[Official website: www.stearsoft.co.uk]
Current version: 6.0.1
An electronic school attendance register system.
- Whole school or individual solutions.
- Web based for easy, flexible deployment.
- Synchronise with optional iPhone/iPad app.
- Automatic attendance analysis.
- Dynamically import data using ODBC.
If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, try the Lite version of STEARsoft, Free in the iTunes App store (just search for STEARsoft), or first look at some screenshots of the iPhone App.
If you're interested in the PC-installed web version, use the above links to download and activate a Free trial.
If you have a Palm® device, here are some details about features supported by advanced Palm® handhelds such as the Palm® TX.
Although MACs and Linux machines can be used (see below), these are the 3 platforms STEARsoft can be installed on:
The Windows installations of STEARsoft provide a web-based interface that can be accessed across a network. This is done by installing a web-server on the PC (this happens automatically as part of the installation and no additional software is required), so such Windows installations are often referred to as 'STEARsoft Servers' particularly in school deployments and when synchronising from devices such as an iPhone. Once installed on a single Windows PC, STEARsoft can then be used on any computer on the network (LAN) that has a web browser including Apple MACs and Linux machines. iPhone, iPod, iPad and Palm® devices can also synchronise with this 'STEARsoft Server'.
- The iPhone/iPod/iPad,
- PCs running Microsoft Windows (2000, XP, VISTA, 7, 8, 10 etc),
- Palm® devices
The Download link above is for the PC/Windows installation of STEARsoft. This single PC installation can be licensed in different ways as detailed in the License comparison page. This Download also includes the Palm® version, which can be optionally installed during setup.
There are tutorials as well as a user guide which help you get the most out of STEARsoft.
As a complete school attendance system, STEARsoft provides central easy deployment using web-based operation, automatic absence analysis and notification, and central summary data for legal returns. For ultimate mobility, STEARsoft can be deployed on iPod touch devices, iPhones, iPads and Palm®-based handhelds (PDAs). STEARsoft can use your existing school database to dynamically import all teacher, student, class and timetable data using the standardised ODBC interface. Scaled pricing makes STEARsoft also accessible to smaller schools and even single teachers.
At the teacher level, STEARsoft provides an electronic version of a class attendance register. It also provides features for making notes and recording incidents as well as student attendance. Full functionality is obtained from the web-based component of this product, but the software is designed to work in conjunction with an iPhone, iPod touch or handheld Palm® powered PDA for optimum performance.
PC Windows-based component features:
|Independent||STEARsoft is an independent school attendance system that runs alongside your existing school database. No need to change your existing database just to gain mobile electronic attendance functionality.|
|Easy to deploy||Straight-forward network deployment is achieved using a web-based interface. STEARsoft only needs to be installed on one computer, and any updates once applied to that computer are immediately in place for all users, simply by the nature of the web-based interface.|
|Uses existing data||Import your existing data (class lists, timetables etc) dynamically using ODBC, or with the custom import wizard.|
|Familiar||STEARsoft generates accurate attendance sheets using timetable and term date information. Any teacher used to a paper attendance register will be immediately 'at home' with the traditional looking sheets.|
|Efficient for teachers||Mark the attendance register efficiently with single click and flood-fill features. See an organised list of unexplained absences at an instant.|
|Promotes mobility||Synchronise data with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Palm® device for convenient portable access. Attendance can be recorded without WiFi, out on the playing field, down at the sports-centre, on a coach etc. Synchronise when network connectivity is restored.|
|Automatic analysis||STEARsoft automatically analyses student attendance in real time, alerting relevant teachers to any inconsistencies. These inconsistencies can be listed centrally too.|
|Professionally presentable||Neatly amend, annotate or code attendance entries with speed.|
|Summary data||View class, yeargroup or school based summaries of registration data. Obtain data over any period for government returns.|
|Today at a glance||View day-to-day schoolwide summary data (listing absent students). This can be printed for emergencies or referred to for quickly knowing who's not in school.|
|Monitor individuals||Assign and keep track of incidents relating to individual students with the integrated incident logging system.|
|Resilience||Add resilience with the Emergency data upload feature. The current absence list for today is periodically backed up in the STEARsoft cloud for referral in an emergency should your IT systems collapse in the emergency eg due to power failure or fire.|
The above PC features allow quick production of blank school attendance registers for normal use, but also gives you an electronic system that looks just like a traditional register to allow you to move to a paper-free system. Text file outputs are available for safe permanent records suitable for court-room use should that be required in the future.
By linking to an iPod touch, iPhone or Palm® device, you can keep all of your data with you in a portable way. In addition to the classroom attendance and incident management features, the handheld component also:
- Uses birthday information to highlight a pupil's name in the register on their birthday for your attention.
- Continues to work without network connection, allowing use on the school field, in assembly or dining halls and during evacuations. Once in range, a single tap will synchronise all data.
- Can synchronise with two different servers, allowing synchronisation of data at home and at school.
By Teachers, for Teachers
This software has been inspired and driven by teacher request and need. It has been used on a day to day basis to prompt refinement, further development, and fixing of problems.
Pricing is on a per-year basis to better fit budgets and allow a pay-as-you-go style of approach. For limited individual use, the free trial license may be all you need. For serious school use, the yearly cost depends on your school size. See the license comparison page.
Download the self extracting install file and run it to install the product.
To upgrade from a previous version:
- Check no-one is currently using STEARsoft (it will be temporarily stopped during upgrade).
- Install this version over the top of your old version (your data will be preserved)
- The STEARsoft server is restarted for you automatically when setup finishes.
Register for a free trial
Register for free. This gives you a Customer ID and password. Use your Customer ID and password to login to the customer area where you can obtain a free trial license, access technical support and when ready, pay for a full license.
If you have already registered, but no longer have the email with your Customer ID and password, you can request a Customer ID reminder email.
Purchase Full License
To Obtain a full license you must:
- Register for a Customer ID (as above).
- Use your Customer ID and Password to Login to the customer area
- From there you can make an online payment to purchase a Full license.
Where to buy
STEARsoft for Windows and for Palm® Devices is only sold directly from this website. STEARsoft can be downloaded from other sites, but registration and purchase of licenses is done through this website (http://www.stearsoft.co.uk). The STEARsoft iPhone App is only sold from the iTunes App store.
So what are you waiting for? Go to the download page, and see for yourself what it's all about.
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