A brief history of class attendance tracking taking us through to modern-day innovations
Roll call [Rowl Kaal]
“The act or an instance of calling off a list of names.”
Roll call is a standard part of classroom management practices in K12 schools and many Higher Education universities. Originally taking its name from a time when military, educational, or legislative members would use a roll of paper or parchment to call out names, roll call has changed significantly over the years.
The process of taking the class roll in America is one that dates all the way back to 1838, when Horace Mann, the secretary, and founder of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, complained of the state’s inability to collect basic information on student attendance in public schools.
He wrote that the military tracks “every missing gun-flint and priming wire … among its archives” but schools have no way of knowing which children are skipping lectures within “nurseries of intelligence.” In English? Schools.
A few years later, in 1852, the first compulsory attendance law was signed into existence by the General Court of Massachusetts. Thanks Horace… The new law stated that “Every person who shall have any child under his control between the ages of eight and fourteen years shall send such child to some public school”.
It outlined punishments and penalties associated with truancy, requiring all schools to begin recording attendance to ensure that no students were skipping class. And as school systems continued to develop across the United States, roll call in classrooms became mandatory across the country. Leaving many groaning students and sighing teachers with the tiresome task of monitoring class attendance manually.
And it hasn’t changed much since that time. There was a shift from physical roll calls to digital ones in the early 2000s with the advent of LMS systems such as Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas. However, even those educational technologies didn’t really change the way roll call was taken. It took just as much time - more if your technologically challenged instructor spent the first five minutes of class fighting with their computer - to run through the list of student names on their desktop.
These days, with the development of amazing new technologies like the James Webb Space Telescope, AI and machine learning, electric cars, cryptocurrency, and 5G mobile networks, we see continuous improvement upon old processes and modern-day innovations.
Which brings us to AccuClass…
AccuClass is a software solution that finally brings classroom attendance tracking into the modern age. In AccuClass, a digital roll call is the only rudimentary option available to instructors, offering them the ability to record attendance using Bluetooth beacons, sign-in stations, and attendance kiosks. These new roll call methods remove the burden of taking attendance from the instructor, speeding up the process of taking attendance and providing all the recorded data in easy-to-view reports.
Developed by Engineerica, a technology company with over 25 years of experience in providing attendance solutions to higher education, AccuClass was developed with classroom management in mind. Leveraging all the expertise that Engineerica gained in the field, AccuClass has been able to give a much-needed update to the roll call finally.
Let’s dig into the details of AccuClass’s exciting features.
School attendance and student achievement go hand-in-hand. So, whether you’re a student, instructor, or administrator, you’ll appreciate the convenience that AccuClass can offer you. Book a demo today at AccuClass to learn more!