I've prefixed this SIMS as we are running a SIMS MIS here. With the fixation many staff now have on mobile devices we are moving ever faster toward handhelds - specifically iPads. When it comes to taking registers etc we have tried but didn't get on well with Bromcom's Teachers Web Folder but are now exploring the Reggie App from Call Parents. Anyone using it please and able to offer feedback - the demo definitely looks good and seems to be pretty good bang for bucks as well.
From a quick look it's under a grand for a full site licence.
That's cheaper than Emerge. Emerge has more options though.
•All information at your fingertips – contacts, attendance, minutes late, absence notes, timetables, medical information, behavioural and achievement data
•Photographic and video evidence capability
•Fully integrates with all major MIS systems
•Update your MIS system in real time
•Provides the ability to take attendance in both online and offline mode
•Registration can be taken simply with Emerge and written directly back to the school's MIS
•Behaviour and Achievement write-back to SIMS on Apple iOS devices.
We had Emerge and Reggie running side by side for a comparison.
Emerge came out miles ahead. Reggie seemed very basic and we thought that it would soon become very frustrating for users.
We only have a 5licences but it is very easy to use and to manage.
If you are concerned with cost then what about running an RDP app to SIMS running an a Terminal Server.
I am in the process of evaluating "reggie" here. A few comments:
1. The android app does not currently work as it is supposed to - I don't know whether the iOS version works. You can take registers but there is lots of broken functionality. I have raised these issues.
2. It is simple, which I prefer over the emerge app, we only want to take registers.
3. I am waiting for news of updates on the bug fixes, and as yet have had no timeframe for when/if these will be implemented
4. I suspect the software is very new as we were able to get a very good price quote compared to emerge, however if it doesn't work properly, then we won't be buying it anyway.
5. There are a few oddities and UI issues.
I think it has real promise, but is not quite there yet.