North Carolina Online Test of Computer Skills. UPDATE SESSION PASI Summer 2005 Presenter: Scott Ragsdale. Session Purpose.
Presenter: Scott Ragsdale
This session will update the audience on recent developments with the North Carolina Online Test of Computer Skills and the North Carolina Computer Skills Alternate Assessment as the State prepares for operational implementation during the 2005-2006 school year
Anxiety is the thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
Arthur Somers Roche
It has been said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.
The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.
Conscience is our magnetic compass; reason our chart.
In reality two tests are really one requirement!
*Note: Administration times do not include distribution of material, printing and organizing of student printouts [performance], packaging, shipping, and other logistical activities
Time is precious! There never seems to be enough!
And more packages keep coming out each year!
@ 6% deforestation last year of the Amazon rain forest!
Currently performance test booklets are hand scored by a scoring contractor at a central location
Why dig a hole with your hands when you have access to a shovel?
If you live in the past, the best you can hope for tomorrow is to look back at today!
If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.
The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.
Special Note: Client computer systems running the minimum 128Mb RAM need to reduce the number of background applications running when trying to use NCDesk. Background applications consume memory resources that can become critically low when other applications are running. These types of applications include hidden applications, system inits (Macintosh) and system tray applications (Windows). The following proposed client computer requirements are posted with the assumption that currently active background applications are at a minimum.
It is no longer enough to be smart — all the technological tools in the world add meaning and value only if they enhance our core values, the deepest part of our heart. Acquiring knowledge is no guarantee of practical, useful application. Wisdom implies a mature integration of appropriate knowledge, a seasoned ability to filter the inessential from the essential.
Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman
Learn wisdom from the ways of a seedling. A seedling which is never hardened off through stressful situations will never become a strong productive plant.
This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.
Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.
The important thing in life is not where we are, but in which direction we are moving.
Oliver Wendell Holmes