[K12OSN] OT - Student Entered Attendance System
carl at snarlnet.com
Mon Jun 23 07:58:40 UTC 2008
Hey Kind Folks,
I've been asked to create something and I thought I'd pick the
collective brain before possibly entering into the wheel reinvention game.
Does anyone know of a computerized system for keeping track of
attendance that would function with the kids themselves (k-12) entering
their own comings and goings into the system? As I sit down to design
this I'm imagining all kinds of data integrity nightmares with
kindergarteners clicking "sign in" and "sign out" buttons that are next
their (or someone else's) name. This would be some sort of kiosk by the
front door. I'm thinking that if I use a web interface (I am a web
programmer), I'll use a thin client for this.
This is for a free school, where kids can enter and leave the school at
different times. There is no "home room" or designated check in time.
Right now, kids sign in on paper, but it is making reporting and
tracking trends difficult. I'm toying with the idea of using facial
(and possibly voice) recognition software. So, a kid comes in, sticks
their mug into a camera and clicks a button that either says they are
coming or going. If the picture can't be recognized, it is stored and
flagged for human identification. I have no idea how to do that though.
One other design problem is that we need some record of who's in the
building that we can grab if there's a fire or other emergency. That's
where the sign-in sheet on the clipboard really shines.
Any brainstormy thoughts at all about pitfalls or solutions would be
helpful at this point. Anyone else have a situation similar to this?
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