Suppose you had $200,000 to give to a middle or high school to buy laptops for teachers. Let’s say you had to give the money away, it had to be to a pre-college school, and it had to be for computers — ideally, computers for every teacher in the school. How would you go about determining which school’s faculty deserved computers? That’s right…. you’d give a test!
So… assume that you get to help create this test. What are one or two of the things you’d want the teachers at this hypothetical school to be able to do? Blog? Contribute to or control a wiki? review books on Amazon.com? Create a public calendar? A web page?
Assume that we’re not talking about mastery of C++ here, or total familiarity with Perl or Unix or Java. We’re talking about basic and broadly applicable skills, along the lines of “write a simple spreadsheet in Excel to track classroom expenses” or “Use Google Earth to find map locations mentioned in a history textbook”.
Ultimately, I’m looking for a list of 30-35 “quick test” items, one of which will likely be “keep a blog about your experiences completing the elements of this test”.