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!
Good app, but missing some key features
This app is a great way to keep track of the books in my library, and easy for my students to use to check out books. Scanning books in goes fairly quickly, though it can take a little time if you have a lot of books like I do. I like how you can add in books manually if they don’t have a barcode, and you can change the picture of the cover to make it match your copy of the book. It’s also nice that you can keep track of how many copies of a book you have, and add multiple bar codes.
However, there are a few key features that I was surprised to see aren’t on the app. Books are organized alphabetically by title, and that’s the only option. I wish there was an option to organize by author or genre, or even just to search for a book. It would also be nice if the app synched with multiple devices, so I could keep track on my own phone while my students check in their books on a classroom device.
I’ve seen a few reviews that are similar to mine, so I hope that these features could be added with a later update. Otherwise, this will make keeping track of my classroom library a lot easier! Thank you!
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.