If you’re like me, summer is spent in equal parts going to the beach, drinking adult beverages with umbrellas in them (and counting that as my fruit serving for the day…), taking as long as I want during lunch, using the bathroom whenever I feel like it, and working on my classroom for next school year. Last year, I came up with a quick way to input my student information into ClassMax and thought I would share it with you today.
For ClassMax, you can manually load your students in one at a time or you can use our csv template and upload whole classes at a time. The template is pretty straight forward and consists of collecting the student’s name, any categories they might fall into for data analysis (free/reduced lunch, ESE, gifted, etc.), parent name, parent phone number, state test score, Lexile, and parent email. These categories correspond with the information stored in the student profile.
(NOTE: If you don’t have some of this information yet or don’t necessarily care to track a particular column, just leave that column blank.)
I love having all this information at my fingertips (literally!) when the school year starts, but inputting all that data can really be a drag. I decided instead that I would have parents input their data using a Google form. The form drops the data into a spreadsheet that I can use to copy and paste columns straight into this csv file. If you want a copy of my Google form, here it is. Just make a copy for yourself, customize to your class specifications, and you are good to go.
Keep in mind that you will need to sort your Google Sheet by class period and then upload to ClassMax. You can only upload one class at a time. But using this form will at least get the MAJORITY of your students in a spreadsheet that you can then manipulate however you need to match the .csv template we provide.
Not at a digital school? Open a Google form on a classroom computer and have your students submit their information one at a time during the first week of school. Or leave it open on a classroom computer during “Meet the Teacher” or “Open House” for parents to complete.
Hope that helps eliminate some of your front-loading of information before you jump into the ClassMax pool for the year! Until then, enjoy that umbrella drink on the beach!