A school management system is an information management system that can manage all student data for an educational institution. It provides powers such as student registration in the classroom, each student’s grade documentation and analytical marks and other assessment elements. Also, an SMS is used to plan students’ curriculum, record their attendance, and manage all student-related needs within a school.
School management systems vary in size, scope, and capabilities, from packages applied to relatively small organizations to cover only student records, to enterprise-wide solutions aimed at covering large organizations and most aspects of their online school management. The responsibility is to purchase additional “modules” and to meet local needs, many systems typically formed by their home organization may be disturbed at different levels of functionality.
Since the mid-2000s, educational institutions have invested heavily in technological solutions, software and hardware. However, the education sector is still lagging behind in the application and use of technology. It is an interesting fact that most classes in public or even private schools worldwide have remained virtually unchanged in the last 50 years or so. A general class in the 1970s and a class today are completely identical in many respects.
However, this is about change. For the first time in human history, technology is rapidly changing the way teachers teach and students learn. In other words, technology is going to disrupt the education sector. This is the result of the use of new technological advances in the classroom such as tablets, social media, virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and other learning tools or platforms.
This change is going to be a difficult and demanding process for the average educational institution. These companies are characterized by a high complexity between security, process and function spectrum, low budget and small or non-existent IT departments.
Academic institutions are like small towns. IT managers need to implement a system that handles everything from registration and admission to academic management as well as billing, transportation and food, health monitoring, communication, behavior, financing and so on. A school with 500 students can have more than 1500 end users and a small budget to manage all of the above.