Meet the Edcite Team

We are excited to continue our series: Meet the Edcite Team, where we feature a member of our team each month.

This month we are focusing on our innovative software engineer Sam Matthews. Read on to meet Sam!

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What brought you to Edcite?

I joined Edcite shortly after moving back to San Francisco from Brooklyn, NY. I was eager to find a talented and ambitious team who were working on solving interesting problems. One of Edcite’s first engineers, Thomas, and I met at a developer event, and he introduced me to Edcite. I was really excited when they asked me to join the team shortly after that.

Tell us about what you do at Edcite.

I am a full stack developer at Edcite and have worked on or built many of the pages that teachers and administrators use everyday. Though most of my time is spent in front of a computer, I really enjoy communicating and collaborating with teachers to build tools that they find constructive and easy to use. Some projects I’ve worked on include the Live Assignment Dashboard, the Reports Hubs, and the never-ending goal of creating the most powerful, yet intuitive home dashboard for teachers in EdTech!

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The Live Assignment Dashboard shows real-time data as students progress through an assignment.

Which teacher in school impacted you the most and why?

One of my favorite teachers was my high school Natural History teacher, Mr. Sullivan. He created this amazing natural space behind our school’s football field that mimicked the four major eco-regions in California. Much of our class time was spent outdoors, and he was always willing to continue discussions or share stories long after the bell had rung. His passion for science and education was very encouraging.

What do you love most about the Edcite platform?

I really love how enthusiastic our team is about education, and making things easier for teachers. I also really like that our Founders are dedicated to making Edcite free for teachers and students.

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The Teacher Reports Hub on Edcite features the Live Assignment Dashboard, the Grade Assignment option, and the Summary Report.

Do you have any advice for teachers about using Edcite?

Just give it a try! There’s at least one tool or piece of content you’ll find useful. If you have any questions, issues or find yourself confused, reach out to us at hello@edcite.com! Our team is very responsive.

 

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Teacher of the Month: Brenda Blee

We are excited to present our April Teacher of the Month, Brenda Blee! Brenda is an exceptional elementary teacher in Nevada, a leader in her school, and a long-time Edcite user. Read on to learn more about Brenda and how she uses Edcite.

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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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Bar Graph Question Type

 

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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! 

Teacher of the Month: Maria Sohns

We are thrilled to present our February Teacher of the Month, Maria Sohns! Maria is an exceptional middle school language arts teacher in Indiana who uses Edcite daily. Read on to learn more about Maria and how she uses Edcite.

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Best Digital Assignments of 2016

 

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As we begin a new year, we are taking a look back at what our community assigned throughout 2016. While over 19,600 digital assignments have been shared in our Assignment Library, below you will find some of the best assignments sent to students in 2016.

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Teacher of the Month: Shana Nissenbaum

We are very excited to present our November Teacher of the Month, Shana Nissenbaum! Shana is an amazing elementary teacher who works in Ohio and lives in Indiana. Read on to learn more about Shana and how she uses Edcite.

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Teacher of the Month: Christine Salcido

We are very excited to present our October Teacher of the Month, Christine Salcido! Christine is a dynamic math teacher and department chair from Los Banos, California. She has used Edcite in her classroom and has helped Los Banos Unified School District see the potential of giving students interactive digital practice on Edcite.

Read on to learn about Christine and how she uses Edcite in her district.

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Christine and Edcite team member Brian McIntosh

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I have been teaching for 11 years now.  I started out teaching 7th grade math and eventually transferred over to the high school.

What do you teach?

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Why did you become a teacher?

I was originally going to school to become an accountant when a friend asked me to be a tutor for the AVID program.  At that point I fell in love with teaching and helping the students with their successes.  My accounting path changed to a liberal studies path.

How did you hear about Edcite?

A couple of years ago a friend introduced me to Edcite and instantly I saw the potential of this program and the benefit it would bring to our school district.

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Example of an assignment Christine created and shared into the Assignment Library. Assignment Link: https://edcite.com/1axtu0

How do you use Edcite in the classroom?

I use Edcite for class assignments, performance tasks, quizzes, etc.  Our district now uses Edcite Schools for our secondary district assessments.

What aspects make you most “Edcited” about Edcite?

Some of the aspects that make me most “Edcited” about Edcite are the instant feedback the students get, the organization of the reports that Edcite creates for the teachers, the wide range of question formats available and the amazing support from Edcite.

Final Words of Wisdom for other Edcite Users? :)

Do not get discouraged with your first creation!  Once you get the hang of things you will be able to create amazing interactive assessments and/or tasks.