Teachers are using HP technology to provide their students with real-time assessments and feedback --- boosting achievement as a result.

TABLET PCS - REAL TIME ASSESSMENT

Most people believe that technology can improve teaching and learning. But how exactly?

Which methods of assessing knowledge provide immediate and relevant student feedback? Do students perform better when technology gives them immediate feedback, and does this hold true for every student despite differences of gender, socioeconomic status, and learning disabilities?

The aim of the project is to go beyond basic recall of facts to develop critical thinking skills.

Math and science teachers at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, New Jersey, USA are asking these and other essential questions as they explore real-time assessment of knowledge. Funded by the HP Catalyst Initiative, and as a member of the Measuring Learning Consortium, they are hoping to boost student performance with new ways of using technology to provide immediate feedback on classroom activities.

The aim is to go beyond basic recall of facts to develop critical thinking skills – the Rancocas Valley teachers want to see students interpreting information contained in graphs, charts, and diagrams, generating original content, using models and simulations to explore concepts, collecting and analyzing real-time experimental data, and collaborating with other learners beyond the classroom setting to solve problems.

Preliminary results from one math teacher show a near 20-point improvement between the target group using HP technology and a control group. Other science teachers have more mixed assessment results, but the overall impact is positive, and everyone is enthusiastic about using technology in classrooms. This highly collaborative project has already connected the Rancocas Valley team with teachers in other departments.

Teachers are using HP tablet PCs and netbooks, HP TouchPads, and math and science kits to create simulations and online assessments, while their students use individual laptops to search the web, take surveys, and respond to assessments.

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