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    I think this is a really good idea. Why have tests of memory when its better to test understanding and application, what do you all think?

    http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/08...l_gadget_exam/
    "Aussie school trials use of gadgets in exams

    Using notes during exams - aka cheating - usually gets you an instant 'F'. But at one Australian school the pupils can now use mobiles, iPods and the internet during their exams.

    Presbyterian Ladies' College in Sydney is running a trial among year nine English students, allowing them to access information from the net, speak to friends by mobile phone and listen to podcasts during a series of 40-minute tasks.

    For example, one session asked pupils to discuss Martin Luther King's “I have a dream” speech. They were allowed to search for information about the speech online and get friends’ points of view, but the girls were only marked on use of persuasive language.

    The girls aren’t allowed to check the web for answers in, say, a maths exam.

    The school requires pupils to cite all sources, in an effort to discourage plagiarism."

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    It will be a huge change but I believe it's one that has to come.

    We live in a different world now. Although certain basics have to be remembered, it's generally far more important that someone knows where to go to find facts and apply them to the problem at hand.

    I recently went back to university to pass a law degree. Great experience and much changed from university when I first went but fundamentally, still one great big memory test.

    It's crazy and at odds with how the world now works! Few if any people can remember all the cases to cite accurately throughout several specialities at one go so why examine on it? Better to give students a set of problems and let them do as they would do in real life, have access to the online databases and texts to come to a conclusion.
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    I guess this is the future but I'm not sure I like it. My parents were upset 12 years ago when I got to use a calculator when I took calculus. This will push them over the edge!
    xxoo Rosie

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