Slightly OT: Exam results for students using LiveCode in Norway
tore.nilsen at me.com
Sat Jun 18 21:44:41 EDT 2016
Here in Norway we do not have a common textbook, although we do have national exams. We have been using LiveCode for the past two years without any textbook at all. I am in the process of writing my own textbook on how to use LiveCode and adapt it to the national curriculum, and hopefully it will be completed by mid August. The first version will be an iBooks version, as we have a set of iPads that I can use for my class. The plan is to adapt this textbook into an application, using LiveCode of course, but for the moment I need to concentrate on the content. In order to get the level of usability I want in time for next school year, I find that using iBooks Author is the best tool for now.
> 18. jun. 2016 kl. 20.17 skrev Kevin Miller <kevin at runrev.com>:
> This is great news Tore. We have seen similarly good results here in Scotland.
> Richmond, it can be done. LC has become something of a standard here in, it is in the main textbook and exams.
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On 18 Jun 2016, at 19:03, Richmond <richmondmathewson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I only wish I could persuade the Ministry of Education of that in Bulgaria (here schools have almost no individual curricular control).
>> Very good news indeed: Bravo!
>> Richmond Mathewson.
>>> On 18.06.2016 20:17, Tore Nilsen wrote:
>>> The results from national and local exams in the subject “Information technology” in Norwegian Upper Secondary schools are now in. I am happy to say that my students scored well in their exams, with an average of 4.4 out of 6 for all students who had to either sit through the national written exam or the local oral/practical exam assessed by external teacher.
>>> 60% of the students scored 5 or better, which puts them at the top of the scale. Compared to last years national results, the overall average would put our school at a fine top 6 spot nationally. With a top 5 spot for the national written exam and a top 6 spot for the oral/practical exam.
>>> These results are unprecedented at our school, and in my opinion, very much a result of our choice to use LiveCode as our programming environment.
>> The next sentence says exactly what is so good about Livecode from a pedagogical point of view.
>>> Due to the nature of LiveCode we have been able to focus on the principles behind good coding, and use both time and resources to become better at problem solving rather than to learn the intricacies of a specialised programming language.
>>> As far as I know, we are the only school in Norway to use LiveCode as the preferred tool in this subject.
>>> On behalf of my students, I am very happy with the results, and I very much look forward to teach programming with LiveCode to yet another group of students next year.
>>> Tore Nilsen
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