Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I've been using the various online office tools from Zoho for the past year with my graduate and undergraduate classes and also to facilitate presentations at different conferences. Zoho Writer has been a great way to create a collaborative set of notes for my classes while the Zoho Show tool makes it easy to embed a presentation in a Wiki, blog or other website. These tools, and the many other tools by Zoho, weren't created specifically for educators. However, the folks at Zoho have come up with a new tool called Zoho Challenge that has been created with teachers in mind and it definitely looks like it's worth checking out. Zoho Challenge is an online test creation tool that allows you to create, administer and take tests online. Teachers can view results and student progress as well as set time limits, send test invites through e-mail and much more. I'm not a big advocate for testing kids at every turn but I do acknowledge that tests and quizzes can serve a purpose if they are well constructed and this seems like a tool that is designed to streamline the process for both teachers and students.