15 Aug 2017

Best 5 WordPress School Management System Themes & Plugins

It’s a fact that WordPress powers more than 27% of all sites across the web. Therefore, it is not surprising that we are repeatedly approached by schools to ask for an over the counter school management system built in WordPress, or we are asked to develop one for them. Although we do not support this notion for many reasons beyond the scope of this post, here is a list of the best WordPress school management system themes and plugins. These themes  and plugins can be customized based on the school’s needs, but they do have some customization limitations. We would recommend them for small to medium sized schools and that do not have a complex operations system, sort of traditional school workflows.

1. WPSchoolPress

WPSchoolPress is a complete school management WordPress plugin. It claims to make the school operations transparent. As with all the other plugins and themes listed here, there are four roles: Admin, Teachers, Students, and Parents. Each has a definite access privilege and dashboard. WPSchoolPress  can help the school manage attendance, classes, subjects, marks, exams, events, Time table, and transportation. It includes a  notification system and sms API integration. WPSchoolPress is subscription-based.

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2. Schoex

Schoex claims to be the ultimate WordPress school management system. It is built on Larabel 4 and AngularJS, which give it greater flexiblity and robustness. In addition to WPSchoolPress plugin features, it has payment and accounting, online exams. polling, public registration and approval by admin, assignments, media center, study materials, generate mark sheets, and much more.

 

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3. Inilabs

Though less visually appealing than the others,  Inlabs is really robust under the hood. Unlike the others, it has unlimited role permissions. This is great for many schools that have different personnel categories like support staff : ITs, librarians etc. Inilabs supports online payment, easy student promotion gateway. IT can mange expenses, has a report card system, and includes a syllabus. This is in addition to the conventional modules.

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4. Ekattor Pro

Ekattor has been on the market for a while. It has an all-in-one dashboard. It has study document distribution based on classes/teachers, exam marks management, vivid class routine schedule, invoice management, RTL support, and product language management. It has the most sales among the rest, perhaps this is due to its longevity on the market. However, it does have some negative reviews in terms of support. Ekattor also has a WordPress plugin in case you do not want to opt for a theme.

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5. School Management System Plugin for WordPress

School Management System Plugin is an ideal way to manage complete school operation. The system has different access rights for Admin, Teachers, Students, and Parents. It has a front end student registration, followed by Admin approval, online fees payment, Library module, front end modules for parents, teachers, and students. It also has grade, class, and subject modules. It has a class route, reports, payment module, student migration module, Hall List, transportation and event-notice modules. You can combine it with WordPress Learning Management System plugin and Paymaster plugin to have an all star school ERP and learning management system.

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No school needs are the same. So, you need to know what your school needs, and see if the theme or plugin can grow up as your school operations become more complex. Is it salable? IS it sustainable? Is it secure? Does it meet the special needs of your school? These and many other questions should prompt you to choose the right school management system and any other plugin that extends its features.

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16 Oct 2013

The Mobile Movement Study on Understanding Smartphone User Behavior

 

ThinkwithGoogle published a study in 2011 on mobile user behavior. The study was mainly interested in understanding smartphone user behavior in terms of searching, purchasing, and media consumption. However, among the findings, the study reports that people use their mobile phones mostly at home (93%) and least at school (29%).

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Mobile phones are ubiquitous, and are pervading more than ever. Students use them everyday in their lives to search, watch videos, play games, socialize, share, and collaborate. Students connect with others through their mobile phones at home, in restaurants, at social gatherings, in airports, and virtually everywhere, except at schools, the only place where learning should be supported using tools students use in their everyday life. Ironically, mobile phones are banned from most schools, except for very few insightful, innovative ones. And, even if they are implemented in schools, there are no clear policies or adequate training for teachers and learners to harness the power mobile technologies to support teaching and learning.

The report above however should be put in context of the research sample. The people samples used for this study range between 18 and 64 years. This means, that it studied mainly adults’ behavior in using smart phones, therefore showing perhaps unreliable statistics of mobile use at schools. However, this does not preclude the notion that schools must change to adopt innovative approaches to metaphorically break down the wall of the school with the outside world by using tools used in everyday life.

The whole report is embedded below.

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19 Sep 2013

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