Edulastic is a free digital educational assessment platform that is enhancing the way that math teachers teach their curricula. With its variety of interactive math specific question formats, large math question bank, data-driven analysis of student performance, and more, Edulastic is making assessments more efficient, convenient, and insightful for math teachers and students alike.
Based on what math teacher users say they love most about Edulastic, we’ve compiled these top 9 reasons why math teachers use Edulastic!
9) Mathematics Technology Enhanced Items
Edulastic has a huge variety of question types teachers can choose from. In addition to the classic multiple choice, true-false, and text entry question types, Edulastic specifically has 23 math tech-enhanced question types. Below are some of our most popular math enhanced question types.
Graphing: Edulastic’s interactive Cartesian Plane graphing canvas is perfect for testing your students’ knowledge of graphing lines, points, and polygons. According to Math Teacher Anne McCluskey, this tool is intuitive enough that even “Students who struggle with fine motor skills and details are able to successfully graph linear equations and accurately find solutions to systems of equations”. Coming summer 2019, we are adding even more graphing capabilities! Stay tuned for our new features!
Multipart: This feature you to break up a question into multiple parts so that you can create a question that addresses several standards and tests several cognitive processes. According to Math teacher Anne McCluskey, it is “Very helpful for larger questions and scaffolding for students with accommodations.”
Number Line: This feature allows students to drag and drop correct answer choices (provided numbers, symbols, or annotations) onto an x-axis number line that’s highly customizable. It’s helpful if you want to reinforce number sense in elementary school students, and unlike traditional multiple choice questions, it’s hard for the student to guess the correct answer or use a choice elimination strategy.
Expression Evaluator: This tool allows students to generate and manipulate math symbols, equations, and expression so that you can test your students’ algebraic knowledge.
For a demo of a few of our math question types, check out https://goo.gl/RwYr9r.
8) Math Standards Aligned Content Bank
Edulastic has a resource bank makes the test-making process much faster and more efficient for teachers. It’s content bank contains 60k pre-made math questions and 13.5k premade math assessments. Teachers can easily browse our assessments and questions and find the ones relevant to them by filtering them by standards, grade, and subject. After selecting pre-made questions or assessments, teachers can continue to edit them, tailoring them to suit their classroom specifically.
Scratchpad is a handy tool available for all questions. Scratchpad makes it easy for students to show work by providing a pop-up box with freehand, text, and shape drawing tools as well as measuring tools such a protractor and ruler. For math, this is especially important so that you can see the reasoning and proof behind students’ answers. Scratchpad can also be used to stop cheating by ensuring that students are working through every problem themselves.
6) Math Equation Editor Options
Edulastic offers flexible math equation editors that teachers can select for students to use to answer math questions. This editor ranges from the basic level, with the four functions for elementary schoolers, to the full level, with more advanced trigonometric and logarithmic functions for high schoolers.
5) Basic, Scientific, Graphing Calculators (Desmos)
Edulastic provides in-app basic, scientific, or graphing calculators from Desmos to help students work through problems, available for teachers with Edulastic Premium.
4) Autograding & Real-Time Data
When we asked math teacher users what they loved most about Edulastic, one of the most common responses was the data that it provides for students. Edulastic’s automatic grading system aids students by giving them immediate results on their work. According to Math Teacher Kim Piper from Arkansas, “The instant releasing of answers allows students to see wrong answers and try to find their mistakes. This enforces a growth mindset and helps the students take ownership of their learning.” Autograding also saves teachers the tedious amount of time usually spent grading. This way, teachers can spend time adjusting instruction and focusing on really matters: teaching!
3) Real-Time Data Analysis
Edulastic generates student data reports on a real-time visual assessment dashboard. Here, teachers can quickly and quantitatively analyze student performance as answers are being submitted. With this information, teachers can identify and remediate specific class-wide misconceptions in a timely manner.
2) Preparation for State Tests
Edulastic helps teachers simulate the environment of high stakes online state tests for students since its online interface and question types closely model those of state standards tests. When students use Edulastic, they become more comfortable with a digital testing environment, creating a less intimidating experience for them when they take state tests. By the time testing day rolls around, teachers can be confident that their students are ready for the state exam. “I also love how the interface is identical to the state test my kids take. Half the battle in taking the assessments is knowing how to manipulate the computer! Edulastic is the one piece I can count on for test prep that truly prepares them!” says math teacher Megan.