New Features in ExamJet Quiz Maker 3.6 (Released on: 15 Oct, 2015)
- Added importing questions from Microsoft Excel
- Introduced question points with a double-precision floating-point number
- Score values shows a double-precision floating-point numbers
Now you can import questions from other ExamJet databases. This feature might be useful:
- When you decide to migrate questions from the local version to the remote database
- When you decide to duplicate your questions and copy them from one remote database to another
- When you are migrating from Standard to the Professional edition
Today we are announcing a new release of ExamJet Quiz Maker.
We've fixed some minor bugs in Tester and added import of questions from other ExamJet databases in Test Manager.
We recommend you to upgrade to the latest version.
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What is Bloom's Taxonomy?
The story in regards to the cognitive processes began in
1948, when a group of educators embarked on the journey of categorizing
educational goals and objectives. Their main area of interest was three domains
which needed to be classified. They were: the cognitive, the affective, and the
psychomotor. So when the classification was finished and the work came to an
end the cognitive domain surfaced in the 1950s and was known as Bloom's Taxonomy
of the Cognitive Domain. There were other taxonomies developed in the process
as well but by a group of other educators who focused their interest on
affective and psychomotor domains.
Before we go any further it is important to know what
taxonomy means as it is not every day you hear this word and it may be that
most people will never even use this word. The word “taxonomy” simply means a
certain way to group things together. For e.g. in biology classes’ Linnaean
taxonomy is most renowned where you have a bunch of animals and you can group
them according to various characteristics and give them or assign them names.
Bloom's taxonomy is somewhat similar to this where three domains were
classified as follows:
- The cognitive – which is a knowledge based domain, comprising of six levels
- The affective – which is an attitudinal based domain, comprising of five levels, and
- The psychomotor – which is a skills based domain, comprising of six levels
Exams are an extremely important component
of American education. Students must take tests to demonstrate proficiency in a
subject area. Exams are also a primary means of determining who gets into
We educators begin testing students at
early ages. Those who perform well end up with an advantage in life. We place
them in advanced classes while in elementary school. There, they learn things
that can place them on the right path to academic success. Others, who perhaps
do not perform as well on our tests, can go in the opposite direction.
With so much riding on exams, it is only
fair for those of us in the teaching professions wonder if we can make testing
more student-friendly. We explore that issue, but first, let us consider how
the current emphasis on tests developed.
A Brief History of Modern Testing
Measuring aptitude became a national
concern during World War I. The Army wanted
to know the “intelligence” of its recruits. This knowledge would allow them to
place the soldiers in the right positions, they believed.
The use of intelligence tests continued
after World War II. A major reason was the growth of the military industrial
complex. During the war, the government invested heavily in the Manhattan
Project to create the Atomic Bomb. This weapon, though horrific, helped end the
war, saving many lives that would have been lost during the planned invasion of
the Japanese mainland.
Today we are announcing a maintenance release of ExamJet Quiz Maker. It fixes a few performance issues and adds some stability.
We updated Test Manager and Tester software and it’s recommended to upgrade to the latest version.
Today we are announcing a maintenance release of ExamJet Quiz Maker. It fixes a few bugs and adds some stability.
It’s recommended to upgrade to the latest version.
Experiential Learning - Being Able to Know First Hand is Key to Fun Learning.
A school-age boy stepped on something in his local creek. Imagine the "cool" factor of actually stepping on an abandoned mastodon tooth in your neighborhood creek bed one hot summer day just before lunch! The lucky 9-year old kid who had that experience will never look at a creek, a tooth or anything referring to mastodons - in the same way again! Because our little guy was able with a single step to transform an ordinary creek bed into an outdoor classroom, his approach to learning has been transformed as well. The questions that are posed to educators are: should learning be fun, and what are the best ways to make learning fun? We cannot all go through life looking for lucky educational creek beds, but we can approach the world as an open classroom, ready for people of all ages to dive in and learn as they have never learned before!
Experiential Learning is Key to Grabbing the Attention of Students of All Ages.
Back in education past, written learning and repetition were the most common methods of teaching and learning a school lesson. Students had to learn, memorize, and then regurgitate their lesson contents to be able to pass to a higher grade. Somewhere along the way, educators realized that there was a more effective way to teach lessons and reach students. The course of classroom education changed for the better. Students began to use regular textbooks, which were written with the student in mind. As the learning began to drift away from the “wrote” style of teaching and learning, education and research began to bloom. As the educators themselves began to explore teaching and learning methods, students began to engage differently with their school materials.
In ExamJet you can set an authorization method when you publish a quiz.
As you know, the previous version had only one authorization type. Candidates had to enter previously generated access codes in order to take the quiz. This is very secure way to protect a quiz but, sometimes it’s annoying or excessive.
We have decided to add some flexibility to this part of the system and with help of our early testers chose to include two more authorization types. Now, the complete list of authorization system consists from:
- Generate Access Codes
- Set Master Password
Each one is designed to correspond to certain requirements, and of course each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Let’s take a closer look.
Today we are announcing a number of very exciting changes to ExamJet. With the recent release of version 3.2 we had implemented an update to the authorization system used in test publishing wizard.
Full list of changes, improvements and bug fixes in version 3.2
What’s new in Test Manager:
New: Authorization system is much more flexible. You can choose three options: Anonymous Testing, Generate Access Codes and Set Password;
- Improved: Validation when saving;
- Improved: When adding a new grading scale in an empty list it will become a default one;
- Fixed: Test Manager will now save the selected question bank and current view when you close the program;
- New: You can now open entries by double-click or pressing the Enter button;
- New: You can now hide disabled tests;
- New: Every grid has now an ability to sort rows by clicking its title;
- Fixed: A rare bug when creating a local database;
- Improved: Search in results is now case insensitive;
- Improved: At least one grading scale has to be present in the Test Manager;
- New: Now, you can enter a test name when publish a new test.
What’s new in Tester:
New: Now you can specify a supervisor password to protect database settings;
- New: Test List window to choose published test or quiz;
- Fixed: Reset button was working incorrectly.