Engaging Colorado Students with Edcite Question Types (Online Learning)

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Bri Chittenden, an Education Technology Specialist in Eagle County Schools in Colorado, has been impressed with what Edcite offers teachers and students. Bri was previously a science teacher in various other districts for ten years, and during that time a colleague recommended Edcite as a tool to help students prepare for the state tests (Colorado Student Assessment Program), as well as a tool that could be used for formative assessments.

Now Bri is excited to pass on that same recommendation to the teachers in Eagle County Schools. She said that “[Edcite] allows teachers to assess students at a much higher skill level than basic recognition or basic comprehension. Questions can be set up that have students compare/contrast, analyze, evaluate, and more!” She also explained that Edcite is easy to use, allows teachers to know exactly what students have mastered, and helps teachers assess students’ depth of understanding.zoom number line

Bri said, “Edcite has been an amazing tool for all teachers, and math teachers have especially liked it.” Her math teachers love the graphing and autograding capabilities on Edcite. She noted that on Edcite there are advanced question types that can be auto-graded — something that is not possible through paper and pencil assessments. She appreciates that the question types are engaging and students can practice continuously with different math functions on Edcite.

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Bri also explained that assignments can be customized for ELL students by embedding videos and pictures, making Edcite a more robust tool than other programs. ELA teachers in her district have also appreciated the PARCC-aligned question types on Edcite and the ability to incorporate higher-level question types that go beyond multiple choice and true or false.

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Bri hopes that more teachers in Eagle County Schools continue to use Edcite. Her goal is for teachers to create question/assessment banks that can be shared with others. She emphasized, “Edcite can be used with all K12 students. It really engages them.”

 

chalkboard-620316_640Bri shared her Edcite Story with us, and so you can you! We publish Edcite Stories so that educators can learn about different ways Edcite is used in schools and school districts. If you want to submit your own Edcite story, click here.

 

Top 10 Assignments in September (Teacher Resources)

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In September students submitted over 176,000 completed assignments on Edcite! Read on for the ten assignments with the most submissions in September. 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 class.

1. Nonfiction Article – The Kudzu Plant: 1000 submissions

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2. Grade 3 Fable: The Lion and The Mouse: 660 submissions

lion and mouse

 

3. 3rd Grade Unit 1 Formative RL.3: 600 submissions

sdale grade 3 formative

 

4. Too Much Soda – ELA.RI.5.2 – ELA.RI.4.2: 580 submissions

too much soda

 

5. Sam – Characters, Literal Comprehension, and Text Evidence: 540 submissions

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6. Geo Test #2: 515 submissions

geo assignment

 

7. 7th CFA Number System 2017-2018: 400 submissions

7th cfa number system

 

8. Timelines: 380 submissions

Timelines

 

9. 5 Themes of Geography and Map Skills: 340 submissions

themes of maps

 

10. 4th Grade Unit 1 Formative RL.3: 340 submissions

sdale grade 4 formative

 

11. 🎃 Halloween Bonus assignment The Tell-Tale Heart Part 1: 340 submissions

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5 New Improvements to Our Interface (Teachers Tools)

We are so Edcited to release our new interface! Feedback from our community helped us improve the teacher experience across our platform. Keep reading to learn more about these exciting updates.

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Edcite Integrates with Google Classroom

The Edcite Team is thrilled to be welcomed as a platform that integrates with Google Classroom! Read Google’s blog post below to learn about all of their exciting updates for the new school year, including Edcite’s Google Classroom integration.

We’ve seen educators do incredible things with G Suite for Education tools: creatively teach classroom material, collaborate with students, and design innovative assignments to achieve meaningful outcomes. Classroom is a useful tool for teachers, and since it launched three years ago, students have submitted more than 1 billion assignments.This year, we’re sending teachers back to…

via 10 ways we’re making Classroom and Forms easier for teachers this school year — Education

Top 30 Assignments of 2016-17 (Online Assessments)

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Throughout the 2016-17 school year, 18.5 million questions and 2.3 million assignments were submitted by students on Edcite! Below we have gathered the top 30 assignments with the most student submissions  — math teachers, we hope you catch up next year! 😄

Click on an assignment name to preview the assignment and make a copy to use next year.

1. The Kudzu Plant: 60,000 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension; upper elementary

2. Too Much Soda: 52,000 submissions

main ideas and details practice; upper elementary

3. The Lion and The Mouse: 49,000 submissions

reading comprehension; 3rd grade

4. Figurative Language Practice: 43,000 submissions

multimedia ELA practice; middle school

figurative language assignment

5. The Black Pearl: 40,000 submissions

video and passage comparison; middle school

6. Timelines: 32,000 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

7. Excerpt from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: 27,000 submissions

reading comprehension; upper elementary

8. Sam – Characters, Literal Comprehension, and Text Evidence: 25,500 submissions

ELA formative assessment; elementary

9. Government: 24,500 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

government assignment

10. Overcoming Adversity: 23,000 submissions

text structure and justifying a claim practice; middle school

11. Yosemite National Park: 21,000 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension with multimedia; middle school

12. Geography Skills: 20,500 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

geography assignment

13. Early Civilizations 1: 20,300 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

14. Adaptation: 19,800 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension; 3rd grade

15. What Is Climate Change?: 190,700 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension; 4th grade

16. Sweethearts: 19,700 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension; 3rd grade

17. Nonfiction Text Organization: 19,400 submissions

cause and effect, main idea and details, topic sentences practice; elementary

cause and effect assignment

18. How the Leaves Came Down: 19,000 submissions

poetry assignment; upper elementary

19. The Story That Has No End: 18,300 submissions

fable assignment; upper elementary

20. Totally Twisters: 18,000 submissions

interpreting visual information assignment; upper elementary

21. Historical Thinking and First Ohioans: 17,800 submissions

social studies assignment; elementary

22. Human Geography: 16,600 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

human geography assignment

23. Early Civilizations 2: 16,400 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

24. Economics Concepts: 16,200 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

25. Teeth: 15,600 submissions

reading information assignment; 3rd grade

26. Penguin Chicks: 15,000 submissions

speaking and listening standards practice; 4th grade

27. The Moon: 13,300 submissions

poetry assignment; upper elementary

the moon poetry assignment

28. American Revolution and New Nation: 13,000 submissions

social studies assignment; elementary

29. Segregation and Civil Rights: 12,800 submissions

ELA lesson; middle school

30. The Road Not Taken: 12,400 submissions

poetry assignment; middle school

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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