Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Create Surveys for Student's Cell Phones!
Using a resource called ModiOde, anyone can create simply surveys and polls to distribute on cell phones! There is an option for a free account, where you can have 1 active survey at a time (but no limit on the number of people whoa can take the survey). Additionally the poll results immediately show up in a private account on the ModiOde site, where the statistical results can be exported to an Excel spreadsheet! I really like this resource because it lends itself so well to secondary classrooms that are interested in opinion polling. For example a social studies class studying the current presidential election could have students create different polls to find out who the top candidates are. Or a science teacher could have students conduct a research study by creating a cell phone survey as part of their study (they may be able to gather more participants in their studies since the polls can be distributed over the Internet and via cell phone). Furthermore teachers who want an "ice breaker" activity to start a new unit can send out a cell phone poll for students to take before class on the unit topic (such as "what causes an earthquake") to see how much knowledge the students currently have on the topic. The best part of this resource is that students do not need to bring their cell phones to school in order to create cell phone surveys or participate in them.
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