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Fun School Tests March 3, 2008

Posted by Mrs Weird Scientist in Easy As Pie, Psychology and Behavior.
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Now, now, don’t run away from your computer after reading the title. It’s apparently true. School tests can be fun. Nope, neither your teacher nor the government paid me to say that!

Tzu-Hua Wang at the National Hsinchu University of Education in Taiwan came up with a really super idea. He created a Web-based multiple-choice test that is guided by the fun stuff in the popular television show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. He figured that instead of using the usual, boring multiple-choice tests that our education system seems to adore so much, comprehension levels in students could get a much needed boost by tweaking the traditional test a bit. His work was published in the journal Computers and Education.

Quiz

While you might normally have cringed to see the word above, the new Web-based test developed by Wang could put some punch back into the traditional, bland school assessments.

Let’s Play A Game

The test itself allows students to do the usual game show stuff like phone a friend or ask the class for help. They can also eliminate two of the false answers, just like you can in the actual game show. Overall, kids seemed to be down with getting quizzed when it involved Wang’s lively test system. Better still, their comprehension levels were higher after playing the game, which shows that Wang’s idea has exciting potential for use in the education system.

My Complaint

The only problem I have with Wang’s game, however, is the fact that you don’t get to win any money. Mind you, if kids really could become millionaires while also improving their comprehension, I think myself and many other adults would be galloping back to school with the hope that we could play. Plus, your parents would bug you to study even more if there was a chance you could be buying them a very nice birthday present!

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