Weekly Tip: Setting Up Your Time Slots to Include Specialists

Welcome to My Day Web App! Ben and I are so excited you decided to join the My Day Web App community, and our goal is to make data collection and analysis simpler. We know our app can help you obtain this goal. When we created this blog, Ben and I wanted its focus to be on helping you get the most out of your My Day Web App experience. Today’s post will be the first of many weekly tips aimed at streamlining the setup, printing, sharing, and/or analyzing of your information. Please follow and share this blog to get notifications on new tips we post. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter (via the buttons in the top right corner). We’d greatly appreciate it if you could give us a “Like”, “Favorite”, “Retweet” and/or a “Share”.

I thought a great place to start would be discussing how to set up the time slots for each of your students to include specialists or other time periods that do not occur every day, such as art, music, physical education, speech, library checkout, et cetera. As a teacher who has worked extensively with creating individual and whole group schedules, I always remind myself about including these extra time slots into my overall design. However, despite my multiple reminders, I always seem to forget to include an art, media checkout, or specialist time at some point during the week. Then I have to scrap my design and start again. Super.

With My Day Web App, that isn’t necessary. Simply add additional time slots to your students’ schedules and move those time slots to the desired positions in the Time Slots tab using the arrow icons to the right of the subject names. You can always edit the names of the time slots using the pencil icon or delete them using the trash button. Any changes you make are automatically updated in the Daily Entry tab.

 

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Under each student’s name is a variety of tabs to help you customize your information.

 

Now, I will give you a little behind-the-scenes look into the making of My Day Web App. When we developed this web app, we wrestled with whether or not to make different schedules for different days of the week. That way you could include art (for example) only on a Monday if that is when your student has art class. Another example would be if your student has physical education on Thursday and Friday, you could enter this time slot for Thursday and Friday and not have it listed on any other day. While this setup has its perks, it also has its disadvantages. I realized setting up the app this way would force all of our users to set up five different days a week for every student they entered. This seemed counterproductive to our goal of making data entry quicker and easier. Therefore, Ben and I decided to simply create one class schedule for each student. That way you could enter all of the class periods, subjects, or other events a student would ever have in one place. Simply ignore entering data in the Daily Entry tab for subjects the student did not participate in that day. Don’t worry about this affecting your data; My Day Web App will notice that no data was entered for a class period that day and mark that time slot as N/A; it will not be counted in the total percentages of objectives unless you entered data.

To summarize, when you enter time slots for your students, enter every class period, subject, or specialist they will have (in order if you like). That way you don’t need to worry about selecting the correct day of the week before you enter data, entering data on an incorrect day, or inputting a student’s schedule five times. When you click Daily Entry to start collecting data on a particular student for a specific day, simply ignore the time slots not applicable to that student on that particular day. Those time slots will be there waiting for you when a student does have those subjects or classes.

Again, we are so excited to have you be a part of the My Day Web App community! We hope these tips and tricks will help you better collect and analyze data, which will help you improve student performance (our ultimate goal). Until next time!

Happy Teaching,

Sara

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My Day Web App is a web application designed to collect and help you analyze powerful classroom data that can be used to make powerful decisions for your learners. It was designed for teachers by a teacher and her software developer husband (aka Bright Egg, LLC). Visit us on our blog, website, Twitter, or Facebook for more information.

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