As recent as last year teachers were still using the old standby evaluation techniques. Teachers would take to pencil and paper and jot down what they observed of the students capacity. However, with technology on a fast paced evolution track, teachers are now presented with new opportunities in evaluating their students. At the beginning of 2012, educators in Connecticut were presented with the new evaluation of using iPads to track the students progress. Instead of having pages upon pages of raw data with no end result the iPad offers student portfolios and ways to process and learn from the teachers observations.
Erica Forti, the district of East Haven’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction says that this method has, “opened up the doors for different types of teaching and learning.” Now the teachers were able to go back to the processed data and be able to more thoroughly aid a struggling student. However, it isn’t just the students that need assistance, it is the teachers as well. In order for this new system to work nationally, training needs to be put in place for the new evaluations. Each instructor would need to know how to operate the software and how it works so that the full benefits can be taken advantage of.
Personally, I am in favor of this kind of technological advancement in the evaluation of students. Some may argue that we are becoming a too technologically dependent generation, but I disagree. I believe that this kind of use for the iPad really shows that we can grow further and smarter as students and teachers. If there are ways that we can better our teaching then we should take those steps. Katie Ash, the writer of this article “Rethinking Testing in the Age of the iPad,” writes a statements from Reshan Richards, the director of educational technology at Montclair Kimberley Academy, that “most schools are hesitant, however, to jump into assessing with mobile devices.”
This hesitancy should be surpassed by the benefits that this new system can provide. When evaluating students, what is most important is using the best resources that we have available so that they can get the most detailed feedback. Only then can we show greater improvement.