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Notes Application Final Report

Curran, Conor (2016) Notes Application Final Report. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Introduction
The core aim of this project is to provide a cloud based school administration system.

This document presents the final project report of the “Notes” application. Some changes have been made from previous documents such as the Requirements Specification. Overall the main characteristics and functionality of the application remain more or less the same. In addition to the previous proposal I completed work on a homework tool that allows students to confirm homework completion, render data on completion rates and other various interaction tools. Any changes are described below.

Attached in the Appendix is the original project proposal document as well as the monthly journals.

Background
During my internship in summer 2015 I gained a good insight in to the lack of standardised digital record keeping in Irish schools. The vast majority of schools don’t even have a website and if they do rarely are they maintained to any good standard. Below is a high level look at what I have implemented.

It is common practice to this day that record keeping and school disciplinary procedures are still carried out by the teacher, in the first instance, using traditional pen and paper. At a later date this information may be put in to a spreadsheet.

Whilst this method may represent an adequate way of maintaining records it could be streamlined to a much greater extent through the use of modern mobile web and cloud based technology.

By digitising this process it could save teachers and administrators time and the school money in terms of paper and storage requirements. They should be able to do on a smartphone, lap top or iPad what they would normally do on paper.

The purpose of this project is to provide a platform to enable them to do that.

The app also cuts out the need to send letters to student’s homes by sending automatic messages to parents on the basis of any threshold (decided and implemented by the school through the app administration) being exceeded which would indicate the student is having difficulty or is being unreasonably disruptive.

The User Interface is designed to be as simple, quick and intuitive as possible with minimum input required from the user through the front end view for maximum output from the back end. The whole process only takes a few seconds.

In terms of practical implementation, I have implemented a small number of dynamic select dropdown menus while avoiding text fields.

This is a much slender, streamlined and efficient way of maintaining records but it also gives much greater latitude to the user in terms of time allocation.

The school decides what number of points are allocated to what area of disruption. They can do this via the app administration. For example, a case of bullying may carry 5 points and the school could decide at what point warrants a text to a parent or what action might be taken so that they are in full control of their own disciplinary procedures.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Cloud computing
Divisions: School of Computing > Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2016 14:58
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:58
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2365

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