This week we had the pleasure to talk with one of our users, Nancy Gallin who is an Advanced Placement Art History teacher at The Hewitt School in New York.
Of course, DigiExam supports self-correcting word gap/simple answer, a question type that opens up for several different exams and/or minor tests, but above all, saves time in the marking section as it automatically corrects as soon as you finish the exam.
To meet our growth, we have amazing Customer Success Managers in our team at DigiExam. One of them is Gustaf Nilsson who has previous experience as a teacher and principal. So happy to have you Gustaf!
Read more about Gustaf and get his best tips on how to use our question type self-correcting word gap in your teaching.
Customer Success Manager
Hi Gustaf! Who are you?
Hi! I am a music and sport interested man from Blekinge who eventually moved to Stockholm after a 13-year detour in Skåne. I love to support and see people around me develop, hence my graduation as a teacher with a focus on the elementary school’s later years and high school. Has taught at upper secondary school, adult / primary school and at the upper secondary school within the social-oriented subjects. During my years as a high school teacher, I was involved in applying for 1-1 computers for students in school year 7 at two compulsory schools in Malmö City. After that, I chose to take the step back to adult education and have for the past 6 years been training in the Vocational School where I have been in a leading position for the courses I have been responsible for.
Why did you choose DigiExam?
I think the company has a really good product that helps teachers streamline their daily teaching and gives them the opportunity to put so much more energy on what they do best – to teach and develop their students. This is done by minimizing the time they spend on marking and instead of letting them focus on doing good lessons and supporting their students. It goes without saying that the tests should also be digital when much of the teaching goes in that direction. It also gives the students the opportunity to perform in a digital environment that they are accustomed to. The feature of being able to limit the students’ access to the internet and even to control what website page they are allowed to access is fantastic for their focus and our classroom environment – naturally, I want to participate and share this with teachers and the team at DigiExam.
The main purpose of your role at DigiExam?
The main purpose of my role at DigiExam is to be involved in implementing the product at schools and its staff to help them get started with digital tests and to improve and develop our software together in order for it to become even better.
Your Best Word Gap Tips?
I think the question type is fantastic to use in reading comprehension, vocabulary learning for example. To have the opportunity of combining text with images increases the usage and enables use within more subjects than languages, such as geography, social sciences, and mathematics. Take a look at the examples to understand what I mean!
Language – vocabulary, grammar, subject-verb agreement, reading comprehension, hearing comprehension, etc.
The picture below shows a marked student answer with examples of how you can use word gaps and practice reading comprehension in English:
Geography – Let your students fill in the different climatic zones
Math – Multiplication Table, fill in the missing numbers to complete the multiplication table correctly
Earlier this month, we headed to the Bett awards, where we had been named finalists in three categories: The ICT Innovator of the Year, International Digital Education Resource, and Higher Education/Further Education Digital Services. On January 25th, our team anxiously awaited the results.
As education continues to place a greater emphasis on learning skills, such as: critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity; how can teachers ensure they’re providing feedback that will support student’s development within these areas? See how one high school history teacher provides feedback that encourages his student’s to integrate skills across multiple subject areas.
We know teachers spend a lot of their personal time and money on their students. In fact, on average, teachers spend up to $500 and 200 hours each year.
With World Teacher Appreciation Day 5th Oct (an UNECSO initiative) we wanted to highlight teacher’s hard work and give something back to them.