Forget paper and pencils, and filling in all those little dots.
Kids are increasingly being asked to take standardized tests on computers .
And those who aren’t, soon will be.
There’s a big push to get kids online at school, so they will be ready when testing begins on the Common Core standards, which will be implemented in many states over the coming months.
Not all schools are prepared. In some districts, there is a computer for every child - and the bandwidth needed for the tests.
Other places aren’t close.
A recent survey of K-12 educators, found that 60 percent don’t feel well prepared to administer online tests.
When things are in order, however, kids will probably be fine.
There’s a general sense among educators that kids are way more comfortable online than most of us grownups will ever be… so they have that going for them.
There is one small thing to be concerned about: making sure kids can use a keyboard. Keyboarding classes are becoming routine in elementary schools.
Schools that don’t get up to speed in time to offer tests online, will still be able to use papers and pencils for the next few years.
For more about online testing, listen to my conversation with Ben Johnson, host of Marketplace Tech, by clicking on the audio above.
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If you’re traveling abroad soon, make sure to have your electronic devices charged up on the way back to America. If you don’t, your smartphone, tablet, or laptop may not be able to come back with you.
The Transportation Security Administration is announcing new security measures at certain overseas airports with flights to the U.S.
Security screeners will ask flyers to turn their devices on. Those that don’t power up will not be allowed on the plane.
The move is meant to foil plots to use smartphones and tablets to disguise bombs, amid concerns Al Qaeda terrorists are planning to attack airlines. But the new screening procedures are bound to frustrate innocent travelers. They’ll be forced to abandon their cherished electronic devices if they’re unfortunate enough to have dead batteries.
Just like taking off our shoes and limiting the liquids we carry on, we’ve got yet another new security habit to form. The best way to make sure you don’t lose your devices abroad is to have all your chargers packed in carry-on luggage, including any adapters needed for foreign power outlets.
Still, one person’s security hassle is another’s business opportunity. The limiting of carry-on liquids created an expanded market for beverage sellers inside the security checkpoints. This new move may provide similar opportunity for clever entrepreneurs. Soon, before flyers can pass through airport security to buy overpriced bottles of water, they’ll likely see merchants with an array of overpriced chargers and adapters just outside the security gates.