Our digital learners have several ways to be counted present for each of their seven class periods, but the process of taking attendance is beyond time-consuming for teachers. Because students have some flexibility in regards to when they are completing the work remotely, having the teachers use the Attendance function is not feasible. We can check People to see if the last login was that day, but then teachers are expected to check 1,000 times a day, which is not feasible. We do not want to encourage an assignment for every course, every day because work should be different than attendance.
Our temporary fix has been to have a teacher-created attendance button at the top of every home page. Students click on the button to be directed to the teacher's Google Form and submit. The next day, the teacher uses the form to enter the attendance. The only problem is that some kids will not click on the button or they do the work and forget to click the button. At that point, parents are frustrated and trying to point to completed work as proof of class attendance. However, if we don't have a uniform way to take attendance, then our teachers are spending all of their time on attendance instead of designing great lessons and content.
We need a way for teachers to quickly take asynchronous attendance without having to go student by student in access reports or assignments. Maybe there could be an engagement capture report that shows who did not enter that specific course from 12:00 am-11:59 pm for each day. It would need to be accessed faster than New Analytics updates to adhere to district policies. I'm not sure, but we definitely need something to help navigate attendance woes within our new normal!
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