Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Technology in the Common Core Era

The Transition to Online Testing

Both PARCC and Smarter Balance are currently incorporating technology-enhanced questions within their online assessments.  This promises to completely change the way we test our students in the immediate future.  When is this transition being fully implemented?  Will the format of the online tests be different than the traditional pencil and paper approach?  Will we get to try out this new assessment tool prior to full implementation?  This article from Education Week answers all of these questions and more.  A must read for 21st Century teachers, coaches and administrators!

Online Practice

We now know that online exams are in our future, but we do not know how to prepare for this major shift. Looking for ways to practice using some online tools?  Assessments-The Next Generation has broken down the computer-based practice into grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12.  The website also includes sample assessment items as well as interactive resource sites.  All links are free but many require Flash or Java to operate.  Take some time to play around with these rich tools.

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