Tutorial Tuesday: Group by Dragging

This is part 1 of an ongoing series exploring different questions types and tools in Edcite. With over 50 item types (including our new PARCC items added a few weeks ago, link to that blog), it is easy to be overwhelmed. The aim of this series is to dig deeper into one particular function on Edcite at a time and discuss 1) what it is 2) when/why it is useful and 3) special features. Throughout the post, there will be screenshots and links to exemplars!

This week, we will look at the popular “Group by Dragging” item type.

What is Group by Dragging?

  • Students click and drag answers into the appropriate category
  • You can use two or more categories
  • Can be found in the SBAC category but this is useful regardless of what test students are taking!

When should I use Group by Dragging?

  • Great for teaching vocabulary
  • A good way to find student misconceptions about a topic
  • Can be used as a pre-assessment to make a KWL chart
  • Can range from very concrete to more abstract

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 10.54.34 AM

Assignment: Fruit or Vegetable? (Kindergarten ELA); Assignment creator: Kimberly Bennett

Why use Group by Dragging?

  • It can help students understand the difference between categories
  • Students’ wrong answers can be just as informative as their right answers
  • Automatic grading helps you quickly identify students who are confused
  • Teachers can include multimedia to make the questions even more engagingScreen Shot 2014-12-16 at 10.59.37 AM

Assignment: Rational and Irrational Numbers (8th grade Math); Assignment creator: Bhimasena Joshi

Editor Description/Features:

  • Below is a picture of the editor for this question type, labeled by part. Keep in mind, these labels are just suggestions and you can change what a specific part is if you want!

Group by Dragging Editor

Quick Tips:

  • Include a “None” category to up the rigor
  • It doesn’t have to just be text. You can upload pictures and graphs too!Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 11.05.06 AM

Assignment: Macromolecules Review (High school, biology); Assignment Creator: Talia Arbit

Examples by subject:

Questions from the video:

Working With Slope: Parallel Lines Group by Dragging

Middle School Informational Text: Sequencing – Segregation and Civil Rights

Macromolecule Polysaccharides Practice

Social Studies:
Constitution Day: School House Rock Clip

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