After starting my year off with The Poetry Project, a conversation came up on how to be able to have data which showed how many people may have clicked on student QR codes that had been placed about in the community. This discussion, as well as being a grad student in the throes of research and data within my own program, spurred the idea of The Survey Project.
There are several ways to address analytics. It depends on the level of analytics you are looking for in your results. Analytics can be anything from the number of hits on your You Tube post to more in depth information such as location, purchasing patterns, and potential trends, to name a few. Google Analytics is a great resource to incorporate with middle and high school students. Results from a survey can be used in various ways by how one chooses to sort and disseminate the data provided.This is a valuable skill for kids to participate in at any age. My audience is eight-year old 3rd graders, so general understanding of reading results was needed.
As with many teachers across the U.S., I have been working to incorporate Common Core standards into my teaching this year before official testing starts up again in the 2014-2015 school year. I tend to come up with an idea or design first and then seek standards that relate to the project. However, working with standards first is a sound way to go when creating material or curriculum. Start with your goals or standards first and then work backwards. For me, it can be easier for the standards to reveal themselves based on my outlined concept.
I decided to make this project tighter on the outset when writing it up and then follow the steps as it was written while in the classroom. I began the project this past week with my students. I was pleased with how the introduction and activities following have gone, so far. I will post the project after it is completed with my students. We will also be incorporating an interactive wall to assist with reinforcing knowledge. More to come!
(To read Survey Project Part 2, go here).