Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Test Generator Makes Six Questions from One

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Test Generator Makes Six Questions from One

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"Teachers want things made easier so the more time they have [can be devoted] to work on instruction," says Lloyd Blumenfeld, assistant principal at Southern High School in Baltimore, Md. As a means to that end, Blumenfeld has implemented Pop Quiz???, a test generator program by E.G. Publishing of Owing Mills, Md.

The program's developers came to the high school, according to Blumenfeld, after speaking to the state's department of education. Since Southern is one of the three most technologically advanced schools in the state, department personnel suggested that the company approach him with their product.

"They were very eager to please," Blumenfeld remembers, "and they even made a new version of the program from the suggestions we made." The company and high school have had an ongoing relationship ever since. He was very pleased with the company's flexibility and their openness to change.

* Prints to Disk

Pop Quiz??? has been installed on all four of the school's integrated computer labs, containing IBM PS/ 2 Model 25 computers networked with Token Ring. The program will generate true/false, multiple choice, short answer and matching questions, plus create flash cards in both regular and inverted formats. Testing can be done on screen, which is scored automatically, or on hard copy.

The program supports English, Spanish, French and German character sets. Material can be edited or added to the question bank on a continual basis, and teachers can choose for either exact or close spelling to be enforced for short-answer questions. The teacher's version of Pop Quiz??? includes an extra multiple-choice answer option, up to three additional matching answers, the ability to print test files to add graphics and essay questions, and the ability to print to disk so students with computers can study at home or so instructors can monitor their files.

Instructors can generate one test for one class, then change the question order and type for the next period.

Instructors at Southern High School print to disk often, taking their question banks around with them on diskette. …

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