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Should Students Be Allowed to Use the Internet During Tests?

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.

Tony Wagner (author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators) identifies the following Seven Survival skills for the 21st Century.  Memorization of facts is not one of them.

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.

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