As the school year comes to an end, we are taking time to reflect. The Edulastic team and community saw another year full of learning, growing, and supporting each other in education.
This year especially, we were amazed by K-12 educators. The COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close and pushed teachers and administrators to shift instruction online in a matter of days. We also rallied to do our best to support teachers during this time as distance learning became the new norm.
To reflect on this school year, we tallied up some numbers from the past twelve months (July, 2019 through June, 2020). Check it out, and if you’re one of the 95K teachers who used Edulastic this year – thank you for being a wonderful member of the Edulastic family. We invite you to connect on our community page!
A Growing Community
Since our launch in 2014, more and more educators have turned to Edulastic to give assessments, so they can receive immediate feedback and quickly adjust their instruction. Edulastic is used in schools from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. This year:
- 95,535 teachers used Edulastic with their students
- 3,989,889 students took an assessment on Edulastic
- 25,181 schools used Edulastic
Where the Learning Happens
We dove a little deeper to find out how many questions were answered on Edulastic, how many hours were saved by auto-grading, and how many assignments were redirected this school year.
Students answered 673,754,433 questions on Edulastic this year. That’s a lot of learning and a lot of brainpower! Similar to our Earth Day Report, we assume that the average question takes ten seconds to grade when manually graded. With this assumption, we were able to calculate that Edulastic’s auto-grading collectively saved teachers 112 million minutes or 213 years of grading this school year alone! 213 years ago brings us to 1806 — Thomas Jefferson was president and Lewis and Clark were exploring the Western United States in 1806. Can you even imagine sitting down to grade assessments for 213 years non-stop?
Autograding is a favorite feature in Edulastic for many teachers as is Redirect. Redirect gives students a second chance on an assessment or assignment and encourages a growth mindset. This year alone, 1,202,756 assignments were redirected to students. That’s an amazing amount of second chances and opportunities for improvement!
Innovation and the Future of EdTech
The education community drives the development of Edulastic. You give feedback, we listen, and Edulastic is made better with your feedback in mind. This year, we released eleven new features. Check out the list below:
- Edulastic for Phones
- Google Video Classes
- Required Kiosk Mode
- Timed Assessments
- Google Classroom Co-teacher sync
- New upload file question type
- Partial Credit
- Share Assessments: Invite users
- Google Classroom Grade Sync and Export
- Integration with Schoology, Moodle, and Blackboard
This summer, we have even more features and innovative updates coming to Edulastic. Over the year, we’ve worked with approximately 550 educators (including teachers, school and district leaders) to test the features, receive feedback, and adjust as needed. Thank you to those teachers who have been instrumental to our product development this year!
Educators Truly Value Learning
Educators value learning — both for their students and for themselves. This is clear from the immense interest in PD opportunities we offered and took part in this school year. From in-person conferences to online live events, we admire teachers’ desire to continue their own education. We’re thankful to support some of these learning opportunities. During the 2019-2020 school year, we:
- Attended 15 conferences
- Hosted 23 webinars with 43 panelists
- Supported 46 Edcamps, PDs, and teacher learning opportunities
In addition, there are now over 350 newly minted Edulastic Certified Educators. To become Edulastic Certified, Teachers take a free, online self-paced training course. Again, we are amazed by the education community and teachers’ desire and dedication towards learning.
Our mission is to help teachers teach, help students learn, and learn something ourselves every day. We’re excited about our future, and we’re even more excited to continue to support teachers and educators across the country and world.
Huge updates are coming this summer — we’re moving beyond the assessment. A swanky new interface, 50+ question types, and advanced options for online lessons are just a few of the great updates coming in July, 2020. We’re counting down the days!
Edulastic is free for teachers (and will always be free for teachers). Don’t miss out on the next big year! Join the thousands of educators who drive their instruction with Edulastic; create a free-forever account today!