Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Conferencing Made Easy

A teacher recently asked if I had a recommendation for recording conference notes on an ipad or computer. He and I got our minds together and created a Google Form which collected data from reading conferences. He had a notes page he liked and used from Making Meaning, and we created a Google form from that.  I tested it out with a student and liked the ease of the drop down boxes and also the direct link for Scholastic Book Wizard so we could quickly look up a reading level while conferring with a student.  I also thought it was nice to have all data in one place to quickly look at strengths and weaknesses.  Because the data is put into a spreadsheet, a teacher could sort the data anyway she or he would like.  I've attached the two different forms we created below to give you an idea of what it looks like.  Feel free to add in 'play' data so you get a feel for how the form works.  We are also working on a status check form!  Check that out below too.

Pros:

  • Ease of use once the form was created
  • Can sort data for better analysis 
  • You can create several conference forms, make a QR code for each, scan with ipad to take you directly to which form you want.


Cons:

  • The resulting spreadsheet of data is not printer- friendly, but we decided we really didn't need to print it anyway.  The teacher could just carry their ipad to meetings or copy data from one child into a new spreadsheet to print off for documentation.
  • The creation of the form takes a little time.  Feel free to email me and I can add you as a collaborator and you can use the forms below.

Making Meaning Conference Form

Simple Conference Form

Status Check Form


Do you have a digital conference form you use and enjoy?  What tool do you use?

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