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Day 25 #30DC14: Edulastic

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.

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Next, it’s time to set up your class:

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Once you have enrolled your students, they will receive an email with a code that lets them join your class:

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Suggested First Steps

There are four main processes when using Edulastic:

Assign…
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.

Complete…
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.


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Feedback…
After students complete the assignments, they receive immediate feedback.  Teachers can even personalize the feedback, by adding personal messages to individual students.

Track…
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.

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Suggested Uses

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.

Additional Resources

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.

Your Challenge

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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Stacie Inman December 8, 2014 at 8:53 pm

I like the idea that it seems there are more tech enhanced items with this, but I’m also reluctant because it doesn’t seem as user friendly as other applications I have used. I would love to try to use this as a tool to create pre and post assessments for students.

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Gayle Kiesel December 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Edulastic tech skill features like drop and drag will be very useful in creating assessments when I want to vary from the standard multiple choice and matching. I should be able to use it in creating a pre-session assessment to determine the level of background knowledge that students have in order to create sessions on target with their needs. And, I may be able to use it with student workers since I can set up a training program that would be self paced.

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Chad Fetscher December 2, 2014 at 10:31 am

My first thought after watching the introduction video for Edulastic is that they need to use one of the other resources to add some fire to the their presentation. I also agree with Mrs. Simon and Mrs. coy that there are other options that are less cumbersome and user friendly including socrative. As with most of the applications we’ve looked at it is difficult to know what all it can do and how it will work with students until you’ve had some introduction time to try it out. The things I like at a glance is the ability to identify individual students who are struggling with a concept. Having the ability to identify those students (like we do with Achieve) allows for additional resources or techniques to be utilized to address that particular student’s needs. It has a lot of possibilities.

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sfeller2013 December 2, 2014 at 8:39 am

Edulastic seems like an okay tool. I like the idea of creating tests on it an being able to see what the children know and do not know. I am not too thrilled with emails, if the children have an email account, they then can email each other during the day when not on the program. I’m not sure if this is compatible with ipads, if it is not, it makes it really hard to have a computer available when you need it.

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Kelly Bratcher December 2, 2014 at 6:04 am

At first I was thinking this tool was similar to the schoolwork section of My Big Campus. It appears; however, that it has more options for types of questions. I like that. I even saw an audio portion. I can see that being valuable for foreign language or speech teachers. I need to spend some more time exploring it, but I think the fact that it offers such a variety in question format is a huge plus. I always ask a bellringer question so this would work nicely.

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Shane Brogan November 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

I am interested in the the technology enhanced features of edulastic. I hope that have the drag and drop boxes that will be on ISTEP. I can also use this for when more than one choice is correct. My students need help with these type of questions. They have been programmed that there is only one answer that is right. I also like the data reports. I plan on using this immediately when I take my student to the computer lab on Friday.

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Patricia Claybaugh November 30, 2014 at 12:28 pm

I have not heard of Edulastic, but was excited to try it out. First, I was happy to see that Edulastic let me sign in through Google. I use Chrome, Gmail and other Google extensions a lot so I was glad to see that Edulastic worked seamlessly with Google. The first thing I noticed, is that every student needs to have their own email address to sign up for Edulastic. I have had this issue with other sites similar to Edulastic. This probably wouldn’t be an issue in classrooms where the students are more independent but can become tedious in first grade. I liked that when I went to create an assessment, that it had a specific box for me to include standards. However, I did notice that you can only select Common Core Standards. The Indiana Standards were not included. I found Edulastic to be slightly confusing at this point. I clicked on Use Existing Assessment and found nothing for First Grade. There were no questions available for any standards that I chose in the Create a New Assessment tab either.

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Heather Coy November 30, 2014 at 10:23 am

I agree with Leah. With so many platforms available, it can be confusing for the students (and teachers). In the English department we’ve started using USA Test Prep, which seems to have features similar to Edulastic, although not the interactive communication. I think I’ll stick with USA Test Prep for this year and then compare the two for next year.

