Virtual Learning Platforms Thread, Parent Portal in Technical; School I work at needs a "parent portal" up and running by start of the next school year. I realise ...
14th September 2009, 02:09 PM #1
School I work at needs a "parent portal" up and running by start of the next school year. I realise that we're in a similar position to a lot of other schools at the moment and I was just wondering what other peoples plans and experiences were with setting something up.
From what I can gather as I've not been given too much info on exactly what management are looking for. We are after someway parents can log in from home and acess their childs attendence, grades and behavior stats.
We use SIMS at the moment although upto today I've had little to no dealings with it whatsoever but I'm assuming there is technology availble which will enable parents to view the data on the net or possibly even better have it intergrated into the new VLE we're looking to get up and running some time in the future.
So meh... opinions, ideas, experiences? Better to keep two seperate systems or try and intergrate it with our new VLE? Or perhaps something else I'm missing.
Hope you guys can help a noob.
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14th September 2009, 02:20 PM #2
SLG2 from Capita 'just works' in this way, or the LP+ web parts may include this functionality now/future but you'd be better talking to Tony.
14th September 2009, 07:40 PM #3
We roll out to all of our parents after the October half term using the SLG2.
I am actually looking forward to it, just getting staff to ensure that they maintain the registers and behaviour referrals are "parent friendly". I've also got the Office Manager working on cleaning the student data held within SIMS so parents only receive one usernmame / password.
Its not an overnight fix just purchasing the solutions - theres a lot of spade working required before you should go live.
15th September 2009, 12:00 AM #4
Yep, there are tools for the VLE to do this ... Has Chris been in yet to see you? If so and it wasn't mentioned it is mainly due to getting the ball rolling with the VLE first ... get it working internally with staff and then Parental Engagement later. Online reporting is only a part of Parental Engagement.
I'll let him know tomorrow you are interested in that side too as a priority. Even if it is just a look at what can be done further down the line.
15th September 2009, 12:08 AM #5
Yeah if you need a parents gateway up and running quickly, i would look at the SLG2 as like kmount said it just works and will work with your MIS nice and easy
15th September 2009, 12:18 AM #6
@eduTech : 'Parent Portal' does not = SLG2 aka SIMS Web Parts. You *know* there is far more to working with parents than shoving attendance data in their face. I know SLG2 can do a lot more that just the data but that is what most people focus on (even Capita to be honest) and it is *so* disappointing. You can get some really good parental engagement without even touching data.
There is also nothing to say that you only have to use one system though ... Parent access in Moodle is coming along from what I hear ... SLG2 ... LP+ with SIMS Web Parts ... Mahara ... the world is your shellfish! Just be careful of people spending heaps of money without thinking about it or discussing it with you (or you with them).
15th September 2009, 12:31 AM #7
15th September 2009, 01:07 AM #8
Frog do this in their 3.0 package, the complete VLE. It's nice user dummy friendly... and their Promo Hoodies are really cool strongly recco.
15th September 2009, 01:10 AM #9
15th September 2009, 08:41 AM #10
Tasc Software have a product called Insight which we pay £500 a year for, all it requires is you run SIMS. Its small, not expensive, easy to install, self hosted and support is excellent, and looks pritty.
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