What is Edulastic?
Edulastic is a free formative assessment platform designed to help teachers easily track student progress. Edulastic provides teachers the platform to create personal assignments for whole classes or individual students within a class, and helps students prepare for standardized tests.
“Drag, Highlight, Mark Up, Choose…”
Do our students know what these words mean? They will soon see these commands on upcoming standardized assessments, so we need to prepare them now. Edulastic contains customizable assessments using the tech-enhanced questions; there are over 40 formats from which teachers can choose.
How to get started with Edulastic
Getting started is quick, easy, and free! You begin with your information and create an account. If you have a Google+ Account, you can connect those tools.
Next, it’s time to set up your class:
Once you have enrolled your students, they will receive an email with a code that lets them join your class:
Suggested First Steps
There are four main processes when using Edulastic:
After logging in and setting up an account, teachers assign the assessment or assignment. This can be done in different ways. Teachers can create their own questions based on their core content and level of rigor. They can also choose from a bank of questions shared by other teachers in Edulastic.
After students log in, they see their dashboard; this is a snapshot of assignments/assessments completed and those that have yet to be taken. There are easy-to-read graphs that provide an overall performance picture of the student’s progress.
After students complete the assignments, they receive immediate feedback. Teachers can even personalize the feedback, by adding personal messages to individual students.
After the assignments/assessments are completed, teachers receive real-time insight into students’ levels of mastery. Teachers can begin analyzing the reports generated by Edulastic. The reports provide clear indications of students’ strengths and areas of need. These reports allow teachers to conveniently share the information with colleagues, parents, guardians, and students. Teachers are then able to create actionable steps and target instruction specifically to meet each student’s needs.
Pre-class Assessments: Activities can be assigned for teachers to get a glimpse at students’ background knowledge before a unit of study begins.
Exit Tickets: Collect this information at the end of the lesson or the end of class time.
Differentiated Practice: Students can be assigned tasks based on areas of need.
Data Collection: Data can be referenced for both individual students and whole class snapshots.
Why it Matters (Teaching Rubric)
When designing instruction it is important to provide Multiple Assessments Aligned to Goals and Learning Outcomes to measure progress toward learning objectives. With Edulastic, a teacher is given the ability to provide both formative (and summative, if desired) assessments during classroom instruction and to collect data on every student, and share overall data with students (essential competency 1.3). Most importantly, Edulastic can provide the teacher with necessary information to inform instruction and therefore, meet the needs of all students.
Edulastic has a few videos on YouTube. These videos can help you get started.
Edulastic has a Facebook Page that has helpful suggestions; this is also a great place to visit to see how other teachers have used this tool.
Have questions or suggestions on how to improve this tool? Follow Edulastic on Twitter.
Consider the features offered by Edulastic, and the convenience factor of gathering data quickly and easily from your students. How might you use this tool to better meet the needs of your students? How does collecting data during instruction help us, as teachers, meet the needs of our students?
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