Regardless of the subject area, there are many common technology skills students will need to successfully take the next-generation online assessments. Below are resources that will help students understand and practice these general skills.
- Link - PARCC Test Tutorial - demonstration of the navigation, tools, and accessibility features available in the PARCC assessment system
- LInk - Ohio Online Field Test Tutorials - videos showing how to use parts of the Ohio Online Tests including simulations, objects and lines, constructed response, and multiple choice - Requires Flash
- Link - Radio Buttons vs. Check Boxes - Sample quiz to teach the difference between assessment items with radio buttons and those with check boxes
- NEW - Link - PARCC Text to Speech Tutorial - ELA
- NEW - Link - PARCC Text to Speech Tutorial - Mathematics
Students need to be able to use an online video player to play, pause, and scan through a video. Below are some sources of online videos.
- Link - INFOhio PreK-12 Digital Library - available to all Ohio K-12 schools at no cost to districts, educators or students
- Link - YouTube Primary and Secondary Education - Free educational videos for schools
- Link - Teacher Tube - Free educational videos for schools
- Link - EDpuzzle - Add interactive assessments to online videos
- Link - eduCanon - Add interactive assessments to online videos
- Link - Zaption - Add interactive assessments to online videos
Students need to be able to enter text in a text box, much like using a word processor. There are many online resources that allow students to enter text. Some examples are listed below. Note: for skills specific to learning how to type, see our Keyboarding page
- Link - Google Documents - This is Google's free web-based word processing program.
- Link - Printing Press - This is a site good for younger children that allows them to create newspapers, brochures, posters, and more (ReadWriteThink) - Requires Flash
Students need to be able to highlight specific portions of text. Below are some tools that can be used to practice this skill.
- Link - Super Simple Highlighter - This Chrome extension allows the user to highlight webpage text in different colors, read the text aloud, add notes, collect all highlights and notes on a new page, and more.
- Link - Diigo Annotation Tool - This browser plugin allows students to annotate the text on a web page, including the ability to highlight selected text in various colors.
Students need to be proficient with using a mouse, including clicking and dragging and dropping. Below are some tools that can be used to practice these skills.
- Link - Mouse Skill Resources - This is a collection of dozens of interactive sites to help young children practice mouse skills in fun ways. Some sites Require Flash
- Link - MiniMouse Games - This is a collection of simple but fun games for young children designed to teach basic mouse skills such as clicking, dragging, and more. Requires Flash
- Link - Mouse Program Practice - Simple site for kids to practice clicking, scrolling, dragging and dropping, and more.
- Link - Mouse exercises - Simple exercises about clicking, dragging and dropping, and more. Requires Flash