We accomplished so much in 2014! We can’t wait for this next year to be even better!
January: Edcite Gets Going!
Last January, we were still in the beginning phases of our site! Edcite teachers were adding outstanding resources to our website and our blog was just starting! Wow, how much we’ve grown in one year’s time!
February: Edcite’s New Look!
In February, we changed the entire design of our site! Check out how different our home page is now compared to last February!
March: Global Outreach!
Edcite started to expand globally this month, as Julia Sweeney, our wonderful team member responsible for global outreach, began to attend and present at education conferences in Ireland.
April: Partnering With Katherine Smith Elementary School!
Edcite visits Katherine Smith Elementary School and starts planning our outstanding Junior CEOs internship!
In May, we made many exciting changes to our site using our teacher feedback. We created an easy-to-read assignment report for teachers and we created Edcite quicklinks, which enable you to quickly send an assignment to your students or your colleagues. We ended the month by spotlighting one of our most outstanding early users: Kathy Cary. Kathy became our first-ever Teacher of the Month!
June: Appsmashing on Edcite!
With the help of Joe Dale, Julia Sweeney started to explore how to apply the appsmashing techniques to our digital assignments on Edcite. Julia worked with outstanding Edcite teachers to create outstanding, multi-media rich assignments. Julia’s Appsmashing success on this assignment even won her a nomination for the Appsmashing awards!
July: Junior CEOs Internship
The Edcite team spent July working with our Junior CEOs at Katherine Smith Elementary School. Using a design thinking curriculum, the students analyzed key features of Edcite and designed ways to improve the site. Their outstanding work was even featured in Edsurge!
August: PD, PD, and more PD!
As we prepared to return back to school, the Edcite team gathered our many resources on digital technology and the Common Core. We conducted professional development sessions to help teachers prepare for these upcoming shifts, and assembled blog posts about the Common Core performance tasks and what a Common Core curriculum looks like!
September: Back to School We Go!
With the start of the 2014-2015 school year, we saw a huge increase in the number of teachers and students using Edcite. In the 2013-2014 school year, we saw 7,000 teachers sign up for Edcite. Since the start of this school year, we have already seen over 14,700 teachers sign up! Thank you all for spreading the positive word!
We also had a chance to celebrate our talented and gifted teacher from Washington, Cherie Pallitto for our September Teacher of the Month!
October: Lots of Questions
We spent October pondering the state of education in general: talking about the digital divide, the pivotal importance of math, and how to innovate the flipped classroom model using Edcite. Just in time for Halloween, we celebrated our October Teacher of the Month, Graeme Higgins!
November: Beta Birthday!
In November, we celebrate our 1-year birthday since releasing our Beta program! Read about our outstanding accomplishments from year 1 here! We also highlighted our November Teacher of the Month, Matt Doran, who serves as a K-12 Social Studies Coordinator for the Columbus City Schools School District in Ohio.
December: ‘Tis the season, to add many new site features!
We were so encouraged by the growing amount of Edcite users and teacher feedback that we worked as hard as we could to add many new features to our site! We added 9 new PARCC question types to the site, added a “grade by standard” feature, and the ability to export your grades to a CSV file!
We can’t wait for what this new years bring to Edcite, to our beloved teachers, and to our outstanding students!