New app to help teachers with rollcall
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.