Federal grant paying for app that would catch college kids who skip class

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MISSOURI — The federal government is covering the cost of a grant that will help in the development of an app to monitor the attendance of college students.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, a $50,000 grant was awarded to the Missouri University of Science and Technology to pay for the development of the app.

The grant says the app is needed because checking attendance the standard way is becoming too difficult. It says reading through names on a roster takes up valuable lecture time and allowing students to sign an attendance sheet leaves room for cheating.

“Checking attendance in scenarios such as classrooms commonly needs an instructor to recognize each student one by one by reading the names on a roster or ask students to sign up the attendance sheet,” the grant states. “It is not a desirable task for instructors to calculate the total attendance of every student in a semester by going through every attendance sheet manually.”

The app would store photos of all students in each class. Before class starts for the day, the instructor would take a video of the class so the app could check attendance through face recognition.