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CINZS 2012, Vol 24, No 2

Kia ora, and welcome to Computers in New Zealand Schools: Learning, Teaching, Technology, 24(2).

This special edition of Computers in New Zealand Schools has been edited by Elaine Khoo and Bronwen Cowie from The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. The articles in this special issue, explore the potential for ICTs to support innovative assessment practices that complement effective teaching approaches. Such innovations can enrich the opportunities students have to demonstrate their developing understandings and knowledge and foster a sense of responsibility for their own and group/class learning. Designed thoughtfully, they can also promote positive students attitudes and motivation towards learning in curriculum learning areas, and towards learning in general.

Editorial

Editorial: Assessment and ICT, Innovative practices and future possibilities

  • Elaine Khoo & Bronwen Cowie - Faculty of Education, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Articles - Peer reviewed

Confidence in assessment decisions when using ICT

  • Kerry Earl & Bill Ussher - Faculty of Education, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Data systems in secondary schools: The state of play.

  • Earl Irving and Mark Gan - Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Maximising the potential of ICT to provide authentic summative assessment opportunities.

  • P. John Williams - Centre for Science and Technology Education Research (CSTER), The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Key competency development and students’ use of digital learning objects.

  • Garry Falloon - Faculty of Education, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Assessment for learning within digital spaces: The contribution of eLearning and student voice to learning and assessment.

  • Emily Nelson - Faculty of Education, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Jack’s story: A need to know.

  • Sara Archard - Faculty of Education, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, and Simon Archard - The Kids Club 2, private kindergarten, Hamilton, New Zealand.

A junior school science unit on the solar system: Learning to think like a scientist.

  • Ann Harlow, Junjun Chen - Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, Faculty of Education, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, and Megan Brooks - Toko Primary School, Taranaki, New Zealand.