New app to help teach­ers with roll­call

Bray People - - THE NOTEBOOK -

A NEWLY devel­oped app will al­low teach­ers to record ab­sen­teeism at the touch of a but­ton on their smart­phone as over 860 Wicklow pupils miss school daily.

SalesPulse launched the ‘Roll­call’ app at the Ir­ish Pri­mary Prin­ci­pals Net­work (IPPN) con­fer­ence held in Dublin re­cently.

Re­search into the devel­op­ment of the app also re­vealed, through fig­ures re­leased by the Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Wel­fare Board, that 862 pri­mary school pupils in Wicklow miss school daily. That rep­re­sents 5.7 per cent of the County’s 15,111 pri­mary school pupils.

Sales Pulese’s ‘Pri­mary Schools Ad­min­is­tra­tive Sys­tem’ has been in ex­is­tence since 2003 and is now in place in over 300 schools across Ire­land, in­clud­ing Wicklow. The sys­tem tracks school at­ten­dance, Re­turns to the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, bulk mails and texts to par­ents, par­ents con­tact de­tails, school ac­counts and pay­ments from stu­dents among other ser­vices.

A re­cent up­grade to the sys­tem us­ing a Cloud based sys­tem al­lows teach­ers to ac­cess the sys­tem from the class­room.

‘With al­most 80 per cent of peo­ple in Ire­land own­ing Smart­phones, our 'Roll­call' app is some­thing new to the mar­ket. We are con­fi­dent that teach­ers will find this app ex­tremely use­ful, sav­ing time and has­sle. It also means at­ten­dance records are ac­ces­si­ble to teacher and prin­ci­pal im­me­di­ately, alert­ing to any un­ex­plained ab­sences,’ says Brian Kelly, SalesPulse.

Teach­ers had com­plained of find­ing roll calls time­con­sum­ing. The new ‘Roll­call’ app al­lows teach­ers to up­date at­ten­dance records through their smart­phones. The teacher only has to flag who is ab­sent, with the app then up­dat­ing the Roll Book for the school prin­ci­pal on the Schools Ad­min­is­tra­tive sys­tem.

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