How I Use It
I use Edulastic for daily work as well as weekly quizzes in my self-contained Special Education Algebra I class.
For daily work, I create "EDL" assignments that contain different types of problems covering the current sections content. I utilize the vast array of question types to challenge students in their application of the skills we are currently covering. With the live dashboard, I instantly see how students are progressing and intervene with those that are struggling (a challenge with using paper having to constantly scan and look over shoulders). I set an expectation that students need to score at least a 70% before moving on to the next assignment. Students write down the numbers of the questions that were wrong, and redo those. Impressively, when I reset a student, Edulastic saves all their answers, so they only need to attempt the ones that were incorrect.
Basically, in a class of 10 students, it is like having 10 staff members constantly doing the checking and offering instant feedback (not possible with paper). This frees up my time to work individually with struggling students instead of having to constantly scan.
I also use it for quizzes. I create the quiz on paper, and then recreate in Edulastic, so as soon as students finish, they know how well they did. If they wish, they immediately work on a retake to achieve a better score.
Best of all are the 30 different types of questions outside of the traditional multiple choice, free response, and True/False. For Geometry and by utilizing the drag and drop question type, I can upload a diagram of a triangle, put answer boxes over the angle measures, and have the students drag and drop the proper degree measures onto the spots, then solve for the unknown angle. I create layered questions that reinforce multiple skills and concepts. Student achievement has been much better the more I have used this program.
Most impressively for math and science courses would be the expression evaluator question type. Normally, a teacher would have to use a free response question type, and then student would need to enter their answer as a perfect match (i.e. 2x+3=9). If the numbers were in different orders, or the students added spaces, the program would mark it wrong. Not with Edulastic. If the correct answer for an equation problem is 2 + 3 = 5 (what I entered in as the answer key) Edulastic's engine understands that 3 + 2 = 5 is equivalent and will NOT mark it wrong. Even 5 = 3 + 2 would be scored correctly.
Oh yeah, and it also grades graphs and more.
The only critique I would have is an occasional slowdown in performance. This normally occurs in the beginning of the year, and has happened with other programs I use, as well.
Obviously, my opinion is very high. It is simply the best assessment tool on the market. Whether you use it for traditional quizzes, or recreating a worksheet for in class work, it definitely enhances the quality of learning for students. When using it, students are completely engaged, and they really appreciate the instant feedback and results.