Tips and Tricks: Converting Your Math Assignments on Edcite

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We know that converting your paper-and-pencil assignments to digital ones can be quite the challenge. But, with every challenge is an opportunity. On Edcite, the digital assignments you create can help you save time and engage your students through a high-variety of interactive question types. This blog post gives you an overview of our top 10 math questions and how you can use them in a math assignment. We hope it’s helpful to you!

What is it?

Why use it?

How it’s used in math? / example?

Multiple Choice /Select Answer (PARCC or SmarterBalanced) Students select an answer choice (single select) or several correct choices (multi-select)
  • Autograded
  • Adaptable for single or multi-select
  • You can add as many answer choices as you want
  • Useful for the first question in a scaffolded sequence of questions.
  • Can easily be followed by a free response (how did you get the answer above) to make this question more rigorous
Numeric Response (PARCC) An open-ended question where students type in a response
  • Autograded
  • Teachers can program in a margin of error in the answer
  • Great for open-ended questions where you want the student to solve fully on their own
Fraction Response (PARCC) Visual question type for student,  multiple fraction grid shapes are available (rectangle, circle, etc.)
  • Autograded
  • Great for visual learners
  • Has multiple grid shapes available (rectangle, circle, etc.)
  • Used to help students practice fractions in a visual way.
  • Really great  for earlier grades!
Math Keyboard (PARCC or SBAC) Students answer question by entering answer using a math (calculator) keyboard
  • Autograded or free response
  • Use the same calculator that will be on your test (SBAC or PARCC)
  • Good for entering algebraic answers
  • Free response allows students to explain reasoning mathematically
Number Line Zoom (PARCC) Students select a segment of the number line, zoom in on it and then place their answer.
  • Autograded
  • Can be set up with fractions or decimals
  • Excellent for having students practice estimating fractions or decimals
  • Change the intervals to uncommon ones (i.e. go by sixths) and have students try to place familiar numbers
Touch Image (Image Types) Flexible item type that allows you to choose an image and have students click parts of the image based on your prompts
  • Autograded
  • Can set number of tries for each answer for a student
  • Works well with graphing questions where students should click on parts of a graph to answer question
  • See number line example in next blog post!
Graph Points and Lines (PARCC) Basic graphing item type that students use to plot linear equations, points and segments.
  • Autograded
  • Students can plot more than one figure per answer
  • Can graph points, segments and lines
  • Questions where students are constructing a graph
  • Graphing practice (paired with Graphing Inequalities, this is great for middle school and early algebra)
Drag and Drop (SBAC): highly flexible question type that makes student construct response. Students drag their answers to construct a response.
  • Autograded
  • Multiple answer types (i.e. digits, expressions, strings)
  • Advanced Scoring
  • Questions where you want the student to construct their answer instead of choosing it from a list
  • Advanced scoring questions
Group by Dragging (SBAC): you can set up categories and answers. Students drag the answers to the appropriate category. Students can sort the answer choices into categories created by the teacher
  • Autograded
  • Answers can be text, math type, or images of graphs
  • Add a “Does Not Fit in Any other Category” category to make it harder!
  • Good for learning and reinforcing new vocabulary
  • Example: Sort the functions according to what type of function they are


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