Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

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Every May the U.S. celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week. At Edcite we appreciate teachers every day, but we use this week to shout it from the rooftops!

Our team is made up of several former teachers plus team members who have had important teachers in their lives. Every day we work to offer a platform that will help teachers and their classrooms. To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week this year, the Edcite Team wanted to share words of gratitude for our teaching community.

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megaphoneShow a colleague how much you appreciate their hard work using Edcite by posting a message on Twitter or Facebook. If you tag @EdciteTeam, we’ll share your post!

Top 10 Question Types in 2017 (Teacher Tools)

Edcite offers 60 technology-enhanced question types that align with online state assessments such as SBAC (Smarter Balanced), PARCC, AIR, ACT Aspire, and FSA (Florida State Assessments). Teachers can use these question types to create their own formative and summative assessments. This year we also improved our question type designs to make it even easier to create questions on Edcite.

Read on for the top 10 Edcite question types teachers used in 2017!

1. Free Response

Free Response was our most popular question type this year! Our Free Response question can be used across subjects, and teachers are able to add digital rubrics to make grading easy. You will find this question listed as #101 on our Create Question page.

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2. Fill in the Blanks

Teachers love our Fill in the Blanks question type, which is found on online state assessments. You can differentiate this question type by setting it as a drop-down, drag and drop, or type in answer. All options will be autograded. You will find this question listed as #002 on our Create Question page.

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3. Math Keypad

This question type is always a popular one for math teachers looking for state assessment alignment. It is also autograded! You will find this question listed as #062 (Multiple Answers) or #063 (Single Answer) on our Create Question page.

Student is entering the sum of the fractions using a math keyboard technology-enhanced question type.

4. Essay Response

Teachers can add multiple passages, videos, or audio clips to Essay Response questions. Digital rubrics can also be added for fast grading on Edcite, and teachers can incorporate annotations and comments for students to see on their grade report. You will find this question listed as #100 on our Create Question page.

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5. Numeric Answer

The Numeric Answer question type asks students to enter their answer in the box, with the option to write in units. Answers will be automatically graded! You will find this question listed as #066 on our Create Question page. Edcite also offers a Randomized Numeric Response Question (#068). Teachers choose a variable, set a range for it, and then set the answer algebraically so that the question will grade automatically, even though all students will see a different problem.

Need a text version of this question? Check out Edcite’s Short Text Answer question type (#027), which is also autograded!

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6. Drag and Drop – Text / Drag and Drop – Math

The Drag and Drop – Text question is engaging for students and gives teachers a lot of freedom in how they want to set up the question. Images and tables can be embedded, making it a valuable question to use across subjects. It is also an autograded question type. You will find this question listed as #021 on our Create Question page.
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The Drag and Drop – Math question type is very popular because it aligns with online state assessments. Students can drag integers, expressions, images, or text. Teachers can also select an optional grid layout or background image. This autograded drag and drop question is listed as #022 on our Create Question page.

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7. Grouping Drag and Drop

Teachers and students love this question type, and it can be used across all levels and subjects. Teachers have the ability to set up answer choices as text or images. This is an autograded question type. You will find it listed as #041 on our Create Question page.

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8. Select Box Response

This multiple choice question type uses larger boxes for answer choices. Teachers can set multiple correct answers and include images or graphs as answers. This autograded question type is listed as #004 on our Create Question page.

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9. Match Text-to-Text

Students have a lot of fun with this question type as they show their learning! Students match items from two lists, and Edcite autogrades their answers. You will find this question type listed as #041 on our Create Question page.

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10. Tabular Checkbox Answer

This question type appears on many online state assessments. Teachers can set up the table with multiple questions or problems and answers. You will find this autograded question listed as #010 on our Create Question page.

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What is your favorite question type on Edcite? Share on social media with the tag #EdciteQuestionType!

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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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!

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

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

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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
Edcite
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.

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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.

 

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Tani Wong
Web Developer
Edcite
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.

 

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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!

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.

 

share-buttonDo 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!

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!