Our school is interested in collecting data in 2 ways:
1) On paper fill in the "bubbles" next to the question. The sheets
would then get processed through a scanner which would tabulate results
in a database for further analysis.
2) Via a web interface - click on the radio buttons and submit the form
to the database for further analysis
Scantron has been recommended: www.scantron.com
Are they the only game in town? We are a multiplatform school. The web
collection method seems pretty straight forward but the creation tools
are Windows only.
It also sends the data to an Access database. I am not sure that is the
best way to go. As we are being asked to collect more and more data and
send much of it off to government agencies, I think we are quickly
outgrowing tools like Access and Filemaker and should be using
enterprise class databases for greater flexibility and interoperability.
I don't want to be part of implementing an expensive product only to see
we have outgrown it in a short period of time.
I would rather see something that is multiplatform and very flexible
that will serve us for a long time to come. Are there other products
that do this or is Scantron the best or only game in town? Thanks
David Tisdell. Computer Coordinator
Mt. Mansfield Union High School
211 Browns Trace
Jericho, VT 05465
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