MattMitchell (3rd December 2009)
It seems that we implemented "all teachers today" which is useful but the easier to implement "all teachers" hasn't been done yet. I await a delivery date for this.
MattMitchell (3rd December 2009)
I did wonder why someone went the extra mile to do the harder implementation...
It would be good to have both - maybe described as "Student's Teachers" and "Student's Teachers Today" or similar.
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You're quite right, it is only teachers today. I think that's the point of the system: getting an urgent message to teachers of a particular student. You will have seen Phil Neal's post. I agree that 'All Class Teachers' would have a wider use.
Same versions as us, Top_Cat - at least I know everything's working at our end then!
I think that one thing we would like to see in our school is that messages are e-mailed to staff since there not always in sims. I did some digging on support net and the only thing I can find is this change request (http://support.capitaes.co.uk/Change...a8%c3%9c%c3%95) #0904-507084
Do you think this would be a good idea for your schools?
I remember this topic and might even have been me who logged that request!
It is a good idea, and while I know Capita don't want SIMS to be turned into an emailing system, their links with Schoolcomms which is an ideal next step for this, would be perfect.
Does anyone use school comms? Do you find them good value for money?
We have for the past 3 years, they are brilliant both as company and product.
Software is very easy to use, it importantly pulls through all forms of grouping from SIMS (forms, years, classes, UDGs, houses etc) and allows you to quickly email individual students, parents of, or staff members (as long as the information is in SIMS), and/or groups of these. Takes seconds.
Costs depend on number of students, and if you want just one user or multiple users (as in accounts to simultaniously send messages). Either way is good value for money.
the absence part links in so that when a parent replies it updates sims automagically which is cool.
i've just tested the web based beta version and despite being a bit cartoon like in appearance again it's really good but you can't do management tasks on it yet. I've found it works quicker than the desktop application and we are connecting from Saudi!
The only thing i would say, and it's true of any system, the effectiveness is only as good as the data you provide. We have had big problems with data and are only just fixing them. Now that we have cleaned up our contacts' details - email and mobiles, the system works extremely well.
We tested that early last week too Vik, it is a great advancement for the normal user I think.
PS How do you get on with it in Saudi? with numbers and the likes?
no probs. just need to make sure mobiles have the dialling code prefixed. bit odd though as we have a 3 digit code and schoolcomms changes the formatting into having 2 and then the rest of the number. not other problems really, apart from the caveats with how data is stored in SIMS mentioned in other threads. i.e. can only have ONE 'main' email per contact, regardless of the fact that SIMS lets you have a main home, main work, main other etc.
(We have several variants on this (e.g. email students in class xyz etc.) but the sending mechanism is the same.)
(PS it looks as if there might be a problem downloading the attachment with IE - seems OK with Chrome/Firefox.)
Last edited by TimH; 9th December 2009 at 04:15 PM.
I also whole-heartedly endorse this product.
It's link into SIMS First Day Absence is a joy to behold!
In the interests of balance for the readers out there (rather than the Schoolcomms appreciation society of which some members here seem 'platinum members'!), there are quite a few 'comms' products with direct links to SIMS.net (including 1st day absence in some cases) and they all pull year groups, classes, houses etc from SIMS without any fuss.
In no particular order of merit;
plus a few more that I cannot recall right now.
Last edited by marshharrier; 17th December 2009 at 09:59 AM.
Truancy Call works well for us and links nicely with SIMS - updating codes and inserting comments that come in from parents by text. I'm not aware that it can be used to send out messages generated within SIMS.
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