It’s that time of year again: standardized testing season.
Increasingly in our overly-large school district, students are taking those tests online, sucking almost all equipment and bandwidth from actual instructional uses for a month or more.
Unfortunately, it’s not just an American phenomena as the BBC profiles a new testing system being tried in Norway.
About 6,000 students in Norway are doing exams on their laptops in a trial that could soon be rolled out across the country.
Every 16-19 year-old in Nord-Trondelag county in Norway has been trying out the laptop-based system.
The secondary students are given a laptop by the government when they turn 16 to help them with schoolwork.
During exams the specially-tailored software springs into life to block and record any attempt at cheating.
Ok, taking tests on the computer and software to stop cheating (I wonder how long it takes before some enterprising student hacks that). Very nice.
What’s really interesting, however, is part about the Norwegian government routinely issuing laptops to students of a certain age.
Apparently, they consider personal computers to be an essential part of learning, something that should be provided from educational funding.
Here in the US we certainly have mastered the talking points about how important technology is to instruction.
We just aren’t as good as other parts of the world about the follow through.