Wednesday, September 9, 2015

I heart Excel Survey !

I am in love with Excel Survey !!!!

It is now official I think that Excel Survey is a fantastic tool. It is very easy and quick to create a survey and students find it clear to answer.
I use it to collect students’ voice data in order to plan my lessons and see where I need to go next. It is also quite useful to gauge if my students understood a concept or if I need to spend more time in class on a topic. Students can answer a multichoice question, or even better they can explain their answer with a short text. I like reading their reasoning so I can see if the learning is deep enough.

This week, I could see that students understood adjective agreement in French but their choice of
words was not correct. The concept was understood but they came up with answers like “the verb is feminine”. So the next lesson we went over the meaning of noun, verb and adjective. It is a wonderful learning opportunity which would not have happened if I hadn’t used Excel Survey or at least if I hadn’t listened to my students.

After creating the survey I put the link onto Moodle for the students to access. If (when) we are moving towards Teacher Dashboard school wide, it will even be easier to share the survey. But until then you can share with anybody as long as you share the link, in my understanding, you don’t need to have a Microsoft account to access the survey.

In conclusion, the important factor is to survey our students and listen to them to see where their learning needs to go, and Excel survey is a great tool to do it.