8 of my beloved students were sitting their exam today on computers. The digital papers were of course on screen in PDF format and the candidates had
to type in their own answers. At the end of the exam they had to print off their work and hand it in to the invigilator to be forwarded to the exam
What could go worng?
3 out of 8 computers froze at some point in the exam and the work was lost. They had to start again on different machines.
The candidates remained calm (thank goodness) and were given their full time to do the paper again.
Recently a Maths exam in England had one impossible question and candidates there are complaining that they had spent so long on this early wrong question that they are bound to have failed the exam.
What was the worst exam you ever sat?
I suspect the discs that the PDF documents were on. The students had to work offline for obvious reasons as it is a "closed book" exam.
This is probably a silly question, but why do they need to do an exam using a computer, what's wrong with the good old fashioned printed version ?
They don't have to. The digital paper is an option that is better for people who type faster than they can write neatly.
What's your handwriting like under timed conditions? Legibility is really important.
Perhaps the schools should concentrate on the basic skills such as handwriting before teaching computer skills ?
Things were done far better in the good old days, many kids today can't even do simple sums without the use of an electronic calculator !
I'm with Giron here, unless the exam was specifically targeted at computer use, then pen and paper should be mandatory. We all managed to get through
school without the use of "those new fangled computer things!" My writing, is atrocious, however, I managed to pass enough of my exams to be let out
the asylum school.
The exam board disagrees which is all that matters really. I'll bet that some of you who are complaining about the good old days rather like having a spellcheck facility from time to time or being able to change one bit of your response without having to redraft the whole thing on paper.
The worst exam I sat was Physics O level. I was sitting at my desk thinking I had a clear day when the form teacher said to me "Aren't you supposed
to be in the Physics exam now?"
I didn't pass.
Yes, a spell cheque is a grate tool ,
Better to be independent with a spellchecker than dependent on others. Best still to be completely independent no doubt but some of these students have disabilities and so complete independence with pen and paper isn't going to happen. Moreover computer literacy is the way of the future, Noone will use pen and paper apart from old fogies or primary children in a decade's time.
So what will they do with all those quill pens and ink wells?
We could always go back to cave paintings if you prefer.
Yes, there are cases where computers are needed, but there seems to be a trend towards using them for all pupils and that was reflected in what Matilda posted about pen and paper not being used in mainstream schools in ten years time.
I must say I find it increasingly hard to write legibly these days. But then it was never my strong point. I tend to get frustrated by the slowness of it. i'm a much quicker typist.
I can type faster than I can write, plus my writing skills have atrophied over the years as I type 90% of all correspondence.
As to PDFs they are pretty reliable I create and distribute forms through Acrobat, most problems that arises are when it's two different versions such as a Acrobat X file shown on Acrobat 9 reader.
However I can and do write, and I know how to spell... Then again I was taught the old fashioned way despite growing up with computers.
Considering the standard I see from teenagers in regards to the written word I do wonder how the hell they pass their English exam let alone be able to find a professional job!
Do you know how to recognize a modern, paperless office where no paper is provided because all records are digital?
Everyone has lots of writing on their arms.