New Year, New Features

Many teachers take time over the summer to reflect on the previous school year, plan exciting content for the upcoming year, and design any classroom changes they want to introduce. We decided we would do the same.

We reflected.

Many teachers have requested the ability to organize content. Although Edcite has always offered teachers full control over tagging and naming their content, it was clear that we needed to offer a greater solution to the need for organization. That’s why we now offer folders.

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We Planned.

Teachers aren’t the only ones spending their time thinking about how to make content more engaging. We’ve been hard at work this summer working with teachers and our engineering team to develop more question types for you to keep in your digital toolbox. Check out some of the new favorites:

Word Game

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If you have ever played the game Boggle, this question type will come easily to you. You are given a certain word and combination of letters. The goal of the game is to identify as many words as you can using the letters given to you. You can give it a try with one of these words:

Elephant
Technology
Teacher



Graphing Linear Inequalities

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Finding question types for advanced mathematics questions can be hard and it is essential to not lose any of the rigor or skills evaluated when transitioning to a digital form of a question. We heard the feedback from our math teachers and built a question type that allows students to show multiple lines and shaded areas.

You can see a sample question here.


Fill in the Blank Math Questions

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Also in response to the need for more complex question types, we’ve developed question types that have more advanced math keyboards. You can develop question types and select portions where you would like students to enter an answer using a specific keyboard. You can choose the appropriate math keyboard appropriate for elementary math all the way up to advanced math and science.

Check out this question that asks students to write numbers in Scientific Notation.

We Improved.

When you think of improving classroom procedures, you might think through efficient ways for students to line up for lunch or how to hand out technology in class without wasting any learning time. At Edcite, we also want to think to how we can support effective systems in your classroom–the digital classroom–which is why we have made some changes to the introduction and submitting process.

We’ve added an introduction to every assignment. Teachers can add various notes to add context or set the appropriate tone before the student begins answering questions.

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When students complete an assignment or assessment they will now always have the option to save and pause, review questions before submitting, and flag questions to come back to at the end.

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 4.14.16 PMJust like you, we are never done with the planning and enhancements. We’ll continue to launch new features and solutions based on what we hear from teachers. If you have any suggestions for features or improvements, let us know in the comments below or email us anytime at hello@edcite.com!

Cheers to making excellent content for all of our kids!

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