February 7, 2010

YES Student Surveys

Recently I asked the students in grades 2, 3, & 4 to respond to a survey about learning in the Computer Lab. The survey was designed to give me feedback on my teaching as well as what activities we do in the Computer Lab might be engaging enough for them to continue use at home or away from school.

The survey took the students 5-10 minutes and there have been 213 responses from three classes at each grade. Most of the students responded that they like to use the computer to learn (Yes ~ 69%, Sometimes ~ 30%, No ~ 3%). They listed a number of things they like to do in the lab, most of which were activities we have done in the past few weeks: Google Earth, Timez Attack, Clicker Paint, Math Sites, Arctic Activities, and of course, "playing games". Other short comments included that they like to "learn with the teacher on what we are learning on in class", "study stuff like science and all of the other stuff" and that "you are allowed to use very advanced technology".

The questions about whether I help them learn and whether I help if they need help had positive responses, but there were more "Sometimes" responses than I would have expected (Yes ~ 72%, Sometimes ~ 29%, No ~ 3%). I can tell from the response sheets that a few students selected both Yes and Sometimes. I am curious about the Sometimes responses as combined with the No responses because they are where I would like to improve. I may be able to have conversations with students about these. I also wonder if it would have been a clearer result if the students only had "Yes" or "No" as choices.

In response to the question about what they wished we would do more of in the computer lab the responses mirrored the list of activities they like: Google Earth, Math & Reading, Free Choice, Games, Clicker Paint, Writing, Science, Typing, and "more of what we want".

A few students responded to the open-ended option to tell me anything they wanted. Some of the unedited responses are below:
  • I like playing a game on math that is called seed ball.
  • Computer lab is fun.I also very much enjoy typing.It is very fun.
  • No. I think computer time is good
  • i also like multiplication  baseball.
  • computer lab is perfect for me and I don't think it could be better. 
  • Well  I  like  computers a  little  and that  is it.There  is nothing else really.
  • I want to do more fun things in comeputer!
  • You are a great teacher
  • I wish we could type more in AppleWorks 6
  • I love  to  be  in  the  lab. play  on  the  computer  in  the lab.
  • I wish we could play more games, and go on AppleWorks 6 and type more things cause i love typeing and writing!!!!!
  • i like computer lab
  • i have fun doing a lot of games it is so fun.
  • i like computer
  • I need you to help me more
  • You are a spaktakeler  computer teacher and you shall always stay. Thanks for doing all the thinks you do. Thanks again.  
  • I wish we could go play more Arctic Games and go on AppleWorks 6 and type more and more and more things because I love writing/typing thanks.
  • can we watch videos.
  • I think we should play more games because sometimes we only work and computer lab is a special so we  should be able to play games and stuff like that
  • your a wonderful teacher
  • I just Love computer Lab.
  • Your AWSOME.
  • dear mrs wolinsky you are the coolest teacher in the YES school.
  • you are a Great teacher
  • Computer class is fun!!! just maybe we should have more time to explore.
  • I like how you work the lab and what we do.
  • I think you are a awesome teacher and you teach me a lot.
  • Are their more thing that can help us with math?
  • I wish we did more storys were we draw then write a story aboutit and the computer reads the story we made.
  • Yes, can we do the website on the close ups on the bugs?
  • And, can we have some more free time on the school website and on multiplatin?
  • I like to play games.
  • Can we please do more art
  • I just want you 2 know that you are really good at your job and that I love being in your computer class.
  • that i like a lot  of stuff that is going on in computer.
  • Computer is my favorite subject.
  • Computer lab is my second favorite subject in school.
  • You are the best computer teacher in the whole world in my mind
  • Thank you for being a great computer teacher this year. I also think its very nice you teach us stuff about the computers and how you help us whenever we need your help. Im glad i have you as my computer teacher for these  three years. thank you for all your help.
    In all, the survey confirms my impression that most students like learning in the lab and find me available as needed. It's useful to see what students like about what we do and it's not surprising that they would like more free time and free choice. I enjoy their candid responses to the open-ended questions and look forward to more conversations with them during classes. 

    1 comment:

    1. Cathy - Their comments are priceless, yet provide insight into how they want to use technology in their learning. We often hear that teachers and students alike want more time for science. Is there a way to increase science exploration/study through technology and computer time? For example, the student that mentioned the closeup look at the bugs is referring to science; that may have been the fascinating entomologist program I saw in Karin's room last year. The learning potential with technology is infinite and our program is in good hands. I have to agree with one student: You are a spaktakeler computer teacher. Betsy

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