It is hard to remember a time when schools and technology didn’t go hand in hand. There was a time when students didn’t have cell phones in their pockets, parents wouldn’t get instant notifications about their child’s attendance, or teachers couldn’t virtually update grades and attendance.
Today, the use of technology goes beyond just giving teachers and students access to the internet for improved learning but also to solve problems for school owners, administrators, teachers, parents, and students.
School management systems have come a long way as well, transforming the way schools operate today. Data from all ends of an institute is compiled onto one single platform, enabling anyone in the institute to access it and use it for different purposes.
Let’s Go Back in Time: The Information Age
Before computers were first introduced, institutes used various paper-based methods to record and store data but things drastically started to change towards the end of the 20th century. Computers began to develop and by the 1970s, personal computer technology had arrived.
IBM’s personal computers were the ones that actually took off and were named “Machine of the Year”. This led to a technological boom where computers and the internet together made a significant change in the way schools and colleges are managed. However, the data was still being recorded manually.
Data Collection and The Education System
While computers did make the processes efficient, it was still not enough. The data was recorded and worked on manually, with no centralization. This made the approach prone to errors and ineffective when it came to generating reports.
However, with the advancement of technology, in terms of computer networks and the internet, management systems began to develop, which automated most of the processes in a particular school, resulting in significant improvements in efficiency and accuracy.
The development of programs, including IMS (information management system), FMS (financial management system), and LMS (learning management system), enabled schools and colleges to access and manage data remotely and monitor the school’s and student’s performance in real time.
New Wave of Technology
What catapulted the SMS’s technology further was the inception of cloud-computing technology. Student data could be accessed from anywhere and smart devices could be used to record attendance, grade assignments, and communicate with parents on the go, allowing for a more personalized learning experience.
Moving on, we can look forward to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms making their way into school management systems. Teachers can tailor their teaching efforts using AI-powered systems by identifying the patterns of student behavior and different learning style.
In conclusion, the evolution of school management systems has come a long way from manual record-keeping to advanced AI-powered systems. As technology continues to evolve, it is likely that school management systems will continue to play a crucial role in improving the quality of education and student outcomes and GLOWSIMS will be at the forefront of that innovation.