Sue Wilkinson, Head of eAssessment at the IB, talks about the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) eAssessment, and about using technology in the classroom and equipping students with the 21st century skills they will need to succeed.
At this year’s e-Assessment Awards in London, the MYP eAssessment was awarded Best Use of Summative Assessment and was highly commended for Best Transformational Project. Sue states that this is a proud moment for the IB: “Our introduction of eAssessment was a key stage in the IB journey to developing students who are independent and critical thinkers with the skills to create a better world”.
So how does MYP assessment make learning and assessment more meaningful to students? Sue highlights the fact that although we live in an increasingly digital world, the integration of technology into education assessment on a larger scale has been slow.
“The on-screen assessments are media rich and dynamic so questions can be designed that require much more knowledge than just recall”, Sue explains. “Only 25 percent of the MYP eAssessment is based explicitly on knowledge. The rest of the examination focuses instead on inquiry, communication and critical thinking skills […]”.
Technology facilitates every step of MYP eAssessment and “[t]he digital design makes it possible for students to engage with images, visual texts, videos, animations and complex models”, Sue says. “Candidates can create, manipulate and make decisions about how to manage data”.
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