School Management System (SMS)
We create school portals and School Management Systems(SMS also refer as school ERP Enterprise Resourse Planning) optimized to increase engagement between teachers, students and parents. A school management system automates and generally all round improves the workflow between all parties. Historically, school portals have been messy, difficult to use and outdated. But in an increasingly digitally connected world, where parents expect to have access to accurate and reliable information in a timely manner, this will no longer suffice.
Historically, school portals have been messy, difficult to use and outdated. But in an increasingly digitally connected world, where parents expect to have access to accurate and reliable information in a timely manner, this will no longer suffice. A school portal solution needs to be designed to seamlessly connect your administrators, teachers, parents and students 24/7 from any location and device. It is an extension of your school's brand, and a well designed school portal reflects positively on the school’s reputation.
A school portal should never be a challenge to navigate. Designs should begin with a consideration of what the users need to accomplish and, from there, every effort should be made to let them navigate to that information quickly. School portals should adhere to current web standards and should undergo substantial usability testing. Watching real users is the only way to ensure that a school portal functions the way it should. It's not always easy to guess what users will or won't find intuitive.
One way you can eliminate clutter on your school portal is by personalising content based on user roles. Parents, teachers, students, and other staff members should have different dashboards and user experiences. This content will ensure that each user gets only the information and functionality that they are interested in. It will also substantially reduce confusion. Content management systems can be easily customized to tailor content to each user type.
Designing for mobile is no longer an option: it is a must. Students and parents expect to be able to access their school’s portal on their mobile phones. That includes all of the important functionality that can be found in the desktop version, to be easily viewed on smaller mobile screens.
There are two design elements that school portals often get wrong: forms and tables. Forms need to be easy to use and easy to submit. They need to be designed so that they can save data quickly and so that they are intuitive and easy to use. They also need to be clean and attractive, because a lot of information will be submitted through forms. Likewise, tables need to be constructed so that they are clean, polished, and professional. Well-formatted tables can display a lot of information quickly, in an intuitive and easy to read structure. Poorly formatted tables will often "break" a portal, especially when viewed on smaller screens.
School Portal and School Management Systems (SMS) are two terms that are very closely related and often used interchangeably. You may have encountered a situation where you couldn’t seem to decide the best option for your School because you just couldn’t figure out how each actually works. School Management System SMS is often called a School ERP (ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning) or sometimes just a School Software. A School Portal on the other hand sometimes goes by “Education Portal” or “Student Portal” and oddly enough, “School Portal Management System”.
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