Datability Pro

Category: Apps for Teachers

Ages: 5-7 7-11 11-14
Price: iPhone/iPad - Free

Datability has been designed by a special education teacher who recognised the administrative burden that tracking multiple Individualized Education Plans can bring.  Within its easy-to-use design, Datability makes recording and accessing useful data easy. 

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Whatever your opinions on the subject, teachers must keep and use data concerning their children both as a record and as a way of informing future strategies to help each child.  Teachers who work with children who have been identified as having a special need are used to juggling, maintaining, and using Individualized Education Plans.  Datability is designed with the goal of making this easier for teachers while enhancing the help that they can give to children.

The app's user interface is clean and straightforward.  Screens and options appear in a logical order.  Where appropriate, options are selected from a drop down list. Where a more open-ended entry is needed, the on-screen keyboard is used and fits in well with the display as it does not obscure any of the useful information or options.

The format in which you must enter that data may not be the precise structure you would choose but no app could be expected to match every individual's precise preferences.  For having to conform to the app's structure you gain all of the benefits of not having to set up your own.

The time saved will let you get on with the real job at hand which is not writing spreadsheets but using the data to help your children.  The security of the entered data ensures that only those for whom it is relevant may read it.  The safety of the data means that it cannot be lost with a misplaced or malfunctioning device.

Speaking of securing the data, the app does lock itself down after a short period and requires the password to be entered again.  As with all matters of data security, there is a fine balance between protecting sensitive information and irritating the user.  It can be frustrating to have to re-enter the password but probably not as much as it would be embarrassing or harmful for the wrong eyes to see the data it is protecting.  This feature will cause some slight annoyance but it is justified.

It is perhaps easiest for those starting afresh to use this app.  Add a child to the app and allocate their lessons and other useful information and you can begin to use it to monitor and support that child.  That isn't to say that you can't transfer data held in another system to this app or that it is arduous to do so.  The app's tutorial on how to prepare existing data for import into Datability is very clear and easy to follow.   And, just as important as it is to get data into the app, it can be exported into useful formats for adding to Excel, for example.

The tutorials for all other aspects of the app are similarly well written.  As well as showing how to use the app they should be a useful appraisal tool for anyone considering Datability.  They're available on the informative and supportive web site that supports the app.  Read through them and you'll gain a good idea of how it can aid your workflow.   Combine this with the free download to have a risk-free opportunity to see how the app could help you and other teachers in your school.  The full features are unlocked by subscription and it can be accessed across multiple devices.  

Datability has the potential to ease significantly the administrative burden on teachers who frequently use IEPs.  You may have your own system of spreadsheets that has served you well but, if you have a suitable device, you would do well to consider how much easier life can become with an app specially created for the purpose.

From the Developer

Datability is an educational data collection , analysis, and reporting tool for the iPad.
Developed by a veteran Special Education teacher, Datability allows you to easily import IEP goals, improves compliance by sending data collection reminders, and produces beautiful full color reports. Datability does all of the graphing for you and allows the user to link up to 5 full color pictures to each data point. Don't worry if you forget to collect your data, Datability allows you to input it when the time is right for you.

Enjoy all of the features of Datability with any of the auto-renewable subscriptions. The purchase will allow the full access to all previously available options plus new data editing feature and up to 5 pictures per data point.

Choose from the fillowing subscription options:

Monthly-1 month subscription length with a 2 week trial period-$2.49
Semesterly-6 month subscription length with a 2 week free trial-$16.49
Yearly subscription-1 year subscription with a 2 week trial period.

Payments will be charged to iTunes account at the confirmation of purchase. Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period and identify the cost of renewal. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto renewal may may be turned off by going to the users Account settings after purchase. Subscriptions provide a 14 day trial period for investigation of the service which can be cancelled before the payment executes. Any unused portions of the free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription that publication where applicable.

Privacy policy and Terms of use can be found at www.iepdata.com

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