Online Polls & Surveys
Online polls and surveys provide an opportunity to receive immediate information or feedback from students, colleagues, and parents alike. Online polls and surveys can be used for formal assessment or informal information gathering. Information gleaned from online polls and surveys could be used to improve instruction and course development, further professional development with colleagues, and strengthen relationships with parents.
Here is a select list of free or inexpensive online poll and survey creation tools:
- Create, format, edit, and publish a poll or survey online.
- Collaborate with others online in the creation of a poll.
- Make your poll or survey private, public, or just to those who have the link.
- Insert varied questions types: text, paragraph, multiple-choice, checkboxes, choose from a list, grid, scale.
- Invite others by email to take your poll or survey.
- See responses instantaneously in real-time.
- See responses in graph format or in spreadsheet.
- Publish your poll or survey as a webpage or embed into an existing web page, or even a Gmail message.
Participants can respond to a Google Form poll from a desktop / laptop computer as well as from a handheld device such as an iPodtouch, iPhone or any other web connected smartphone.
Survey Monkey is a powerful and popular poll and survey creation tool. It offers both a free “basic” account and fee-based premium accounts. Here are key features of the Survey Monkey Basic Plan:
- Create unlimited number of surveys
- 10 questions maximum per survey
- 100 maximum responses per survey
- 15 available question types
- 20+ basic survey templates available
- Embed survey or send via weblink, email, or Twitter
- Supports any language
- 15 pre-built survey themes
- 24X7 customer support
- real-time results
Note these limitations:
- You cannot download responses
- You cannot share responses
- You cannot create or download custom charts
- There is no theme customization
Designed to capture feedback in real time, this web based product captures feedback as answers to multiple choice questions or free-response prompts are texted or Tweeted. The service is free for groups smaller than 40 people and does not even require a login to get started. This tool can be used to assess students in real time, or to get a sense of their understanding throughout the course of a class. This demo video further explains its capabilities. Other resources include:
- Classroom Polleverywhere demonstration
- Polleverywhere helpful hints blog post
- Participants can respond on a cell phone with a traditional text message or on a smartphone
- Polleverywhere has a free downloadable application for Mac users.
PollDaddy is another popular poll and survey tool. With the basic free account you get 100 survey responses per month and 10 questions per survey or quiz. You can choose an education-oriented theme and embed your poll. After people take your poll online they will see percentages representing responses chosen by respondents. However, you cannot export your data or share it with others. You also cannot collect individualized data per respondent.
Socrative is a versatile tool compatible with any web or mobile device. Teachers can create quizzes, surveys, short answer questions, or facilitate a review game, while collecting student responses in real time.
Kahoot! is a fun, active, and free way to gather student responses by gamifying the process. Students are immediately engaged, and the classroom environment acquires a fast-paced atmosphere. Whether using Kahoot! for a daily warmup, to review a new topic, or to get some feedback, Kahoot! will certainly be a hit with all students. Kahoot has two separate links, one for teachers and students. If you are a teacher wishing to create a game, (or download a previously made game), follow this link. Students, however, use the simply to remember kahoot.it top join a game. Curious on how to integrate Kahoot! ? Check out these resources
Here are a few video tutorials to help you get started with creating polls and surveys.
Google Forms Video Tutorial
Polls & Surveys can be integrated into classes in a variety of ways. A key consideration is whether a student must reveal her name when responding. An anonymous poll or survey may generate more honest and forthcoming responses.
- Create a poll or survey about homework: How long did it take? Was it easy, somewhat difficult, or very difficult? (Consider embedding the blog on a web page where students can access it regularly.)
- Survey the students on how they feel they are doing in your course.
- Survey parents to glean information on what additional support or guidance you might provide their child.
- Create a poll or survey to gather information about attitudes regarding a particular historical or current event.
- Create a poll that assess student understanding on a scale of 1-4 or from ‘completely agree’ to ‘completely disagree’.
- While reading documents in class, have students respond to a Polleverywhere ‘Open Response’ poll with their cell phones to send in key words, phrases or ideas from the reading.
- Use a series of Polleverywhere poll questions that are projected in class as a mini unit review. Hide the poll responses until everyone has voted, then reveal the voting results.
- Create a quiz or test. A poll might consist of multiple-choice or “select from list” answers, while a survey might include more open-ended paragraph answers.
- Survey students after a field trip to get a sense of what they learned and took away from the event.
- Survey them about your teaching methods; what they think you are doing well and what might be improved.