Preparing Students for Ohio End-of-Course Exams

This week we are sharing stories from Ohio teachers who use Edcite for AIR®-alignment. Read our Q & A below to learn how a biology teacher in Bellefontaine, Ohio has been using Edcite.

What is your name?

Joslin Lee

What is your job title? Where do you work?

HS Biology teacher, Benjamin-Logan High School

How long have you been using Edcite?

Edcite had only [been around] for a year, and I heard about it at a professional development meeting for the upcoming biology AIR® test. I started creating questions and tests that summer to use in my class so that my students would be prepared for the Biology End-of-Course Exam given by Ohio. I am going on four years using Edcite, and I love it.

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What problem does Edcite solve for you?

Edcite allows me to quickly see what questions students are having trouble with. I can then check whether it was how I wrote my question or whether it was their knowledge. I also use Edcite for pre-tests to get pre and post data.

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What else would you like to share?

Edcite has allowed me to reach my goals for students scoring higher on end-of-course exams without “teaching to the test.”

Thank you, Joslin, for your Edcite Story! Teachers, you can check out some of Joslin’s assessments below. Make copies for your class or use them as inspiration to create your own assessment on Edcite!

Assessment Links:

Pre-Test 17-18

The Cell

Genetics

Interested in using Edcite for assessments across your school or district? Joslin’s team uses Edcite Schools to give assessments with an AIR®-aligned assessment viewer. Learn more by visiting www.edcite.com/edcite-schools-assessment-platform.

chalkboard-620316_640Joslin 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, fill out our form.

Passing the District Report Card Standard in Ohio [Online Assessments]

This week we are sharing stories from Ohio teachers who use Edcite for AIR-alignment. Read our Q & A below to learn how a social studies teacher in Berea, Ohio has been using Edcite in his department.

What is your name?

Kevin Braaten

What is your job title? Where do you work?

Teacher; Berea-Midpark HS in Ohio

How long have you been using Edcite?

[I have been using Edcite for] about a year; it was introduced to us last year by our Curriculum Department as a way to prepare our students for the Ohio End-of-Course-Exam in American Government.

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What problem does Edcite solve for you?

Edcite allows us to focus on content and allows our students to practice similar test items that they will see on the state test.

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What are your goals for using Edcite this school year?
  1. Create more formative assessments.
  2. Create our own questions.
  3. Continue to develop skills in using Edcite.
What else would you like to share?

We were the only subject area to use Edcite last year, and consequently, we were also the only subject in our entire district that passed the standard on our district report card!!

Thank you, Kevin, for your Edcite Story! Teachers, you can check out one of Kevin’s assessments below. Make a copy for your class or use it as inspiration to create your own assessment on Edcite!

Assessment Link:

Unit II (Constitutional Amendment) Assessment

chalkboard-620316_640Kevin shared his 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, fill out our form.

Top 10 Assignments in November (Teacher Resources)

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In November, students submitted almost 300,000 assignments! Listed below are the top ten assignments (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 students.

1. Nonfiction Article: The Kudzu Plant: 1050 submissions

Student is selecting the correct meaning of the word in an informational text.

 

2. American Government: Basic Principles of the Constitution: 1015 submissions

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3. 7th CFA Expressions and Equations 2017-2018: 744 submissions

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4. 6th Grade 2017 FALL AIR Readiness Assessment: 741 submissions

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5. Grade 3 Fable: The Lion and The Mouse: 724 submission

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6. American Government: Civic Participation and Skills: 712 submissions

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7. 4th Grade 2017 Fall AIR Readiness Assessment: 655 submissions

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8. Figurative Language Practice – RL.6.4, L.6.5: 646 submissions

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9. Nonfiction – Overcoming Adversity – Paired Texts: 480 submissions

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10. GW Regions: 432 submissions

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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.

A student is graphing points and line segments on an xy graph ranging from 1 to 18.

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 October (Teacher Resources)

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In October, students submitted over 300,000 assignments. That’s an increase from the 176,000 submitted in September! Listed below are the ten assignments with the most submissions in October. 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 students.

1. Grade 3 Fable: The Lion and The Mouse: 1035 submissionsStudent is highlighting the paragraph which supports the question in the plot using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

2. 6th Grade FWCS Quarter 1 Assessment: 1012 submissions

Student is dragging and dropping the character trait using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

3. Sam – Characters, Literal Comprehension, and Text Evidence: 1000 submissions

Student is dragging and dropping events in the plot using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

4. Nonfiction Article – The Kudzu Plant: 920 submissions

Student is selecting the correct meaning of the word in an informational text.

 

5. 7th Grade FWCS Quarter 1 Assessment: 880 submissions

Student is dragging and dropping character's point of view using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

6. Unit 3 Review: 860 submissionsStudent is entering the sum of the fractions using a math keyboard technology-enhanced question type.

 

7. Geography Skills: 690 submissions

Student is typing the name of the continent, Africa, on a world map.

 

8. Timelines: 670 submissions

Student is dragging historical events into the correct order of a timeline using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

9. Too Much Soda – ELA.RI.5.2 – ELA.RI.4.2: 600 submissions

Student is highlighting the sentence that supports the answer to the question using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

10. Industrialization and Progressivism: 525 submissions

Student is dragging and dropping answer into a table using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

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Environmental Science Journal for Kids Contest (Science and ELA Teachers)

 

Enter the Edcite – Environmental Science Journal for Kids Contest for a chance to win a $30 Starbucks gift card!

Environmental Science Journal for Kids adapts scientific research for a student audience. Their founder Tanya Dimitrova says, “Environmental Science Journal for Kids exists because young people have the right to know about the state of the world they are inheriting from us!” 

Edcite partnered with this amazing resource last year (read about our partnership). Now we are excited to offer our teachers this contest!

How to Enter the Contest
The contest runs from October 17 – November 17.

1. Pick an Environmental Science Journal for Kids article.

2. Use the article to create an Edcite assignment for either elementary, middle school, or high school.

3. Add the SJEdcite2017 tag to the end of the assignment title.

4. Share it into the Edcite public library.

5. Assign it to students & spread the word to other teachers.

Teachers whose assignments have the most student submissions in elementary, middle school, and high school by 11:59pm on November 17 will win! Three teachers in each school level will receive a $30 Starbucks gift card.

For more details, please visit our help document about the contest.

Good luck!

UPDATE: Our contest has closed, and winners have already been notified. Thank you to all of our participants.

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

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

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

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

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6. Geo Test #2: 515 submissions

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

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8. Timelines: 380 submissions

Timelines

 

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

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

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

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Do you have a great assignment that you’d like to share with our community? Share your assignment in our Edcite Assignment Library or share on social media!