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3 Advantages of iPad, Tablet Assessment for Education

Are mobile devices a detriment to education? Some would argue that they reduce attention spans, affect memory, and are obviously an easy source of cheating during test administration. However, we need to look at the entire picture with mobile devices in education - in the right hands they can do tremendous good. To demonstrate this, let us look at three of the greatest advantages of iPad and tablet assessment for education.

Cutting Down on the Administrative Overhead of Assessments

Standardized testing, in recent years, has been shown to cost states $1.7 billion overall. The logistics of distributing and scoring all test materials, as well as all of the associated labor, IT work, and miscellaneous costs, quickly cause costs to shoot up. iPad and Tablet assessment, along with other electronic sources, allow for cost effective delivery and reporting of results.

In the world of enterprise, electronic invoice systems have saved companies millions of dollars by removing paper waste. We can expect the field of education to see similar savings.   

Integrating Assessment into the Everyday Curriculum

On top of the clear financial costs associated with assessment, the process takes multiple weeks out of the school year. This could lead to a vicious cycle; there is pressure on schools and students to improve scores, but time constraints associated with testing can make this difficult.

With iPad and tablet assistance, it is possible to weave assessment into the everyday routines of student and teacher. For example, daily quizzes can be administered electronically and graded instantly, giving a fine grained picture of subject mastery.  

Gaining Real-time insight into Assessment Status

School assessment often has a certain amount of time delay. In any situation in which feedback is important, delayed information can skew results, lead to false conclusions, and cause decision makers to take the wrong course of action. With iPad and tablet assessment, all information goes instantly to centralized systems that can report back on progress and trends. It is then possible to gain a real-time picture of the assessment effort and allow educators to take the most effective actions possible. For instance, gaps in mastery will always be readily apparent, allowing educators to address these deficiencies before students get too far behind.

Given these three major benefits, it is clear that mobility can help both students and educators boost levels of achievement. For more on the full potential of electronic assessment platforms, aided by iPads and tablets, contact LearningStation

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