Top 10 Question Types in 2017 (Teacher Tools)

Edcite offers 60 technology-enhanced question types that align with online state assessments such as SBAC (Smarter Balanced), PARCC, AIR, ACT Aspire, and FSA (Florida State Assessments). Teachers can use these question types to create their own formative and summative assessments. This year we also improved our question type designs to make it even easier to create questions on Edcite.

Read on for the top 10 Edcite question types teachers used in 2017!

1. Free Response

Free Response was our most popular question type this year! Our Free Response question can be used across subjects, and teachers are able to add digital rubrics to make grading easy. You will find this question listed as #101 on our Create Question page.

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2. Fill in the Blanks

Teachers love our Fill in the Blanks question type, which is found on online state assessments. You can differentiate this question type by setting it as a drop-down, drag and drop, or type in answer. All options will be autograded. You will find this question listed as #002 on our Create Question page.

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3. Math Keypad

This question type is always a popular one for math teachers looking for state assessment alignment. It is also autograded! You will find this question listed as #062 (Multiple Answers) or #063 (Single Answer) on our Create Question page.

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4. Essay Response

Teachers can add multiple passages, videos, or audio clips to Essay Response questions. Digital rubrics can also be added for fast grading on Edcite, and teachers can incorporate annotations and comments for students to see on their grade report. You will find this question listed as #100 on our Create Question page.

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5. Numeric Answer

The Numeric Answer question type asks students to enter their answer in the box, with the option to write in units. Answers will be automatically graded! You will find this question listed as #066 on our Create Question page. Edcite also offers a Randomized Numeric Response Question (#068). Teachers choose a variable, set a range for it, and then set the answer algebraically so that the question will grade automatically, even though all students will see a different problem.

Need a text version of this question? Check out Edcite’s Short Text Answer question type (#027), which is also autograded!

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6. Drag and Drop – Text / Drag and Drop – Math

The Drag and Drop – Text question is engaging for students and gives teachers a lot of freedom in how they want to set up the question. Images and tables can be embedded, making it a valuable question to use across subjects. It is also an autograded question type. You will find this question listed as #021 on our Create Question page.
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The Drag and Drop – Math question type is very popular because it aligns with online state assessments. Students can drag integers, expressions, images, or text. Teachers can also select an optional grid layout or background image. This autograded drag and drop question is listed as #022 on our Create Question page.

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7. Grouping Drag and Drop

Teachers and students love this question type, and it can be used across all levels and subjects. Teachers have the ability to set up answer choices as text or images. This is an autograded question type. You will find it listed as #041 on our Create Question page.

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8. Select Box Response

This multiple choice question type uses larger boxes for answer choices. Teachers can set multiple correct answers and include images or graphs as answers. This autograded question type is listed as #004 on our Create Question page.

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9. Match Text-to-Text

Students have a lot of fun with this question type as they show their learning! Students match items from two lists, and Edcite autogrades their answers. You will find this question type listed as #041 on our Create Question page.

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10. Tabular Checkbox Answer

This question type appears on many online state assessments. Teachers can set up the table with multiple questions or problems and answers. You will find this autograded question listed as #010 on our Create Question page.

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Top 10 Assignments in November (Teacher Resources)

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In November, students submitted almost 300,000 assignments! Listed below are the top ten assignments (click on the assignment name to view them). You can make a copy of any of these assignments and customize them to fit the needs of your students.

1. Nonfiction Article: The Kudzu Plant: 1050 submissions

Student is selecting the correct meaning of the word in an informational text.

 

2. American Government: Basic Principles of the Constitution: 1015 submissions

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3. 7th CFA Expressions and Equations 2017-2018: 744 submissions

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4. 6th Grade 2017 FALL AIR Readiness Assessment: 741 submissions

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5. Grade 3 Fable: The Lion and The Mouse: 724 submission

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6. American Government: Civic Participation and Skills: 712 submissions

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7. 4th Grade 2017 Fall AIR Readiness Assessment: 655 submissions

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8. Figurative Language Practice – RL.6.4, L.6.5: 646 submissions

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9. Nonfiction – Overcoming Adversity – Paired Texts: 480 submissions

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10. GW Regions: 432 submissions

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Do you have a great assignment that you’d like to share with our community? Share your assignment in our Edcite Assignment Library or share on social media!

Top 10 Assignments in October (Teacher Resources)

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In October, students submitted over 300,000 assignments. That’s an increase from the 176,000 submitted in September! Listed below are the ten assignments with the most submissions in October. Click on the assignment name to view them. You can make a copy of any of these assignments and customize them to fit the needs of your students.

1. Grade 3 Fable: The Lion and The Mouse: 1035 submissionsStudent is highlighting the paragraph which supports the question in the plot using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

2. 6th Grade FWCS Quarter 1 Assessment: 1012 submissions

Student is dragging and dropping the character trait using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

3. Sam – Characters, Literal Comprehension, and Text Evidence: 1000 submissions

Student is dragging and dropping events in the plot using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

4. Nonfiction Article – The Kudzu Plant: 920 submissions

Student is selecting the correct meaning of the word in an informational text.