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Stacie Inman November 29, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I really wish my third graders were one to one. There are so many amazing tools out there. Decisions, decisions,…

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Leah Simon November 25, 2014 at 7:46 pm

I think this could work well for me as a math teacher for quick formative assessments. The drawback I see is taht they have to log in, have a user name, etc… with socrative they just need my room number that is posted for them to enter. Too many logins and emails, high school kids don’t pay attention to. I am trying to keep it simple for them and me just using a few places this year. Good idea to maybe start at the new year.

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S Wright November 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm

I was very excited about the possibility of using this as a way to practice for the new ISTEP, but none of my standards are listed for my subject area, Social Studies, just Language Arts and Math as usual. I was hoping this would be a good platform not only for practice and assessment, but the feedback feature in the Learning Stream looks interesting. I hope they add more standards soon so this might be more useful for me.

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Melissa Mayer November 25, 2014 at 2:18 pm

As the keyboarding and technology teacher it is partly my responsibility to teach them the new Tech Enhanced features of the testing world. Starting next week I am introducing a new skill using the links from the ICATS page. this will be another great tool that I can use to teach the students the terms they will see on the upcoming assessments and give them more practice using them. I like that it allows you to differentiate your class more easily using it as a quick assessment and then being able to assign a lesson. Collecting the information quickly enables teachers to find those students that may have otherwise fallen through the crack. If we catch students sooner we can get them caught up more easily.

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DeLyn Beard November 26, 2014 at 9:17 am

Great points, Melissa. When you give it a try, let us know how it goes. We’d love to learn from you and your students.

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Peter Barringer November 25, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I think Edulastic would be a fantastic pre- and post-test resource. Especially in my skills-based courses, it would be extremely useful to have the ability to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses before a unit begins. Students who are already proficient in inferencing, for example, could move on to another skill. I also appreciate the existing resource database.

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DeLyn Beard
DeLyn Beard November 26, 2014 at 9:15 am

Great ideas, Peter. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes.

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Keshia Seitz November 25, 2014 at 12:18 pm

My favorite part of the Edulastic program is that teachers can provide feedback to students and students can learn with each other (aka collaborative learning). One of the things that we often hear in my school is “There are so many tools out there – why should I use this one”. I think the collaborative learning and feedback piece is very important for getting my teachers interested in this tool.

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DeLyn Beard November 26, 2014 at 9:14 am

Absolutely, Keshia! I love that piece as well, because it gives students another opportunity to have their voices heard through reflection. Very powerful!

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aknueven (@MrCoachK15) November 25, 2014 at 11:52 am

The student learning management system that we use already has various assessment methods available but the big plus to this is the repository like structure to access other teachers or make your assessments public. This would be very beneficial as more Indiana teachers use it since we are not under Common Core standards but there are still some great questions and assessments here. I agree with Jo Burns above that providing more higher level thinking where students need to categorize or reference back to the reading to support their answers. Doing so in a more digital format provides practice similar to what they would see on ISTEP+.

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DeLyn Beard November 26, 2014 at 9:12 am

Agreed. I appreciate the fact that teachers can see the number of times a question has been used by others.
Even though we didn’t adopt Common Core here in Indiana, our standards are very similar.

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JD Weagley November 25, 2014 at 8:09 am

I really like this. I am going to see what it can do. Inam really thinking it would be great for our pre and post tests, checking for understanding and differentiation. As we move towards a 1:1 model, this could be extremely useful. I think may of our teachers will be interested in using this.

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DeLyn Beard
DeLyn Beard November 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

Great to hear! Let us know how your teachers like it.

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Jo Burns November 25, 2014 at 7:31 am

Tech Enhanced questioning is definitely going to be on the new ISTEP. It is now included on Acuity. This tool would be an excellent practice to assist students on performing well on the new testing format. There will no longer be a right or wrong answer, but which choices are the best. There is lots of scrolling, referring back, and making many choices.

This tool will also assist teachers in tracking student progress and differentiating instruction. It will fit well into the RTI pyramid of instruction. Ease of use is also a big plus!

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DeLyn Beard
DeLyn Beard November 25, 2014 at 9:34 am

Thanks for your reflections, Jo. If you or your colleagues give it a try, let us know.

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