HP SchoolCloud provides students and teachers 24/7, anywhere access to all their school applications and data. It also allows IT professionals to manage their resources more efficiently by maintaining applications and data on servers rather than on individual computers. HP SchoolCloud solution combines infrastructure; software; and on-site, instructor-led professional development for teachers. It is a scalable solution that lets schools manage from 200 students up to 200,000 students all from a central location.Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: data management
allows administrators to transfer student-information-system (SIS) data to a handheld device. Because data can be accessed from a handheld immediately, the information may be used for everyday discipline, student-conduct incidents and histories, emergency preparedness, and security. Each user is issued his or her own passkey, and data can be synchronized as often as needed.PROS: The Principalm+ transfers information without using a third-party server. The software transfers data to most handhelds, including smartphones, BlackBerry smartphones, and PDAs, and soon to Apple iPhones. Users can add customizable fields. The data-download sets can be customized, such as downloading just phone numbers and health information for a teacher going on a field trip.CONS: None.OVERALL EVALUATION: One of the biggest problems administrators have is that all the student data we collect are never where we need them when we need them. Principalm+ solves this problem. Administrators can use Principalm+ to check the discipline record of a student at the site of an incident rather than having to wait until they get back to the office. They can look up a locker combination on the spot, or even a parent’s phone number. This type of application is long overdue.www.discoverysoftware.comRetail price: Based on per-student, per-module model.
The AutoRoster application allows districts to easily link educators to student information within their TestWiz system. The software satisfies the specific need for moving correct student roster information from a student information system into TestWiz. Once set up, the process runs automatically on a prearranged schedule to ensure that data are as accurate as possible. AutoRoster can work with other software programs as well. TestWiz processes, scans, scores, and reports on all student assessment data in one system. The system allows users all the way down to the classroom level to view, sort, and filter results from national, state, local, and standardized assessments.Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: assessment
The OpenClassroom Server (OCS) places the teacher in control of an easily managed local Web 2.0 environment. The OCS lets the teacher and students carry out research, communication, collaboration, publication, and other network-based functions through an intuitive interface and provides classroom-level management and control. The OCS can be connected to a network that is also connected to the Internet, which allows students to search the OCS and the Internet simultaneously. PROS: Retrieving the cached data is very fast. Three models offer a price range for every use. The teacher can select what information can be stored on the OCS. Extra security is provided for wikis, blogs, and forums on the Class OCS-School and OCS-Class models since both provide local storage. Audio/video content that has been downloaded to the server can be more quickly accessed from the OCS server. This not only saves time but also external bandwidth.CONS: The cloud model does not have the same speed and security.OVERALL EVALUATION: Overall evaluation: The OCS-Class and OCS-School provide a speedy, safe, and secure learning environment, while the OCS-Cloud offers the benefits of being managed and hosted by the company.www.aspenlearning.comRetail price: OCS-Class, $1,200; OCS-School, $3,500; OCS-Cloud, $2/student/year
This image-recognition software, paired with an inexpensive Web or document camera, delivers a low-cost software alternative to expensive OMR scanning machines. GradeCam instantly grades multiple-choice tests and automatically records the scores in a teacher’s existing electronic grade book. GradeCam allows teachers to enter scores for all student work—graded tests, quizzes, and credit/no credit assignments, for example—by swiping papers under a camera instead of entering the data by hand. GradeCam forms can be printed from the software and reproduced, and may be filled in with any pen or pencil. Price: $3/student for school license; $2/student for district license Category: assessment
These services integrate digital content into daily teaching practice. Dell teamed up with Brain- Honey to provide educators with open-source, customized content. BrainHoney’s platform allows teachers to align content development to state standards using a simple drag-and-drop interface to develop curriculum maps. BrainHoney also generates daily reports on student progress against state standards. Professional Learning Services supports the integration of digital content and Connected Classroom technologies into daily teaching practice. Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: content management
This computer life-cycle management offering allows users to manage the PC and Mac devices in their deployment from a single interface. Track installed applications and licenses on all the devices in your deployment. Collect data from each machine so you can intelligently manage application licenses to prevent over-install penalties. Monitor and enforce your configuration policies, and use the data you collect to remotely monitor and control the devices in your deployment. Use the Security Content Automation Protocol reports to manage corporate and government regulations, including FDCC compliance. Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: asset management
The ClassLink Perkins Data Portal simplifies the process of collecting and reporting the data required for federal Carl Perkins Title II grants. Any school that receives Carl Perkins Title II funding will find that ClassLink Perkins Data Portal provides easy report generation that meets the most recent federal and state mandates; a clear snapshot of consortiums, districts, and schools on postsecondary placement data; and data-driven analysis of student performance criteria using customized charts and graphs. Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: data management