It was June, 2017, and we had reached the end of another wonderful school year. As we do each year, we put our heads together to review what worked well and what could be improved for the teachers and school leaders that use Edulastic.
Over the ’16-’17 school year we added more Edulastic Certified content, improved assignment flow, updated the Assessment Library navigation, and saw a surge of users, especially teachers who were using Google Classroom. We also polished up and deployed Edulastic Premium. New Premium features includes navigation, collaboration, rubrics, assessment timestamps, calculators, and in-depth reports for educators who wanted to take the impact of digital assessment to the next level.
With all these exciting changes behind us, we knew we wanted to continue to create updates that were just as, if not more, exciting and game-changing.
So we turned to you, the teachers and school leaders who use Edulastic. Over the year we heard suggestions, ideas, and thoughts from each of you who were on the ground using Edulastic at schools and districts across the country. You’d gotten feedback from students, colleagues, and added some of your own ideas to help make Edulastic even better.
Over the next few weeks we’ll announce these latest features. This post covers the first four features that will help you manage classes, ask better questions, and control what happens when a student completes an assessment.
One-Click Google Sync
If you are a Google Classroom user and preparing for the upcoming school year you’ll be excited to learn about the Google Classroom Sync button. Yes, you’ve been able to sync with Google Classroom for a while now, but now we’ve made a major update!
Before, you could update the student roster by individually syncing classes with Google Classroom. Now, with the click of a button, ALL of your classes will automatically sync with the active classes you have on Google Classroom.
The process is simple. In the “Manage Class” tab, click on the big, blue, straightforward “Sync with Google Classroom Button.” You will then be prompted to confirm your Google Classroom account or sign in if you aren’t already logged in to Google Classroom on your browser. Next, a window will appear and show you the classes that are available to import to Edulastic. Here you will confirm and make any edits to Class Names, Grade, Subject, or Standards. You can also unselect any classes that you don’t want imported. Double check the table, and click “Import.”
You will then see a message indicating that the sync is in progress. When the sync is complete, the message will change to let you know. Now you are ready to begin assigning assessments!
Drawing Response Question
Join us in welcoming a new question type to the Edulastic Question Type family! This question type is an open-response question type that invites students to illustrate a response. Great for math, science, history, and even ELA, teachers can ask students to draw a response, create or fill in a model, or make additions to an uploaded image. Drawing Response opens a world of possibilities when it comes to writing questions, which is why we are excited to release it to you!
When you are creating a new question, you will find the Drawing Response Question Type in the Math Tech Enhanced section next to the “Numeric Entry /w Units” Question Type. To learn how to create a Drawing Response question, check out the how-to video.
Mark as Done
As simple as the title, the “Mark as Done” option allows you to choose whether to close an assignment automatically or manually. The option is set on automatic by default. When on “Automatically,” the assignment will be “Done” once the last student has submitted their assignment. When set to “Manually,” the assignment will stay open and accessible to students until a teacher or administrator clicks the “Mark as Done” button. When set on the manual option, the assignment still needs to be manually marked as Done even if the due date is passed or the assignment is closed.
Toggle Results Visibility
Now you have entire flexibility to decide when to release or withhold results from students.
You can decide whether to release scores or withhold them for students using the “Release Scores” button. You can set this option in the Advanced Options section when preparing an assignment to send to students. When “On” is selected, students can see their score instantly after submitting their assignment. When set to “Off,” you can manually control when students get to see their scores.
To provide students access to scores at a later date, switch the control on the assignment dashboard.