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.
When people, especially fathers, mothers, and busy working professionals think about going back to class, many see no way of squeezing campus into their already hectic routines. Taking online classes can help with that time crunch and save these people several hours every week, which they can convert into home study time. The courses are a perfect way for busy people to gain advanced certifications and training or even switch career paths. They are an effective way for first time job seekers who require specialized training to improve their job prospects. However, for you to excel, you need to take note of the following five tips to help you succeed in an online course.
To use all features of ExamJet Quiz Maker and use it on a local network you should install a fully functional remote database – SQL Server or SQL Server Express.
Install SQL Server Express
SQL Server Express is a free edition of Microsoft SQL Server and it is an ideal solution for storing large number quizzes and tests in ExamJet Quiz Maker.
Installing and configuring SQL Server is quite easy. Installation wizard has all the necessary options to configure it properly.
Download the latest version of SQL Server Express from the official website: http://www.microsoft.com/express/sql/
You will need to download “SQL Server Express with Tools” which contains the database engine and management studio.
Depending on your system, you will need to choose 32-bit or 64-bit version to download.
We recommend installing it on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 or on Windows Server 2012 R2.
Assessment of educational processes is one of the most important methods in monitoring of teaching and quality control strategies.
Quite a number of monitoring and assessment methods and approaches are used in the educational system. Monitoring of teaching and learning strategies is mainly the responsibility of the educational institution. The assessment may also be carried out by any researcher, group of researchers, international organization or by a governmental or international program interested in one or another issue. However, the fact is that the monitoring is just able to give unilateral or global assessment. It cannot draw a complete picture of the dynamics of daily teaching activities.
In the second half of the twentieth century, a system, called 360-degree feedback was founded, which has been widespread throughout all western countries. This system, also known as the all-round and multilateral system, means involvement of all participants into monitoring and assessment processes and detailed analyses of findings.
Assessment Method of the Educational Processes
According to the modern approaches to monitoring and assessment activities, assessment done by a student - a key person in educational processes, since popularization of multilateral appraisal tendencies, is extremely important. All the leading schools in the West today regularly use the approach of Student’s Assessment of Educational Processes. Similar to 360-degree feedback method, it also has a history lasting just several decades. E.g. at Stanford University in the United States, Student’s Assessment approach was first used in the academic year of 1996-1997. From that time on, other leading schools started to apply this approach and today, assessment of educational processes by students is considered to be an integral part of the Western educational systems.
Social skills are not inherent and needs hard work for development. School and teacher should do their duty in development of child and to teach them ability of using these skills in real life. Students develop social skills by collaborative learning. Students that are in collaborative groups study not only various disciplines in academic program, but also learn interpersonal relationship skills. Studying social skills is the requirement for academic success: more they learn the art of mutual aid in study, more their attendance is better. Therefore, establishing social skills happens in collaborative situations, where task should be done jointly.
Four different types of skills that are necessary for collaborative learning
- Skills that are the simplest rules of behavior. Without such skills, it is hard to say concerning collaboration and creative group;
- Skills that are necessary in the process of work for active involvement of all members of group and for maintenance of productive work relations;
- Skills of cognitive, motivated attitude for acquiring knowledge;
- Skills that stipulate creative and critic approach to knowledge. Skills of logical thinking and intellectual solving of conflicts, searching additional information and finding rational kernel in different views.