Extraordinary Edcite Teachers

We are full of gratitude for our extraordinary teacher community and wish all teachers a Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Below we have highlighted just a few of the teachers who have inspired us this year.

Positive Teachers 

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Rocky River City Schools teachers

Jana Mitchell has just begun to dive into Edcite and her excitement is overwhelming. Not only did she create her final for her kids, she is now working on getting all of her chapter tests into Edcite for next year. She asks many questions, and I am so grateful that I can help her use this tool the way she wants. So excited to have another person share my love of Edcite!!!!! – Joslin Lee, Biology Teacher, Benjamin Logan High School and Edcite Evangelist

I want to thank all of the teachers in Rocky River City Schools. I helped our team member Julia Sweeney lead a district-wide PD, and the teachers there are incredibly professional, collaborative, and willing to learn new technology skills. – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Brianne Huber is an Edcite Schools teacher from Dover Intermediate School in Westlake, Ohio, who is becoming an expert in creating content on Edcite so that she can better prepare her students for the Ohio State Test. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

I was able to meet our Teacher of the Month Maria Sohns at Sunman-Dearborn Middle School in Indiana. Her students use digital programs, including Edcite, every day and are completely engaged in learning language arts! Her students are curious, knowledgeable, and very respectful. She’s done a stellar job as a teacher! – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Carita Carryl introduced Edcite to her 9th grade students at West Boca High School in Boca Raton, Florida. This technology-enhanced practice helped students prepare for the type of questions they were required to answers on the FSA. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Super Content Creators

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Teacher Rachel Brown

Jessica Beckford, a teacher at McArthur High School in Broward County, Florida has created exceptional high school math content and gives her students authentic practice for the FSA. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Pam Sever, a science teacher at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica, California has truly impressed me this year! She has been creating really engaging science assignments on Edcite and has shared her expertise with her entire science team. – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Melissa Runyon has given lots of great feedback on improving writing in Edcite for students and teachers. She also creates lots of wonderful middle school English content for Bryant Public Schools! – Brian McIntosh, Edcite Product Manager and Computer Science Teacher

Rachel Brown is a 6th grade language arts teacher at Dekalb Middle School in Indiana who has created very strong content for her entire team. She is an Edcite pro! – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Joseph Winters from Four Corners High School, part of the Charter Schools USA network, has created an entire writing curriculum in Edcite Schools, helping prepare his students for the FSA writing exam. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Carissa Stevens is a math teacher at Logan-Hocking Middle School in Ohio who has created a lot of strong 5th grade math content and has shared it with the Edcite community. I encourage teachers to check out her assignment collections and follow her on Edcite Social! – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Teachers Leading the Way

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Christine Salcido and Edcite team member Brian McIntosh

Christine Salcido, Math Department Chair at Pacheco High School, helped set up Edcite Schools in Los Banos Unified School District and has created a MASSIVE amount of great content on the site. She is also great at finding and trying out new features on Edcite! – Brian McIntosh, Edcite Product Manager and Computer Science Teacher

Opal Ferron, a coach at Plantation High School in Broward County, Florida has not only learned how to create content and assign assignments to students on Edcite, but she has encouraged every teacher in her school to use the platform so that all students have engaged practice with technology enhanced questions. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Shelby Swartout and Kelly Cooper have helped lead Edcite professional development sessions, worked with Edcite creators to make Edcite Schools better, and created amazing assignments to help their students master the ELA and Social Studies Standards. Edcite is an amazing product but having great teachers like Shelby Swartout and Kelly Cooper to create and administer assignments on Edcite makes measuring learning a success! – Courtney Stewart, Technology Coordinator for Mary Blount Elementary School in Tennessee and Edcite Evangelist

Nikolaos Chatzopoulos from Plato Academy, located on the West Coast of Florida, has engaged his entire network of schools in EdTech by creating a symposium where educators can discuss technology that works in the classroom and has introduced Edcite Schools to Plato Academy. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Andress Scott, a Literacy Specialist in Bryant Public Schools in Arkansas, has done a great job advocating for teachers she supports, helping Bryant create lots of great common assessments, and she is using Edcite’s rubric report to improve writing all over her district. Last but not least, she introduced me to a wonderful bakery in Bryant! – Brian McIntosh, Edcite Product Manager and Computer Science Teacher

Lucy Zarut-Bellon from North Hialeah Elementary School in Miami-Dade County, Florida, is an Edcite Schools leader extraordinaire and has created incredible Edcite assignments for her elementary-aged students. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

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Thank you from the Edcite Team!

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.

Continue reading Best Digital Assignments of 2016

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.

Presidential Election Playlist

The U.S. presidential election is approaching, and students are sure to have a lot of questions! It is important to give students an understanding of how our government and the presidential election works. That is why we put together this playlist of assignments that can be used in social studies, language arts, and even math!

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Elementary

Elections – Lower Elementary

In this lower elementary assignment, students will watch a video to learn about the concept of elections.

Elections – Upper Elementary

In this upper elementary assignment, students will watch a video and learn about the requirements for becoming President of the United States.

Middle School

History of the Presidential Debates

In this social studies and language arts assignment, students will compare and contrast presidential debates throughout history.

Susan B. Anthony

In this social studies and language arts assignment, students will analyze Susan B. Anthony’s famous speech on women’s right to vote in U.S. elections.

