Report Writer - Digital Literacy Dover

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Report Writer

Everyone knows that writing reports is one of the highlights of every teacher's academic year, and while this may be hard to believe, adding technology to the mix can make this delightful experience even more rhapsodical, efficient, pithy, oratory, and timely (see what I did there?).

Here's a couple of report writing tools that may be of interest... is not going to win any prizes for web design any day soon, but it's free and it does what is says on the tin:

A small group of teachers and put this system together a few years ago to make report writing less hassle for themselves and their colleagues.

You can access it straight from a Chrome App (free on the Chrome App store) as well

The free version allows you to:
  • Create reports 
  • Create your own comments
  • Edit comments
  • Access shared comments
Of course there are lots of other great features available of don't mind paying £10 a year ($20 SGD) for them.

They have really impressive range of comments.

Google Sheet Report Writer

This Google Sheet is very handy, make a copy and tweak to your purposes. The reports it generates require very little tweaking to get right, and many teachers have used it and attest to its effectiveness. It's not as polished as the other tools here, it doesn't come with built in comment banks, but... it is free, easy to use, and easy to use as a team, as everyone can collaborate on building the comment bank and then make copies to use with their own classes! 

Some common errors - even with British spelling, spell program when referring to a computer program  (not programme) we all use the American spelling, because they invented it!

ICT (Information Communication Technology), ICTs or 'digital technologies' is preferred over IT, IT is the engineering, the workings of the machine, the engineering, and coding, whereas we are really only concerned with the use of the machine, for communicating understanding , the C , in ICT.

Avoid using the term 'technology' to refer to ICT, although it is commonly used as a shortening of the full 'Information Communication Technology' it makes the mistake of assuming that all technology is digital, which it is not, ask any engineer, or maybe even Google:


  • the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.
  • machinery and devices developed from scientific knowledge.
  • the branch of knowledge dealing with engineering or applied sciences.

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