Easing the Burden of Recordkeeping

JALT Group: 
Event Speaker: 
Soren Leaver
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for non-JALT members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

New location
Please note that Fukuoka JALT is trying a completely new location this month, Namiki Square in Chihaya (map).

  • From Tenjin, it's a 12 minute subway ride to Kaizuka, followed by 3 minute Nishitetsu to Chihaya
  • From Hakata, even easier: 11 minutes on the local train to Chihaya (3rd stop)

In addition to lesson planning and instruction, teachers often spend a considerable amount of time maintaining student records. The bulk of this recordkeeping relates to assessment, and requires precision and attention to detail. Without a solid grasp of the technological resources available, this process can become repetitive, time consuming, and draining.

This presentation will introduce features of Microsoft Excel and Google Docs that have the potential to ease burdensome aspects of recordkeeping. In the first part of the presentation, the presenter will show how to create a fully automated gradebook in Excel using relative and absolute cell references. In the second part, he will show how Google Docs can be used, in concert with learners' smartphones, to collect, correct, and analyze answers from quizzes. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets to the presentation for the sake of shadowing the presenter.

Biography: Soren Leaver is originally from Berkeley, California, and has been living in Japan for the past decade. He has taught at various high schools and universities in Fukuoka and is currently a lecturer at Kyushu Sangyo University.

After-meeting Social:
20:30-22:00, at Hakata Ichiban dori
福岡市東区千早3--6-37 香椎スポーツガーデン1F
Party Plan Set menu (10 items) for 2,000yen (RSVP by noon Sunday 4/16 to : Miho Tani: fukuokajaltsocial@gmail.com">fukuokajaltsocial(AT)gmail(DOT)com). There's an optional Nomihoudai for 1,300 yen more. Other cheaper nomihoudai options without beer or alcohol. (drink options can be decided on the night; all prices tax included).