The “Survey” project is my favorite project of the year because it combines technology, creativity, and collaboration. This project incorporates three different Google Documents, word, spreadsheet, and presentation (two groups even created a Google Form). The students create their own survey question and decide how to best display their data. Students also have the option to work together. My students love working with each other, being creative, and technology so they are completely engaged throughout the project.
Working individually or in small groups, students created a survey question, then determined their population and their sample. I created a survey form on Google Docs that they had to duplicate, fill out, and share with me to gain approval for their survey questions. The Google Document was very useful as I could make suggestions with the “comment” feature while they were working on them.
Once they had approval, they were off to collect data. I have given them several surveys over the past year using Google Forms and I was very impressed with a couple of groups that created their own Google Form to collect their data.
Students created a Google Spreadsheets to analyze and display their data. They have used Google spreadsheets in my class before, but have not created their own. They first made frequency tables and then created a chart of their choice to display their data.
Once their charts were created in a Google Spreadsheet, they inserted them into a Google presentation. I created a single Google presentation in which they all were to add their charts. This way, I have all of their results in one place. I love doing this for two reasons. Having all of their work in one document is wonderful on presentation day because we do not have to wait for every student to access their own document when it is their turn to present. It also makes it very easy for me to grade.
A great result of this project is that I now have one amazing and creative document made by the students to teach with not only this year, but also for future years. I had the current students come up with two math questions relating to their chart(s), and the answers to the questions on the next slide. This year, students will ask the questions of their peers as they present. Next year I can use this document full of bar graphs, double bar graphs and pie charts to teach other students. My current students are very excited that I plan to use their projects to teach next year’s students. And, I believe that my future students will be more interested in the learning about these charts because they were created by students. Everybody wins!