The Reliability of Education in the Classroom

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Students are now raised with advanced technology. They have computers, smart phones, and tablets at their disposal. With that being the new norm schools have to conform to include the new technology. Educators now have to look for a better way to communicate, educate, and evaluate their students. Utilizing software in the classroom will give the educator a great advantage, but technology must not be used alone. Educators must also use observation and other means to evaluate work. Technology is faster and more accurate, but technology is not always reliable.

Technology can aid educator’s assessments of the knowledge learned by their students. New types of technical “assessments offer the potential to understand more than whether a student answered a test question right or wrong” (Tucker, 2009, p. 1) during an exam. An educator can use several methods “of media that allow for both visual and graphical representations, we can present complex, multi-step problems for students to solve, and we can collect detailed information about an individual student’s approach to problem solving” (Tucker, 2009, p. 1). With this new way of collecting information it will allow the educator to understand how their students came up their answers. This can show the educator how they need modify their teaching to help promote their students educational growth.

The difference between formative and summative assessments is: formative assessment is part of the teaching process, while summative assessment is the evaluation given at the end of the lesson or school year. When the educator combines both assessments into classroom, it will provide the information needed to make adjustments, consequently allowing the students to achieve the goals of the clas...

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