SurveyMonkey & Education

SurveyMonkey is a cloud-based online survey company that was founded in 1999. It provides a medium for creating free and customizable surveys, while also offering paid plans. For free, users can create an infinite amount of surveys, each with up to 10 questions and 100 responses. A detailed tutorial video on how to use the basics of SurveyMonkey can be found here.

When using SurveyMonkey, users can choose from 15 different types of questions, ranging from basic multiple choice to more open ended kinds of questions. SurveyMonkey does not just cater for small-scale users, it also has large scale enterprise selections for companies and organizations that are wanting to find out about data analysis, brand management and consumer concentrated marketing (Rao, 2011).

Because SurveyMonkey can do such large scale surveys, it has quite a bit to offer to the world of education. In 2014 they did a survey of over 600 students to find out about how they felt about technology, it being used in the classroom and how it has impacted education. From this they found that nearly a third of high school students use their laptops in class, and prefer them over mobile devices when completing work and that 78% of high school students prefer physical textbooks over digital ones (Korwitts, 2014). The full article containing all the results can be found here.

SurveyMonkey can serve as a resource for teachers to find out on a large scale how students feel about aspects of the classroom and different teaching methods. Teachers can also use SurveyMonkey on a smaller scale, to find out specifically how their actual students feel about the technology in their learning environments. Rao (2011) also lists seven specific ways SurveyMonkey can be used in the classroom to enrich the learning environment:

  1. Pre-assess students on previous knowledge
  2. Learn about students’ interests/hobbies
  3. Create end of course evaluations
  4. Generate classroom discussions
  5. Practice test taking skills
  6. Check for understanding after difficult lessons
  7. Evaluate students’ or educators’ technology literacy

I do not have a lot of personal experience with SurveyMonkey, but as a future teacher it is definitely something I would like to try in the classroom as a way to gain some insight to how students are feeling about their learning.

References:

Rao, A. (2011). SurveyMonkey and 7 Classroom Uses. Retrieved from:
http://teachbytes.com/2011/11/14/surveymonkey-and-7-classroom-uses/

Korwitts, K. (2014). Top Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom. Retrieved
from: https://www.surveymonkey.com/blog/2014/04/15/technology-in-classroom/

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