After successful pilots at tech-savvy schools and districts—and over 4,500 teachers creating next generation assessments on the Edulastic app—we’re turning our valuable learning experiences into impressive new features.
New Student-Centered Features & Tech-Enhanced Question Types
The latest release of Edulastic enables students to demonstrate their understanding through notes and sketches. Our interactive Scratchpad can be used alongside any assessment question, and provides a freeform way for students to show their work. Teachers can use these valuable insights to diagnose student thinking and provide immediate feedback on their problem solving strategies in an effort to close important achievement gaps.
Using Scratchpad, teachers gain a new window into individual student misconceptions—which in turn gives them a clearer pathway to tailoring their instruction to meet individual learning needs.
How does the Scratchpad work?
Scratchpad offers user tools such as grid, circle, lines, arrows, scale, ruler & protractor, and a math editor for students to show their work and teachers to pinpoint key misconceptions.
“These features are designed to prepare the schools to match the rigor and advanced experience demanded by the real PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments,” said Aditya Agarkar (@), VP of product management at Edulastic. “The PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests are hard to replicate in a paper-pencil environment and our new features will go a long way to prepare the teachers and students to make the transition for these tests.”
Introducing New Question Types
As we continue our Technology Enhanced Items Showcase we will cover these new question types in more detail, leaving no stone unturned (revealing their upmost value and virtues).
Edulastic already supports technology-enhanced question types such as Expression Evaluator, Advanced Numeric, Graph Plotter, and Cloze Matrix. Now we’re introducing five new question types bringing the number of technology-enhanced question types offered to 22. The new question types include Sentence Response (“Hot Text:), Number Line, Matching Tables, Classification, Passage Based.
Passage Based typically helps evaluate a student’s reading comprehension and synthesis skills by asking them to answer questions relating to specific text passages.
Sentence Response requires students to select one or more pieces of text from within a block of text. This block of text can be a sentence, paragraph, or passage while the selections can be words, sentences, or paragraphs.
Number Line is a math question type that is commonly used to reinforce number sense in elementary school students. It allows students to access an interactive number line and drag/drop numbers, fractions, or decimals along the x-axis.
Classification requires students to drag one or more answer choices (text or numbers) and drop them into pre‐defined hotspot locations.
Matching Tables requires students to engage in several types of interactions by matching distinct choices from a source set (rows) to a target set (columns).