MIS Systems Thread, SIMS Mobile 3 - Fire Register in Technical; Now that we have Sims Mobile working, and have a couple of Acess Points in place - our SMT are ...
5th December 2008, 11:19 AM #1
SIMS Mobile 3 - Fire Register
Now that we have Sims Mobile working, and have a couple of Acess Points in place - our SMT are wondering if they can be used for taking registers during a Fire Drill?
If so - how's it done..
8th December 2008, 12:21 PM #2
Slight OT, but how are you getting on with SIMS Mobile?
I've been handed the PDA back in disgust by the PE Teachers as they find the interface unworkable, clunky and just awkward having to Sync the damn thing for offline registration. I have to admit I'm not impressed by the Server side of things either.
As a result, the PE Staff are doing paper registers during the lesson that happens at the local sports centre and doing the entry when they get back to their office.
8th December 2008, 02:04 PM #3
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Is this a technical or a legal question?
8th December 2008, 03:53 PM #4
Technical - looking to trial it but not sure how best to do it
8th December 2008, 04:10 PM #5
Depends upon whether you're talking about sync'ing and taking an "offline" register or whether you want to try and do it online via the wireless. - If so, be cautious in that what if the fire is in your server room?
Originally Posted by Gatt
8th December 2008, 04:14 PM #6
Would probably be in offline mode just wondering how it'd be done- cos we line the kids up by year so not sure how the registers would be taken...
13th December 2008, 08:36 PM #7
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Is this any help???
Is this any help???
28-07-2008, 01:55 PM #3
Hi there.. I understand your frustration with mobile registration, as it is a serious issue faced by many schools.
A school that I have been working with in East London reported similar problems as to those you described and we resolved it very neatly. The solution is to have a solution that can work 'off-line working' with wireless (either GPRS, Wi-Fi or both) It needs to be a seamless operation from a P.E Teachers point of view.
The solution that I am referring to enables attendance to be taken remotely using Smart Phones. This is ideal for P.E staff to use on the sports grounds and also for use during school field trips.
Making use of GPRS technology means that registration can be taken anywhere there is mobile phone network - so even abroad. Some schools started using it to take attendance in assembly halls rather using paper! Schools can be sure that they have the latest pupil attendance in realtime at all times.
I'll drop you a PM with more details - otherwise I will be accused of unauthorised promotion!
If there is anyone else with the same problem or if anyone wishes to have further details, please just contact me - I am happy to help.
NB: In case you're wondering - yes, the solution I have works directly with SIMS Attendance and Lesson Monitor software.[/i]
13th December 2008, 11:02 PM #8
SIMS Mobile... hmm!.. never even knew about it
This might be something we need.. how are you getting on with it
sorry to jump off topic
14th December 2008, 08:16 AM #9
It's rubbish if you want my honest opinion.
14th December 2008, 08:57 AM #10
SIMS Mobile = Useless. As I said earlier, very clunky interface and has been given back to me by PE Staff as unworkable.
Originally Posted by EduTech
Looks like we're going to drop it completely. I need to look at other solutions.
14th December 2008, 10:54 AM #11
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Originally Posted by FragglePete
I recall you were also looking at Bromcom's one. Did you ever got to look at it?
If what Bromcom2008 says stands - then it may the answer for PE Teacher registration.
You seem to be leading this topic and hence your feedback will be most welcome.
17th December 2008, 07:02 PM #12
We got some intial pricing, and to be honest the cost is just way too much.
Originally Posted by Tiger
I think we're just throwing money & IT at a problem for the sake of it. PE Teachers do the register on their return to the School after being at the local sports centre.
WiFi access reaches into the changing rooms, so Teachers are using their laptops with SIMS on to register with no problems.
One solution I guess would be to get a VPN connection to the local sports centre to our network over a ADSL Line. But again, it's just throwing a complicated setup and lots of cost at what really is a small problem.
Oh well, maybe BETT will throw something up.
19th December 2008, 10:15 PM #13
22nd December 2008, 08:51 AM #14
you could always stay with SIMS and use terminal server.
Add a couple of 3g cards for off site reg
22nd December 2008, 09:30 AM #15
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Thanks for your input Mcshammer_dj,
It is interesting that you make this comment as I have come across many local authorities who will not allow terminal services access to school servers from outside its own WAN. Also you have the added cost of supplying 3G Data cards and a bulky laptop for the teacher to use.
Would you not agree that a Mobile phone is far a better solution?
I also take the direction that giving access to Terminal services from outside your school, say down the leisure centre would mean having allot of personal data being accessed outside your secure network environment.
If a teacher leaves a laptop connected to a Terminal services session whilst logged in to sims.net, that poses a big security risk and letís say this laptop got stolen from the leisure centre changing rooms. That person who has now got it has access to all the student records for addresses, SEN, Phone Numbers amongst other personal information.
Also you have to remember that it would take a considerable amount of time to logon to the laptop, start up the 3g Data Service, login to the terminal server and them into sims.net. You have to do all this even before you have taken a register, can you imagine a teacher wanting to do that in front of a waiting class? What a waste of time.
Why take that risk, after all teachers just want to be able to take a register and nothing else. I still say that M-Register is the most versatile, secure and user friendly software on the market. Whatís more it can download a register in less than 20 secs!
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