For many years I would keep track of this information with a printed class list and a pen. It worked relatively well. However, since the list was stored in my classroom, it only worked well if I was in my classroom when the student wanted to get a book approved. I have found a solution to my problem. I recently created a Google Form to log the student's name, book title, and class period. I then saved a link to this form on the home screen of my iPhone. Now, anytime a student wants to get a book approved, I pull out my phone, enter the information, and submit it. The information is automatically sent to my Google Drive and categorized by class period in a Google Docs Spreadsheet. My plan is to use a Google Form to enter the completion of the book report as well. This will allow me to accept book reports anytime, anywhere.
If you ever wanted to collect information on the fly and have it effortlessly categorized for you, try Google Forms. They are incredibly easy to set up and have enormous potential for students and staff.
If you have used Google Forms in the past, please share your comments below.