Give staff a few training sessions on how to use it (about 30 mins each session was more than enough) and also give the first month over as a live trial run. Don't put them under pressure on the first week and they will appreciate that.
We use Lesson Monitor for all registers, AM, PM, every period and it generally works well.
A few moans to start with but now it's just second nature. SLT drove it hard to begin with which helped. We are about 1440 students inc. 6th form and all years are recorded.
Every staff member has a laptop which helped as did the introduction of managed site wide wireless.
The SIMS side of things has never really caused us any issues (touch wood!)
Having it all in one place is great and it ties into our text system for 1st day contact etc. All in all a resounding success here.
We use SIMS Lesson Monitor for lesson registration. All the teachers use it for am/om reg and most of them use it for lessons.
We are looking at Teachers Web Folders from Bromcom. It is basically a web front end for SIMS. This is due to the teachers moaning about having to load the full SIMS client everytime. They also have an app for the iphone/itouch which we will probably use for PE.
My 3 schools all do different things
1: Electronic register in SIMS. This has worked really well and reduced the burden on the office that used to scan in paper registers (and all the issues that went along with that) and made the registration process significantly more accurate. No real technical issues since I moved from allowing SIMS workstation to update itself to pushing out updates (initially upgrades were failing but pushing out the packages again works fine). I would advise that you get SMT enthusiatic about this beforehand to drive it forward and commit to supporting it via training.
2: Old fashioned markbooks but moving soon to SIMS electonic reg.
3: Paper copies from SIMS. For some reason the school is resistant about moving to electronic reg but I am working on it.
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