Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please contact me at askatechteacher at gmail dot com and I’ll answer it here.
I got this question from a colleague:
I am looking for an app that classroom teachers can use to scan a classroom library and allow teachers to check books out with students. Any suggestions on one or your colleagues may have liked? Thanks for your help!
- Classroom Organizer–a free app that works with a desktop application; lets you scan in books, manage them, and check them out (through the app)
- Classroom Checkout–a fee-based app that catalogues books, manages student checkouts, and keeps track of books.
Another interesting approach that one friend uses is through Google Forms and an add-on called Checkitout: You enter all the books yourself (rather than scan a barcode and have the information populate) into a Google spreadsheet tied to a Google Checkout Form. Students would fill the Google Form out with relevant information and that would automatically populate on the spreadsheet you created. You can sort the spreadsheet by book rather than date to see which books are checked out to whom. Richard Byrne does a nice summary of how it works here.