I’ve written a review of Educake before but it has moved on a lot since then so an update is needed. For those of you who haven’t come across it before, Educake is an online testing system. It runs entirely on https (so none of the moans like the ones I’ve had about my school not being able to make full use of kerboodle that doesn’t!) and so you know your student data is secure. The system is incredibly responsive and works just as well on an iPad as on my laptop, and the large friendly buttons make it a pleasure to use on any platform.
The way Educake is being run and developed means it is growing and adapting to the needs of teachers in a way that other online platforms are not. For example since I reviewed the platform last year it is now possible for teachers to upload lists of students using a spreadsheet which makes adding students even easier.
I’ve grown to love Educake a little bit more after the addition of KS3 questions to the system. The questions are levelled which helps you pick questions that match the needs of your students. There are still GCSE questions which are graded to indicate level of demand and are arranged in categories to make selection simple.
This is the simple home screen that you see as a teacher logging into the system. You can assign a test in a few simple steps.
As you select a unit then a topic the options are displayed clearly as shown above, which lead you to the graded questions.
You can preview questions if you want to check their suitability (handy for SEN students like mine), and deselect questions that you don’t want to include.
Once you have assigned a test to a group, it will show up to those students when they log on. Deadlines and messages can be included making this perfect for setting homework to test understanding.
When students complete the test they can request a teacher review their mark when they get a wrong answer. Alternatively (in a feature added at my request – how’s that for responsive) the teacher can review a student’s answers and change the mark if required, in both cases there is the option to leave feedback for the student.
You can tell that this student got the answer right but the system didn’t recognise their response because the student chose not to use their key word sheet. Fortunately the teacher can award the mark if required.
Of course there are reporting pages to report back this information to the teacher, and paying members can export data if required. Pricing is a little expensive when compared to Kerboodle but a school running Kerboodle across 5 year groups can expect to be paying £750 a year (with the resources, online textbooks etc) but Educake is priced at £999 after the first year.
I love the interface, I love the information it gives me but more importantly the students like it too.
There are some features I’d like to see like the ability to save a custom test so I can assign it to different classes and perhaps the ability to add questions of my own. I know that there are lots of exciting developments in the pipeline that relate to evidencing progress, and ways to make Educake even more powerful for teachers and students alike.
I would recommend that you sign up for a free trial of Educake and see if could work for you and your students (you can also invite members of your department to join if you like it!)