My year 12's due to poor preparation, lack of effort and some minor storm on Thursday had not completed the collection of some market research for their project. But not to panic there is always survey monkey to fall back on!!!
I first used survey monkey when I had a real job in industry working for a large blue chip company....gosh those were the days....I had money, a nice car, piece and quiet and time to think...what fun....well pretty boring actually....mind you last lesson on a Friday with my bottom Year 9 group sometimes makes be question my decision.....anyway I digress! This is a great tool it is easy to use, free (with limited functionality but still does the job) and quick to get lots of results. My Year 12's in a matter of hours received a few hundred responses by putting their link on a couple of forums on the Internet asking people to take part.
This is a great tool in any subject where you want the students to collect data, learn about different types of questions and analyse results without a great big headache. The students also learn how to use an excellent tool which may come in useful later in life.
I also use this tool within school to collect data for audits from staff for example we have recently used it to look at Enterprise across the curriculum, what is being done, staff attitudes and knowledge etc. Staff love it as they can just click press submit and it is gone. I love it because it analyses the data for you making a job that use to take weeks to complete done and dusted in a day or so. Fantarta!
An overview appears below. Alternatively have a look at Survey Monkey's Website or even try their example questionnaire to see what you or your students can produce in a few easy steps!
Survey Monkey Overview
Using just your web browser, create your survey with our intuitive survey editor. Select from over a dozen types of questions (single choice, multiple choice, rating scales, drop-down menus, and more...).
Tired of shuffling papers or poring over email responses? Simply cut and paste a link to your survey that you can post or print anywhere. Collecting meaningful information has never been easier!
View your results as they are collected in real-time. Watch live graphs and charts, and then dig down to get individual responses. If you're a statistics nut, you can even download the raw data into Excel.