SchoolTool is free administrative software for schools around the world. The goals of the project are to create a simple turnkey student information system, including demographics, gradebook, attendance, calendaring and reporting for primary and secondary schools, as well as a framework for building customized applications and configurations for individual schools or states.
SchoolTool is configured by default to act as what is often called a “student information system” or SIS. The focus is on tracking information related to students: demographics, enrollment grades, attendance, reporting. It is a subset of a complete “management information system” or MIS for schools, which might also cover systems like accounting.
SchoolTool is not a “learning managment system,” or LMS, such as Moodle, although they share some overlapping feature sets, such as a gradebook. SchoolTool does not contain curriculum or learning objects.
SchoolTool is designed for extensibility, however, so we hope that in collaboration with outside users, governments and vendors SchoolTool will offer more functionality beyond basic SIS components in the future. SchoolTool’s built-in calendaring and resource booking features are an example of non-SIS functionality in SchoolTool.
Currently, the primary deployment strategy for SchoolTool is for one server instance corresponding to one school. You can handle multiple schools by running multiple server processes (software) on one physical server (hardware).
Because SchoolTool is free and easy to install, it can be installed on a laptop or desktop PC and used by a single teacher as an online gradebook or attendance journal. Likewise, schools can use individual components of SchoolTool, such as resource booking, without committing to using it as a complete student information system.