A Possible Data Collection System

Summer is a great time to look at new options for the next year.  I have trouble changing course when the year has already begun.  However, changing to a new caseload gives me opportunities to start afresh and technology presents new options.

Up until now  I have used the typical paper and pencil data collection system, but I would like to change to something that doesn’t require as much paper shuffling.    A site called classdojo.com intrigued me so I  put it on my list for exploration this summer.  I added it to my blog roll on the right if you want to look at it also.   I just got around to playing  with it and I think it has good potential for record keeping.

I can’t claim the idea of using it for  speech therapy as mine.  In my meandering across speech sites (Speaking of Speech possibly) someone mentioned it.  I no longer remember the person with the great idea.  If you are out there please step forward and say who you are so you can be acknowledged properly.

The  premiss of the program is to track behaviors in a classroom and give immediate feedback.   The behaviors can easily be setup for therapy goals also.   You can set up a number of classes so each group of students you work with  can form a class.  At the end of a session, a percentage score can be obtained for each student.   This score can actually be emailed to parents if you like.  There is flexibility in  recording degrees of correctness such as correct, correct with prompt, or incorrect, depending on how you set it up initially.  I have always hated the idea of minus and plus as the only options because it doesn’t indicate when a cue  has occurred.   I think that is valuable information for the child and me.

If you are like me and are lucky to have one iPad to use, you are reluctant to use it for data collection because  this prevents you from  using the other apps for actual therapy.  There is another  good feature.  You can access the program on a smart phone and record responses there as well.   I am eager to see if this will work  for me.

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2 Comments

  1. Just happened to come across your blog tonight and read this post….I was the one who posted about Class Dojo on the Speaking of Speech website a few months ago! I must admit I haven’t used it yet this school year but would like to start back up! Have you been using Class Dojo for data collection since you did this post? How has it been working for you?

    I actually just started a blog a few weeks ago! Check it out 🙂

  2. I have attempted to use it. I took all my groups and made them into classes. I put the app on my iPad and bookmarked the site on my smart phone (android type). I then ran into some logistic problems. My phone doesn’t make a good connection in my therapy room. It is a windowless room with a ventilation fan that kicks in intermittently. This interferes with the WIFI particularly on the phone although the iPad does better. I was hoping to use the phone for input and free up the iPad for other therapy apps. It is like you have to make a decision of what you will use the iPad for. I am also finding it seems slow to switch between students. If you are tracking different behaviors you need to wait for a popup to come up to make a selection of which behavior you are tracking. If you are getting continuous responses for something like articulation this seems cumbersome. It looks like it may have more potential for things like on and off task behavior. Like anything it takes some practice. My building structure has really put a limit to its usefulness.
    Thanks for chiming in here. Let me know how it goes when you try it.
    I will take a look at your site. The more the merrier.

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