Using tech, teachers start stream-lining process of tutorial check-ins

November 24, 2019 — by Ethan Lin and Oliver Ye

Math teacher PJ Yim and business teacher Kirk Davis employ technology in lieu of a paper notepad system.

This year’s new tutorial policy has forced students to go through the hectic process of signing in and out of classrooms, which often takes away from students’ tutorial time. To get around this issue, several teachers have implemented more efficient, technology-based sign-in procedure to increase students’ productivity.

In September, Physics and Intro to Business teacher Kirk Davis tested a scanner system similar to the one used by the cafeteria. Instead of students signing in and out manually, students scanned their ID cards, and the data was automatically recorded in an online database.

This system drastically reduced lines and was appreciated by many students.

“From the way I saw others using it, the system looked pretty effective,” senior Joanna Wang said. “It would definitely make the process a lot easier and faster.”

While the barcode scanner system was only piloted, Davis envisions seeing scanners or QR codes in every classroom.

Similarly, math teacher PJ Yim uses a Google Forms as a check in system, which allows him to rapidly access student sign-in and sign-out information. In addition, since students often approach him for help during tutorial, digitizing the sign-in process allows Yim to help students in the order in which they signed in.

Across the district, four other sign-in methods have been piloted, said Traci Bonde, the district’s instructional technology director.

According to Bonde, all of the pilot programs have seen success, and Saratoga’s leadership team will discuss an implementation plan that will be shared out within the next few months and eventually be used in all classrooms.

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