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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


Apr. 18th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
I think that the financial burden that technology brings is one of the most important limiting factor that makes the powers-that-be very much apprehensive in knowing more about the effects of technology in education. I embrace technology and I have taken classes that incorporate technology in its curriculum as a major component. I do believe that it is the way to teach in the future and investing in our teachers to get appropriate training in the various technological tools that they can bring in the classroom is a smart thing to do. A lot of children are more computer savvy than your average teacher. Knowing what grabs them, as far as the latest software or latest computer craze and using it as a tool in the classroom is a sure way of getting the students interested in learning. As far assessment however, I think that technology could become an assessment tool, but definitely not the only tool to be used to assess how the students are learning. Even if you take into consideration the high-stakes exam that students may take in computer format, it should never be the only way to check the students' progress. CALL is a valuable tool in the classroom if the teachers are knowledgeable and are able to implement its use around their curriculum. As a future teacher, I can't wait to apply some of the technology that I have learned in this class, and I am also looking forward to knowing more about classroom technolgy in the future.


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