Records & School Man­age­ment Soft­ware

The Australian Education Reporter - - CONTENTS - EMMA DAVIES

MOV­ING ad­min­is­tra­tive tasks on­line can greatly stream­line pro­cesses such as en­rol­ments, fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, and equip­ment book­ings, mak­ing life eas­ier for staff.

If im­ple­mented cor­rectly, in­te­grated cloud man­age­ment so­lu­tions al­low all school staff, teach­ers, par­ents and stu­dents can be con­nected.

Now, schools can of­fer live stu­dent pro­files which in­cludes at­ten­dance, achieve­ment, and be­havioural data.

Soft­ware man­age­ment sys­tems can help teach­ers and other school staff, but there are also risks if the so­lu­tion is not fit-for-pur­pose.

There was the Vic­to­rian Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment’s Ul­tranet project; this on­line plat­form promised to con­nect teach­ers, par­ents and stu­dents but tech­ni­cal is­sues meant it was rarely used af­ter its 2010 roll­out be­fore be­ing dumped in 2013.

NSW TAFE ex­pe­ri­enced a range of costly is­sues with its most re­cent LMBR sys­tem be­fore cut­ting its losses and mov­ing to a dif­fer­ent provider, stat­ing that “a mod­ern, cloud-based sys­tem will en­able stu­dents to eas­ily man­age their train­ing records and al­low us to adapt more quickly to new pol­icy set­tings.”

WA public schools will be hop­ing for a bet­ter re­sult, with a $32 mil­lion up­grade to the Depart­ment’s School In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem com­ing on­line.

Ac­cord­ing to the sup­plier, the new so­lu­tion will com­pile all stu­dent records into a sin­gle en­ter­prise data­base, which will be de­liv­ered via the State Gov­ern­ment’s se­cure pri­vate cloud.

The new ed­u­ca­tion man­age­ment plat­form was ex­pected to re­lieve schools of many cur­rent re­port­ing re­quire­ments, such as cen­sus re­port­ing that can now be drawn di­rectly from the sys­tem.

WA schools were due to be moved to the new sys­tem from 2018.

Mar­ket re­searcher Tech­navio is fore­cast­ing mas­sive growth in the global class­room man­age­ment sys­tems mar­ket be­tween 2017 and 2022, driven by in­creas­ing em­pha­sis on col­lab­o­ra­tive learn­ing tools, ris­ing adop­tion of cloud-based man­age­ment tools, and grow­ing gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives in dig­i­tal learn­ing tech­niques.

With teach­ers work­ing more and more hours, any pro­gram that can re­duce the ad­min­is­tra­tive and plan­ning work­load should be a high pri­or­ity for schools.

Im­age: Pex­els.

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