Tommy (and everyone),
No, it's not web-based. The new gradebook is supposedly web accessible,
though I haven't used it yet.
Yes, it has a scheduling module. I haven't been involved with that end
of things, but I can find out how the users feel about it, if desired.
Attendance can be submitted electronically by pulling up a
user-customizable seating chart with pictures of students. Teachers
click on the pictures to mark a student tardy or absent. Pretty slick!
(To be honest, we're not using that yet, however.)
From: School Information Technology Discussion
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tommy Walz
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2006 12:48 PM
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Subject: Re: Student Information Systems?
A couple of questions:
Is it web-based?
Attendance submitted electronically from the classroom?
On Dec 21, 2006, at 8:53 AM, Steve Webster wrote:
> South Burlington uses Schoolmaster in each of the 3 elementary
> schools, middle school, and high school. Right now each is a
> stand-alone system, but we can relatively easily share data, report
> formats, etc. between them. We plan to move to the "Schoolmaster for
> Districts" package this summer, which will give us one database for
> the entire district and will simplify management.
> We do standards-based report cards at the elementary schools and a mix
> of standards and letter grades at the middle school and high school.
> Teachers use the Schoolmaster gradebook for letter grades at the
> middle and high school. The gradebook integrates with the main
> Schoolmaster database for updating class lists and posting grades.
> The gradebook also has a feature that enables teachers to post their
> gradebook info to the web so students and parents can check on the
> students' assignments and grades.
> Administrators have a Palm version that gives them portable access to
> student info.
> Schoolmaster is not perfect, but it's met our needs quite well. And
> the price is right!
>>>> [log in to unmask] 12/20/06 04:13PM >>>
> I've searched through archives on this list first, but didn't get much
> What are schools using for their student information systems?
> Here in Barre we are using Pearson Education Systems "Chancery SMS"
> (web-based for K-8) and Chancery MacSchool (9-12). While the current
> solution is working, and is integrated (via a replicator), there are
> changes afoot....
> Pearson has repositioned SMS as a product for middle to large school
> districts (their documentation states "30,000 students" as a starting
> point). Barre has roughly 3k students. We've also been told that
> MacSchool is going to go away at some point (date unknown).
> For K-8, SMS is used for electronic standards-based report cards,
> gradebook (middle school), electronic attendance, behavior incidents,
> transportation and transfer of student info between our 2 K-8 schools
> and the SHS/BVT
> campus. For SHS/BVT, MacSchool is used for report cards, eclass
> gradebook, behavior, and attendance.
> So, we're wondering who is using what for a SIS.....and does it fit
> your needs? comments?
> Rob Stalling
> Technology Support
> Barre Supervisory Union
> Barre, VT 05641
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