Groupcall Emerge iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch app for MIS access.
I started writing this as a comment to the article linked below, but it got very painful really quickly, especially with no preview, so here it is in it's own thread:
OK So initial feedback from showing the BETT video (EduGeek.net - BETT 2010 - Capita and Stone Computers Demo) of the SIMS app to staff and management has been very positive and i've been doing some digging, asking some questions of my account manager (who checked some things with Groupcall) and i thought i'd share the responses for anyone that is interested. Answers have been reworded slightly.
I'd like a demo on my phone to test. I was hoping for this at BETT, but it was not offered. Is it possible to try it out?
-> Demo link to follow :) Contact your account manager for info.
If i install to my personal handset then decide to leave, can it be remote disabled?
-> Each device has a unique installation and can be remotely locked/disabled.
Follow up: I'd like for it to auto disable if not synched for x-days. It appears from the settings the different DBs have expiration times but i think that just controls when it next synchs.
At secondary pricing I'd need 28 units minimum before it's worth getting a site licence, but i only want to try it out with 1/2/5 initially, how will that work if i later add many more? [Secondary: £299 1st device, £99 after that. £2995 site. Primary: £195 1st device, £99 after that. £1995 site.]
-> Once a number of individual school licences reach the equivalent of the site licence, the school’s licence will automatically be upgraded to a site licence. [therefore cost is capped.]
Follow up: What affect if any is there for a dual Primary/Secondary site, where most of my students are Primary (2/3).
Usually new modules require installation / training, at additional cost. What is the hit?
-> Training is optional since Emerge is so intuitive. Remote training can be provided if desired.
On-line training materials are available and will be sent to existing customers on receipt of payment.
Groupcall is in the process of creating a range of training videos
I'd like the nurses to have access too. When will medical / behaviour be available?
-> A number of profiles are currently available, however we can add / create bespoke profiles as requested.
The additional of medical information is available now.
Groupcall intends to add the facility to write back behaviour information in the next release (due April 11)
Assessment information is currently under review, and we’re hopeful that it’ll be added before the new academic year (Sept 11), however this is yet to be specified or confirmed.
Can one device be used with multiple logins, i.e. I can have a shared iPad for Heads of Year to use?
-> Yes it is possible to set this up using the Emerge management console which will be installed for the school to manage.
Any idea on timeframe for other devices i.e. Android, Nokia, etc.
-> Not defined yet - but hopefully an Android app will be available in the next few months, followed by WM& and then Java.
Further queries and thoughts posed:
iPod Touch 4 is currently around £150 here for an 8GB. I think 3rd gen is cheaper still. Will it work on that?
Is the pricing annual? Or is there an on going cost?
The demo, appeared to have a limit of around 50 students on a search, but i may be wrong. When searching it finds the character / combo in any part of the name, so 'al' returns 'sally' and 'wallis'. That could be a limitation for me!
Can it access UDGs so when used for a school trip all info is in one list?
Any recommendations on management software to lock down usage of the devices?
On this i'm thinking one of the synch charge cases / racks seen at BETT2011 would do the job. They could all be restored from backup to prevent rubbish being downloaded. Any useful apps though could be added for all. I'll be looking at other threads regarding this, as i'm sure it'll be an issue when kids get given iPads; dont want them playing Angry Birds! (Unless it's in Physics!)