For years now, PC/Desktops have been present in the classroom providing children and students digital learning environments. These learning environments are helping the teachers by providing interactive learning aids where children and students can independently work and learn. In primary schools, classrooms are filled with just a couple of PCs in order to allow children to learn how to use a computer. Many of these PCs include special software written specifically for kids, where they can learn to practice basic mathematics, writing, language, etc. Most of the time these PCs are not even connected to the Internet, because of the nature of the applications and run on local machines. Read the rest of this entry »
Over the last year we have been working very hard on our new and improved QTI Assessment Delivery Engine; version 3. With the previous versions we were more or less stuck to the QTI rendering and implemented a lot of custom developed code around it to get it working. Many of these features have been rewritten and implemented into the product’s core of version 3, of course taking into account the IMS QTI conformance.
For many of our customers in the Education domain we have spent a lot of time looking and exploring the impact of technology; in this particularly case especially with regards to digital assessments. Developing good digital assessment techniques is very important in order to measure and examine what students are actually learning.
We are proud and excited to share with you a short presentation on Digital assessments using the QTI delivery engine. This presentation will give you some insight on the capabilities of our Assessment Delivery Engine with use of the latest QTI standards. QTI is an Open Standard determined by the IMS Global organization and provides a solid basis to support interoperability for delivering assessments.
Just click hereand you can experience an assessment for yourself. Our demo is a fun quiz all about The Netherlands using different questions types based on the QTI spec, some more advanced than others. The assessment engine will deliver these questions through any browser type, making it possible to assess on virtually any platform.
If you are not familiar with digital assessments with the use of the QTI delivery engine, here is a what we can offer:
Use in any existing Web Application
Customization and extension
High performance and scalable environments
Security and a robust solution
To discuss possibilities on how to tailor to your specific requirements and for more information just drop us a note. For now good luck with your assessment!
This month our newsletter is packed full of news and event highlights so happy reading…
Spring Special offer
The sun is shining and spring is the air, and for that very reason we have launched a special offer for onsite Solr & Lucene training. Our Spring Sale offers 25% off a 2-day training offered by our own active and leading Lucene & Solr committers and contributors. The training covers firstly how the Apache Lucene engine operates and thereafter introduces Solr in detail. It also covers advance search functionalities, data indexing and last but not least performance tuning and scalability. For more information, terms & registration visit our website.
Digital assessments using the QTI delivery engine
Perhaps you read in one of our recent blog entries that we are innovating the world of digital assessments. For many working in digital assessments / examinations, the QTI standard may not be a new phenomenon; it’s been around for a while. The interesting part is how it can be used. Orange11 is currently implementing a QTI assessment delivery engine that is opening new possibilities in digital examinations, assessments, publishing & many more areas. We’re currently busy preparing an interesting demo that will be available online in the coming weeks. However, in the meantime if you want to know more about the standard and technology and how we have implemented it, just drop us a note with your contact details and we can set up a meeting or send you more information.
Come on sign up. We’re already very excited and are busy preparing for the event and we anticipate that this year is going to be even bigger & better than last year. The new location of the Beurs van Berlage (Stock Exchange) building is an highlight in itself. As for the top-notch speakers they include some well-known names in the industry including Trisha Gee from LMAX & Peter Hilton from Lunatech. Our keynotes sessions also look very promising and include sessions by John-Henry Harris, from LEGO and Peter-Paul Koch covering The Future of the Mobile Web.
Registration is open and prices go up every day so don’t miss out and sign up now.
Our Apache Whirr wizard
Frank Scholten, one of our Java developers has been voted in as a committer on Apache Whirr. Whirr is a Java library for quickly setting up services in the cloud. For example, using Whirr you can start a Hadoop cluster on Amazon EC2 in 5 minutes via the whirr command-line tool or its Java API. Whirr can also be used in combination with Puppet to automatically install and configure servers.
Frank has been active in using Apache Whirr and has also contributed his insights to the community site SearchWorkings.org where he has most recently written the blog Mahout support in Whirr. We are proud of his contributions and if you have any specific Apache Whirr question let us know.
Tech meeting 5th April (Amsterdam)
– Apache HTTP: Even if this project doesn’t need an introduction anymore; to celebrate its 17th birthday (and the recently released version 2.4), we would like to invite you to a presentation of the Apache HTTP server and some of the most used modules.
– Insight into Clojure, including syntax & data structures, a common interface to rule them all: sequences, code as data for a programmable programming language (macros) and much more.
Sign up now! Don’t worry for those not in & around Amsterdam slides available thereafter via our website.
Join our search specialists at…
Berlin Buzzwords. The event that focuses on scalable search, data-analysis in the cloud and NoSQL-databases. Berlin Buzzwords presents more than 30 talks and presentations of international speakers specific to the three tags “search”, “store” and “scale”. The early bird tickets are available until 20th March, so sign up now to benefit from the special discounted prices. Our own search search specialists together with many of the contributors from the community site SearchWorkings will be present.
So that ‘s all for now folks, hope you have enjoyed the update.
Vrijdag 22 oktober organiseerde SURF Foundation een bijeenkomst over de stand van zaken met betrekking tot IMS QTI 2.1 in Nederland. Namens JTeam heb ik in een presentatie uiteengezet hoe naar ons idee de toepassing van deze prachtige onderwijsstandaard vlot kan worden getrokken.