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Do Mobile Devices Provide Better Assessment?

Do Mobile Devices Provide Better Assessment?

Should tablet testing replace traditional methods of assessing student learning?

That’s the question that administrators have asked in several schools across the country. For those school districts who favored the technology, their responses and feedback have been positive. In the age of mobile technology, educators who have integrated tablet testing see many benefits, including faster feedback.

Educators in Connecticut who used the iPads for student reading assessments favored the new testing tool. Collecting, analyzing and sharing data was an immediate benefit. When schools transitioned to wireless technology in Lowndes County school system in Hayneville, Ala., they used tablet testing for pre- and post-assessment every 45 days in core subjects to identify students who needed more support.

“We use the data from the post-test to really structure how we approach the next 45 days,” says Lucy Long, the director of professional learning for Information Transport Solutions.

Frenship High School in the Frenship Independent School District in Texas allows students to bring their mobile devices to classrooms allowing teachers to offer QR – quick response- coded worksheets that offer supplemental instruction.

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Students in Kelly Neuser’s kindergarten class at Deer Run Elementary School in East Haven, Conn., use iPads during a reading exercise in December.