So I was contacted by a faculty member in the College of Education here at Boise State. She wants to make a Word Document she uses to do field evaluations more interactive. Here email is below and the word document is attached. My first thought was to create a web form but wifi access varies from school to school. She thinks using a word document and macros is the way to go. I am not sure. I questioned a PDF form. A mobile app could work as well. So this is the problem? How do we solve it without her paying for a developer or a current app out on the market?
I think the best solution may be an Excel form. Excel would do the math components automatically, and it could insert the date as well. Drop down menus are a cinch, too.
I've attached a very short sample form.
I like Kim's idea but when I first read the question I immediately thought of creating a Google form. I think that using a Google form would work. You can type directly into the form as you watch students and it will automatically date/time stamp your submission. I think it will also solve Wifi issues as it is available across platforms - so accessible from your phone. It will store information in an Excel type spreadsheet. You can also send your comments/observations to students via email. Although this does not solve your Word document issue, it may be an alternative to check out.
Love the different ideas! Keep them coming everyone
I would try out Microsoft OneNote. OneNote is pretty amazing, and you can easily timestamp notes in it. It's free and can be downloaded onto almost any device, including iOS and Androids. With a free Microsoft account, you can share your OneNote files with others to edit, or to view only. You can share the link to a OneNote notebook so that even those who don't have the OneNote program on their computer can view the notes in a web browser. You can type or hand write your notes in OneNote as well. It's a pretty great application.
A web form will work perfectly. All the user need do is download it to their computer and work with it right off their hard drive. After the form is filled in, save it as a different html page and then when wifi is available, open it back up and send it. This would work on a tablet or phone as well. I could work one up if needed.
It sounds like Adobe has a product called FormsCentral that they are retiring. As replacements to web forms, they are recommending Formstack, JotForm or WuFoo. For PDF forms, they are recommending this tutorial.