Why does PLD suggest 'cloud-based' sheets rather than excel documents?

Many schools have commenced the journey of introducing student tracking using Excel documents.

PLD cannot suggest more strongly that if this is the case, you evolve to a ‘cloud-based’ document for staff to simultaneously utilise.

There are so many benefits to this:

Benefit 1 - Schools never need to email PLD the tracking sheets. PLD is just provided with an access link when you require PLD's input.
Benefit 2 - The work is automatically saved in the cloud and never lost.
Benefit 3 - Schools can cluster classes on the same tracking sheet; or even junior primary, middle and upper primary on 3 separate sheets with the relevant tabs. Schools will no longer require multiple excel sheets.
Benefit 4 - There are no multiple copies of the sheets, just one copy that multiple people can access. Prior to this point multiple people could access, but only one person could input data and the others would receive a 'Read Only' version.
Benefit 5 - The tracking sheets can be processed in 'real-time' over the phone, or in a 'coaching session'.

The tracking sheets can be requested HERE.

Short training videos on how to set up and implement can be found HERE.

If you have further questions, please contact Holly Mason at PLD via: holly.mason@pld-literacy.org
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