There is a great discussion taking place at this link on the ISTE Linkedin discussion board. On one level, it’s fascinating to see educators and business leaders from around the world having an asynchronous conversation about this topic. On another level, it’s interesting to see the many views on the topic. Here is my view: In certain situations the use of the Internet is appropriate during a test. In an age when the value of memorizing information is being overshadowed by the ability to locate, analyze, and make sense of information, it seems the goal of a test (in some situations) would be to measure a student’s ability in these areas.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Effective Oral and Written Communication
Collaboration across Networks and Leading by Influence
Accessing and Analyzing Information
Agility and Adaptability
Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
Curiosity and Imagination
If you look at NAIS’s Essential Capacities for 21C, the ISTE Nets for Students, NCTE Framework for 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment and the skills of STEM education, you will find similar listings. Again, memorization and regurgitation of facts are not on the lists. I am interested to know what others in the education world think. Please add your thoughts by commenting on this post.