13 Thanksgiving Messages from Our Community (K12 Education)

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With Thanksgiving upon us, we want to express how grateful we are to our growing community of educators. The Edcite community is made up of teachers and administrators who continue to support their students with digital learning — engaging them with interactive math assignments, reading activities, science simulations, social studies assessments, and more. Thank you for everything that you do for your students.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to share what our community members are thankful for this year! Keep reading to learn why Edcite teachers, administrators, and team members are grateful this Thanksgiving.

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Dr. Kristen Taylor
Jefferson Elementary, MO
I am thankful for the ability to ensure that my students get the best education they have access to!




Carissa Stevens
5th Grade Math
Logan-Hocking Middle School, OH
I am thankful for a supportive Family & our new Math Coach!


Charles Grady
Algebra 1 and Geometry
West Noble High School, IN
I am thankful for all the support that I get from administration, other teachers, union, and especially all the tech help. And I am thankful for programs like Edcite that make teaching so much easier.

Sam Matthews
Software Engineer
I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with a great team, on a practical educational product!


Sharon Julien
K-5 Computers (Educational Technology, Engineering & Design AKA STEAM)
Marlboro Elementary School, NJ
I’m thankful for the children who get so incredibly excited about my class that I smile. I love when they’re in my room and blurt out one-liners that show that they “get it.” I’m thankful for students who don’t realize they’re working because they think they’re just having fun and who are disappointed at the end of class. I’m also thankful for those who support me and my program: colleagues and administration.


Rachel Brown
6th Grade Language Arts
Dekalb Middle School, IN
I am thankful for my 6th grade Language Arts team. They are the best group of ladies to work with and we collaborate wonderfully together. They make teaching a wonderful experience.


Cortney Mason


Cortney Mason
Reading Coach
Cedar Grove Middle School, NC
I am thankful for being able to use Edcite and have my students really start to enjoy reading!


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Manger of Customer Success
I am thankful for my career with the Edcite Team. I have the privilege of working with incredibly intelligent and intuitive people who value collaboration. It is exciting to be part of something that is making a difference in so many students’ lives.


Courtney Stewart
Technology Coach
Mary Blount Elementary School, TN
I’m thankful for a supportive staff that I have built relationships with and have invited me into their classrooms to try new ed tech programs to help our students reach their academic potential.



Tani Wong
Web Developer
I am thankful for the teachers who continuously use Edcite for the benefit of their classrooms and their overall school/district. Thank you to the teachers who make an effort to transition over to the digital aspect of learning.




Shana Nissenbaum
3rd Grade ELA
National Trail Elementary School, OH
I am thankful for a strong marriage, a good job, health and happiness.


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Dr. Bryan Drost
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Summmit ESC, OH
I am thankful for #OALC18 — it’s going to be amazing!!!!


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Nicole Meyer
Tech Integration
Copley-Fairlawn City Schools, OH
I am SO thankful for the amazing support of all the Edcite staff members! Josie, Julia, Nicole and Brian are the BEST!


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What are you thankful for this year? Share on Twitter with the tag #edcitethanksgiving and we’ll retweet your message!

Our Year In Review: 2014

We accomplished so much in 2014! We can’t wait for this next year to be even better!

January: Edcite Gets Going!
Last January, we were still in the beginning phases of our site! Edcite teachers were adding outstanding resources to our website and our blog was just starting! Wow, how much we’ve grown in one year’s time!

February: Edcite’s New Look!
In February, we changed the entire design of our site! Check out how different our home page is now compared to last February!


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The “old” Edcite look.
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Edcite’s new look!

March: Global Outreach!
Edcite started to expand globally this month, as Julia Sweeney, our wonderful team member responsible for global outreach, began to attend and present at education conferences in Ireland.

April: Partnering With Katherine Smith Elementary School!
Edcite visits Katherine Smith Elementary School and starts planning our outstanding Junior CEOs internship!

