Resource material for the IT PGCE:
This is the page for the session in which we discuss the use of ICT to assess pupils in IT.
If you wish to assess pupils' IT skills and/or capability then one obvious way of doing this is to set them an appropriate practical task. However, ICT tools are increasingly being used to create and mark tests - you for example will have to pass three government devised and ICT-based tests in order to gain QTS. In this session you will create a test using one system available to schools - the 'Mentor' system produced by Pearson. You will then take the test developed by another group and evaluate both it and the system. We will then discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using systems such as this.
There are two optional (and post-session) extensions which illustrate the use of two other ICT tools for assessment - using web and spreadsheet-based instruments. The former involves the downloading and use of a (free) tool which allows you to design and publish web-based assessments; the latter builds on the work of previous BTs who have built Excel-based systems to automatically mark tests set for a variety of years.
ICT can also be used to record pupils' progress and aid the setting of appropriate targets. This aspect of the use of ICT in IT is the topic for the part of Assignment 1.1 in which you produce and document an Excel-based record system.
The learning objectives for this session are that by the end you should:
This should take about 40 minutes.
You will be assigned one of the Mentor IT datasets available on the machines in 915 to create a simple test. The test should be designed to take no more than 15 minutes (preferably 10) to complete. Mentor can be used to make a number of different types of test and each group will be allocated one to try.
You should make a note of:
This task should take about 35 minutes - 15 to take the test and 20 to discuss your reactions.
You should take the test devised by another group and note:
We will then discuss the reactions of the group to the programme and the tests.
'Hot Potato' is a programme which allows you to create web-based assessments. You need to register and to download the programme. If you wish to experiment with this programme, you should register with 'Halfbaked' and download their programme. (There is an extensive list of HotPotato tutorials.)
In previous years BTs have used spreadsheets to produce tests for a variety of year groups. See for example the tests for Year 7 produced by David McNaughton and those for Year 9 and Year 11 produced by John Enemuwe. You can experiment with these and adapt them for your own use.
See chapter 8 of 'Learning to Teach Using ICT in the Secondary School' edited by Marylin Leask and Norbert Pachler (Institute library reference Loyx Ref LEA), which discusses assessment in and through ICT.