Online assessment systems should fundamentally save time, follow the curriculum and engage the users. For example, an Educater pupil tracker would collect and collate data; it would be a useful tool for accountability in terms of pupils and absences. As a piece of software, it would save time by using the data to make conclusions automatically rather than a teacher spending valuable time looking for patterns themselves.
Trackers can also help find gaps in curriculum coverage, target lessons around weaker areas and even chart progress in specific subjects. The data can also link multiple sources together to provide a more comprehensive insight. As technology advances in society it’s only logical that technology will become integrated into common classroom practices. As such technology is becoming an integral part of the assessment and learning cycle.
When technology becomes incorporated in the classroom, students are expected to take more interest in what they are studying. It provides opportunities to make learning more enjoyable and captivating as lessons can be taught in a multitude of new ways. For example, teaching through gamification or taking the students on virtual school trips or utilising other online resources. There is a proven correlation between technology and active participation in lessons, as students who are engaged and interested often retain the knowledge that they have learnt better.
No two students learn at the same pace or in the same way because of the different preferred learning styles and abilities. Technology is great for bridging the gap and teaching each student effectively in the way that they need to be taught. Students can learn at their own pace, take the time to review concepts that they struggle with or even skip ahead if they need to. Technology will prove even more vital for students who are struggling or have learning difficulties, they can use the resources provided to supplement their own understanding. Students can practice their collaborative skills by getting involved in different educational forums or sharing resources in their online learning environment.
By using technology in the classroom, teachers and students alike can develop skills essential for 21st century living. Students can gain the skills necessary for the future; modern learning is all about collaborating with others, solving complex problems, critical thinking, communication and leadership skills. Modern teaching is about utilising the teaching resources that one has at hand and keeping up with the times in order to keep up with the needs of the students.
Due to the countless online resources and the online community of teachers sharing resources; technology, if used properly can help improve teaching. Teachers can use different apps or other sources to enhance their traditional teaching methods to keep today’s students engaged. Virtual lesson plans, grading software and online assessments can save a lot of time for teachers and make their jobs easier.