The PARCC initiative was brought to my attention by Matthew Newton at Montclair High School, a K12 school in NJ, USA.
PCs running Webconverger versus Chromebooks
The school contact raised concerns about using Chromebooks in student assessments.
The cost of acquiring physical Chromebooks and their management console to lock them down for American schools is significant.
What if you could turn an existing PC temporarily into a locked down Web kiosk for online examinations for just 10USD?
Webconverger could be just the solution schools need to roll out their PARCC testing in a timely and cost effective manner!
Pursuing a PARCC certified solution
The Web application carrying out the PARCC examinations is called TestNav and it's implemented by Pearson.
When first investigating TestNav, I was disappointed to see requirements for Java and samples that used Flash. It didn't make sense, since later guidelines indicated that Chromebooks could run the application, and Chromebooks do not have Java support.
I tested the new TestNav 8 http://www.parcconline.org/computer-based-samples in the latest Webconverger and they work just fine! Pearson's Qualification Standards for TestNav 8 are not yet publicly posted.
After surviving the boxing day Earthquake and Tsunami myself, I'm acutely aware of how important information is during a disaster. Since the Web is the information platform and Webconverger is the quickest and safest way to get onto the Web platform, I really love to see Webconverger used in these sorts of situations to everyone's benefit.
Hence I was very proud to receive this testimonial from a Church in New York:
We have been using Webconverger to offer free internet access to parishioners and visitors to our church for quite a few years, but it really came into it's own when Hurricane Sandy hit New York in 2012! Our stone church building was one of the only ones in the area to retain power and internet access, so it was truly a Godsend to be able to offer hot soup and the chance to securely check email and the news to those who weren't so lucky. We rolled out extra kiosks using donated cpus and monitors in no time at all, and they each had queues to use them almost around the clock. Afterwards we went back down to our usual, single, permanent kiosk, but we keep a few old, donated computers in a cupboard (each with a Webconverger disc) ready for the next time!
We also sponsor Crossroads:
Thank you for supplying so many Webconverger configurations to us. Webconverger has been a technology that has brought a huge difference to us and we really appreciate access to it.
To save time vetting non-profits and charities we partnered with tt-exchange to distribute Webconverger.
As a general rule, we are more than happy to provide a management console in disaster situations. For charities we discount or provide upto two configured machines free of cost.