Topical items and views on the impact of digitisation on publishing and its content and the issues that make the news. This blog follows the report 'Brave New World', (http://www.ewidgetsonline.com/vcil/bravenewworld.html ), published by the Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland and authored by Martyn Daniels. The views and comments expressed are those of the author.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Now Who's Bottom Of The Class?
First it was a slide ruler, then a ready reckoner, then a calculator, now a US state exam board in Oregon is to allow students not only online testing and digital writing exams, but to let them to click the spell check button while taking their state-wide writing tests!
They claim that the intention is to catch typing errors and not to compensate for poor spelling skills.
The state is only offering automatic spell check to students in grades five and above, saying that children in the fourth grade and below are still learning the basics. All students will be able to use paper and electronic dictionaries.
We wonder if they will be able access Wikipedia, Google and other references just in case they get stuck. Maybe they can tweet a friend for help!
Posted by Martyn Daniels at Saturday, December 18, 2010
Labels: oregon, school exams
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