 

5. 7th Grade FWCS Quarter 1 Assessment: 880 submissions

Student is dragging and dropping character's point of view using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

6. Unit 3 Review: 860 submissionsStudent is entering the sum of the fractions using a math keyboard technology-enhanced question type.

 

7. Geography Skills: 690 submissions

Student is typing the name of the continent, Africa, on a world map.

 

8. Timelines: 670 submissions

Student is dragging historical events into the correct order of a timeline using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

9. Too Much Soda – ELA.RI.5.2 – ELA.RI.4.2: 600 submissions

Student is highlighting the sentence that supports the answer to the question using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

10. Industrialization and Progressivism: 525 submissions

Student is dragging and dropping answer into a table using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

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5 Ways to Use Edcite as School Starts (Teaching Tools)

Welcome back to school! The start of school is a busy time for teachers, but using digital assignments on Edcite can save you some time. Here are five ways to use Edcite in the beginning of the school year or summer school.

Getting to Know You Surveys

Knowing and understanding your students is an important part of teaching, and these Getting to Know You Surveys will help. You can even refer back to your students’ answers in the Assignment Report throughout the coming months.

Baseline Assessments

Once you’ve started to learn about your students, a baseline assessment is a great way to begin your curriculum. The Edcite Math Baselines will instantly show you what math skills students have as they start the school year. The Edcite ELA Baselines will give you a sample of students’ writing skills.

In-Class Assignments

Many teachers have students work on Edcite during class. Visit our curated Featured Collections to find great assignments to assign to your students. Then use the Live Assignment Dashboard to view students’ progress in real-time.

Exit Tickets

You can also use Edcite to create a digital exit ticket for students to complete at the end of class. You will see answers and scores as soon as students finish the exit ticket, and you can use that data to inform instruction the next day. To create your own exit ticket, visit the Create Question option in your navigation bar for our 60+ tech-enhanced question types.

Homework

Students can use Edcite on any device, so teachers often give Edcite practice for homework. If you allow retakes, the Summary Report will give you the option of selecting which retake score you would like to view, and you can upload this to your report card system.

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How do you plan to use Edcite the first month of school or during summer school? Let us know in the comments or share your ideas on social media!

Teacher of the Month: Joan Macri

Congratulations to our new Teacher of the Month, Joan Macri! Joan teaches 4th grade at Pierrepont School in Rutherford, New Jersey and is committed to engaging her students with technology. Read below to discover how she integrates technology and Edcite into her classroom.

How Joan Infuses Her Classroom with Technology

Joan uses technology in her classroom every day to support her students’ learning and engagement with the elementary curriculum. She wrote, “Each year, I infuse more technology into my fourth grade classroom. My flipped classroom begins with students previewing curriculum content via videos I have made for homework assignments.

In class, they practice the problems using their Chromebooks. Their assignments are usually a Doc or Form I have created. I circulate to help students with any problems that may be challenging. For homework, they complete Google Forms I have made with a few math problems to reinforce the material. In addition, I select or create one Edcite problem that corresponds to the math material we are studying. I have used Edcite for many years and feel the problems I select or make enhance learning in my class. Edcite has truly been a valuable addition to my technology-infused classroom.”

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Ways to Use Edcite in Your Classroom 

Are you interested in giving your students interactive practice the way our Teacher of the Month has in her classroom? Joan creates her own questions in Edcite and utilizes questions that other teachers have shared into the Edcite Questions Library. Here are a few examples of the technology-enhanced question types available for elementary math:

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Congratulations to Joan for being selected as the Edcite Teacher of the Month. We thank her for all of that she does to engage her students through the use of technology! 

Presidential Election Playlist (Teacher Resources)

The U.S. presidential election is approaching, and students are sure to have a lot of questions! It is important to give students an understanding of how our government and the presidential election works. That is why we put together this playlist of assignments that can be used in social studies, language arts, and even math!

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Elementary

Elections – Lower Elementary

In this lower elementary assignment, students will watch a video to learn about the concept of elections.

Elections – Upper Elementary

In this upper elementary assignment, students will watch a video and learn about the requirements for becoming President of the United States.

Middle School

History of the Presidential Debates

In this social studies and language arts assignment, students will compare and contrast presidential debates throughout history.

Susan B. Anthony

In this social studies and language arts assignment, students will analyze Susan B. Anthony’s famous speech on women’s right to vote in U.S. elections.

High School

Voter Turnout: HS Math and Social Studies Assignment

In this math and social studies assignment, students will analyze how historical events have had an impact on voter turnout by analyzing tables of statistics and graphs.

United States Civics Overview

In this social studies assignment, students will review the branches of the United States government.

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DIS Insight: Digital Assessment & Edcite (Part 2 of 2)

Click here to read Part 1 of this post, where Alexander Clarkson discusses the challenges teachers face when giving regular formative assessments and feedback.

