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Comments on: Take attendance with your phone http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/take-attendance-with-your-phone/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: jbj http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/take-attendance-with-your-phone/comment-page-1/#comment-25966 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 01:44:39 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/take-attendance-with-your-phone/#comment-25966 @Dance: To be fair, there are so many Jason Joneses out there that it barely registers.

@Boone: That makes sense. I don’t carry a laptop, because I carry too much other stuff. I tried taking attendance in a gDocs spreadsheet one semester, which worked ok. The problem there was that, in most classrooms, the media center is installed such that you have to face *away* from the students to use it, which is just insane.

I could probably do that with my phone, but this is fun, and there’s the random student feature, which is a nice throw-in.

By: Dance http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/take-attendance-with-your-phone/comment-page-1/#comment-25950 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 15:39:57 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/take-attendance-with-your-phone/#comment-25950 I just read that at Macworld and didn’t even realize. Nice sideline!

By: Boone http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/take-attendance-with-your-phone/comment-page-1/#comment-25946 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 14:41:09 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2009/02/24/take-attendance-with-your-phone/#comment-25946 I usually take attendance on my laptop, extending my normal gradebook spreadsheet to include a new column for each class day. My system has been to use x for a present student, o for an absent student, the latter of which is replaced by l if the student arrives late. With a little conditional formatting and/or a COUNTIF function, I get attendance-at-a-glance when the time comes to tabulate grades.

This app looks really slick, though – definitely worth the $3 to give it a try.

Andrew Cullison has written about taking attendance with his G1 phone, again using a regular spreadsheet program.