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$10m for digital schools admin system

By Charlotte Harper - 23 May 2016 4

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The ACT Government will spend up to $10 million developing a more efficient digital school administration system to improve interaction between families and schools and streamline administrative process.

ACT Minister for Education Shane Rattenbury said the new package would deliver a range of improvements to schools, including:

• An enhanced online enrolment experience so parents only need to tell their story once.
• Functionality for additional digital transactions including permissions, consent, payments and updating of student details – reduction in the number of paper forms between home and school and reducing need for repetition of forms or information. Improved access to student data every day for schools to drive continued improvement.
• Online attendance marking and faster absence notifications to parents and guardians via personal devices.
• Digital student academic reports.
• Improved administrative efficiency for schools through automated workflows including financial reporting, board reports, student wellbeing, payments and receipts and asset management.

“This system builds on the successful digital services already available in Canberra Public Schools including world leading high speed internet and the implementation of Google Apps for Education,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The system development is anticipated to commence from early 2017 and be implemented across schools over a three year period.”

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$10m for digital schools admin system
gooterz 10:11 pm 24 May 16

HenryBG said :

Is this a re-run of the promise of a “laptop for every high school student”?
It is now necessary for students in high school to have a computer AND internet access, but not all families can afford that privilege. This is also extending to primary school as we have witnessed, with Google Docs now the new method of getting groups to put together projects whilst away from school, not to mention Reading Eggs, Khan Academy and other programs causing domestic unrest with only one PC to share among three kids at home. With the initial cost of purchasing the equipment and the ongoing cost of annual subscriptions for Microsoft Office, internet security and the internet service itself, going to school has become quite expensive. Actually, if your home internet costs around $80/month and the software about $200/year, it is almost as expensive to go to school as it is to own and ride a registered motorcycle or small car.
But now the education system wants all parents to embrace this digital technology. Instead of getting a note from school, parents will now need to check their email or log in to an app to see if there are any special events coming up or permission notes to be signed. What if they don’t jump onto the net every day? What if they don’t use a phone that can handle apps? [Yes, I know people who are like this, with only basic phones and wireless internet that gets turned on once in a blue moon].
How about the government fix up our pathetic internet services first [NBN…any day now] before committing any money to using it!

This way the school can track who is paying attention to their kids.
What if someone doesn’t agree to using Google docs or is that an alternative so they don’t fail antitrust.

wildturkeycanoe 6:37 am 24 May 16

Is this a re-run of the promise of a “laptop for every high school student”?
It is now necessary for students in high school to have a computer AND internet access, but not all families can afford that privilege. This is also extending to primary school as we have witnessed, with Google Docs now the new method of getting groups to put together projects whilst away from school, not to mention Reading Eggs, Khan Academy and other programs causing domestic unrest with only one PC to share among three kids at home. With the initial cost of purchasing the equipment and the ongoing cost of annual subscriptions for Microsoft Office, internet security and the internet service itself, going to school has become quite expensive. Actually, if your home internet costs around $80/month and the software about $200/year, it is almost as expensive to go to school as it is to own and ride a registered motorcycle or small car.
But now the education system wants all parents to embrace this digital technology. Instead of getting a note from school, parents will now need to check their email or log in to an app to see if there are any special events coming up or permission notes to be signed. What if they don’t jump onto the net every day? What if they don’t use a phone that can handle apps? [Yes, I know people who are like this, with only basic phones and wireless internet that gets turned on once in a blue moon].
How about the government fix up our pathetic internet services first [NBN…any day now] before committing any money to using it!

gooterz 11:49 pm 23 May 16

Most places just buy these off the shelf

dungfungus 5:06 pm 23 May 16

“An enhanced online enrolment experience; student wellbeing etc….”
Who writes this guff?
$10 million is a lot of money to spend on something that is already successful so is this really necessary?

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