Monday, April 13, 2009

Google Docs - for data collection



So I recently shared some ideas on how to use Google Docs to Collaborate with parents and related service providers. After setting this up, one of my instructional assistants said "couldn't we use that for data collection?" Hmmmm, well maybe...

I've been provided with a couple of iPod Touches in my classroom. I got to thinking, what if I paired the Touch with a Google form? Google makes it very easy to set up a simple form for survey's and such, and they link it to a spreadsheet to collect your data. I knew how to set this up, but would it work with the Touch. After sending the link to the Touch (by snycing the Safari bookmarks), and placing a link on the front screen of the Touch, we were set to try it.

Here's a link to the form that I created - Behavior Chart Example Form

And here's the link to the data sheet where the data will be collected - Behavior Chart Example

So, other than just for fun, what would I want to do this. Personally, I'm all for keeping digital copies, and not using paper. If you like to chart things, you don't have to transfer it from paper to your computer to create the chart. It's portable, a Touch is small enough to fit in a pocket and as long as you have Wi-Fi, you have access to your form. And lastly, it goes back to collaboration, but keeping it on Google Docs allows everyone to see the data. So far it's working great, but feel free to try it out for yourself!

Patrick

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