Student Attendance Management System

Student Attendance Management System – Do These Technologies Pose A Threat To An Individuals Privacy

Personnel information regarding your child held on the school database, continues to be a sensitive issue that causes a lot of parents anxiety and hand wringing, worried that the sharing of data collected by such technologies as  a student attendance management system, are an infringement of a students privacy, especially if the informaton is collected using biometric readers.  Other school management systems can hold more sensitive personal information, and the sharing of this data with outside agencies is declared irresponsible by many outspoken critics.

 

BY WILL SENTELL

Capitol news bureau

July 10, 2013

shutterstock_31633483Jason France, of Baton Rouge, says he tried to prevent the state Department of Education from turning over sensitive information about his daughter to a national database.

“The data may not be correct; that is one problem,” France said.

“What happens if your kids’ information is incorrect and it is negative?” he added. “You would never be able to fix it. That is one of the unintended consequences.”

The data sharing was touted by state Superintendent of Education John White and others as a way to aid teachers.

But concerns by France and other parents have already helped spark the cancellation of the state’s contract with a group called inBloom, which is supported in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Now the state is launching a task force to try to find ways to balance school needs with rising concerns about privacy, especially amid concerns that students could be traumatized, or worse, if delicate information falls into the wrong hands.

Schools and school districts have long collected information about students, including Social Security numbers, ethnicity, date of birth, family income indicators, medical issues, attendance and other information.

The dispute is whether the benefits of the data sharing are outweighed by the risks that the data will fall into the hands of employers, for-profit firms and even hackers.

“This is totally irresponsible,” said Deborah Sachs, who lives in Mandeville.

The Sachs family has asked the state and St. Tammany Parish school system officials not to share information about their daughter Rachael Sachs, a 16-year-old student at Mandeville High School. That includes name, date of birth, Social Security number, pictures and health information.

Rachael Sachs made an appeal to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education last month. “I want you to understand that what may seem inconsequential to adults could be devastating to teenagers,” she said.

White, while backing the task force, generally has downplayed worries by France and others, including charges that he has failed to take the steps needed to cancel the state’s agreement with inBloom.

He told BESE that the state takes elaborate steps to keep the student data private, including digital firewalls, private “tunnels” between the state and local school districts when information is shared, and encryption methods to prevent data from being intercepted.

InBloom officials say it brings together data, content and tools educators need for personalized learning, and does so with an emphasis on the security of the data.

White said the dispute arose because, if the state is compiling information about students, should it be available to help teachers?

Jim Garvey, vice president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, represents St. Tammany Parish and other areas where parents are voicing concerns.

Originally from : http://theadvocate.com/home/6459875-125/student-data-sparks-controversy.

 

timegenius ltdSummary: Our student attendance management system does not hold sensitive personal information, and even if we collect the biometric data of a student, we cannot reproduce a fingerprint likeness of any individual, as the information is encrypted and only a small amount of the original scan is retained as an algorithm composed of computer code, not an image.

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Fingerprint Student Registration

Does Student Registration Using Biometrics Have Any Particular Relevance For Todays Sixth Form Student?

timegenius ltdStudent registration for AM/PM and class attendance is a key tool for form tutors, as the typical sixth form timetable is much more fluid and varied, than students would have been familiar with previously. So keeping track of attendance and punctuality gives form tutors a clearer picture regards a students attitude to their course work, and insight as to the level of self discipline attained by each individual student.

student registrationWe expect all Sixth Form students to arrive by 8.45am and register. Registration is electronic – every student needs to check in at the Sixth Form Centre. Biometric registration (your thumb-print!) helps us to give an accurate attendance record for students and this is available on-line to parents. Each morning, everyone should also check emails and the information screen which provides updates on school activities and Sixth Form events.

Teaching and Learning

Most subjects are taught in groups up to a maximum of 20. You will find that you are strongly encouraged to be an active learner, doing your own research, organizing your time, taking a leading role in lessons. Every eight weeks we will give you an assessment for each subject, showing your level of attainment over that period of time. This ‘Census’ Report is available electronically, via the School’s website.

The Sixth Form Team will help students through the whole process of university applications. For some universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, some additional study and preparation is essential. This is open to students applying to a range of universities, not just Oxford and Cambridge. For everyone, guidance is provided about choosing universities and help in completing your UCAS form. If your choice is employment, or another direction for training, we will help and support with that too.

Every student will have a form tutor and meet with their tutor group daily. The tutor will have an individual meeting with you every half term. The aim will be to check on your progress, organisation and success in all aspects of your Sixth Form studies and to discuss any concerns you may have.. Originally from : http://www.ccs.northants.sch.uk/sixth-form/sixth-form-life/

Summary

The use of biometric student registration is becoming more and more popular, as the technology is now more accurate than ever before. Punctuality and a good attendance record is a good indicator of an individuals ability to cope with the stress and pressures that intensive study can cause, enabling form tutors to catch problems early should they arise.

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Finger Printing in Schools

The Media Hype Against Finger Print School Attendance Registration, Cashless Vending and Biometric Class Registration Systems Continues.

Biometrics and the recording and storing of School Children’s fingerprints for attendance and class registration, continues to irritate  campaigners against state surveillance. It’s Orwellian implications still haunt a lot of people who are fearful of having their every move scrutinised and recorded.  And to be honest we all like our privacy, but should we be fearful of finger printing school pupils for attendance and class registration, after all pupils have the choice to opt out of the biometric registration process, and can be issued with a plastic card instead.

So whats the problem?

Here is an interesting news item from the North of  England about this very touchy subject.

Campaign Against Finger Printing in Schools

Should we allow finger printing of minors in our schools? Easier registration, keeping track of library books on loan, saving time in the dinner queue, cashless catering…

 

Summary

The technology is in our opinion going to increase security of our School Children, and protecting our kids must be a good thing.  They can as we said opt in or opt out of Biometric Registration, it’s their choice, they have and always will have the freedom to choose.

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Biometrics in Schools

 

Will biometric school registration systems and cashless catering ever be accepted by parents, there is an awful lot of suspicion surrounding the recording of biometric data of children and young adults…

shutterstock_45307633In 2001, a decision was made by the Information Commissioner’s Office that schools using biometric systems did not breach the Data Protection Act. This decision gave Britain the accolade of being the first country in the world to commercially market biometric technology to UK schools.

In the UK, schools hold masses of data about our children.  They are one of the most surveilled school populations in the world, not only in the subjects they study, their health and eating habits, but also through the use of biometrics and location RFID tagging.

Between 2001 and 2012, biometric systems in education were initially used for library systems in primary and secondary schools. By 2006 biometrics were increasingly used for cashless catering, school lockers, school trip money payments and registration.

In 2005, privacy organisations and parents concerned about the use of biometrics in schools began lobbying Parliament, with a particular focus on the fact that schools were taking children’s biometrics without informing parents.

A person’s biometric data does not fall under Part 2 of the Data Protection Act (DPA), Sensitive Personal Data. In a child’s case any Sensitive Personal Data needs parental permission if the schools wish to use it, therefore as biometric data is not included in this category of the DPA schools could use children’s biometrics and not need to tell parents….More at Biometrics And RFID Tracking In UK Education | OneWorldChronicle

There is obviously a lot of  mis-information and hysteria, surrounding the use of biometric fingerprint systems for class/attendance registration and cashless catering. An increase in the implementation biometrics in school attendance is on the cards.

The children themselves from our experience have no problem with the idea of biometrics and are not techno phobic like some of the teachers and parents can be.

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