Any good options for writing to SIMS?
This is my first post on EduGeek so please bare with me....
I am an I.C.T co-ordinator at a small first school and we are keen to adopt a new VLE component which is being offered through SWGfL's Merlin. This new module will take data from SIMs and display it for parents/teachers to view.
My problem is that we currently do not utilise the power of SIMs because we only have it on one machine in the office which is only ever used by our senior admin officer (and SIMs manager).
What would others recommend as the next steps forward? I did have BromCom and Capita come in and show us their systems which I loved but the cost is unbelievable (in the region of £5000 a year) especially because we are small school of 180 pupils. I know about SIMs in the classroom but that would mean linking our curriculum and admin network which I am not keen to do.
Is there other options? Free options? Does anyone import data into SIMs regularly using an online format perhaps?
All suggestions welcome...