Hat tip to my source of many awesome things - a local high school teacher - for this idea. Instead of students filling out an index card of information so I can get to know them, I have them fill out a form which I create in Google Drive. I post the form to the course web page, then point them there. This way, all the information is in a spreadsheet which I can review anytime throughout the semester from anywhere.
I added the question about the smartphone this year to try to get a sense of how much I can try to get get my classes to do interactive things with them.
The form is below...(for now)...it's not the real form, but it is a copy of the one I'll put out on the course page.