More than 450 companies were at this year’s NECC displaying their technology solutions for educators. Here are some of the highlights of companies’ products related to school administrative solutions:

FileMaker Inc. announced FileMaker Work Requests, a FileMaker database application that tracks and manages the complete process of fulfilling a school or district’s work requests. The tool, which includes a way for staff to submit requests, estimate the cost, and delegate the request, costs $119 per license, though education-specific pricing is available. To accommodate AlphaSmart’s Dana, FileMaker also added wide-screen PDA support to its FileMaker Mobile, a $69.99 tool that lets teachers and administrators synchronize multiple mobile devices to a single desktop database.

News from the exhibit hall

  • NECC roundup: CEOs get behind ed-tech
  • Assessment and instructional management
  • Communications and audio
  • Curriculum and software
  • Digital imaging and creativity
  • Hardware and peripherals
  • Library systems and technologies
  • Online learning and research
  • Presentation solutions
  • Professional development
  • Security and network management
  • The new, web-based Destiny Textbook Manager from Follett Software Co. allows school staff to check textbooks in and out of inventory with a bar-code scanner located on any computer on a school’s network. Staff also can record the book’s condition. Destiny Textbook Manager can be used on a district-wide basis to create a single, centralized textbook database. It also helps schools hold students and parents accountable for lost or damaged textbooks and can be customized to include an individual school or district’s fine and replacement policies. The program automatically sends an eMail message to a student’s home, informing parents of textbook fines.

    Funds For Learning is offering an enhanced version of its free eRate management tool, E-Rate Manager, for $99 per year. The paid version, called E-Rate Enhancement Plus, will include all the features available in the basic service, plus an asset management tool and a multi-year archive of your school’s eRate correspondence and documents. The asset management tool helps school staff keep track of the serial number and location of equipment purchased and installed with eRate funds, as well as the three-year transferability rule that prohibits the relocation of equipment purchased with eRate funds. The archive lets eRate applicants build a data repository of their district’s pertinent eRate records, which is ideal in the case of audits or staff turnover. Funds For Learning said more than 300 applicants use its free tool to manage the eRate application process.

    iAssessment has released two new web-based school management programs. The Grants Management Program helps educators manage the various steps required by foundation or government grants, including reports and evaluations. The Systems Unification Suite is a front-end presentation solution that allows educators to access all of their school data–such as student information, human resources, or financial databases–from a single web portal.

    Focusing on affordable student information management systems for K-12 schools across North America, Software Technology Inc. (STI) produces a suite of products and services that encompass all facets of student and faculty records. The company’s STIClassroom product lets teachers automate many of the administrative functions of their work day by combining attendance records, gradebooks, textbook tracking, and a curriculum-based lesson planner into one software package.

    This eSchool News Online report on the 2004 NECC is made possible with financial support of Dell.