30 May 2012
Cambridge learners in the UK recently took part in a new research project we organised to find out more about using tablet technology in exams.
During the exercise a group of 31 Year 11 students at Impington College sat a mock Cambridge IGCSE Biology exam using iPads, Kindles and laptops.
The students used these devices to read the exam paper and answered the questions on written scripts. After the session we took feedback on how they found the exercise.
One of the students, Joseph Reece, said: "It was good to use the iPad in this way. It enabled you to zoom into questions and highlight sections, which during an exam is very useful." Other students reported that they were impressed at the ease with which they could turn the pages of the question paper and zoom in to look at diagrams."
The research project is a vital step for Cambridge in confirming the validity of using tablet technology in assessment. We are pleased that schools such as Impington College are beginning to use this kind of technology in their teaching and learning.
Photograph shows students taking part in the trial.