Teachers who spend time actually thinking through assignments that align with the learning outcomes of a course are the most effective at assessing the learning that has taken place. Now, however, even the most creative teachers are being stretched like never before in regards to creating assignments that work in technology-rich learning environments. While evaluating learning in the purest sense might never really be possible given the scope of variables, new technologies are making it more achievable than ever before.
The MLEARN project recognises that hand-held technology is becoming commonplace within everyday lives but can also be used as a powerful tool for learning in and outside of the traditional education environment. MLEARN will work with teachers to improve the use of, and embed, mobile technologies within mainstream learning. This will be achieved by:
Researchers expected that the students in the class with the lowest scores on the ACT college readiness exam who spent the most time on the Internet would have the lowest exam scores, but the results they found surprised them.
Teresa Pombo's insight:
Study: Nonacademic Web surfing leads to lower test scores
So you're a Google guru or a search siren... I bet you still don't know every last trick and tool in Google's array of services. But whether you're a newbie or expert, the following infographic may very well be worth printing out and posting in your office or teacher's lounge.