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    Open Access
    Using computer-based modelling for primary science learning and assessment
    (2006-05)
    Zhang, Baohui
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    Jacobson, Michael J.
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    Looi, Chee-Kit
    Computer-based modeling is not just a means for students to learn important scientific knowledge and skills, but also a technique to assess student understandings of science. A software tool called Model-It allows young students to create their own models so that their learning becomes more interactive and engaged. However, there is a mismatch between how students learn and how they are assessed if conventional paper-administered tests are used. This paper argues for alternative assessments to be better aligned with curriculum and instruction. Forty 4th grade students in a local Singapore school participated in a science inquiry activity that involved learning with modeling as an alternative assessment. The students individually created models of food webs to illustrate their understanding of energy flows and photosynthesis. A scoring rubric based on four criteria (“focus and structure”, "accuracy", "completeness" and "functionality") was used to evaluate the models, with the modeling scores being compared to student scores of the school’s paper-based assessments of science learning. In addition, 18 students were interviewed about their understanding of models and modeling. The data is currently being analyzed and the findings of this study and potential implications for educational assessments will be presented in this paper.
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    Open Access
    Test reporting of English language proficiencies of teacher trainees: Towards a profiling assessment system
    (2000-09) ;
    Seow, Anthony
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    Luo, Guanzhong
    A single overall grading is the hallmark of test reporting practices in education. This assessment system has provided an efficient and convenient means of reporting test results for a summative purpose such as certifying students on completion of a course of study or selecting students who can benefit from the next level of education. However it is less useful for reporting results for a formative purpose such as monitoring students' learning progress or diagnosing their learning difficulties. The National Institute of Education has developed a computerised assessment tool known as "NIE Computerised English Language Test" (NIECELT) for testing the English language proficiencies of prospective students in pre-service teacher training programmes. NIECELT, however, can be used for creating appropriate tests meant for any other grade level as well – primary, secondary or college. This paper will describe a profiling assessment system to be incorporated into the test reporting of language proficiencies. NIECELT, an interactive mode of computerised testing, presents a number of sub-tests for assessing a student’s level of competence in English sentence structure, collocation, text cohesion, text meaning, editing skills as well as semantic awareness. By harnessing the computer's unique capabilities in data management, the student's performance in specific language skill areas can be profiled.
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    Open Access
    Developing computerized language proficiency tests at NIE
    (1998-11)
    Hsui, Victoria Y.
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    Seow, Anthony
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    Open Access
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    Open Access
    Student readiness for EduTOOLS use: An investigation of their IT-related skills and behaviours
    (2000-09) ;
    Ng, Connie Siew Ling
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    Sim, Wee Chee
    EduTOOLS, a R&D project of the Centre for Learning Technologies which is jointly set up by the Ministry of Education, Kent Ridge Digital Labs and Infocomm Development Authority, involves an innovative use of computer technology. With EduTOOLS, students can make use of a suite of on-line tools for project work. Also available to students are a collection of recommended project resources and a list of experts. This project will be piloted in three Singapore schools - two secondary schools and one junior college. For an implementation of a high technology project such as EduTOOLS, one main concern is student readiness in terms of IT skills. This paper reports on the findings of an investigation of students' experience with computers, namely their use of computers in and outside of school, the types of computer applications used and of activities engaged with a computer, and their frequency of computer use. Self-reports of students' working behaviours on the computer as well as their affective characteristics were also captured. The implications of the findings for EduTOOLS implementation will be discussed.
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    Open Access
    Getting ready to use technology for school-based testing
    (2003-11) ;
    Seow, Anthony
    In Singapore schools, testing of student learning is serious business but teachers have yet to get in full swing to exploit technology for school-based testing. What then is stopping them? Among other things, there is a imperative need to first understand and ensure the harmonious interplay of three related factors of hardware & infrastructure, software, and people-ware.
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