Students design a questionnaire to research an important issue using a Google Forms survey. Results from their peers are collected and analyzed. Spreadsheet skills are developed as they organize, format, and display data in a report. In a culminating oral presentation, students explain and interpret their findings using the survey information to support their conclusions.
GOOGLE FORMS SURVEY LESSONS: Motivate middle or high school students with a personally meaningful project. Engage learners as they pick an authentic issue and design a questionnaire to research opinions of a sample group.
EMPOWER STUDENTS WITH REAL-WORLD CHALLENGES: Actively involve students in their learning. Make a technology project relevant. Sample surveys include an investigation of school spirit days, a probe into use of social media, and an inquiry into reading habits.
BUILD COLLABORATION SKILLS: As students construct survey questions, they consider the viewpoint of a target audience. Then they conduct a pre-test to consult peers and request feedback. Final survey results are analyzed and findings are communicated in an oral presentation.
DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING: Guiding questions help students to critique research design, consider sample bias, avoid question bias, and reflect on survey limitations.
TEACH THE RESEARCH PROCESS: This project is divided into eight steps. From setting a purpose and picking a sample, through to examining and reporting the results, these essential skills can be applied to countless future research tasks.
Assignment 1: What is a Survey Questionnaire?
Understand the purpose of a survey. Introduce terminology (e.g. population, sample, bias)
Assignment 2: Compare a Poll and a Survey
Participate in a Reading Habits poll and survey. Compare these two methods of gathering data.
Assignment 3: Study Survey Results
Analyze data from Reading Habits survey.
Assignment 4: Create a School Spirit Survey
Build a survey to learn how to create questions, specify properties, and invite responses.
Assignment 5: Organize Ideas for a Survey Questionnaire
Determine the purpose, sample, data collection method, and questions for questionnaire.
Assignment 6: Build a Survey
Construct a questionnaire that effectively sequences the questions and controls data entry.
Assignment 7: Conduct a Pre-Test
Consult a peer about the design and content of the questionnaire. Implement recommendations.
Assignment 8: Collect Survey Results
Administer the questionnaire to a sample group of respondents.
Assignment 9: View Survey Results
Summarize the results in a report. Manipulate the data using a spreadsheet.
Assignment 10: Analyze Survey Results
Interpret the findings. Draw conclusions about the application of results. Critique research design.
Assignment 11: Present Findings to a Jury of Your Peers
Convey results and their importance to an audience. Provide evidence of conclusions.
Optional Google Forms Survey Lessons
- What is Sample Bias? Select the correct sampling technique.
- What is Question Bias? Avoid bias with well-phrased questions.
- Brainstorm Survey Ideas: Generate a research question.
- Compare Results with a Pivot Table or Chart: Compare data from subgroups.
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Build a Questionnaire - Google Forms Survey
Students become researchers. They develop their own research question, select a sample, and design a questionnaire using Google Forms lesson plans. A pre-test is used to improve the design. The survey questionnaire is then administered to the sample group. Research findings are shared with a jury of peers in an oral presentation.
Understand the purpose of a survey
Investigate a research question
Select a sample from the population
Identify bias in data collection methods
Design questions to gather data
Conduct a pretest to improve survey design
Administer a survey to gather data
Display data in charts, tables, and graphs
Interpret results to draw conclusions
Summarize findings in a report
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