May: Ch-Ch-Changes!
In May, we made many exciting changes to our site using our teacher feedback. We created an easy-to-read assignment report for teachers and we created Edcite quicklinks, which enable you to quickly send an assignment to your students or your colleagues. We ended the month by spotlighting one of our most outstanding early users: Kathy Cary. Kathy became our first-ever Teacher of the Month!
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June: Appsmashing on Edcite!
With the help of Joe Dale, Julia Sweeney started to explore how to apply the appsmashing techniques to our digital assignments on Edcite. Julia worked with outstanding Edcite teachers to create outstanding, multi-media rich assignments. Julia’s Appsmashing success on this assignment even won her a nomination for the Appsmashing awards!

photo (11)July: Junior CEOs Internship
The Edcite team spent July working with our Junior CEOs at Katherine Smith Elementary School. Using a design thinking curriculum, the students analyzed key features of Edcite and designed ways to improve the site. Their outstanding work was even featured in Edsurge!

August: PD, PD, and more PD!
As we prepared to return back to school, the Edcite team gathered our many resources on digital technology and the Common Core. We conducted professional development sessions to help teachers prepare for these upcoming shifts, and assembled blog posts about the Common Core performance tasks and what a Common Core curriculum looks like!

September: Back to School We Go!
With the start of the 2014-2015 school year, we saw a huge increase in the number of teachers and students using Edcite. In the 2013-2014 school year, we saw 7,000 teachers sign up for Edcite. Since the start of this school year, we have already seen over 14,700 teachers sign up! Thank you all for spreading the positive word!

We also had a chance to celebrate our talented and gifted teacher from Washington, Cherie Pallitto for our September Teacher of the Month!

October: Lots of Questions
We spent October pondering the state of education in general: talking about the digital divide, the pivotal importance of math, and how to innovate the flipped classroom model using Edcite. Just in time for Halloween, we celebrated our October Teacher of the Month, Graeme Higgins!

November: Beta Birthday!
In November, we celebrate our 1-year birthday since releasing our Beta program! Read about our outstanding accomplishments from year 1 here! We also highlighted our November Teacher of the Month, Matt Doran, who serves as a K-12 Social Studies Coordinator for the Columbus City Schools School District in Ohio.Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 4.17.18 PM

December: ‘Tis the season, to add many new site features!
We were so encouraged by the growing amount of Edcite users and teacher feedback that we worked as hard as we could to add many new features to our site! We added 9 new PARCC question types to the site, added a “grade by standard” feature, and the ability to export your grades to a CSV file!


We can’t wait for what this new years bring to Edcite, to our beloved teachers, and to our outstanding students!

Thankful Thoughts

This Thanksgiving, we’re feeling deeply thankful for:

1. Our Growing Family:

Since last Thanksgiving, our family has grown to over 20,000 teachers and 50,000 students. We have also engaged with hundreds of school leaders and parents. To all of you in our Edcite community, we are so grateful.blogpostpic1

2. Growing Older, and Wiser:

On November 15th, we celebrated our 1-year Beta Birthday! Read about our accomplishments over the last year here!


3. Making Progress:

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we released two outstanding site enhancements. First, teachers can now create content using our 8 PARCC question types, including new questions for both ELA and Math. We have also implemented a standards-based grading report, which you can use for past, current and future assignments.


4. Sharing + Caring:

Thanks to teacher contributors, our shared library has grown to include over 4,200 assignments. Of these, over 2,350 are Common Core-aligned assignments, over 50 are NGSS-aligned and 40 are NCCA-aligned. This holiday break, make sure to check out our assignments library! Keep an eye out for special Turkey Day assignments!


5. Our global teachers:

Though Edcite has focused on reaching American teachers in the last year, we have seen teachers from 23 countries sign up — from countries like Ireland to India, from Australia to Argentina. If you’ve seen words like “math” being written as “maths”, or “color” as “colour”, you are probably looking at the assignment of an international teacher!


 6. And Finally…Some Extra Sleep!

This last year has kept us busy and we’re excited to finally catch up on some zzzzs. We know you are as well, so please enjoy your break!


What are you feeling thankful for? Let us know in your comments!