I’m a big fan of using Siri on my iphone and have been ever since I began using speech to text software with students in about 2006. Boy, has the technology improved since then! I now use it to create reminders, schedule calendar events and dictate emails and documents when I have a quiet place to do so.
So this summer, while exploring assessment with AQ students, we were considering the ways that technology affords us powerful ways to capture or document learning. We know that the easy access to cameras and video has been helpful, so how are you transforming the ways that you keep your anecdotal records?
Google Forms is a great way to capture information that automatically populates a spreadsheet to keep records for you. So why not put it to use, with Siri, to record the great things you see going on in your school if you are an administrator, or in your classroom if you are a teacher! Using your phone, you will always be able to quickly update and you can sort your spreadsheet later by category or by name.
- Create a google form that lists the people you are keeping records about, in a dropdown type of format in question #1.
- Use categories with a checkboxes list – since you will perhaps want to select more than one category at a time in questions #2.
- For question #3, add a long answer paragraph so that you can dictate your message using Siri with lots of space to talk.
- Add the link to the Google Form to the home screen on your smart phone or tablet and you are ready to go!
I’m a primary teacher at heart so recording observations and conversations are still some of my favourite ways to document. In the early 90’s I used pizza boxes (empty, clean and donated) to save the best pieces of student work (determined by my grade 1’s and 2’s ) and based on success criteria (not sure what we called it then but that’s what it was…). Students then led the parent-teacher conferences with those portfolios – the evidence of their best learning with an explanation of why.
We also used to develop many ‘rolls’ of camera film to post around the room to document the learning. Now, that’s such a snap with our digital devices!