Together, Catholic Education NT and SRA Information Technology (SRA) have won the NT Innovation in Mobility iAward at the Australian Information Industry Association’s (AIIA) SA and NT iAwards Gala for their Attendance Management Map Application (AMMA).
The AMMA is now in the running for the National Innovation in Mobility iAward which will be announced at the National iAwards in Melbourne on 1 September 2016.
The Hon. Kyam Maher, MLC said, “Innovation in the digital economy offers huge possibilities for the future prosperity of communities and economies locally, nationally, and around the world. To make the short list for these awards, all of the nominees have brought game-changing ideas to the table. I congratulate the award winners, and look forward to their continuing contributions to the innovative future of our state.”
The AMMA is the first application developed specifically to combat truancy in remote communities, as well as focus and foster discussions between local indigenous families, school staff, truancy officers and the Commonwealth Government Remote Schools Attendance Strategy (RSAS) staff.
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
Currently used in the Wadeye area at the OLSH Thamarrur School, Catholic Education intends to 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.
AMMA Town overview