Tablet-based digital assessments have tremendously reduced the time and effort of the implementation process in schools.
Introduction: Technology-based learning
Technology has become an essential part of our lives nowadays. Integration of technology in education provides learners access to a variety of learning resources at any time, anywhere and encourages collaborative learning. The multimedia approach to education breaks the traditional passive learning style. Online courses, learning apps, online learning games, tutorial videos, etc. have gained popularity these days. It is believed that technology can empower teachers and learners, making significant contributions to learning and achievement.
School Transformation Program (STP)-School Assessments
The Varthana School Transformation Program is built on an assessment framework to design and execute customized interventions that are aimed at improving student learning outcomes. The Whole School Assessment conducted in partnership with Gray Matters India (GMI), is a skill-based assessment which gives the school an overall view of the learning level of students. The assessment is conducted in three phases during the two-year program duration. The Baseline assessment; which is conducted at the inception of the program, the Midline assessment; which assesses the progress of the school in one year and lastly, the Endline assessment, to assess the impact and progress of the STP program in the school. After each assessment, the school receives a comprehensive report based on the assessment which indicates the learning gaps in schools. Following the report analysis, a School Improved Plan is designed and implemented by the respective Education Specialist.
Digital Assessment-Technological Transformation
Following the path of technological transformation, STP has decided to go digital this year. It started with tablet-based whole schools assessments. The first round of tablet-based whole school assessments was conducted in the month of September in Bangalore and Chennai. This has been a major milestone in the STP journey towards transforming the quality of education. Until last year, the assessments were conducted on a traditional paper-pen mode. The digital transformation has also increased the level of curiosity and interest of students. The idea behind this initiative is to bring students closer to technology and use it to improve learning outcomes.
The impact of Digital Assessment
By shifting to digital mode, it has tremendously reduced the time and effort of the implementation process in schools. The students can pre-examine their completed exercise before submitting them. Also, no more stacks of papers on the table, no more lost tests. The turn around time for school reports have reduced to one week compared to almost a month in previous years.
During assessments in Bangalore schools, one of the School Leader says, “The access to digital learning and technological knowledge will help students to expand their horizons and prepare them for the global era. I am happy that Varthana is taking their first step towards it”.
These assessments will encourage affordable private schools to be part of the ongoing technological revolution and provide access to technology to all students.
In the coming years, the future of assessments will involve gamification making assessments more fun and interactive with live feedback.