It's that time of the school year when educators are looking to evaluate their 1:1 programs. I've had three requests in the just past two weeks to share the surveys we've developed and used. I figured sharing these here could be valuable for others, too. Feedback has always been and will continue to be an important part of our project as we study the impact of this initiative. We continue to work intensively with our teachers as they learn to integrate iPads into the curriculum, and this input helps to shape our training.
I just launched our annual iPad Program and Technology survey last week for the fourth year, seeking input and feedback from our 4,500 iPad students in grades 7-12, their families, and their teachers in preparation for late February and March reports to the School Board.
Over the years, we have found that iPads increase student engagement, collaboration, communication, organization and efficiency, better individualize instruction, provide real-time feedback, and increase 21st century skills like problem solving and critical thinking. You can look through past School Board presentations on this master list of our iPad program resources at tinyurl.com/iPadTonka. The links to past Board presentations include PowerPoints with graphs of the results to the past three years of our survey questions. The results of this year's survey will be posted in March 2015.
Below are links to copies of the surveys we used last year. Initially we asked more questions four years ago and we have cut out some over years. Since the first semester of our first year of the program had half the students/parents/teachers without iPads, we asked both groups the same questions multiple times in year one and made some notes of the differences between them. You can see these differences in Board Reports from our first year of one to one iPads. Now instead of surveying the groups two or three times during the school year, I now just do it once. (We’ve noticed some survey fatigue…)
If you'd be willing to share your survey questions for program evaluation, I'd appreciate it!