Yesterday whilst waiting for an appointment I was having a bit of a twitter frenzy watching the stream of tweets coming from a couple of conferences #EduTECHAU & #DigitalLiteracy2015 as well as a whole lot of other great stuff. In my frenzy on my smart phone, which is a whole lot more smarter than my old phone that died recently, I retweeted via @ClaireAmosNZ a blog post about @eric_mazur keynote address at #EduTECHAU without actually reading it (with an intention to read it later). I then saw that @MrPriceSport quoted me in retweeting it in his email newsletter, and that @timbuckteeth has also done a blog entry about @eric_mazur keynote address at #EduTECHAU So it kind of made me revisit my tweeting and reflect a little on the content of their blog posts about assessment and testing, as well as fessing up that sometimes I don’t always read what I tweet. Does demonstrate though the advantage of following the hash tag of a conference to your advantage.
From what I can gather from the two blog posts @eric_mazur keynote address at #EduTECHAU talked about the purpose of assessment and purpose and means of examination. Assessment should provide more to the learner than just a grade and it is these transferable skills that employers are looking for in graduates. As educators does assessment produce conflict? Are we the coach or the judge? There was also talk of testing and cheating and wearable technology issues and improving assessment methods. @ClaireAmosNZ at the end of her blog mentioned an article she had written about What is the biggest challenge currently facing education in New Zealand?