[K12OSN] OT - Student Entered Attendance System

Huck 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?
> ck
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