2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 5, 2009 1:29 PM by philmodjunk

    Total newbie starting point



      Total newbie starting point


      Hi everyone,


      I am a teacher who has dabbled in Filemaker over the years, finding more questions than answers.  I am a tech-head, but never truly worked on databases.  This year I decided to take it slow and try to digest it all, which is why I am on the forum.  Maybe someone can shed some light on a few things for me.


      I wanted to create a "master" plan book for my school year.  I wanted a database for all of my lesson plans, one for my schedule (list of classes/times, etc.), and one for lesson notes that aren't directly related to my lesson plans...I then wanted to enter in a schedule day (1-6 numbering system) and a few keywords about lesson topics.  I wanted this extracted information to appear as a 'page' (report) for my plan book and it list my daily schedule with my plans for the day- at which time I would print up the completed page and go from there.  


      I've tried working with 3 tables and linking them with relationships and that just got me confused.  I don't even know if I need to use that for this purpose, but I figured if I needed to draw different information from 3 sources into one 'report,' that was the way to do it...


      Can someone point me in the right direction... 


      Thanks for any guidance.


        • 1. Re: Total newbie starting point

          Was unable to find a suitable FMP database to start with, though I am sure there is one.

          This site has links fdr lesson plans, online and a company that does them.


          I realize this does not answer your question, and may not be useful.

          David Anders 

          • 2. Re: Total newbie starting point

            If you want to build your own system and use it as a way to learn filemaker, I'd suggest breaking things down into smaller pieces. You could set up a lesson plan only system for start and then add each sub section to it one at a time. You could then post questions here that focus on just the current part of the project. You might also want to get a book about filemaker to read up on. Getting a better handle on relationships and other database topics will greatly enhance your understanding of the posts found in this forum.


            PS. Your project outline takes me back a few years. I once was a full time teacher and used FMP 2 (Flat file, no relationships) to print out lesson plans and to compute grades. :smileywink: