[K12OSN] OT - Student Entered Attendance System
dhuckaby at paasda.org
Mon Jun 23 17:38:41 UTC 2008
I'd use smart-cards which would double as their 'ID cards'...and they
just plug into the computer... and login... then you know they are
there.. and yes I would require a password ;) 5yr olds have no problem
with passwords(I'd use numbers rather than words, since most of the can
count from 1-10)...and the 10-key is much less daunting than 80+ keys on
the regular keyboard =)
Carl Keil 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?
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