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David Jones has been a public school teacher in New York State since 1991. He holds permanent teaching certifications for French 7-12, Social Studies 7-12, and Elementary (N-6). He taught French for thirteen years, then switched to teaching social studies in 2004. His teaching experience also includes other related subjects and computer courses elementary through college level. Since the early 1990s David has had an interest in computers and computer programming. He is a certified computer network technician (CompTIA Network+ Certified) and has taught high school and community college level computer courses.

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K-12 schools are increasingly investing in 1:1 laptop programs for their students, the most popular being the ChromeBook by Google. This sturdy, lightweight device comes already connected to the Google suite of software applications for productivity that are becoming ubiquitous: Docs, Sheets, Forms, and etc. Google provides a basic content management system for teachers called Google Classroom where teachers can organize the materials they provide students online. At this writing, school district-wide adopted content management and online assessment systems such as found at the post-secondary level are not fully developed.

Another trend in education is online testing and progress monitoring. State tests are projected to come in online secure formats soon. Many textbook publishers provide online content now with purchase. Teachers must keep and analyze data for informing lesson design and computer software makes item analysis and statistical analysis more time-efficient.

A K-12 teacher who has a technology-integrated classroom uses a patchwork collection of apps and services, paid and free, to deliver her lessons. Finding apps that do “just the right thing” can be challenging and keeping it all organized is important.

Innovation Assessments is an online assessment service for K-12 school teachers that offers a blend of free and paid software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications at its website TeachersWebHost.com. The apps have been designed to meet the needs of teachers to organize their online content and to assess students’ learning. The apps are utilities for teaching and assessing reading, writing, and content knowledge with plans for developing apps for teaching and assessing mathematics in the near future. TeachersWebHost.com is integrated in the Google suite of apps.

History

The collection of software on this site has been in development for almost twenty years. In the early years of the 21st century, the apps grew out of web sites Mr. Jones maintained for reviewing for the New York State Regents Examinations in French, Spanish, and German. Mr. Jones closed down that business in 2007 when what he was selling was appearing for free on the web. The apps then were developed at his own site for use with his students and starting in 2012 JonesHistory.net was opened up for others to use. In 2016, an even better version of the software was installed at this web site. The apps are coded in a combination of languages: PERL forms the backbone, while JavaScript and PHP control much of the front end user experience. Mr. Jones maintains the code on this web site himself, although his co-workers (for whom the service is free) assist with their suggestions.

Mr. Jones continues as a full-time public school teacher and so your patience is appreciated if he cannot respond to your email right away. Kindly permit 24 hours for reply. The power of this site is that all the apps on it have answered the question posed by a teacher: "Wouldn't it be great if we could get an app that...?" That is a great practice to continue, so please feel free to share ideas for new apps.

TeachersWebHost.com is a suite of assessment applications for teachers and tutors.

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