How to use the feedback tools comparison...

What tools are included?

Loop - A free digital exit ticket and student feedback app designed specifically for education.

Microsoft Teams / Slack / Chat Apps - Messaging tools designed for a wide set of use cases.

Exit Tickets / Exit Slips - Typically a piece of paper handed to a student at the end of class with a question about the lesson content.

Paper Surveys - Often purchased and conducted once per year as a whole of school survey.

Google Classroom - Google's free LMS, with content management and messaging functionality.

Google Forms / Microsoft Forms / Survey Monkey - Free digital survey tools.

Email - Questions sent by email to groups of students. Responses collected individually.

How does scoring work?

Each tool is scored across the following criteria:

  • Preparation time (1 point)
    Does the process of asking a question take less than a couple of minutes?
  • Privacy and anonymity options (2 points)
    Are students able to provide responses without their peers knowing what they are saying (1 point)? Are teachers able to allow feedback without identifying information to give students greater confidence to share their challenges (1 point)?
  • Speed of responses (1 point)
    Are teachers likely to see responses within a few minutes of sending the question?
  • Reply to feedback (1 point)
    Are teachers able to reply to feedback received from students?
  • Recommended questions (1 point)
    Does the format come with recommended questions or allow saved questions?
  • Data Visualisation (1 point)
    Are responses summarised in a graph or chart?
  • Everything in one place (1 point)
    Are all the required components to ask a question, collect and analyse responses all in one place, or are elements of the process spread out between multiple messages, emails or tools?
  • Cost (1 point)
    Is the tool free or paid.

Loop

loophq.io

Description:
Free, all in one student digital feedback an exit ticket tool.

Best For
: All round student feedback tool. Manages each step of collecting student feedback.

Limitations: Designed for regular feedback rather than long survey forms.

Preparation time:
30 Seconds.

Privacy and anonymity options:
Yes. Students reply to teachers away from classmates. Teachers also have the option to enable unidentified responses.

Speed of responses:
Instant replies (in class or online)

Reply to feedback:
Yes. Also able to reply to unidentified responses.

Recommended questions:
Yes. Pick from best practice or saved questions.

Data visualisation:
Yes.

Everything in one place:
Yes. Formulate questions, send to students and data visualisation. Includes Google classroom integration.

Score: 9/9

Grades: K-12

Price: Free

Microsoft Teams / Slack / Chat Tools


Description
: Sending a question to a group within slack, or individual students.

Best For
: Occasional feedback.

Limitations: Lack of structured responses. Direct communication can be confronting for students.

Preparation time:
>1 minute

Privacy and anonymity options:
Responses can be direct to the teacher, however this requires individual students to message the teacher, rather than in a group.

Speed of responses:
Instant.

Reply to feedback:
Yes.

Recommended questions:
No.

Data visualisation:
No.

Everything in one place:
Varied. No structured feedback and private messages must be sent individually.

Score: 6/9

Grades: K-12

Price: Free

Exit tickets


Description:
A paper slip handed to students at the end of class for formative assessment and learning reflection.

Best For
: Quick responses and younger grades.

Limitations: Requires paper, printing, cutting, handing out. Time consuming to create varied questions or repeat questions and track change over time.

Preparation time:
10 minutes.

Privacy and anonymity options:
Partial. Optional anonymous responses. Filled out alongside peers.

Speed of responses:
Instant.

Reply to feedback:
Yes.

Recommended questions:
No.

Data visualisation:
No.

Everything in one place:
No. Requires printing, cutting, handing out.

Score: 5/9

Grades: K-12

Price: Cost of materials

Paper surveys



Description:
Paper surveys purchased from survey companies. Typically for annual school surveys.

Best For
: Standardised annual surveys.

Limitations: Very manual process of printing and analysis.

Preparation time:
10 minutes

Privacy and anonymity options:
Partial. Optional anonymous responses. Filled out alongside peers.

Speed of responses:
Instant (completed in class)

Reply to feedback:
Yes.

Recommended questions:
Yes. (Purchased surveys)

Data visualisation:
No.

Everything in one place:
No. Requires printing and manual analysis.

Score: 5/9

Grades: K-12

Price: Varies

Google Classroom

classroom.google.com

Description:
Asking a question in a class feed in Google Classroom.

Best For
: Quick questions to the whole class.

Limitations: Lacks privacy for students.

Preparation time:
30 seconds

Privacy and anonymity options:
No. Messages are seen by the whole class.

Speed of responses:
Instant.

Reply to feedback:
Yes.

Recommended questions:
No.

Data visualisation:
No.

Everything in one place:
Easy to ask a quick question. No structured feedback or data visualisation.

Score: 5/9

Grades: K-12

Price: Free

Google Forms / MS Forms / Survey Monkey


Description:
Free survey and analysis tool from Google.

Best For
: Occasional surveys. Repeating the same questions.

Limitations: Time consuming to setup. Less suitable for daily or weekly use.

Preparation time:
10 minutes

Privacy and anonymity options:
Yes. Students reply to teachers. Options for anonymous or identified responses.

Speed of responses:
Instant replies.

Reply to feedback:
No.

Recommended questions:
No.

Data visualisation:
Yes.

Everything in one place:
No. Survey and data visualisations only.

Score: 5/9

Grades: K-12

Price: Free

Email


Description:
Sending questions to a whole class via email and receiving back individual responses.

Best For
: Ad hoc communication.

Limitations: Unstructured feedback. Difficult to track responses. No data visualisation. Low response rate.

Preparation time:
30 seconds

Privacy and anonymity options:
Partial. Students reply to teachers. No options for anonymous responses.

Speed of responses:
Typically 6 hours. Low response rate.

Reply to feedback:
Yes.

Recommended questions:
No.

Data visualisation:
No.

Everything in one place:
Sending questions only.

Score: 4/9

Grades: K-12

Price: Free