Experiences from NFC supported school attendance supervision for children

Mari Ervasti, Minna Isomursu, Marianne Kinnula

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    Our paper presents a field study arranged at a Finnish primary school where two classes and a total of 23 pupils between the ages of 6 and 8 trialed an attendance supervision system supported by Near Field Communication technology in 2008. In the trial the pupils marked their arrival at and departure from the school by touching a reader device or NFC-enabled mobile phone with a smart contactless card. The system simplified attendance monitoring by replacing manual roll calls leaving thus more time for teaching. Parents were able to receive real-time information on children’s attendance, which reduced their concerns about whether their child had arrived at school safely. Information about user experience was obtained by using a variety of data collection methods. Children, as well as their teachers, became fast familiar with the touch-based interaction, and the attendance supervision was soon integrated into their everyday school routines. Our analysis shows that a technology-supported attendance supervision system can bring value for all end-user groups but it seems that the system will serve primarily the teachers and the parents.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the The Third International Conference on Mobile Ubiquitous Computing, Systems, Services, and Technologies (UBICOMM 2009). Slierna, Malta, 11-16 October, 2009.
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-3834-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication


    • Near Field Communication
    • NFC
    • attendance supervision
    • school
    • children
    • user experience


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