School register systems around the world

School Register Systems Around The World Are Becoming More Hi-Tech – Are They Intrusive?

The aim of a school register system is to log student attendance for AM/PM and class attendance, this data also enable schools to evaluate and monitor absenteeism and punctuality – its sometimes hard to see the wood from the trees when offered such as system with the latest technology attached. This can cause problems if rushed into without due care and consideration.

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Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 1:01 PM

shutterstock_24064375A Texas school district drew national attention, a lawsuit, and even cyber-attacks by Anonymous hackers with a pilot program requiring students to wear RFID tracking chips around campus. Now, after winning the lawsuit, surviving the denial-of-service attacks, and weathering the backlash, it has decided to drop the chips after all. But that doesn’t mean the privacy advocates have won.

Northside Independent School District spokesman Pascual Gonzalez told me that the microchip-ID program turned out not to be worth the trouble. Its main goal was to increase attendance by allowing staff to locate students who were on campus but didn’t show up for registration. That was supposed to lead to increased revenue. But student attendance at the two schools in question—a middle school and a high school—barely budged in the year that the policy was in place. And school staff found themselves wasting a lot of time trying to physically track down the missing students based on their RFID locators.

Andrea Hernandez, the student whose family unsuccessfully sued the district on religious grounds and referred to the IDs as “the mark of the beast,” is reportedly thrilled by the decision. She had ended up transferring to another school to avoid the IDs.

But the backlash and the lawsuit weren’t the deciding factors, Gonzalez told me. “While [privacy groups] are extolling the fact that they won, the fact is that that was a very minor part of our conversation, because the federal court and the court of appeals both upheld Northside’s position on that. We were on solid ground.”

Indeed, the district never acknowledged that the chips posed legitimate privacy concerns, adhering all along to the reasoning that Gonzalez expressed to me when I first talked to him about this last fall: “By virtue of the fact that you are a student at school, there is no privacy.” No doubt other schools will echo that line when they adopt RFID or similar technologies in the years to come, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a high court rule on a similar case at some point in the future. Gonzalez is right that students on a campus have less expectation of privacy than adults, but “no privacy” seems a little extreme. The question of how much offline tracking is too much is also likely to arise in workplaces as employers use RFID tags to bust workers for, say, spending too much time in the bathroom.

Originally from : http://www.slate.com/

timegenius ltdSummary: Regular school register systems are unobtrusive and do not infringe a students right to privacy.  All schools need to monitor student attendance, punctuality and absence.  After all they are responsible for ensuring that students receive and take advantage the opportunity of an education, which after all is also the students right!

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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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School Attendance Sacrificed

School Attendance Is One Thing Many Parents Are Prepared To Sacrifice For The Promise Of A Cheaper Package Holiday

timegenius ltdIt looks like the Government is about to change the rules regarding term breaks, giving the authority to the school to set their own term dates, in a bid to improve school attendance figures. As parents choose to save money at the cost of their childrens education by taking holidays during term time.

By    2:28PM BST 03 Jul 2013

shutterstock_52548088 Parents who break school attendance rules and holiday during term time are saving themselves up to £1,000 a trip, according to new research. Despite the fact that many schools routinely impose £50 fines on “unauthorised absences”, which would include family holidays, the cost of this won’t outweigh the savings to be made in many cases. The research by Nationwide Building Society found that 37pc of parents admitted that they had taken their children out of school to get a good deal on a holiday.

On a trip to Euro Disney the cost was almost £400 more expense for a family of four; on a package trip to Spain the cost rose by more than £1,000 – almost half the cost of the holiday.

A number of local authorities now authorise schools to charge a £50 daily penalty on each parent. So on a family of four, this would equate to a £200 daily penalty – (£50 per child, per parent), effectively wiping out any savings made on their holiday. The following, from Camden Council in north London, is the typical message addressed to parents tempted to get away ahead of the holiday price-hikes: “We strongly advise parents not to take leave in term time. There is no automatic right to leave and parents should not assume that a head teacher will agree a request for leave.

If the head teacher does not agree the leave we will support the school’s view and we will not overrule the head teacher’s decision.” It added: “Please note, parents may be asked for medical evidence if your child is absent the week before or after a school holiday.

Originally from : www.telegraph.co.uk

Summary

The requirement to prove a childs school attendance is as important as ever, its seems some iresponsible parents are quite happy to allow their children to skip school in a bid to save money, and at the risk of heavy fines.  Our electronic student registration system will enable schools to generate an attendance or absenteeism report at the touch of a button, in the event they need to prove a childs school attendance or unauthorised absences.

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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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