If you work in a school, you know that data drives everything we do. From keeping a kid on our caseload to dismissing a student back to general education, data allows us to make the tough decisions. This data, we must compile it and then use it in the many reports that we write. Those data manipulation can take time away from either our students, our lunches, our family, or our planning time.
This is part 2 in a 3-part series looking at and comparing 3 different data collection apps. In the interest of full disclosure, I am not receiving any compensation from these companies for the reviews. I reached out to the maker of the Super Duper Data Tracker and the Super Duper Data Tracker Pro and the maker of IEPPal. In both instances, each company provided me with the technical information for their apps. In Part 1, I reviewed the Super Duper Data Tracker which can be found here.
Super Duper Data Tracker Pro ($9.99)
Super Duper Data Tracker Pro is the big brother of the Super Duper Data Tracker (SDDT). Where the regular SDDT went for simplicity, the SDDT Pro went for functionality. The Super Duper Data Tracker Pro (version 1.1.4) was last updated January 11, 2016. It will take up 13.3 MB and requires iOS 8.4 or later. It is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
Upon startup you are given a screen with a drop down menu reading: Students, Groups, Goal Bank, Sessions, and Information.
To add new students, simply hit the plus icon, enter your student's name, enter an optional brief description (I put students minutes here), and upload an image (optional). You can have a student pick an image or you can take your students' pictures. It helps at the beginning of the year with new students to have their picture ready when you go to pick them up from class.
After you create a student, you are brought to the “Student Page” where each student has 3 tabs of information: Info/Description, Goals (looks like a field goal), and Session Information (looks like a clock). From here you can edit your students’ information, add a goal, or pull up previous session information. You can also email or print session information from this page as well.
During the goal creation part, once you have created a goal it will be saved to the goal bank. You have the same way to track the goal as you did in the SDDT (tally, correct/incorrect, approximation, or cued). The goal bank is nice if you plan to track for general goals versus specific. If you have 3 students with goals to “write a thesis statement” it saves time checking it from the goal bank. If you want the goal to have the individual percentages on here, then the goal bank is not useful, as you may not be able to use it for more than one student.
You can also create groups to save time each week. The groups are organized alphabetically so be prepared that your group labeled “Friday 10am” will be at the beginning while “Wednesday 2:30” is at the end. If you need to go back to edit data from a session, you can do so for any previous session and add the information into it you want. If you forgot your iPad or it wasn’t charged you can clock a whole new session without changing the iPads internal clock like you had to in the SDDT.
When starting a session, the app will ask you to check which students you are working with, what goals you are working on, and the day, date, and time of the session.
Once you are in the session, you can track data as you go.
When it is time to pull data, you can select the dates and the objectives you want to track for and the app will pull it up in a PDF. The above is an example of the data and the chart it creates.
· Sync data between your iPad and iPhone.
· Create multiple goals for each student.
· Save all goals in the Goal Bank.
· Choose from multiple scoring options (e.g., Standard, Numbers, and Letters).
· “Undo” the last recorded response to correct an error.
· Store data for an unlimited number of sessions.
· Add students to multiple groups.
· Add students temporarily to a group to make up missed sessions.
· Write notes for each student in a session.
· Email results for individual students or all students in a group.
· Graph and email results for each goal.
· Session Back Date Capabilities.
· Export student data by Email, Spreadsheet, PDF, or Print
· An advanced built in back-up data file option compatible with exportation via email, drop box, Evernotes etc.…
· Optional data Restore point feature
· Offers the option to store data locally on the original device or with Cloud storage with a syncing data choice between two devices.
Pros: Price is still on the low end. Able to sync the data between multiple iPads/iPhones. Has a back up system that is invaluable. Student pictures are a nice touch to this system. Emailing the data is easy.
Cons: Data can be cumbersome. For a student that I have been seeing since August, it is giving me 30 pages of data. It does not compute an overall percentage. Instead it shows information from each session and at the end graphs each goal for the year based on session information. Navigation is not intuitive.
The application is great. The charts are easy to follow and give a great visual representation of the student and it shows all session notes. If this app adds a cumulative percentage feature, it would earn a perfect 5/5. The inconvenience of manually tracking cumulative scores prevents this app from receiving a higher score.
Next week, I took IEPPal out for spin, and it may be one of the best data apps I have ever worked with.