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RE: [school-discuss] Web-based School Administration...


Depending on your timeline, SchoolTool may be what you want. It is open
source, but financially backed - a team of developers is on contract to
deliver the core system for end September. It will be up to the community to
add national/school specific requirements onto the core.

Have a look at http://schooltool.sourceforge.net to get an idea of where the
project's going. The more the merrier!



-----Original Message-----
From: Micah Quinn
To: schoolforge-discuss@schoolforge.net
Sent: 8/19/03 11:15 PM
Subject: Re: [school-discuss] Web-based School Administration...

Thanks Tom/Dave,

My company does consulting/programming as well and we always put open 
source first.  Right now I'm considering only open source options 
becuase whatever solution we implement will most likely have to be 
extended to support their specifics.

The school is a small, private school with a single campus and only a 
few hundred students.  They have a very small budget for this project.

Thanks for the links to other options.  They provide me with some good 
ideas for features that we should be looking for. 

So back to the point,  anyone know of any good open source packages for 
SIS or school administration?

Tom Adelstein wrote:

> If anyone wants an open source application built instead of a closed 
> source, proprietary one, consider contacting JAMM Consulting - 
> http://jammconsulting.com and contact Neil.
> dfrankson@infinitecampus.org wrote:
>>     My company Infinite Campus  http://www.infinitecampus.com
>> web-based student information systems (not open source).   Which 
>> district, #
>> of students and state are you at?
>> A few other non-open source web-based systems:
>> * Powerschool http://www.powerschool.com
>> * Chancery SMS
>> http://www.chancery.com/solutions/features/chancerySMS4_0.html
>> * Schoolspace http://www.limitless.net/
>> There are many products that are "web-enabled" (where a terminal 
>> program can
>> be run in a browser), but I don't really count those.  I have alot of
>> experience with many competitors' products and I can tell you the 
>> functional
>> and technical strengths and weaknesses.  But, my opinion is biased, 
>> and I
>> wouldn't want to disrupt the email list with anything that could be
>> considered a sales pitch.
>> We use alot of open-source projects embedded in our software, but we 
>> haven't
>> yet ported to a full linux solution.
>> Dave
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Micah Quinn"
>> To: <schoolforge-discuss@seul.org>
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 3:31 PM
>> Subject: [school-discuss] Web-based School Administration...
>>> Hello all.
>>> I've been doing some searching for a web-based school administration
>>> program using the software resource listings on schooforge and other

>>> web
>>> sites.  I've evaluated several of the applications and found only a
>>> couple to be really up to speed for production use.
>>> NOTE:  My notes/comments regarding the following applications are
>>> intended to offend the developers/supporters of those applications.
>>> It's simply my naive comments based on only a couple of hours of
>>> research.  Apologies in advance for anything mis-stated.  :-)
>>> I've currently looked at:
>>>    * OpenAdminForSchool - The demo shows a very rough interface and
>>>      very few complete features.
>>>    * DistrictDNA - Install was complicated and it's not a web-based
>>>      application.
>>>    * Educational Information System - Nothing but a framework so
>>>      nothing really usable yet.  Looks like some great goals though.
>>>    * Ionia Student - In planning stages
>>>    * LISSARD - Again, some nice ideas, but mostly boilerplate for
>>>      complete features in the future.
>>>    * MainBrain - Really nice commercial application, but I've no
>>>      of the pricing.  It looks like expensive software.
>>>    * SchoolMation - Very nice software and extremely reasonable in
>>>      pricing.  Anyone out there used this?
>>>    * MyPHPSchool - Again, fairly incomplete and no real examples to 
>>> demo.
>>>    * OpenSIS - Sounds promising, but the site "opensis.org" is down.
>>>      Anyone use this?
>>>    * OpenUSS - Has some outstanding looking concepts for making
>>>      material available, but doesn't seem to encompass
>>>      tasks. (Grades, student info, etc.)
>>> Anyways, you get the idea.  Is anyone on this list currently using
>>> web-based software that is of production quality and will do some or

>>> all
>>> of the following:
>>> 1.  Student Information (name, age, address, phone, parents, 
>>> photograph,
>>> etc.)
>>> 2.  Grade Tracking  (Transcripts, report cards, class averages,
>>> 3.  Attendance Tracking
>>> 4.  Emergency Contact Information
>>> 5.  Course Tracking
>>> 6.  Generic Form/Document Tracking (Permission slips, parent
>>> communication, etc.)
>>> 7.  Internet News Publishing
>>> 8.  Secure Parental Internet Access
>>> Thanks for any feedback you can give.