Speaking of which . . . Anyone interested can register now to attend one
of three regional IT GCE field review sessions in March. Registration is
available on the VI site.
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Subject: Re: Software for Assessing student computer skills
There is actually work being done at the state level on this very topic,
so your effort is quite timely. Grade Cluster Expectations are
performance tasks that are defined for clusters (typically two) of
adjacent grade levels. A requirement of NCLB, these have been defined
for most content areas, including information technology. The draft
GCEs for IT were completed last Friday and will soon be distributed for
public comment. Opportunities for discussing the proposed GCEs are
being scheduled in different regions of the state.
We should all take an active role in this important effort.
--Steve Barner, South Burlington Schools
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I'm wondering if anyone on the list is aware of any type of software
that measures and assesses student computer skills. We've been spending
quite a bit of time this year compiling a list of the particular
computer skills that kids should master at particular grade levels.
There is talk that I should sit down with individual students and go
over a checklist of skills with each student (talk about taking the fun
out of computing!) If there was a piece of software that would lead
students through particular computer tasks and then offer an assessment
of that student's abilities, there might be a great savings in time and
energy. I'm also wondering about how people feel about the issue of
student assessment with regard to computer skills. I get the feeling
that we're nitpicking when we wonder whether a first grade student is
capable of completing a left-mouse click, or a third grader is able to
drag-select a body of text and transform it in some fashion. Has anyone
else mulled over these things? Thanks for any input.
Johnson Elementary School
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