Workflow Tools and Science Education
Many K-12 schools and institutions of higher education already make use of the convenience of online forms for things like student registration, equipment checkout, and disciplinary reports. Cost savings can be significant. One California school district saved $10,000 by using online forms to automate a single workflow. Multiply this by several workflows, and schools can optimize the use of their funds.
School systems must ensure resources go toward learning activities .
In addition to using workflow tools to create online forms and automate workflows, schools, colleges, and universities can use the same tools to facilitate learning. Online forms can be designed for any task that requires the collection of data, and some classroom projects involve data collection. Why not create online forms for these class projects? The advantages of doing so are significant to teachers and students.
Could Teachers Create Workflows for Class Projects?
Creating educational applications and workflows for classroom projects is apt for social studies and science projects. Suppose a group of middle schoolers is testing the effects of different soil on plant growth. This would involve regularly recording information about properties like plant height for various soils. If each student can log into an online form each time they measure plant height, and enter the information there, several learning modalities are facilitated. Unlike data collected with pencil and paper, data entered into online forms will not be lost. Mistakes due to a student’s penmanship are eliminated.
The Importance of Mobility for Data Gathering
Suppose a group of high school students in a biology class, or perhaps an ecology club, has been tasked with conducting a weekend bird survey, similar to community bird surveys like the annual Christmas Bird Count. If the teacher creates mobile-friendly data entry forms, students can collect data in the field right on their smartphones, anywhere mobile coverage exists. Not only is this data entry faster, but it is also more likely to be accurate. If the teacher sets a Sunday night deadline for data submission, the results can be tallied and reported as soon as the next class or club meeting.
Kids are glued to their devices anyway, so they might as well use them for learning.
Data That’s Automatically Fed to Databases Is Likelier to Be Accurate
Collecting data on a paper form and then having someone enter it into a database or spreadsheet is tedious and error-prone. The data gathered using workflow tools for online forms can be automatically routed into one or more databases, cutting out the time-intensive manual data entry process so data can be made useful sooner. Moreover, if a teacher does so, he or she can create a new database annually, or once per semester, building up enough data to spot trends, such as an increase in a particular local animal species.
Find Out Results of Data Collection Experiments Quickly
Suppose students can collect data for a class project and enter it into online forms right from their computers or mobile devices. When workflow tools route data to spreadsheets, databases, or other software automatically, the calculation of distributions, averages, medians, and other statistics on the data is fast and accurate. This allows students to make important conceptual connections quickly, so their learning is more engaging and effective. Students could even use online forms software to create their reports about the project.
Schools are no strangers to workflow tools. Many schools rely on them to manage the vast amounts of information generated every school day. However, these workflow tools need not be limited to school administrative tasks like counting attendance and booking buses for field trips. Teachers can use them in the service of learning itself, by creating online forms students can use for class projects. Whether they are learning about historical lifespans from local cemetery headstones, counting butterflies, or tallying different traits in pea plants grown in the classroom, students can benefit from online forms that make data collection quick and accurate. Moreover, if those workflow tools create mobile-friendly online forms, students can make use of mobile devices in their studies.
PerfectForms is a favorite of school systems, for both K-12 and higher education facilities. That is because it offers powerful features, incredible flexibility, and the convenience of a drag-and-drop interface. It means programming is not required to make perfectly customized online forms and workflows. Have a look at some of our case studies. You will be amazed at the potential uses you will envision for PerfectForms in your educational institution