may not see any additional screens. You can tell that you've created a logbook entry when you see the screen flash.

               

Enter a few events, and then find the eyeglasses in the corner of the screen. Tapping on them will switch to the review interface. There are two modes for iTakeNotice--entry is where you record events, and review is where you can look through your logbook.

Review Mode

At the bottom of the review screen you will see three new tabs. Here are their functions:

Filter

The filter view lets you select exactly which logbook entries you're interested in seeing. If you leave all the fields blank (the default), you'll see every entry. But you can choose a particular person, context or event to see just those related entries in the logbook. Filtering with multiple items can narrow down the results until you're focused on exactly what you're looking for. Clearing filters is possible using the X button on the right hand side.

Summary

The summary view presents a grand total based on your filter settings, and includes averages for events that have numeric values. The table will be grouped differently depending on the filter settings, and the totals are then calculated separately for each section.

Detail

The detail view displays a reverse chronological list (with the most recent entry at the top) of everything in the logbook that matches the filter, so you can track down the exact day when something happened.

One more item to mention about the filter screen: the two fields at the bottom let you select a time window for the filter. By default it does not filter any entries out, but you can narrow down your search to focus on a particular period of time quite easily. You won't be able to get a feel for this right away, since you have to accumulate logbook entries over a period of time before this aspect of the filter becomes clear.

Thanks for downloading the app, and I hope you find it useful.