Shuttleworth Foundation announces open source school admin app

markShuttleworth.jpgThe Shuttleworth Foundation has announced the release of SchoolTool 1.0, a web-based open source student information system and calendar server for primary and secondary schools around the world.

Developed by the Foundation’s SchoolTool development team, the product includes customisable student demographics, parent/contact management, attendance, gradebook, calendaring, resource booking and report card generation.

SchoolTool can be used in a wide variety of applications, including the ability for teachers to run a personal gradebook on their desktop or laptop computer. Individual schools can use SchoolTool primary student information systems, or as a supplement to other systems. SchoolTool is also scalable to multi-school deployments.

Schools, service providers, government agencies, vendors, hackers and other interested parties are invited to test, use, deploy and offer feedback on SchoolTool in coming months.

The application is 100% free and open source software, built with the Python programming language and Zope 3 framework. It is fully translatable via the Rosetta service on, with several languages already fully or partially available. SchoolTool is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2. On Ubuntu Linux, schools can have a SchoolTool server running with a three-step installation process.

The planned deployment date for SchoolTool is in the 2009-2010 school year.


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