Friday, 25 October 2013

Data collection "on the go" using Google Drive on iPad

For Kindergarten orientation at Holy Family, East Granville, my colleague Ben Munday designed a spreadsheet that enabled us to collect data on our new cohort before they started “big” school. 

The data was added to ONE spreadsheet by teachers all at the same time using the Google Drive app on iPad.


Together with Natalie Bratby our Infant’s Coordinator, they wanted to identify students who may need extra help before starting school. This data will be used to design a series of lessons for students who need an extra hand to get ready. They have called this “Jump Up” - a customised and strategic school readiness program.

Collecting data is seamless using google drive and iPad.

The spreadsheet is enabling us to collect valuable student data at the orientation such as; letter and number recognition, vocabulary, sentence structure and much more. Collaborating with Kindergarten teachers Rebecca Sargent, Theresa Bainey and literacy leader Kim Doherty, we engaged with students at learning stations, inputting data “on the go”.



We had a meeting afterwards which enabled us to add more anecdotal information directly onto the spreadsheet.

Google tools has enabled us to collect data easily. We can also experiment and innovate with our iPads, thanks to the leadership of Principal Sue Guilfoyle, who implemented a staff iPad program in 2012. She has also empowered teachers and led our ipad initiatives across K-6.


Staff are enjoying the flexibility of their own cloud accounts, thanks to this initiative of the Catholic Education Office in collaboration with Google. Classm8 has been embraced by our team. I was very impressed by the great work and planning of my Holy Family colleagues in the Kindergarten orientation session.

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