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Online Assessment and Final Reflexions

Chapelle-Douglas (2006) talks about the importance of technology in language assessment and its future. It is explained that developing assessment is important because this will help students develop strategies for self-assessment. However, teachers need to be aware on how to evaluate an assessment to ensure proper validity and reliability. Teachers can develop their own assessments to reflect the materials that were taught in class. In my opinion, schools need to invest not only in technology, but also in training so that teachers can receive proper training to take advantage of the available technology. There are many factors to consider not only about the development of assessments but of the use of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in general. In this context, how do you think the cost of technology affects computer-assessment development? How do you think the cost of technology affects CALL in general? Do the school systems offer adequate training to teachers to fully take advantage of available technology for teaching and assessment? Finally, can you give your insight about CALL and its importance?

Lorenzo Manzano
 

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clezcano
Apr. 16th, 2009 10:35 am (UTC)
online assessment and final reflexions
Lorenzo I agree with you where you mention that "schools need to invest not only in technology, but also in training, so that teachers can receive....available technology. I know that some school districts have more money than others, but, what I would do if my school could not afford computers and teachers' training, I would try to help my school in organizing a group teachers and/or parents to donate items and organize a jamaica (fiesta). You would be surprised how many businesses are willing to donate at least 25 dollars. In reference to CALL, I believe that definitely the cost of technology affects CALL in general, but, I think that when you know you need something, you'll do whatever it takes in order to have it.
manmantx
Apr. 16th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Re: online assessment and final reflexions
This is a great idea. I never thought of that. This could actually work. Also, sharing each person's knowledge could help dramatically. We do this at work. We all setup trainings to share our knowledge in our own area of expertiese.

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