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In a town like Alice Springs, GPS outclasses truants

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AN Alice Springs school is one of the first in the country to track ­students using GPS technology to improve school attendance rates.
The tracking devices are also being used to help case-managed Aboriginal families locate their children to avoid losing welfare payments if their children skip class.
Centralian Middle School has about 60 families signed up to the new program, which links students’ phones with electronic class ­attendance roles.
If a child fails to attend class, parents automatically receive a text message notifying them of the absence, along with a link to the GPS location of their child.
The technology builds on an existing notification program called “messageyou” that is used in about 1100 schools across the country to alert parents if their child is absent.
The new program uses GPS, WiFi and mobile phone tower triangulation to accurately locate the student.
Centralian Middle School principal Andrew Leslie said the technology had helped to address the problem of truancy at the school, which has a high indigenous population.
The technology also can be used by students to notify parents of their location in the event of an emergency.
“I think it is wonderful technology,” Mr Leslie said.

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