Technology takes the pain out of assessment for teachers

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 | Uncategorized

Teachers appreciate the value of assessment but don’t always enjoy the task because it takes so much time and effort. 

Technology can make the assessment of learners much easier.  Consider the following:

A word processor is a great assessment tool – use it to type test papers and memoranda.  You can save these documents and next time you want to perform the same type of assessment, it will only take you a few seconds to call the documents up. 

Special software programs allow teachers to assess students electronically; it marks electronically too!  Many educational software tools have their own assessment tools that are included in the package. 

An assessment authoring tool is invaluable for teachers – with it they can develop their own online assessment material.

A voting system (clickers) can be used in the classroom for continuous assessment.

When teachers use technology to help them with assessment tasks, the only tears they’ll shed will be tears of joy.


1 Comment to Technology takes the pain out of assessment for teachers

Christo Davids
Friday, 11 November, 2011

I agree. Teachers always complain about the admin burden. There are so many technology tools availble that can make life for teachers so much easier, yet many of them are reluctant to explore it. To add to your list; we have developed a short course where teachers can use Excel to develop multiple choice assessment tasks. Once the template has been created, its then easy add and remove questions.

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