Thursday, January 12, 2012

4 Choices for Creating and Filling Out Forms on Your #iPad (Updated)


Updated 1/12/2012

In response to my rough draft webinar preso--iPad Tips for Administrators--Doug "Blue Skunk" Johnson asked the following in a comment:
My admins are looking for a way to do teacher evals using self-created forms that have drop down boxes, not just text. Any suggestions from you or your participants tonight? I had Bento suggested but haven't tried it yet.
Thanks for any help you can give.

Although I didn't include it in my original list--which was focused on free, no-cost iPad apps--I did run across some possible solutions to the question Doug shared:

1) FormConnect: I ran across this in a blog entry comment left at The 21st Century Principal's Top iPad Apps for Administrators. For a second, I didn't think I'd find the blog entry again but I remembered my search term for Google and was able to find it after a few minutes. FormConnect certainly seems like it can do what Doug is asking for:
As you can see in the picture above, there's a drop-down for the State field.
The cost of FormConnect is $10, which is fairly inexpensive if it meets your needs!

2) iFormBuilder4 - This really seems a pretty robust competitor in the forms on iPad market! I was immediately impressed by the fact that you could not only have text choices in your drop-down menus, but also, images!

Check out the video at 42 seconds can put images within the form....

You can find pricing for iFormBuilder4 online at their web site. To be blunt, they've put in recurring pricing that's bound to break the bank of cash-strapped school districts!! You'll have to decide if the app is worth the price...from the videos, it looks like a must-have app if you need to create custom forms.

3) Wufoo for Education FormWufoo is an Internet application that helps anybody build amazing online forms. When you design a form with Wufoo, it automatically builds the database, backend and scripts needed to make collecting and understanding your data easy, fast and fun. Because we host everything, all you need is a browser, an Internet connection and a few minutes to build a form and start using it right away. Of course, you can access these forms online via your iPad. Thanks to John Blake for the suggestions via G+ conversation.

I'm not sure if Wufoo does drop-downs, so that's to be discovered.

4) For the rest of us, GoogleDocs Forms will have to do!

and, bonus tip,

5) Consider using Evernote for Checklists. This is good only for one person filling out a form. There is no aggregation of data, so each individual form has it's own information...think of it as a digital paper checklist without the benefits of the other options mentioned here.

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doug0077 said...

Thanks, Miguel. I'll check these and Bento out and let you know what happens.


Miguel Guhlin said...

@Doug, there's an update thanks to a suggestion by John Blake

Melinda Waffle said...

I just discovered & am looking at Teacher's Assistant (iPad app) for this purpose. While developed for teachers, I believe it can be modified for use by administrators and it does use drop downs. There is a lite version (free) that can be tried out before deciding if it does what is wanted and the price (normally $10, currently on sale for $7) is worth it. iTunes link

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