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Edulastic

By Sally Finley - Posted May 1, 2015
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Company: Edulastic, Inc., 39300 Civic Center Drive, Suite 220. Fremont, CA 94538; 510-509-9800; email: support@edulastic.com

Price: Free for teachers

Audience: K–12

Format: Edulastic is a cloud-based platform that works on any device.

Minimum System Requirements: Edulastic requires a browser with access to the internet.

Description: Edulastic is a formative assessment platform to support student mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

 

REPORT CARD
Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Access is quick and easy using a browser. Installation: A

Content/Features: Assignments can be managed at any stage, including grading in progress, reviewed, scheduled, and graded. Standards-aligned resources assist with the creation of new assignments. Assignments are in one area to grade, update, or view student responses. Feedback responds to student questions.

Assessments can be created using PARCC- and SBAC-styled technology-enhanced items. Ready-made assignments and assessments are available. Teacher-created questions can be auto-selected from individual standards to provide assessments or to reteach content for students needing remediation. Seventeen tech-enhanced question types can be utilized in the creation process.

A Student Dashboard permits students to access Edulastic to work on homework assignments from their teachers. They may also create their own practice tests. Students can ask questions about key course concepts in a Learning Stream of dialogues and supplemental resources. Standards-aligned reports provide feedback to determine the next practice action.

Reporting features provide information and data to check student progress anytime. Students and teachers can visualize student performance across any standard or assessment.

A Learning Community provides teachers with a collaborative process working with other educators. An app is available on mobile devices.

There is an online support system called Edulastic Academy. Elements include information on Core Knowledge, Teacher Resources, Admin Resources, the Edulastic Pioneer Program, Using Homework as Formative Assessment, Upcoming Events, and a Product Tour. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Any computer with a web browser will work. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Online support is provided through edulastic.com. In addition to the above-mentioned Edulastic Academy, there is also an Edulastic Academy for teachers in the form of a research hub with educational resources, news, analysis, and teaching tips. The Edulastic Academy additionally provides resources for staff development. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: This is an excellent resource for teachers who want to create new learning spaces for their students while providing them with strategies for meeting Common Core State Standards. With real-time insights into student performance, feedback is available to students at any time. Edulastic makes it easy to administer interim and benchmark assessments.

Teachers can track student comprehension every day with homework and in-class assignments to provide personalized feedback, remediation, and intervention. Edulastic saves teachers time by creating Common Core assessments for every standard and provides a vehicle for getting updates on student progress or simply reviewing student work.

Students can use the feedback to move forward toward CCSS mastery at their own pace. At the same time, the feedback also gives students a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Formative assessments will help students better understand topics taught in class.

Edulastic makes it easy to create personalized learning with its reporting and auto-saving features.

I like the emphasis on higher-level thinking skills for students rather than multiple-choice questions and lower-level thinking skills. Edulastic helps teachers meet individual learning needs for all students and improves measurable student outcomes on pre- and post-tests, warm-ups, diagnostics, homework, exit tickets, and more.

Edulastic offers educators the opportunity to create engaging Common Core aligned formative assessments with interactive, technology-enhanced items and thousands of high-quality questions. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Her email address is sallyfinley1@yahoo.com .


 
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