This is an updated version of an earlier post published here in EdTech and mLearning. Most of the web tools cited below are presently offering a wide variety of remote learning resources as a way to help schools, teachers, educators, and parents deal with the interruptions caused by the current pandemic. Make sure you check them out and see whether they are of any value to your individual situation or not.Over the last few months we have reviewed a number of interesting web tools and mobile apps teachers can use to collect students feedback. And as we have argued elsewhere, access to students feedback can positively impact both the teaching and learning process. On the one hand, it provides teachers with a discerning window through which they can assess their teaching methodologies, assess students comprehension, and based on gleaned insights, formulate working plans to meet students learning needs. On the other hand, the act of providing feedback empowers students with a voice, makes them feel valued and that their opinion matters and therefore engages them on a deeper level in the learning process.
In today’s post, we are particularly focusing on two basic feedback gathering strategies: polls and surveys. We have curated for you some of the most popular web tools you can use to create various types of polls and surveys. In doing so, we have divided our collection into two main categories: education-focused tools which are basically tools that are primarily created for use within educational settings (yes, we included Google Forms in this category) and general survey and poll creation tools. Check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.There is an infographic version of this post which you can access and download from this page.
I- Education-focused tools
1- Google Forms
This is definitely our best in this list. Google Forms allows you to easily create polls and surveys using a wide variety of forms and question types. It also lets you include multimedia materials into your forms such as images and videos. Its collaborative features enable you to work with your team to build a survey or poll together. ‘Responses to your surveys are neatly and automatically collected in Forms, with real time response info and charts. Or, take your data further by viewing it all in Sheets.’2- Plickers
‘Plickers lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. Just give each student a card (a “paper clicker”), and use your iPhone/iPad to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at plickers.com.’3- Kahoot
‘Kahoot allows teachers to create quizzes and surreys that include a wide variety of multimedia elements such as videos, pictures and text. Each quiz you create can be accessed by students across different devices . Also teachers have the possibility to create time-controlled quizzes. You can set a specific period of time for the answer of each question. In this way students are rewarded not only for the correct answer but also for their timeliness.’
‘Socrative is your classroom app for fun, effective classroom engagement. Quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions to get immediate insight into student understanding. Then use auto-populated results to determine the best instructional approach to most effectively drive learning.’5- GoSoapBox
‘GoSoapBox is a powerful, flexible, and intuitive student response system for educators to use in their classrooms. Leveraging web-enabled devices, teachers digitally engage students to conduct formative assessment and gain insight into student comprehension that was never before possible.’
‘This tool allows teachers to create fun classroom exams or homework. Teachers can see the results live and easily spot students’ strengths and weaknesses. The process to create a quiz is simple and easy. After you log in to your account (registration is required,Quizalize is free for individual teachers), go to ‘Your Quizzes’ tab and click on ‘Create a new quiz’. Follow the instructions and type in your data. Once you are done click on ‘Save’ to save your quiz. To assign the quiz to your students click on ‘Set Quiz’ button and enter the name of your class. A unique code will be generated for you to share with students. The students can then go to www.quizal.me and input the class code and their name to access the quiz.’
Another excellent web tool to collect students feedback. You can use it to create various types of polls and surveys and track students responses as they happen.
II- General survey and poll creation tools
1- Poll Everywhere
A good web tool to engage your audience in real time interaction. It lets you design interactive polls and surveys and deliver them live to your audience. ‘Responses appear in an animated graph or chart embedded in your presentation. Results update live for all to see.’ Poll Everywhere works in major presentation tools such as Powerpoint, Keynote, and Google Slides.2- Micropoll
A simple tool to easily create polls to embed on your blog or website. Micropoll provides you with the tools to customize your polls, add various types of questions, and analyze audience responses.3- Zoho Survey
Use Zoho Survey to create multilingual surveys that others can access from any device. You can use pre-designed templates or start your survey from scratch. Results are graphically displayed in real time.4- SurveyMonkey
Lets you create and deliver online polls quickly and easily. Just compose your questions, email or post the link to your poll online, and get results.5- Typeform
‘Typeform allows you to easily create a poll that looks beautiful, and gets more responses…You can make a poll in minutes by dragging and dropping questions and adding design elements so that it blends beautifully into your brand. Increase the level of engagement and turn the poll into an experience by adding icons, images, GIFS and video.’6- SurveyNuts
It allows you to create your own surveys, questionnaires, and quizzes. It offers a real time reporting dashboard that enables you to see results and statistics of your survey. You can share your surveys through a generated URL, embed them on your website or share them through email.7- SurveyPlanet
‘SurveyPlanet offers a tremendous set of free tools for designing your survey, sharing your survey online, and reviewing your survey’s results’. Some of its features include: custom survey themes with responsive layouts, images upload, multiple languages, pre-written questions, various question types, question branching and many more.8- Free Online Surveys
‘Create a full page survey with multiple questions, question types and pages. Advanced features like question branching/skip-logic, file uploading and more.’9- eSurvey Creator
‘Create your own questionnaire with our fast and intuitive survey tool. We have a wide range of question types for you to choose from. You can add your own colors and logo to the questionnaire, use skip logic and much more. No third party software is required. You simply need your browser and a user account!’10- Pollmaker
Another easy and simple tool to create and share polls and surveys. First, type in your questions and answers, select a theme or create your own and on the ‘settings tab set options like allowing multiple answers, allowing voters to enter their own answers and much more. Next, click share and copy your poll Vote url to share with voters. You can also hit Embed to place the poll directly on your website or blog.’Sources:The 20 Best Online Survey Builder Tools (Zapier).15 Good Tools for Quickly Gathering Feedback from Students (Free Technology for Teachers).12 Great Formative Assessment Tools for Teachers (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning).Teaching Tools: Surveys/Polling/Quizzes (Harvard Library).13 Great free survey tools for teachers (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning).Polling The Classroom: 4 Free Polling Tools to Keep Students Engaged (Open Education Database).