Students must be at least 13 years old (in the United States) to use WhatsApp, so Edulastic may be a better tool for younger grades. Edulastic allows teachers to give formative assessments and disaggregate the data. While there is a premium version, the free version has plenty of functionality. Using this tool, teachers can:

  • Create classes that can be synced with Google Classroom
  • Test their class with assessments from other teachers, or use custom assessments
  • Browse a question bank based on subject, grade level, and standards to create assessments
  • Analyze the data that Edulastic disaggregates and focus more on things like monitoring student progress, finding trends, discovering level of mastery on the individual or whole-class level
  • Provide personalized feedback to students and decide whether feedback from the test will be immediate
  • Demonstrate the percentage of growth in students to administrators by using a pre-test and post-test
  • Modify tests for other needs like practice modes, extra time, or retaking a test

Holden believes that WhatsApp may be the best app for communication and that Edulastic is a more formal tool for dealing with data and issuing assessments. Both are easy to get started with and offer different opportunities for issuing assignments and providing feedback. Depending on the needs of the class, these tools may be strong candidates for helping things run a little more smoothly.

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Assistant principal at Republic Middle School in Missouri, Shannon Holden has been a high school and middle school administrator and teacher in Texas and Missouri for 20 years. He presents frequently to teachers and administrators about classroom management, maintaining positive relationships with parents, instructional strategies that engage students, and implementing technology in the classroom. He is the host of the Teacher HELP! and TechTools for the Classroom  communities on Follow him on Twitter @newteacherhelp.

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