EDC Center for Children and Technology
(TR12) Three Different Views of Students: The Role of Technology in Assessing Student Performance

The authors argue that if assessment heav-ily influences teaching and learning in schools, then testing methods used must support the development of thoughtful and critically-minded citizens. Since the view of students provided by paper-and-pencil testing is limited, Collins, et al. propose that video- and computer-based forms of assessment can be used in combination with certain kinds of paper-and-pencil testing to offer the necessary multi-faceted and richer view of studentsŐ accomplishments. Potential uses of these three media, and methods by which alternative assessment practices encourage learning, are discussed.

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