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Junior Cert English students to use touchscreens in tests

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 01/11/2013. Junior Cert English students to use touchscreens in testsTags: Secondary School News

Touchscreens are likely to form part of the assessment process for Junior Certificate English pupils going forward.

As part of proposals for the new-style Junior Cert, English will be assessed in three ways from the end of second year - one of which is a multimedia presentation that the students will put together themselves, the Irish Examiner reports.

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment explained this will see pupils addressing both their teacher and their classmates on a specific subject they have researched - and they will have the opportunity to use iPads and other multimedia devices when doing so.

This presentation will account for 15 per cent of the overall mark, while creative writing texts will make up a further 25 per cent of marks and the remaining 60 per cent will be achievable through a two-hour written exam at the end of third year.

Reforms to the Junior Certificate are now underway - and English is the first subject to undergo changes as part of the move. 

Written by Donal WalshADNFCR-2163-ID-801656107-ADNFCR


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