Students used software to support formative assessment in mathematics.
“In our school, e-learning is part of effective cycles of reflection and assessment, involving the wider community. ”
A teacher of year seven students wanted to support students to independently reflect and articulate their understanding of maths. They chose SurveyMonkey software to support formative assessment in their mathematics class.
The teacher chose this software because it provided a user-friendly, free online tool that could be used to design a survey, collect responses, and analyse results. It also allowed the teacher to re-purpose the survey and link it to the class Learning Management System (LMS).
The teacher registered as a member of SurveyMonkey and designed a survey to elicit information from the students on what they knew and what they needed to know, based on a maths objective. A link to the survey was automatically generated, and in this instance the teacher embedded the link into the class LMS.
After students completed their maths for the day they individually visited the survey (using the embedded link in their class LMS) and responded to the five questions provided. In this instance they used WALT (We Are Learning To) to articulate their understanding.
Before the next maths lesson the teacher logged into SurveyMonkey and selected the "analyse response" tab. Both the "view summary" and "browse responses" features provided the teacher with specific information related to each student's understanding of the WALT of the day.
The teacher noted a range of benefits in using the software in a school setting, with potential for: