The Trend of Online School Management Software

Our school bought into the trend two years ago and began the software to use both “Edline” and “Gradequick” in combination with each other. Edline allowed our school to build a linking website to our home page that included a class schedule and forms for parents and staff. It also allowed teachers to build their own class websites and place updated quiz, test and project dates on a calendar for parent access. It provided students and parents with a code and password so that they could receive updated information and view current grades. Gradequick was a separate software program that connected to Edline and was used to upload grades into a web-based service that sent the grades to Edline for viewing. Edline also allowed for a combined test, quiz and project calendar for the entire secondary staff. In this way, we could control the number of major tests or projects students would be taking on a given day.

However, Edline was not without its flaws. It was not a comprehensive system. It required a separate grading program. It didn’t have interesting features like lesson plan uploading or behavior reporting for online archive files. It didn’t give administration access to individual student schedules.

So, after some consideration, our school switched to “Renweb,” which is a more complete school management software. They are currently attempting to make their program web-based this year instead of software-based, but it includes a variety of functions including lesson plans for archive, uploading of PDF files for parents to download, academic and behavior documentation and medical histories. It allows the schedules of students to be posted and for teachers to post grades using the same software system. Attendance can also be taken on the system.

So here is my question: It seems to me that school management software is now the ongoing trend. However, which system is the best to use? Which system is comprehensive, yet affordable? Which system has excellent customer service and less “kinks”? 

I would like to invite my readers to comment on the systems their public or private schools use and rate the following areas on a scale of 1-10: affordability, user friendly, functions, customer service, and time-saving. Basically, give me the name of your software, the main website from the software company and then rate the following areas. Provide a brief comment with your rating.

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6 responses to “The Trend of Online School Management Software

  1. Hello!
    Thanks for the invitation. Our school has just embraced Infinite Campus. We are in the beginning stages so I cannot speak to how good/bad/indifferent it is. I know that I was able to go right in this summer and get some addresses that I needed for thank-you cards, but not sure that counts!
    ~smiles~
    linda

  2. Pat H

    We’ve used TeacherEase for four years and it’s been a great way to communicate with the parents. They added student management three years ago and it’s been extremely easy to use. It’s on the internet, not software. The cost is an affordable yearly fee. We’re a small poor school. They trained us for free. The student management system is called SchoolInsight http://www.common-goal.com . We started with a free trial. Have a blessed day.

  3. Mike C

    We switched to Renweb last year and love it. It has given us back ups, and redistributed the workload from the office staff to the teachers, but they like it too, since grading is so easy. The only pain is we currently don’t have a solution if the internet goes down. I’m not sure what to do about that…

  4. Schools-On-I-Net online school management software recognizes that the usage of a system is directly related to its usability. We offer a comprehensive solution, complete with integration with Google Apps for Education and FACTS Tuition Management so that you have one centralzed location, one login, to get all you need to manage your school and your classes.
    http://www.soink12.com
    We are offering free Google Apps for Education Setup and Free Online Grade Books. Plus we give you the flexibility you need, some modules can be bought separately, like Parent Teacher Conference scheduling.
    Would love to hear your feedback.
    -Sunita

  5. Achieve Technology provides software specifically designed for independent schools. Our comprehensive suite will dramatically improve efficiency, accuracy and communication within your school. Whether your role is Admissions Director, Development Director, Business Manager, Nurse, Registrar, Principal, Teacher, or Head of School, Achieve provides the information you need. Even better, our modular technology allows you to add applications as you need them. And you can tailor-design the many customizable features to suit your school’s unique requirements.

  6. Tom Strickland

    Renweb – PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION

    Ok, I’m very frustrated. There is NO support for parents. The Renweb system has destroyed all my data. We receive no hardcopy (it’s all online), it’s all in Renweb, and it’s ALL GONE. You can’t even talk to anybody at Renweb to reports bugs in their software. Just tell your colleges that Renweb ate your data, and see what they say. If you are a school looking at this software, please hear this. DON’T GO DOWN THIS PATH.

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