Classroom Panic - One Way Messaging
I'm after a solution that we can roll out to teacher stations in classrooms that will act as a sort of Panic button that will send an alert to the School Office, who will in turn get the member of SLT who is 'on-call' to visit the classroom.
I know the simple answer would be to send an email, but this would mean a member of office staff would be responsible for continually monitoring their email in an already overly busy office. An ideal solution would be for the teacher to send an alert with a few brief details, and then the PC in the office sounding some kind of alarm (be it through the speakers or through the mainboard speaker) and displaying the details.
We had a facility that was part of our Bromcom system that allowed us to do this but it seemed a bit hit and miss; sometimes it was reliable and others not really working at all.
Does anybody know of anything or currently using anything similiar?
I am open to suggestions.
panic button/scrolling banner solution
Hello - we use a system called epigeon (by a company called Tech Noel - yeah exactly - who are they!?!!) Anyway, we used to use a day book which had messages & alerts etc. but often staff missed this due to being on yard, in the staffroom, on the loo...We looked into a really simple instant messaging/paging software system that would sit in front of all windows until clicked and was customisable (colour, size, font) with sound alerts too (which are also customisable via MP3s).
Once we'd found epigeon it just seemed to work fine within our system - it is a bit of a funky interface (but that's just me being a bit of a Mac snob though really!) During a recent update, some of the clients were failing to connect to the epigeon server due to a mismatch of installs to license ratio and the general consensus was that people could not operate without it...it is a highly recommended product, not for whistles and bells and how it looks but because it just does the one job actually quite well and a school we couldn't live without it now.
Hope that helps!
AST Primary ICT (Sefton)
English Martyrs Primary School
English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, Liverpool, UK-