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  • Nothing can help involve students, parents, and the community like an interactive school web presence, and Final Site 6.0 (above) can provide the tools and design acumen. With video, blogs, e–mail, and all sorts of live data, the sites you can come up with are functional and beautiful, such as the one above. Final Site is used by 500 schools, including Newport Independent Schools in Kentucky. www.finalsite.com; 860-289-3507
  • Because it resides on the web, Principle Data puts an end to manually updating individual computers with administrative software whenever a new release comes out. Every system is always up-to-date and ready for work, and the software has modules for admissions, accounting, scheduling, grading, and even fund-raising. www.principledata.com; 214-646-6110
  • Tired of paying an arm and a leg for admin software that doesn’t quite fit your school’s needs and goals? The Shuttleworth Foundation’s SchoolTool 2006 is an open-source school administration package that runs on a variety of Linux operating systems and lets you adapt it to your institution’s unique requirements with sections for grades, attendance, and data import and export. A demonstration version is available online.www.schooltool.org
  • Bellwether Systems’ School Administration software goes against the grain of take-it-or-leave-it school software by customizing each setup for individual schools. It comes with segments for registration, archiving records, mailing labels, and home contact, and there are optional modules for tuition, fund-raising, budget, attendance, report cards, and lunch. www.bellwethersys.com; 734-981-7108
  • The idea behind Jerome Software is that all schools work better when parents are an active part of the institution. And the best way to involve them is with a web site that can show their child’s progress, attendance, and assignments. The package can help organize a school and provides different views of the data for students, teachers, administrators, and parents. www.jeromesoftware.com; 888-537-6634
  • Carnegie Learning Math Prep is a new exit-exam preparation course for high school students. The course covers up to 130 hours of Bridge to Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II content correlated to state math standards. The product is the newest in Carnegie Learning’s suite of Cognitive Tutor curricula and may be taught as a full-year preparation class or as a supplemental course. www.carnegielearning.com; 888-338-1485

  • Rather than trying to be all things to all schools, EsheSoftware’s GradeScape is the place for teachers to fill in grades, administrators to review progress, and parents to see assignments, study guides, and results. Based on current standards, the program can compile and distribute grades and report cards either electronically or on paper. www.eshesoft.com; 888-477-4401

  • Bytes of Learning’s WebArrow conferencing system combines online document management and collaboration with voice-over-IP phoning to create a school-friendly way to inexpensively create online conferences. The system allows all sorts of digital documents to be shared and can accommodate more than 100 participants at a time. www.bytesoflearning.com; 905-947-4646

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