Classroom Checkout™ makes it super easy to manage checkouts from your classroom children's book library. Your students can check out books by simply scanning barcodes.*
• A student scans a book's barcode to check out or in.
• The teacher can see currently checked out books.
• The teacher manages student accounts, assigning login codes.
• The teacher can manage the classroom library.
Classroom Checkout is designed to be installed on a shared iOS device, with each student and the teacher using a numeric login code to access the app.
An online manual for Classroom Checkout is available at fikesfarm.com
* Classroom Checkout requires a scannable barcode on each book. This can either be the ISBN or UPC barcode commonly found on the back cover, or any EAN-13 barcode label affixed to the cover.
Note that on all devices a built-in ISBN scanner is used, except the iPad 2 where a separate free app is used.
Ratings and Reviews
First off, I love this app and have used it now for over a year! It is wonderfully laid out and easy to use. I have no problem with the scan in and out. I do have two wishlist for this app to make it perfect! 1- As said before, I wish this app would connect across all of my devices so I can stay connected on my phone with what my students are checking in and out without having to grab the classroom iPad every time. Secondly, I wish the app would track my students reading level progress. Since the app already has imbedded in most books a GR level or lexile level, I would love to be able to set a reading level for a student, and see a simple data chart/graph when I pull up a student to be able to see if they are choosing books above or below their reading level. It would be a great way to track their growth as the year went on and get the most out of my library.
Well worth the money, and easy to use! Love it!
Art Supply Inventory
I learned about this app in an “Art of Education”post for managing the supplies students check out. Is. I am still in the process of setting up my inventory but love the app so much. I have some art books that I can just scan the barcode (some are already in the system!) and enter title and writer and add a photo. I am also sticking barcodes to art supply bags and boxes with packing tape and adding them too. If I have 6 sets of those markers, no problem. I’ve also emailed customer service a few times with a very quick and kind response. I showed the app to our photojournalism teacher for camera checkout and her only request would be to have the ability to reserve supplies in advance. Thanks for developing something so simple and effective!
Classroom Library Must-Have
Overall, I love this app and how easy it is to upload books and check-in/check-out books to students. I’ve been using it for a few years now, but there hasn’t been any updates, so I hope the developers will have one soon to make it even better. Here are my pros and cons:
-Very easy and simple interface
-Can use it straight from my phone and don’t need a scanner
-Easy to see a list of students who have checked out books
-Simple swipe to check-in or delete books
-Books are listed with a thumbnail that you can change
-Keeps a log of all the books each student checks out
-Super easy to scan in books quickly
-Doesn’t tell you how many total books there are
-No search feature; you have to scroll through your entire list
-Doesn’t alert you if a student tries to check out a book that is already checked out
-No way to print a list of books or checked out books
-Does not include AR or Lexile levels
-No way to categorize books
-Can’t create different classes
-Can’t use across devices
-Password protected, which is good, but there isn’t a way to disable it or enable fingerprint
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.