End In Sight For Roll Calls As Schools Prep Kids For Head And Hand Scanning

Friday, May 13, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Katherine Donnelly
Independent.ie

AN Irish software firm has brought the traditional school attendance register into the computer age.

Two schools have already adopted the latest face-recognition technology to monitor attendance and timekeeping among thousands of pupils, and other schools are planning to introduce the system from September.

Students simply look at a device when they arrive at school and, within seconds, they are scanned, identified and their attendance is registered.

It saves hours of teachers’ time recording attendance and ‘lates’, and provides an at-a-glance record of who’s in and who’s out.

It also makes it easy to track poor attendance or lateness patterns, which would allow for early intervention to nip a problem in the bud.

And it overcomes the so-called ‘buddy punching’ problem, where a student can make a false registration by swiping in someone else’s card.

Templeogue College in south Dublin has become the first school here to use the system to track attendance and timekeeping among its 700 pupils.

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