High School

Voter Turnout: HS Math and Social Studies Assignment

In this math and social studies assignment, students will analyze how historical events have had an impact on voter turnout by analyzing tables of statistics and graphs.

United States Civics Overview

In this social studies assignment, students will review the branches of the United States government.

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Olympians Who Persevered Playlist

The third playlist in our Olympic Games series focuses on assignments that teach students about perseverance! Students will learn about Olympians who faced great obstacles but never gave up. These are the perfect assignments to give as the school year closes and the Rio Olympics approach. Also, in case you missed our first two Olympics playlists, you can check them out here and here.

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Elementary

  Lower Elementary: “Olympian Never Gives Up

In this assignment, students will watch a heartwarming video and answer interactive math, science, social studies, and ELA questions.

Lower Elementary: Kerri Strug and the Vault

In this assignment,  students will watch a video about an unforgettable moment in Olympic history and answer interactive math, science, social studies, and ELA questions.

Middle School

ELA: “Olympic Hero Jesse Owens

In this assignment, students will analyze an ESPN article about obstacles Olympian Jesse Owens faced in 1936.

Math: “MS Math Olympics Assignment – Perseverance

Students will analyze Jesse Owens’ amazing performances and solve problems related to speed and distance.

High School

ELA: “Understanding the Power of the Paralympic Movement”

After watching a video and reading two articles, students will summarize the Paralympic movement and analyze the way in which the athletic events are impacting society at large.

Math:HS Math Olympics Assignment – Will It Happen Again?

Students will analyze probability questions about how likely it is to win a gold medal at the Olympics.  

shutterstock_371636536Pass the torch! Did one of our Olympics assignments catch your eye? Share one with a fellow teacher by sending them the link!

 

Teacher of the Month: Matt Waligura

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We are delighted to present our April Teacher of the Month, Matt Waligura, a high school science teacher from Freedom High School in Orlando, Florida!

Read more about Matt and his use of Edcite below.


Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Matt Waligura. I am a 42 year old father of two, a son 13 years old and a daughter 10 years old.  I live in Central Florida and am currently employed by the Orange County Public School system. This year will complete my 15th year in the education field.

What do you teach? 

At the present time I teach Physical Science at the high school level. We are currently in our first year of implementing a complete digital curriculum. Each student has a school-provided Lenovo device that they keep with them at all times.

Why did you become a teacher?

I have always enjoyed the outdoors and our environment. This love of the outdoors and being athletic in high school steered me towards a career in the science field as well as possibly becoming a coach at the high school level. I had several teacher / coaches that had an impact on me and influenced my career choice during that time. The path that I was interested in led me to earning a degree in biology and a secondary education certification. I have enjoyed my years in education and the sports aspect of high school tremendously.

How did you hear about Edcite?

I was presented a short presentation on the Edcite link in a science department meeting around the start of 2016. The aspect of a web based site that I could use to present assignments directly to individual student devices was very appealing. The ability to keep track of student records and accountability was an added bonus. Due to our entire school being driven by a digital based platform the Edcite application was a terrific fit to supplement my lesson plan

What aspects make you most “Edcited” about Edcite?

I would have to say that the accountability aspect of Edcite has made me the most “Edcited”. The site allows me to monitor my students by their individual reports or by a complete class summary of the assignment. The ability to see whether a student has “opened”, is “in progress”, or has “submitted” the assignment is a great tool in motivation and accountability. Supplying a breakdown of their answers to the assignments, and thus being able to view each student’s responses, allows me to formatively assess the students’ progress throughout the lesson. The ability to use this application for summative (exam) assignments has also been a plus.

Formative Assessments

How do you use Edcite in the classroom?

I have been implementing Edcite on a frequent basis. The site has allowed me to present my classes with a “bell ringer” at the start of class and then as a formative assessment tool throughout the lesson. The ability to set each assignment up with a time limit and date parameter is fantastic! It has also provided a reliable platform for homework assignments. The ability to have students access the site at school or at home allows these assignments to be completed in an efficient manner. I believe that the site has helped improve my ability to formatively assess my students with greater confidence

Final Words of Wisdom for other Edcite Users? :)

I would recommend Edcite wholeheartedly. The ability to create and or select already shared assignments is a snap. Edcite’s resource to create very highly engaged questions and present them in a specific manner to match a rigorous lesson plan make this a site that I will definitely continue to use in my education career. To have it all contained in one easy and simple-to-navigate package is spectacular to add to an educator’s demanding schedule.

History of the Olympics Playlist

Our Olympic Games series is continuing, and this time around we have fantastic formative assessments related to the history of the Olympics! In case you missed our first Olympics post, you can check out our playlist here. Be sure to stay tuned for more when our Olympics series continues next month!

Elementary

In this assignment, students will watch a video and answer interactive ELA and math questions related to how the Olympics began.

In this assignment, students will watch a video about Olympic high jumping and answer interactive math and ELA questions.

Middle School

In this assignment, students will analyze a news article about sports eliminated over the years by the International Olympic Committee.

Students will watch videos and work with word problems to answer, “How fast are Olympic athletes moving in their events?”

High School

Students will analyze two texts about the return of the modern-day Olympics and will then write a speech, giving opening statements on the first day of the Games.

Students will watch videos and work with interactive math questions.


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