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I don’t have the answer, but I have an answer: next generation digital assessment. My teaching emphasized writing as assessment because I was suspicious of structured response items like multiple-choice, true/false, or matching. They felt less like authentic thinking tasks and more like artificial hoops that practically beg students to cheat or use test-taking skills to trump thinking skills. But, what if I could reduce the amount of writing grading that I faced by replacing those bulky assessments with next generation digital tasks that required authentic thinking skills, properly challenged students to master those skills, and provided formative feedback necessary for modification of instruction? And what if that approach graded itself?

The idea is simple. We can now develop digital assessment models that automatically grade while providing students with challenging, authentic skills practice. We must move away from multiple-choice question types to those that present thinking challenges that cannot be “gamed,” but will accurately provide data on a student’s ability to perform a skill, with that data indicating how to proceed.

Let me give an example. I wrote an item last year to prepare students for Ohio’s state tests, which were being administered by Pearson’s PARCC platform for the first time. In trying to prepare students for these new tests, I had nearly no practice material, so I collaborated with another teacher to write original material based on PARCC approaches. This particular item was based on an excerpt from Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (wonderful little book; check it out) in which the protagonist, a 14 year-old girl named Tricia, finds herself lost after fainting on the Appalachian Trail. The question gave the students six statements about events that happen in the novel before the excerpt presented in the assessment. Students had never read that part. They had to arrange the statements into the correct order. Students had to use causal and inferential reasoning to accurately arrange the statements. In the excerpt, the girl had just woken up from a faint, so the statement “Tricia faints” was logically the last event before the excerpt. The student would move backward from there.

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Edcite order list response item for Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

I’m using this item as an example because it shows the type of assessment item I am now looking to repeat. It requires skills that I actually want students to develop, causal and inferential reasoning, not test-gaming with multiple-choice or matching questions. It is replicable for another passage, which means I can re-write the question with different content and give more opportunities to practice the skills. And, best of all, it will be automatically graded. All I need to do is assign it, let the students complete it, review the data, and modify instruction. The grading burden drops to nearly zero. Sure, the assessment creation takes time, but less time than grading, and assessment creation can be shared collaboratively with teachers throughout buildings or an entire district, thus reducing the time needed even further.

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This is where I was when Edcite came into my life. I knew what I wanted to do, but I was struggling with the perfect platform to accomplish it. As a Google user, I stuck with Forms graded through Flubaroo, but Forms was never designed for educators. It works just fine for multiple-choice questions, but designing this Stephen King question in Forms led to a student experience that was basically clunky. I suspected that students may not be able to complete the question well because of its awkward presentation. Edcite, however, offers an order list response item type, which allowed me to create the question as a user friendly drag and arrange item. It worked perfectly. After looking at it, I reviewed other items in the same assignment, which were mostly traditional multiple-choice and multiple-select items, and chided myself for not creating more of these rigorous and authentic challenges for my students. Empowered by Edcite, I’m excited to design more.

And what will those items look like? How about having students watch a compilation of movie clips and then sort quotes based on the type of figurative language? How about asking them to graph a quadratic equation or use a math keyboard to answer a word problem? Or maybe asking them to click on sections of a map when asked questions like “Identify the compass rose” or label a blank map of Mesopotamia? No multiple-choice to provide assistance. Just the student’s ability (or lack thereof). How about asking students to highlight statements from the novel The Valley of Fear to answer a question about irony? All of this automatically graded. Just design the assessment, assign it, and modify instruction based on the data. It’s just like setting up that robot pitcher.

That’s why Edcite is such an incredible gift to teachers. Instead of offering a handful of question types and limited ability to customize, Edcite offers (at the time of this writing) 74 question types. I have discussed only five or six here. Most questions allow for customization including the embedding of images, videos, sound files, links, and more. With a little creative thought and focus on effective learning challenges, a teacher could use this platform to completely redesign assessment in a way that would provide repeated opportunities for authentic skills practice. Oh, and without the crushing burden of grading.

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Various Question Types available on Edcite.com

I’m an English teacher. I will always grade essays, and my students will always work hard to improve those vital communication and critical thinking skills, but by embracing next generation assessment approaches, I do not need to only grade essays. I can develop a library of assessments that will sharpen a wide range of skills without the constant crush of grading.

It’ll just be that kid and me, her in the cage, me watching from outside. A pitch and a miss, followed by a few words. Another pitch, another miss. More words. Some demonstration. Another pitch, and CRACK! A slam threatening to punch a hole in the net.

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Clarkson Profile PicAlexander Clarkson is currently the digital instruction specialist for Sylvania Schools, where he helps teachers include innovative instructional strategies in their classrooms as they move to full 1:1 implementation. Just last year, though, Alex finished a sixteen-year tenure of teaching that included English language arts, philosophy, and film studies at the college, high school, and junior high school levels. When he’s not thinking about digital instruction, Alex marvels at his two-year-old’s abilities with a tablet and his fifteen year-old’s abilities with a drum kit.