It is almost not worth talking about the data from the Grade 11s as only 11 students responded, but just for the sake of consistency, here are the salient points:
As I mentioned above, the sample is too small to come to any conclusions, so I am going to refrain from coin so, though I am left with many many questions…
Based on the variety of responses, I think sticking with our original plan, whereby we encourage the use of the built-in tools as a default, then make suggestions for a tool more suited to the student’s needs (do they need extra help with their organizational skills? Would a print agenda work better? A more specific agenda app?) as we go along is the best.
And here are the results for Grade 10! There were many more students in Grade ten who do not use an agenda ever. Just to give you an overview, here are the results by grade for those who said they do NOT use an agenda:
Grade 7: 0%
Grade 8: 12%
Grade 9: 22%
Grade 10: 30%
Some of the comments that accompanied the “No” answer ranged from “I always forget it” to “I’m organized without one” , “I check the portal”. One respondent also declared it was a waste of paper as opposed to another respondent who said she didn’t use one this year but was planning on doing it next year.
Once again, we must keep in mind that the older grades all receive the print agenda from the school. Thus, what is significant is not so much the number who use it, but the number of students who don’t. 1/3 of the respondents don’t use one at all. of the other two thirds,less than half rely solely on the print agenda.
Although it seems that those who do use the print agenda seem pretty happy with it, as do those who use a combination of the two.
Here are the results for Grade 9. Yep, the results for agenda use is definitely going down the older the student:
It is important to remember that the Grade 9 class (as with the grade 10 and 11s) still all receive the print agenda from the school regardless of their preferences. The grade 7s and 8s do not. If they do use the print agenda provided from the school, it is because an intervention has been made with the academic counsellor or the student has specifically requested it.
And here is the level of satisfaction:
Here are the results for the Grade 8s. It is interesting to note that the “yes” is getting eaten away by the “sometimes” and “no”…
Though the built-in apps use has gone up:
Here are the levels of satisfaction. Once again, the students seem relatively happy with their choice:
It will be interesting to see in the coming days if the use of the agenda goes down or up in the older grades. But to come to a premature conclusion,I think we are on the right track to encourage the use of different tools. I am assuming that organization, like learning, happens in many ways and that one tool will work better for one student and another tool for the next.
Here are the results for the grade 7 class. It seems that the whole class(at least those who responded), use an agenda at least some of the time:
However, it is interesting to note that the students using print agenda, either provided by the school or not, outweighs those using the online tools. I have a feeling that this is because they have been used to using paper agendas in elementary school and are dealing with a huge learning curve with everything else in high school.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I think that we could do a little more to promote the more efficient use of the online tools as well as periodically check up on them and see how it is going.
I would like to know if there are any studies that talk about organizational methods, tools and different learners. Geez- I just gave myself some homework…
Here are the levels of satisfaction broken down by tool. It is interesting to note that everyone seems pretty happy with their tools…
Here are the charts that graph the level of satisfaction with their current tools. I have re-inserted the pie chart that shows how many students are using what for some context:
Here are the charts based on agendas:
It is hard to know how to take this information. Here are some questions I have:
- Are they more satisfied with the agenda provided by the school because that is what they are most familiar with?
- How proficient are they in using the online tools?
- How proficient are they in using the print tools?
- How often do they look at their agendas, print or online?
- What does this say about the type of learner? Does a certain type of learner prefer a certain type of tool?
I also notice some inconsistency in the data- some girls say they don’t use an agenda and then responded to the question of what kind of agenda do they use by naming a certain type. Some were also confused about the difference between an agenda provided by the school and one not provided by the school. They would not check either box, but wrote in the “other” category that they used their own.
A positive aspect of this is that very few students seem to be unsatisfied with what they are using at the moment. However, developing organizational skills and time management skills is, in my humble opinion, extremely important for success as a student. Targeting those who who are unsatisfied and helping them figure out first of all what is the best tool for them and how to use the tools properly might be in order.
I have been taking some time to look through the result of the agenda survey. The goal was to find out what tools students were using and whether or not they were happy with them in order to gage whether we should be investing in a special online agenda, keep the print one or rely on the built-in tools on the iPad.
I surveyed the whole school and received 130 responses.
Here is how many respondents we received by grade:
The following charts are the results for the whole school.
Wow. 33% do not use an agenda. It would be interesting to do a follow-up with the students to see how they organize their day…
The above numbers are a little skewed as we continue to give out a school-provided agenda to the senior grades (as per our gradual iPad roll out plan). What is interesting is the 19% who use a print agenda as well as online tools. Do they use the online tools for specific tasks? The print one? So many questions…
I can see a flaw in my survey- Those people who do not use an agenda should not have been able to respond to anymore questions. Man, I need to take a course on how to make better surveys…
Tomorrow, we will look at satisfaction and the following days we will break down the data by grade.