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Teachers involved in the Evaluation Project–please take the time to answer the survey about your experiences this semester.
Please be honest with your appraisal. Thank you so much for your time and efforts in this endeavor. By your involvement in this project you have met the fourth Maryland Teacher Technology Standard, “Using technology to analyze problems and develop data-driven solutions for instructional and school improvement.” Please continue your efforts in using technology to benefit your students daily. Thank you!
After visiting the webslide tutorial and viewing the videos, proceed to make your first survey by going to the Survey Monkey main page. Go to “Join Now for Free!” in order to create a username and password and set up a basic free account. Start to make your first survey!
The following Survey Monkey resources are helpful to review before creating your first survey (if needed):
- Read the examples under “Design your survey.”
- Visit “types of questions.” The peanut butter questions give examples of all types of questions.
- Visit “view example survey” which has an actual survey to take about Survey Monkey.
- Under Analyze Results, go to “view example report” in order to see results in graph format.
Feel free to consult others or the Evaluation Project leader for more assistance.
Click on the box or go to the following link. This is a collection of 8 websites that are useful before creating a survey with Survey Monkey or if problems arise during the creation of a survey.
The websites are as follows:
1. TechLearning article on surveys (background information on using surveys in education)
2. Online Assessment Tools (for background information on using surveys in education)
3. Survey Monkey Help Center (frequently asked questions)
4. You Tube video by Niki (up-to-date tutorial on Survey Monkey)
5. You Tube video byMrC (very thorough directions on Survey Monkey)
6. TeacherTube video (very fast play)
8. Survey Monkey slideshow by Maryanne Burgos (includes step-by-step directions and “cheat sheet” to create a survey)
Feel free to revisit any of the 8 sites on the Webslide at anytime for further review–just “pause” and “play” as if it was a VCR or DVD player.
This YouTube video is about 3 minutes long. There is some background noise, however, this video is current and matches with the newest updates in Survey Monkey.
This YouTube video is about 5 minutes long. It is very thorough and goes through the step-by-step the basics of creating a survey. Also included are educational examples.
After viewing the results from the initial needs assessment, the following two recommendations are being made as technology tools to use in assessment.
Recommendation 1: Survey generator
Tool: Survey Monkey
The benefit of this tool is that by using survey generators most, like Survey Monkey, provide statistical data summaries automatically after the students answer the questions. This will help teachers make better decisions because they are data driven. Many teachers may be apprehensive by the name, “survey generator,” but remember it can do so much more than create a survey. Teachers can make quizzes and tests for students with a survey generator. For example, instead of creating a quiz, compiling student answers, and then having to take those answers and go the next step to create an Excel graph to review results or statistics, a survey generator will do all of that. Survey generators can save time and the teacher will receive the same results as if he/she entered all the data into a spreadsheet.
Recommendation 2: Web 2.0 tools and Web-based assessment tools
Web 2.0 tools and Web-based assessment tools, like Quizlet, are helpful because they are available anywhere there is a computer with Internet access. The benefit of using this tool is that a teacher can generate a quiz or test and they are graded automatically. This means the teacher could spend less time with the laborious task of grading and more time with using the results to guide instruction. By alleviating the responsibility of grading to a computer, answers are checked and free from human error. Teachers can then use the time that would have been given to checking to analyze the results to help with data-driven instruction. This is a vitally important part of the assessment process and often neglected due to time constraints.
For further information, please visit the following site as one of the research articles used to establish the recommendations:
Online survey generators and quiz makers can be used as assessment tools. All of the ones listed below have “free” options.
Quizlet is a free online vocabulary assessment tool. Each student must make a free account which requires a valid email address. Once signed up, teachers create vocabulary word lists that students can study online in a variety of formats including games. Advantages are Quizlet can create randomly generated tests for each student. Therefore, this is a benefit to students sitting next to each other in a computer lab situation. Just have the students print out their results by “checking answers” as it does not have the option of showing all data of each student to the teacher online. However, Quizlet does tell you with which word the most students are having difficulty. Disadvantages include the instant messenger feature which does not easily disable. Quizlet does not make bar graphs or show results in a statistical format.
Quiz Star is free for only a 60 day trial period. After that, subscriptions start at $2.50 a month. You can create randomized quizzes for multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions. Quizzes can have a time limit and teachers can be notified by email when a student completes a quiz. After the students take the online quiz, they are graded automatically. Students can receive teacher feedback. The results can be viewed by class (if you have multiple classes), by student, or by question. You can take the results and save in an Excel file or print out.
EasyTestMaker is a free online test generator. You can upgrade to a “Plus” edition which has more options by subscribing. However, the basic quizzes of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer, and true/false are all available on the same free assessment. You can add instructions and divide the test into multiple sections. There is no limit to how many quizzes/tests you make and print out. Disadvantages include no results are given in statistical format and students do not take the assessment online.
Quiz Center is from Discovery online. Teachers can create a variety of quizzes with the following formats: short answer, true/false, essay, multiple choice, or a combination of these formats. A benefit of this service is that graphics can be uploaded into the quiz for questions needing visuals. The quiz is automatically graded and the results that are logged for each student include the time the student begins, the time the student finishes the quiz, and the final score. Beyond that, there is no statistical representation of results.
SurveyMonkey is a free service when you create ten questions or less. In order to have more questions, you have to pay for the service. However, you can create as many surveys as you would like. (So, the bottom line is if you wanted to do more questions, you would just have to send the students more than one survey). There are more than a dozen question types from multiple choice, drop-down ratings, fill-in-the-blank text boxes, essay, and more. You can distribute the survey to as many students as you want through email or by the link provided to your survey. It is very colorful which will grab student attention and it is easy for teachers to create surveys. Results are given in percentages and graph format.
Zoomerang is a free service limited to 100 responses per survey and a maximum 30 questions per survey. Surveys may be created from template or from scratch. The survey response can be viewed for up to ten days. Results are given in graph format and are limited to mainly percentages. It shows individual and whole group data on separate result pages.
PollDaddy is free service that allows you to create polls or surveys. There are eleven questions types to choose from. You can post 10 questions per survey with 100 survey respondents allowed per survey. Results for polls are given in circle and bar graph forms as well as percentages. Results for surveys are given for individual and whole class in graph form. Speed of how long the survey took to complete for each person is recorded.
An example of a quick poll creator is Polldaddy. Students can elicit responses as motivation or introduction to a topic. Students could create their own polls for a book discussion or other group discussions. Just click on “Take Our Poll” for an example.
surveys – Take Our Poll