As the traditional classroom shifts online, teachers and students are adjusting and adapting to distance learning. Home technology access varies from family to family which can impact a student’s ability to respond to classwork while at home. In a 2015 questionnaire by the National Assessment of Educational Progress “80 percent of 8th-graders reported using a computer for schoolwork on a weekday”. In cases where a computer is not available to a student, a smartphone may be. This is where the newest Edulastic update shines through.
To increase accessibility to education, our engineers made Edulastic compatible with smartphones. Now when teachers give assignments, lessons, or assessments on Edulastic, students can log in through their phone to answer questions and complete the work.
As the instructor, you’ll set up the assignment on a computer and deliver it as usual. Students can then complete their work on the device of their choosing: computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Tips for Smartphone Success
To set those students using smartphones up for success, we have a couple tips. Please ask students to hold the phone in landscape mode and make sure that phone display settings are on standard view, not zoom.
When setting up lessons, assessments, or assignments to be completed via smartphone, we encourage the following guidelines for an optimal experience.
- Stick to simple question types like multiple choice, multiple select, written response, text dropdown, passage based, or numeric entry. The classic question types with minimal text work the best.
- Consider that drawing, graphing, essay response and other more sophisticated questions require larger screens for an optimal experience.
- Preview how the assessment will look for students when they take it on their phone. It’s easy to do this when you’re setting up the lesson. Simply click the smartphone icon at the top of your computer screen.
- Embed large images
- Use “scratch pad”
- Require a password
- Require Safe Browser or Kiosk Mode
For more information on this topic, please visit the Edulastic Knowledgebase.
Let Edulastic help you teach from home
- Log into Edulastic to try out the newest feature
- Join the Edulastic Facebook Community Group to connect with other educators
- Check out these 12 Distance Learning Tools in Edulastic
- Head over to our Distance Learning Hub for online learning support articles, premade lessons, teacher presentations, and more.
We do our best to listen to the education community and to respond to the needs of teachers and students alike. We hope this update will make teaching easier and learning more accessible for all students. In addition, we have released several other new features to support distance learning. You can read about all of our updates and find more information about our response to COVID-19 here.