Catholic Education NT and SRA Information Technology’s (SRA) Attendance Management Map Application (AMMA) received a Merit for the Innovation in Mobility iAward at the Australian Information Industry Association’s (AIIA) National iAwards last night in Melbourne.
Competition was fierce, with Automed (a livestock medication device) taking out the National iAward for Innovation in Mobility. With merits only handed to entrants who come within 5% of the winning score, Catholic Education NT and SRA are ecstatic to achieve a Merit – the equivalent of “National Runner Up”.
AMMA Team members David Crawford, David Jones, Stephen Pearson and Jeremy Howley receiving their award at the iAwards Presentation Dinner.
The iAwards recognise companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation and celebrate the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. The Innovation in Mobility award recognises projects using mobility technologies and/or location to develop solutions or help improve management of mobile solutions.
After entering the AMMA in the NT State iAwards and winning the Innovation in Mobility category earlier this year the Catholic Education NT and SRA team headed to Melbourne to compete on the national stage.
The AMMA is the first application developed specifically to combat truancy in remote communities. It was designed to focus and foster discussions between local indigenous families, school staff, truancy officers and the Commonwealth Government Remote Schools Attendance Strategy (RSAS) staff.
This was a true team effort, however special mention must go to SRA’s Stephen Pearson who single-handedly built the application with the Catholic Education NT IT team.
The AMMA allows users to confirm student attendance in real-time, map follow-up routes (improving efficiency) and increase attendance levels. Its intuitive geographical mapping interface breaks language and literacy barriers, assisting when English is the Second Language.
Access is role-based (bus driver, attendance and/or truancy officer), with roles used to define how student attendance is highlighted (i.e. students truant for 10 days are highlighted red for a Truancy Officer). Households are colour-coded to indicate student attendance status: red indicates not at school (or role based perspective); yellow indicates student has been picked up; and green indicates student is in attendance (or role based perspective). Providing the correct focus on households based on perspective allows tailoring of strategies/workflows to improve and increase student attendance rates.
With a current daily attendance rate of 42%, approximately 400 of the 750 students in the Wadeye area are not attending school on any one day! The future of this indigenous population relies on improving student attendance rates.
The AMMA has the capacity to grow and evolve to provide insight into:
- Student absentee patterns and trends
- The relationship between attendance rates and grades
- Managing a cohort of students to focus on attendance compliance or improvement
- User messaging/alerts from the school
The AMMA is currently used in the Wadeye area at the OLSH Thamarrur School, but Catholic Education NT could roll the application out across the NT to help increase attendance rates of indigenous students in remote areas.
It has the capacity and potential to be used across the board for all students and schools, with Catholic Education NT and SRA now discussing how to commercialise elements of the AMMA.
AMMA Town overview