Frenzied SLPs: Data Collection (with freebies!)

The Frenzied SLPs are back and we are coming together to talk about Data Collection (with freebies!).  Whether you are an analytical lover of data or you would actually rather crawl into a hole at the sheer mention of the word data, I guarantee you will benefit from reading the posts in this linky party.


I know I am looking forward to reading all the link ups as I really believe that learning more efficient ways of collecting data can only make our job as SLPs more effective.  Although my way of collecting data has only slightly evolved over the past 15 years, I am about to take the plunge for a major change this year.

With the push to go entirely digital and my feet longing to drag the entire way, I have attempted to take the bull by the horns and conquer the task.  The reason it remains an attempt lies in the pure fact that the obstacles in my way are more challenging than I anticipated.

Although I am not giving up the fight just yet, I thought I should have on hand some of my trusty paper copies to get my year started as I muddle through the trenches.  To download my FREEBIE data collection forms, click here to be taken to my TPT store.





Back to the digital age.  Our district went to Google Apps for Education accounts this year.  It's taken the word "cloud" to a whole different meaning.  Some days I just want it to remain the white and fluffy object in the sky.  Other days my wheels are spinning with the possibilities.  Which brings me to my grand idea to not only learn how to create a Google Form, but create a form to collect real time data during group therapy.  What is a form you ask?  A form is a way to collect information in an easy, streamlined way (or so they say).

While I am not yet ready to offer a tutorial on creating a data collection form or share my own creation just yet, I am somewhat optimistic that the time will indeed come.  After many hours spent last spring learning Google Forms and attempting to create a form that would achieve the outcome I expected, I found myself back at the drawing board this weekend.

My time has run out and I have to be okay without a perfect form, so therefore I have been non-stop entering student information into my best attempt.  I originally set out to create a group data collection form, but also wanted individual goals listed on the form so that I did not have to continue to refer to my paper copies.  I settled for individual forms, which I hope to have sorted by group and opened on my iPad or laptop during each therapy session.  Since the time required to create these initial individual forms is intense and any changes that I wish to tweak create a domino effect causing every form to be started again, I am now overlooking the flaws in my design, although reluctantly.

As I click on each student, here is a peak at what my form will look like when I enter the data.







I did a trial run last spring with my kindergarten groups.  I entered the session date, type, start time, and activity plan in the form at the beginning of the session.  Since my materials are already prepped, I could easily scan the objective in which I planned to take data.  I kept a pad of sticky notes and a pencil nearby for tallying.  At the end of a set of trials I quickly tapped on the percentage accuracy and continued on with my therapy targets and additional students.  

I know this little scenario I just described seems like a perfect therapy world and last time I checked this isn't always or even usually the case.  Before you skip to the next link up without giving this any further thought, I want to share the end result.  Say you've diligently entered in your digital data during or sometime after your therapy sessions.  It's time for interim reports, quarterly reports, or billing progress reports (11 times a year for this girl).


The option to have your responses in spreadsheet form as well as in a summary of responses is the end result I envision when I finally reach the peak of this mountain I am climbing.  (Please disregard my commentary on my objective above and my responses below.  I was getting a bit ornery.)




Are you with me just a wee bit?  There may be a few of you that will go learn Google Forms before you jump to the next link up.  Ask yourself, what is the outcome you desire and can data collection be more efficient with the digital component?  Now make sure to check out the other freebies and additional tips on data collection from The Frenzied SLPs!


15 comments

  1. What a great idea! I might have to do a trial of this with a few students to get a little more high tech with my data collection! Right now, I am SUPER low tech!!!

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    1. It's just an idea, so we will see how it goes!

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  2. Oh my word! I hope I can retire before I have to go digital! What happens when the cloud crashes or gets hacked like Ashley Madison and Sony?

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    1. I must say I am totally nervous about crashing clouds too. I'm sure I'll have some paper days as so far I'm still loading objectives.

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  3. My district has been trying to go paperless for data too! Most of the teachers have... but I just have not been able to convert yet!

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    1. I was grumpy about the paperless request, but I am trying my hardest to make it work for me. Time will tell!

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  4. That Google form is beautiful. I'm going to be checking that out! I'm a tech-a-holic and love the looks of this!

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    1. Thanks so much Kayla. Be sure to share your ideas if you indeed succeed!

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  5. My husband is all about Google forms and is trying to get me to try them. Thanks for the ideas!
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  6. Love your ideas! I've played around with Google Forms, too, but not for data collection. These look great!! Keep us updated on how these work out!!

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    1. Thanks so much Tracy. I am still importing objectives, so I must say I'm in a bit of a slump with the time it takes, but I know many others that re-write objectives on their own forms anyway, so I am trying to stay positive!

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  7. Boy are you organized! Great ideas Sparkly Girl!

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    1. It's all for show Jennifer! I was just cleaning out my daughters' room to make way for a new bed and I was disgusting by my "organization" LOL!

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  8. OMG what a brilliant use of Forms! I just attended a workshop on using Google Forms yesterday, but this is a better idea than anything they mentioned. I can't wait to experiment with creating a digital data-tracking form. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Abby. I went to a series of Google Forms classes and annoyed the instructor until I am sure he didn't want me to show up again. I just couldn't get it through my head how this would help me, but I was determined. I sure hope it proves beneficial. I am just being a perfectionist trying to get the response spreadsheet to look pretty and it's NOT happening.

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