1:1 Student Survey

The 1:1 Student Survey is a survey tool that collects student reflections on digital teaching and learning in their school. More specifically, regarding digital teaching and learning it asks students about their: frequencies of activities and device use; perceptions of the level of support at their school; beliefs and perceptions about digital teaching and learning generally; comfort with variety of digital technology skills; and several open-ended reflections.

Instructions for Use

If you decide that you have a question that might be addressed with data describing your school’s student perceptions about teaching and learning in a 1:1 environment, consider using the Student Survey created as part of the evaluation of the North Carolina Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI) during the spring of 2010. The following checklist is provided to help you plan and implement your Student Survey in a way that will maximize its value, in terms of informing school-level planning for technology use.

Planning for Survey Use

  • Convene whatever team is responsible for evaluation and/or technology planning in your school.
  • Clarify and come to consensus on the questions about which your school cares.
  • Review the Student Survey instrument and supporting documentation.
  • Determine if the Student Survey data will be useful in answering those questions.
  • Determine who will be your school-based “Student Survey manager”; the person responsible for managing your Student Survey implementation.
  • Develop a way to keep track of who has—and has not—completed your Student Survey.
  • Determine how and when respondents will complete your Student Survey.
  • Communicate in advance with Student members about the purpose of the Student Survey, how it fits into school technology or evaluation planning, and how important it is that everyone completes the instrument. Be sure that everyone understands that it is impossible to identify individual respondents among the Student Survey data; that data are reported only at the school level; and that Student Survey data will not be used to assign awards or sanctions to individual Student members or schools.
  • Define a plan for disseminating Student Survey findings to the entire school.

Managing Student Survey Responses

  • When your Student Survey opens, implement the plan your school developed to assure a sufficiently high rate of response.
  • Using the tracking system developed during the planning phase, follow up with any slow respondents, guiding them through the process if necessary.
  • Note that it is possible for a respondent to submit more than one set of answers. This is generally not an issue, since few really care to complete the instrument more than once, but it should be kept in mind as a possible source of error.

Using Your Student Survey Data

  • Convene the evaluation or technology planning team.
  • Share the Student Survey report among planning team members, either by electronic means, or by distribution of hard copies of the report page.
  • Make appropriate inferences from your Student Survey data. It is critical to revisit the questions being asked at this point. The Student Survey provides a lot of data and it may be possible to be distracted by issues other than those seen as important during the planning process.
  • Examine your Student Survey findings for surprises or unanticipated findings.
  • Importantly, revisit and refine the questions that Student Survey data were expected to answer. It is not at all unusual to discover that a primary finding arising from Student Survey data is that more data is required to really understand issues at hand.
  • Consider next steps in the evaluation process. It may be necessary for example to convene groups to discuss why students may have responded to the Student Survey like they did, or the planning team might examine possible changes to program implementation based on findings.
  • Share your Student Survey findings with the entire school. By doing so, buy-in will be encouraged, increasing the entire student body’s involvement in the evaluation process and raising the likelihood of future participation in data collection activities.

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