I have begun experimenting with the Attendance app. The Android Attendance app is free, however it appears you will have to pay a small fee if you own an iPhone. I can record students’ absences and late arrivals from my Android phone. After I hit submit on my phone, their attendance is documented clearly in a Google spreadsheet.
A drawback is that I cannot re-check how I entered their absences once I hit submit from my phone because the App screen refreshes. To double-check the entering of absences, I have to go to my Google spreadsheet.
I am becoming more comfortable with the Attendance app. I believe I will continue to use it in the future rather than my paper attendance book.
The setting up process
It is not intuitive to set up. I used this video to help guide me through the process.
First, you need to set up a Google Spreadsheet:
- Go to Google Docs (Create New > Spreadsheet > Save). I learned it is easier to import the file if the file name is lower-cased and simple
- Add student names in the left column (two columns for first and last names).
- Add Absent Totals and Late Totals to the top third and fourth column
After you set up the Google Doc, set up your App on your phone:
- Download the Attendance App
- Add class
- You will need to link your case sensitive spreadsheet to your phone
- Enter the display name
- If you have more than one column for names, you should select two columns
- If you mark a student as absent, and the individual shows up later, go to the students’ name and long-press the name to change the person from absent to late