Magazine article Techniques

A Time Saver for Teachers

Magazine article Techniques

A Time Saver for Teachers

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Have computers made testing and grading easier for classroom teachers? Consider the experiences of these vocational-technical instructors, who responded to a Techiques query posed to an online discussion group.

Instructor Judy Vierra saves paper and cuts down on time at the copier by putting some tests online for her computer applications students at Central County Occupational Center in San Jose, California. Students work at their own pace with software tutorials. When they're ready to be tested they get written instructions from Vierra, then open a test document on the Windows-based server. Finished tests are saved to the hard drive and Vierra checks them online.

Hampton, Virginia, nursing instructor Monica Garrett-Hughes is just getting started with computerized testing. Her cache of equipment and software at New Horizons Regional Education Center is limited-only five old-model PCs for a class of 27 high school students. But already she's finding that students perform better on the computer, and the formerly onerous task of creating tests is now a breeze. …

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