Using survey tools in your classroom will allow you to gather data quickly. What kinds of data might you gather? Eye color, favorite colors, kinds of pets, number of people in the family, etc. There are many tools available online that allow you to create any sort of survey you'd like.
Here's a really easy one called Answer Garden. You simply type in a question you'd like people to answer then either give them a URL to go to or you can embed your survey in a webpage such as the one you see below (my answer is already here). You'll see the results of the survey in the form of a word cloud - please add your answer so we can all see what this will look like with several answers entered. What ideas do you have for using this tool or the results of a survey such as this one?
What's your favorite tool in the Smart Notebook software?... at AnswerGarden.ch.