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BETT & EDUCATION SHOW GUIDE


scrolling panels allow for longer, more in-depth question scenarios. The platform includes the following on-screen tools, with the option to customise and adapt separate toolsets: • Online calculator • Measuring device • Periodic table • Navigation panel • Book-marking feature • Configurable clock The important difference between the


eAssessment and traditional methods of assessment is not only the fact that it responds to the ever increasingly connected world that students are living and learning in, but that it allows for a much more accurate measurement of critical thinking. Through the use of its tools, the eAssessment can test interdisciplinary skills by challenging students to make predictions, collect data, analyse results and take action. It is this unique format that requires students to think critically and independently while solving real- world problems, using a broad range of knowledge; 75% of the assessment focuses on inquiry, communication and employing critical thinking skills, while the other 25% focuses solely on the application of knowledge and understanding. Furthermore, the eAssessment’s digital format and adaptable settings mean that it can be optimised to suit each student’s unique requirements, such as font size, background colour and subtitling of videos – it even allows students to vary the direction of the timed clock, whether they prefer one that counts up to signify time that has passed, or down to signify the time that is left. These features are built into the software of the eAssessment, and, for any students with registered access requirements, the platform will automatically configure to fit these needs. The IB developed the eAssessment to be


inclusive of all MYP IB World Schools, regardless of location. Despite being on-screen, all examinations are installed locally so that no internet connection is required during the examination, allowing for uninterrupted video, animation and simulation without candidate machines competing for bandwidth. For schools that do utilise an internet connection for the examination, responses are submitted automatically, and for those that don’t, they are backed up regularly through a School Admin Console. This also means that, in the event of


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hardware failure, candidates can simply pick up where they left off on a different machine – so there is no room for a technical fault to cause anyone a disadvantage. Due to the numerous fail- safes, the eAssessment has received a great deal of positive response from its users and suffered no serious technical issues. It has also been designed to be infinitely scalable, so that it can continue to respond and adapt to advances in technology as we move through the fourth industrial revolution, and whatever lies beyond. The potential that technology can have to


enhance education, particularly for a generation that has grown up surrounded by it, is becoming ever more apparent; and the eAssessment’s popularity is growing in correlation to this. In 2019, more than 77,800 MYP students from 819 IB World Schools in 98 countries sat and received their eAssessment results; achieving an average score of 36.54 out of a possible 56 marks. This represented an 8% increase on the year before, in which 775 schools participated. In the same year, the eAssessment’s ability to accurately measure, and indeed draw out, the breadth and depth of understanding was well and truly proven; with an impressive 80% of results matching students’ predicted grades. Overall, the MYP on-screen examinations are distinctive because they seek to enhance the validity of assessment. The eAssessment’s growth and success has


highlighted, and continues to highlight, the need for technology to be utilised to advance


assessment, and indeed education, in the modern world. Following the IB’s 50th anniversary since its founding, and its current celebration of 25 years of the MYP, it is the perfect time to look ahead to the next 25, or even 50, years of education. Whatever the world will look like at that point, the IB’s core mission will remain to equip students with the skills to thrive in it, to challenge students in a way that requires them to apply big ideas to solve real world problems. The eAssessment is just one of the steps the IB is taking to ensure that students are armoured with adaptable future- ready skills so that they can rely on their education, no matter what the future holds.


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