Keeping students in class has become a challenge for teachers. They have begun to look to technology, such as Kinvolved, for a solution to the problem.
For some schools, truancy and absenteeism have become a major concern. Teachers are finding their classrooms significantly empty with students who are choosing not to come to class. To combat this phenomenon, schools like the Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts, have begun to use an application called Kinvolved.
Kinvolved tracks attendance by swiping a student’s finger at the beginning of each class. If that student is late or tardy, the app sends a text message to their parents informing them of their child’s truancy.
Since its implementation in Wadleigh Secondary School, the application is already acting as a deterrent to students thinking about cutting class. It is also providing teachers and administrators with a slew of information about school-wide or student-specific attendance trends. They use this information to communicate with the students and their families to find the best solutions that will allow the student to attend class.
Applications like Kinvolved raise important concerns regarding the streamlining and automation of routine processes and tasks.
The ability to streamline a student’s schooling has become easier. Students incorporate Kinvolved into their daily routine, and they learn not to be late or skip class for fear that their parents or guardians will be notified. Essentially, students become obligated to a technology that encourages them to attend class and perform better.
If this is the case, what can we expect for the future of education if applications like Kinvolved become more prominent? Will student truancy dramatically decrease? Will it help make students more responsible and better learners?
So far, the answer seems to be yes. Teachers at Wadleigh Secondary School have reported higher attendance among their classes as well as greater interaction and communication with parents who receive multiple text messages regarding their child’s truancy.
Thinking beyond education, could applications like Kinvolved also be used in the workplace? If an individual is repeatedly late to work, could this data be tailed and sent to bosses and employers so they know just how much time in a given year they are missing work?
It’s an interesting question to think about. Although an answer is probably not forthcoming as putting applications similar to Kinvolved in the workplace would be a difficult and lengthy process due to moral, legal, and ethical complications.
However, one thing is certain. Applications like Kinvolved represent a continuing desire to improve on the performance and productivity of the individual. With the success of Wadleigh Secondary School, it is only a matter of time before other schools and institutions take notice.
Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
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