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    Offline Reporting

    All our teachers have to do their school reports electronically within SIMS now. Is there a way (without remote logon) to write all their reports and them import them into SIMS (when they get back into the school). I don't know if there's an add-on etc to write the reports in and then synchronise, I'm just thinking out aloud!

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    Yes - good old Word (or open source equivalent) and the handy CTRL C V keys when they come back on site.

    I think the only other way in the case of SIMS is Learning Gateway, but even that requires them to have an internet connection

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oops_my_bad View Post
    Yes - good old Word (or open source equivalent) and the handy CTRL C V keys when they come back on site.

    I think the only other way in the case of SIMS is Learning Gateway, but even that requires them to have an internet connection
    Unfortunately, many of our teachers NEED (oh yes they do) access to comment banks within SIMS in order to write their reports!!!! Writing them in word first would mean them having to 'think'!!!!

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    We moved away from off-line for Profiles as people have said SLG is our solution now. You can still do it with Assessment export/import to Excel but that won't give you comment banks. However, unless you use encrypted devices you are falling foul of new government guidance in data handling of pupil data by taking it off site.

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    If they need the comment banks, then they need to do it connected. So either SLG (if it does it) or give them remote access to SIMS .net from home.

    If they can type.. ahem... then there is an export function in there somewher, that will bung it into excel, they can then take this home, edit, and then import again.

    You have to select the correct export type (I think it is called "formatted" or something like that), which gives all the headers, and student names etc.


    ... I have to say though, I don't teach or do reports so I don't know how this works, but I have seen ICT literate teachers do this.

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    The ideal solution is to get SLG2. Registers, AM7 Assessments and Profiles7 Reports can all be completed online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oops_my_bad View Post
    Yes - good old Word (or open source equivalent) and the handy CTRL C V keys when they come back on site.

    I think the only other way in the case of SIMS is Learning Gateway, but even that requires them to have an internet connection
    We do the same here as well.

    We also provide a VPN link for laptops if not access to the terminal server.

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    Data security

    Online is the way forward. If you allow staff to work offline at home, you need to think of data security.

    Are their laptops encrypted? If they put it on a memoery stick is that encrypted.?

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