Surveys. It seems we’re getting a lot lately, and the process can be tedious at times. However, the feedback can be valuable, especially if we ask well-crafted questions and receive honest answers. Surveys can also give us the feeling that we have people interested in what we are doing, a verifiable audience whose opinions can impact the way we perform in the future.
Fo.reca.st is a free survey-creation site with customizable features that give your survey a unique look. You can make a multiple choice, multiple question survey with no limit on responses, ideal for surveying multiple classes or opening up your survey to the whole school. The results are displayed in a bar graph accessible from your account.
Fo.reca.st could be a tool for informal assessments on content mastery or students’ prior knowledge of a subject. But students don’t have to test only their own knowledge with these surveys — they could also evaluate the work of their peers. Paired with other Web 2.0 technologies, e.g. slideshows from Slideshare, fo.reca.st surveys could be used to evaluate digital projects.
With Web 2.0 technologies, students can produce work for the world to view, and the world can give some feedback.
Here is a sample fo.reca.st survey