[K12OSN] OT - Student Entered Attendance System

Mel Wade mel at melwade.com
Mon Jun 23 11:28:00 UTC 2008

Seems crude, but aren't you talking about an RFID warehousing system?

On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 12:58 AM, Carl Keil <carl at snarlnet.com> wrote:

> 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?
> ck
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Mel Wade
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