As part of our managed and monitored social media service for schools (Blippit Social) we recently ran a fast turnaround ‘end of term’ survey for Lammack Primary School’s Head Teacher, Mrs Paula Duckworth.
We asked Paula to comment on the experience of using Facebook to survey parents as part of the school’s ongoing Blippit Social service.
We are so busy but we didn’t need to worry about sorting the survey – it just happened!
Surveying parents is no small task and with time being so short the challenge was how to do it in a way that may also get a wider range of parents responding.
Lammack agreed to our suggestions that they could
do it in Facebook – familiar environment, save some trees
include a random prize draw
With the survey built we then put measures in place to sanity check the Facebook community responses to ensure that
participants were actually parents/family
it was easy for parents to accurately and quickly respond
Questions were a mix of 1-5 range type (examples below) and free comment areas.
Once signed off by school we looked back at previous months’ parental engagement data (included in Blippit Social) to see when parents would be most likely to respond. We then scheduled a Facebook Update to go on to the school Page at a specific time on a specific day when we knew, based upon our historic data, that parents would be more likely to engage.
On average each participant spent 4mins 14secs completing this Parental Questionnaire – which is quite quick when you see the mobile/desktop split of respondents (above)
We’ve a strong feeling that it’s because the survey was actually within Facebook that parents commented more freely and naturally than they might otherwise do. The comments were only seen by school. We need to do many more surveys to establish this for sure but the signs were there based on responses.
Only the school could see the responses coming in as they happened. We got the results in Microsoft Excel as well as ‘pretty’ PDF documents to share with SLT and Governors which will save me time.
We’ll do more surveys for Heads through the Blippit Social service because we know just how hard it is to fit in doing them efficiently and effectively.
We’ll be doing hashtag surveys next which are really lightweight, fast and dare we say ‘exciting’?
Fancy trying this approach like Lammack Primary? Just get in touch with us at Blippit.
For many people, logging in to multiple web based services is a real pain in the backside. In schools, when you add in the pressured pace of life and dynamic nature of the environment, the pain can really stack up.
It’d be very cool to just have one log in that spoke to every other system as access was needed aka a ‘single sign-on’. But as Uncle Ben said to Peter Parker in Spiderman, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Logging out of systems suddenly becomes very important.
How could Office 365 or Google Apps for Education help life in school?
Lots of schools now choose to adopt one or the other platform (& sometimes bits of each) because it means they’re in a good position to get one step closer to the dream of single sign-on. One unique username (often an email address) and password will not only get each person into Office 365/Google but even better is that they can use these same credentials to log in to other systems too.
Find out more about having Office 365 in your school
Take Blippit as an example
Schools using Office 365 or Google Apps for Education can now use their school details to log in and get busy making apps, code projects and so on. We make a simple change on the school’s Blippit account and then that’s it. There’s no more extra account creation, management or delayed lesson starts while someone sorts out their password. Any password changes that happen are triggered through Office 365 or Google and when this happens it doesn’t affect any other system, including Blippit.
If your school uses Blippit IO and wants to reduce the number of tech admin jobs for colleagues as well as the number of usernames and passwords children/teachers have to remember then visit these two ‘how to’ articles for Office 365 or Google Apps. Start saving time, energy & blood vessels today.
Blippit IO is also available on AirHead which, when you first have a go with the free version, allows you to enter your Blippit IO username & password then securely remember it for wherever you are and whichever computer you’re using. It’s a superb way to begin to experience the convenience of simplified sign on. Dig deeper and you’ll also find that AirHead can offer your school a different way of making children’s and teacher’s lives a lot easier because it also integrates with Office 365 and Google Apps for Education among other things.