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Automated Essay Scoring Versus Human Scoring: A Correlational Study

Wang, J., & Brown, M. S. (2008). Automated essay scoring versus human scoring: A correlational study. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 8(4).
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Automated Scoring FAQs: benefits of automated scoring

Karen Lochbaum, VP, Software Engineering, Pearson, Knowledge Technologies, suggests a number of benefits that automated scoring technology has over human rating

How U of Michigan Built Automated Essay-Scoring Software to Fill ‘Feedback Gap’ for Student Writing - EdSurge News

The University of Michigan’s M-Write program is built on the idea that students learn best when they write about what they’re studying, rather ...
Research: College Students More Distracted Than Ever -- Campus Technology

A study published in the Journal of Media Education this week reported that students spend a fifth of their time in class doing things on their devices that have nothing to do with their school work.

How To Get Students To Stop Using Their Cellphones In Class

Go cold turkey or take tech breaks? Two professors offer different solutions.

Teacher suspended after using cellphone jammer in class

A Florida science teacher was suspended for a week without pay after he used a signal jammer to kill access to students’ cellphones.

For Low-Income Kids, Access to Devices Could Be the Equalizer

No device should ever be hailed as the silver bullet in "saving" education -- nor should it be completely shunned -- but when it comes to the possibility of

6 Ways To Support Students Without Internet Access At Home

6 Ways To Support Students Without Internet Access At Home

Ensuring Equal Access to Technology: Providing Assistive Technology for Students With Disabilities

With the passage of landmark federal laws, equal access to technology for all students, regardless of their abilities, has been getting increasing attention in the field of education. Although considering a continuum of assistive technology (AT) items and services for individuals with disabilities is a mandated practice, education and rehabilitation professionals are faced with challenges of providing effective AT service delivery due to lack of clear legal and practical guidelines. This article presents an overview of current AT services including service delivery models, universal design, effects of AT devices on students with disabilities, and issues and challenges in providing AT services. An embedded preliminary case study that explored how some of the education and rehabilitation agencies deliver AT services indicated that funding is the major issue, followed by lack of family participation, availability of devices, and lack of AT qualified personnel.

The Bandwidth Gap: The States Where School Internet Is Slowest

Nearly every school in America has some form of Internet connectivity—but that alone doesn't mean all kids have equal access to the web.

Should you trust a computer to grade your child’s writing on Common Core tests?

Education activists are increasingly becoming concerned about the computer grading of written portions of new Common Core tests. Can a computer really grade written work as well as a human being? Here’s a piece on the issue by Leonie Haimson, a co-founder of the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy, a national alliance of parents and […]

Computers Grade Essays Fast ... But Not Always Well

Some schools, looking to cut costs, are intrigued by so-called robo-readers, computer programs that grade students' writing and offer feedback. Some teachers find the programs helpful in the classroom, but skeptics say they're not always the best judge of writing ability.

Why Computers Should Not Grade Student Essays

In the brave new world of Common Core, all tests will be delivered online and graded by computers. This is supposed to be faster and cheaper than paying teachers or even low-skill hourly workers or read student essays. But counting on machines to grade student work is a truly bad idea. We know that computers…

3D Printers Add a New Dimension to Classrooms

Schools use 3D printers to foster creativity, build enthusiasm and teach real-world skills.

3D Printing for K-12 and Higher Education | MakerBot

Looking for ways to integrate 3D printing into your curriculum? Explore these MakerBot resources to make 3D printing more accessible for you and your students.

Chromebooks for Education Overview

Chromebooks are fast, intuitive, and easy-to-manage computers that connect students and teachers with the power of the web. For more information, visit: goog...

How Google Took Over the Classroom

The tech giant is transforming public education with low-cost laptops and free apps. But schools may be giving Google more than they are getting.

10 Ways 3D Printing Can Be Used In Education [Infographic]

10 Ways 3D Printing Can Be Used In Education [Infographic]