Usually technology is developed to make our lives easier.
Unfortunately, a recent computer system update in Alabama schools ... Is having the opposite effect...at least for now.
Here’s more on the state's new student management program ... Information now... That's replacing STI-Home
A new Alabama school computer program "I-Now" seems more like “I-Later” to some parents.
“Parents have in the past been able to go online and check their children's grades in real time. So that is not available yet and we hope the state is going to open that up in the very near future,” said Dr. Sam Nichols, Superintendent of Dothan City Schools.
One Houston County administrator says availability could take longer on a local level.
“We feel like it will be until Christmas until we can open it up to parents and students at home,” said David Sewell of Houston County Schools Technology Department.
“Administrators do say the new program will have its advantages. Eventually parents and students will have additional and faster access to student records,” said reporter Danielle Eldredge.
"It’s taking the place of 6 other programs. Everything is real time. As soon as they put the grades in, parents can see it,” said Sewell.
"So it's going to be real good it's just a matter of debugging everything and getting it to where it needs to be," said Nichols.
Until that time, administrators have to deal with the problems at hand.
“Our big concern right now is security. That’s why we're not opening up the “I-Now” to parents and to students. Security of not just our servers but of the student's data,” said Sewell.
Nichols is hopeful.
“It’s been my experience as we've adopted new programs there's a steep learning curve to begin with and as we move forward we're able to perfect the system and get it to work the way we want them to,” said Nichols.
The management system is responsible for tracking student grades, discipline and attendance.
Sewell says, teachers are still able to access these tools, but parents can't view the statistics at this time.