8 End-of-Year Questions To Ask Students About iPads

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Math teacher Michael Doroquez works with students.
Math teacher Michael Doroquez works with students.

By Matt Levinson

As the school year heads into the final days and weeks, now's the perfect opportunity to gather feedback from students about their use of iPads. Taking the time to construct a thoughtful survey that will elicit helpful feedback can help set the stage for professional development, program enhancements, and more thoughtful steps into using the devices.

Here are eight key questions to ask:

1. Mobility: How often did you use the iPad indoor versus outdoor? Apple's Your Verse Ad campaign makes a compelling case for the outdoor use of the iPad. How did your school take advantage of indoor and outdoor spaces with the iPad?

2. Gaming: What types of games did you play? How much time did you spend gaming? Kids love to play games, and learning can be part-and-parcel of playing games.


3. Classes: In which classes did you use the iPad the most? Get specific data and feedback. This can serve as your focal point for professional development efforts with teachers. Without this key data, schools are left guessing.

4. Email: How often did you use your school email? Did you check your email every day? Kids don't use email. They prefer texting and social media and schools have to create a reason for kids to check and use email. Find out how often and why kids used their school email.

5. Engagement: What was the best assignment you had this year involving the use of the iPad? What made the assignment so strong? Read more about how educators are using iPads to foster collaboration and creation -- not just consumption -- and using the devices for curation and See this post by Grant Wiggins on student engagement.

6. Screen time: How many hours per day did you spend on a screen at (a) school and at (b) home? There is often a perception in 1-1 iPad schools that kids are on screens all the time. Gathering specific data is important to framing a useful conversation with families about balance both at school and at home.

7. Personalization: What was the most interesting thing you learned on your own on the iPad? Kids can learn a lot on their own, when driven by their interests and passions. Finding out what motivates students can be great information to collect in determining clubs and activities to offer for the following school year.

8. Creation vs. consumption: What percent of your time on the iPad was devoted to creating vs. consuming content? Drawing this distinction can serve as a wonderful way to frame teaching and learning with the iPad for both students and teachers.