Friday, 23 January 2009

Simple Surveys

Minutes to get familiar with

30 minutes (2 mins to register online – they don’t send you emails!).

Watch the first video:

Ages suitable for

Any but most suitable for Y4-Y9

Key Features

  • Design your survey – you can name your survey and create questions in different formats.
  • Edit your survey – you can move questions about, change the colours and make questions compulsory to answer!
  • Collect Responses – if you click the first option then you get a link that you can email to the class or parents or anyone else – they do the survey online.
  • Analyse Responses – this gives you the raw data but on the free version you can’t download these.

Health Warnings

  • Certain features aren’t available on the free version and you can only get up to 100 responses to surveys.
  • You can’t upload artwork or logos.

How to introduce

  • Register for survey monkey and open the home page – you should be logged on instantly.
  • Explain to the class that you are going to create surveys (for whatever purpose) and use Survey Monkey to create, distribute and collect responses.
  • Add one or two different questions - showing children the different types of questions.
  • Change the theme.
  • Save your survey and click “Collect Responses” tab. Email survey to yourself so you can see how the survey arrives.

Quick Activities (skills)

1) Preparing your survey : Using paper and pencils or Word work out the purpose of your survey and the questions you want to ask. Remember to keep the questions specific and to the point.

2) Improving your survey: You can improve your survey by; editing the question and questions types, offering an incentive to people that complete it, keeping it short! Once you have completed your first draft, test it with your teacher and another person. Then ask them what they think and make any changes.

Longer Activities (capability)

Create a survey to find out your teacher’s favourite holiday destinations. Remember to ask about weather, location, activities and distance travelled.

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