Grade 7 iPad Survey: Questions


I know, I know- it has been survey mania here in the library. The one thing I learned about making these surveys is that I have a lot to learn about the survey process. Still, I think the Grade 7 Survey benefitted from the lessons I learned from the Teachers.

In many ways, the results were much clearer. This has a little bit to do with the questions I asked, but also the fact that kids usually either like something or despise it. It makes it a little easier to interpret the result.

I took some questions from student iPad surveys I found online, but now I can’t find the initial surveys and feel bad. Other survey people, if you see your question here, contact me and I will sing your praises! Quick note- many of the questions were my own, as many of the surveys of students were very specific to that particular high school.

I would like to re-iterate that any comments I make on the data on this blog or JUST MY OWN INTERPRETATION AND OPINION.THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL, METHODOLOGICALLY CORRECT SURVEY.

Because I don’t quite know how to do that yet.  But am willing to learn. I think that message might have been lost with my thoughts on the teacher survey.

I just wanted to know how to help people better. That’s all.

But I digress.


1. Your name

2. What do you use for your School Agenda? 

The options were:

  • Calendar
  • Reminders
  • Calendar and reminders
  • Paper agenda given by school
  • Other

COMMENT: This was a pretty straightforward question for the students. No problem answering it.

3.Do you use an external keyboard? Yes or no?

COMMENT: Also pretty straightforward. The only hedging came when a student started off with a keyboard but it broke so now she did not have one.

4. In a typical week, how many hours do you read (articles, books, pdf’s etc.) on iPad or otherwise?

  • 0-2 hours
  • 2-4 hours
  • 4-6 hours
  • >6 hours

COMMENT: This was a little harder for the students as there was some confusion about whether to include reading for school. Many of them also were unsure whether or not to include the weekend or the summer. I also got the impression that they thought there was a wrong answer, like I was going to judged them if they said they didn’t read too much. A negative side effect of being the librarian I suspect…

5. What is your favourite thing about the iPad? What is your least favourite thing?

COMMENT: This was an open ended question but pretty straightforward.

6. What was your favourite class project where you had to use the iPad? The least favourite? 

COMMENT: also an open-ended question.but the students were surprising uniform in their answers. There was a very intriguing pattern emerging that I will talk about more later on…

7. Outside of the school day, how many hours do you spend using your iPad?  

The options were:

  • 0-1 hours
  • 1-3 hours
  • 3-5 hours
  • >5 hours

COMMENT: There was some confusion about whether to include schoolwork or not. I told them not to but I think some girls couldn’t separate school from other activities.

8. Out of 5 daily classes, how frequently:    

  • do you use the iPad for note-taking?
  • do you use the iPad for research?
  • does the teacher use it for instruction?
  • do you use the iPad for a specific project?
  • do you get distracted from your class work?

COMMENT: This was the hardest for the students and I think it had to do with the actual question. I should have asked for them to think of out of all their classes, which would have been about ten, not just five.

9. What do you think the school could do to make the use of the iPad better for students? 

COMMENT: Open-ended and straightforward. Also a bit intriguing…

10. Any additional comments?  

COMMENT: Here I had to prod a bit. It is important to note that I had to guide the students a little. Not in giving them the answer, but in asking if they liked the iPad? Disliked it? Stuff like that…


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