When turning to distance learning tools, it’s important to make sure the tool fits the gap you are looking to fill. Educators around the world use Edulastic to deliver engaging distance learning assessments or assignment to students including:
- Formative assessments
- Summative assessments
- Quick checks (warm-ups, performance tasks, exit tickets, etc.)
No matter what the end goal or type of assessment, there is something on Edulastic for every educator at every grade, and for every subject. Educators can easily manage assessments and assignments through Edulastic’s assessment dashboard, instant reports, and other management tools.
Edulastic offers a robust way to ask questions, track learning standards, and get actionable student data for those who are looking for state test prep. Educators simply looking for ways to work with students and offer online learning can also develop their assignments or assessments by pulling from the online library, making their own questions, or mixing and matching. Here are 12 distance learning tools in Edulastic:
SnapQuiz is a quick way to turn your paper-based test into an online assessment. Simply upload your PDF assessment into Edulastic and add question “widgets”, so students can respond digitally. Many teachers use this when they have pre-made assessments that they don’t want to retype but still want instant data and results for. You can learn all about SnapQuiz and how to turn a paper-based assessment digital by clicking here.
2. Embed Multimedia
Make assessments more engaging and embed multimedia into any question type, assessment, or assignment. With Edulastic, it’s easy to add anything from photos to videos, music or audio recordings. When teaching from home, you could record a short lecture or lesson, upload it to Edulastic, and ask your students to respond using a variety of technology-enhanced items. Alternatively, you could add images or text for students to respond to. Simulations like PhET Sims can also be embedded into questions to give students an interactive experience. The bottom line is, you can get creative here!
Redirect is a favorite feature of teachers and students across the country. With Redirect, you can give students another chance by allowing them to simply “re-do” the assessment. You either can re-send the assessment to individual students or the entire class. This encourages a growth mindset and gives students another chance to relearn topics they may be struggling with, which is especially important when students are learning from home.
4. Print Assessments
Not all students have access to technology or the internet at home. With this in mind, you can print assignments from Edulastic to send home with your students. Students can then answer the questions on paper at home, and later you can insert the results into Edulastic via the Express Grader to leverage the benefits of automatic grading. Learn how to print assessments here.
5. Express Grader
With the Express Grader teachers can quickly enter student answers or scores directly into Edulastic. This is of particular use if one or more students do not have technology or internet home and the teacher needs to enter the answers online for them.
Here’s how it works. When needed, a teacher can print an assignment in Edulastic and give students a paper-based copy. The students record their answers on the paper-based version. When students return to school and turn in their assignment(s), teachers can efficiently enter the scores or responses using Express Grader. This ensures that you can continue using the automated data analysis tools in Edulastic, yet students don’t have to take an assessment digitally to have their progress tracked.
6. Close and Open Assessments
Looking to give an assignment or assessment during a specific time period? No problem. On Edulastic, you can manually open, close, and pause assessments at specific times. This assessment management tool helpful when students are taking quizzes and tests from home because it increases test security and gives you more control over the testing environment. Learn more about managing your assessments here.
7. Instant Insights and Results
When teaching remotely, technology can help you continue to monitor which of your students are excelling and which students need additional support. By giving assessments, from formative to formal, on Edulastic, you can keep track of the progress that each individual student is making. The Live Class Board shows you student responses in real-time as your students are taking the assessment.
8. Present Mode
Use Present Mode to anonymize names and responses on the Live Class Board so that, as a group, the class can go over the questions and answers on an assessment.
In conjunction with Google Classroom, a teacher can assign an assessment, discuss with students, and then, using Google Hangouts/Meet can share the live dashboard in Present Mode to analyze the class results with students– all in a virtual learning environment.
9. Student Feedback
Student feedback is critical to support continued learning and growth. The sooner students can receive feedback the better – this is because the information is fresh in their minds. In addition to getting instant results from automatically graded questions on Edulastic, teachers can also provide their comments on individual questions or the entire assessment.
Edulastic makes it easy for you to give your entire class and/or individual students feedback. This is especially helpful when teaching at a distance when in-class feedback is not possible. Learn more about how to give feedback on Edulastic here.
When teaching remotely, teamwork tools are extremely helpful. Edulastic’s Co-Teacher feature allows you to team up with another teacher or admin in the district and share rosters, assignments, and data. This fosters collaboration among colleagues and helps you respond to student needs with additional teacher support.
11. Single Sign-On
Edulastic seamlessly integrates with Google Classroom, Microsoft 356, Clever, Canvas, and several other learning management tools. You and your students don’t have to keep track of multiple passwords because Edulastic will automatically sync and sign-on for you. Learn about Edulastic’s integration with Google Classroom here, and learn about Edulastic’s Automated SIS syncs for all districts and schools here.
12. Pre-Made Assessments
Did you know there are over 35,000 premade assessments for you to choose from and work with on Edulastic? You can assign them as is or duplicate and edit them to perfectly fit the needs of your students. You also can create your own assignments by authoring your own questions from our over 30 technology-enhanced items. Finally, you can search through over 200,000 question items to pull together your perfect distance learning assessment.
With these twelve tools, you’ll be able to provide engaging distance learning assessments or assignments to your students and monitor their progress. If you are looking for more ways to engage with students through online learning with Edulastic, we encourage you to check out our online courses, visit our teacher training hub, and connect with other Educators in our Edulastic Community Group. If you are new to Edulastic and ready to get started, sign up for your free account today.