Back in 2001, when I started as a teacher, the technology boom was in its nascent stage. I remember toting a large bag filled with papers home most nights and going to sleep drowning under a vast sea of student homework that needed grading. My classroom was even worse, cluttered with books, manipulatives, globes, maps, and learning stations that left little room for anything else. However, as I write this in 2018, things have changed dramatically. Today’s teachers have edtech in their corners.
Digital teaching and learning tools have streamlined education processes and provide learning experiences that stretch far beyond the materials that were available for me back in 2001. Teachers and administrators today will never know the pain of registering students for school with sheets of paper. Or sifting through colossal file folders filled with your student’s cumulative records to find out what grade they received in math last year or if there are allergic to any foods. With today’s modern student information systems, data can be stored and retrieved with the click of a mouse. If I were still in the classroom today, I’d use these apps, tools, and resources:
PowerSchool: PowerSchool was designed to be user-friendly for both educators and administrators. Their platform is built with simplified state compliance reporting, access to an online community, and real-time engagement between parents and teachers. You can also run a variety of pre-built reports on the data in your SIS or design a custom report to suit your needs.
Hall Monitor – Hall Monitor gives principals, administrative staff, and teachers access to student information systems on any mobile device. Hall Monitor’s integration with Microsoft’s Azure AD Single Sign-On ensures the security of student information. You can take attendance for classes directly from a smartphone or tablet.
BigSIS – BigSIS is a cloud-based, highly customizable student information system, providing solutions to private schools across the United States and Canada. BigSIS is comprised of modules that manage everything from admissions, gradebook, narrative assessments, donations, volunteers, after-school care participants, attendance, enrollments, and more. You select the modules you want to purchase; many modules are included in the software package for free.
Jenzebar Sonis– Jenzebar Sonis is an affordable but powerful student information system that lets you improve efficiencies for all your on-the-move constituents. It is designed particularly for smaller higher education institutions. It helps you to manage every part of your school’s administrative task online and provides integrated services for billing, course management, admissions, grading, registration, and other administrative functions.
OneWorldSIS – This student information system is designed to store student information securely and to track the relationship between management and the student. It also tracks student progress and achievements.
Classe365 – Classe365 is a cloud-based unified education institution management and student information system for K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. It provides services such as paperless/online admission, online payment, student behavior analytics, alumni management, grants, and scholarship management.
Skyward: Much like PowerSchool, Skyward is meant to be easy to use for everyone involved in academics. You can use this platform to handle scheduling, report cards, fee management, and more. Teachers will love being able to track attendance, behavior, and grades all from one location while still making the information readily available to parents.
Illuminate: Illuminate is a convenient program for educators and administrators, partly because it is compatible with many of their other services. Foodservice, messaging, and notifications can all be used with this platform. Create custom report cards, reports for information and state compliance reports within this platform.
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