I think surveys are a great practice for students to partake in. I have seen the enthusiasm generated class surveys are coupled with graphing through line, bar, and pie graphs. Generally, the surveys I have witnessed have only ever been constructed in written form by students, so the potential for amplification using ICT is actually quite large. Anna came across google forms as a great way to enable students to use ICT to generate and participate in surveys. Like Anna, I had never actually considered google forms, and admittedly didn’t even know what they were.
Google forms outlines the ways students can collect data as:
- Conducting experiments in classroom and use the teacher’s computer to enter data for that group
- Allow students to create surveys using Google forms and display on own computer, before inviting peers to navigate from computer to computer to fill out surveys
- Email the form to participants to collect data (can embed the form in the email); must know all members email addresses
- Email the form by using a distribution list from your contacts (very easy if using Google Apps since all domain names are the same)
- Share the URL of the published form; consider using a URL shortener for easy access like: http://goo.gl/, http://bit.ly/ or http://tinyurl.com/
- Embed the form in a Google Site, wiki, blog or website.
I think this is a potential ICT I could utilise on prac, as there is potential to use this application even if laptop or iPad numbers are less than a 1 to 1 ratio.
This potential also got me thinking about other surveying apps out there. I have heard of survey monkey to create surveys as well, so think this is another worth exploration. If you know of any more, please share.