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ERIC Number: EJ762465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
Mobile Assessment: Working Smarter, Not Harder
Brown, Justine
T.H.E. Journal, v33 n13 p32-35 Aug 2006
When mobile assessment tools was first introduced to teachers at Kyffin Elementary School in Jefferson Country, Colorado, teachers were not comfortable with the technology. According to Blanche Kapushion, principal at Kyffin, teachers were not used to using technology in class, and it did not look like that was going to change. Nonetheless, teachers at Kyffin now use Mobile Classroom Assessment (mCLASS) Reading and Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) software, both from Wireless Generation, to conduct mobile assessments and progress checks in all of their K-3 classrooms. They regularly use the mCLASS Reading program to check reading comprehension and fluency, and to target or track areas where students are lagging. With new assessment technology providing instant feedback on their students, once-skeptical teachers now have no desire to return to the way things were. This article presents words of advice from school officials who have already experienced the benefits of mobile assessment tool in meeting their needs and making their jobs easier. As mobile assessment grows, teachers will have more and more data to manage. Accordingly, educational technology companies are developing products to convert data into information that can easily be translated into meaningful change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Hawaii; Maryland; Michigan