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.

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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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Teacher of the Month: Rachel Brown

We are thrilled to present our September Teacher of the Month, Rachel Brown! Rachel is a fantastic Language Arts teacher from Indiana who has created dozens of her own Edcite assignments, which she shares with her Language Arts team.

Read on to learn about Rachel and how she uses Edcite in her school.

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a teacher at DeKalb Middle School in Waterloo, Indiana. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Manchester College in 2012. I am starting my fourth year teaching, having spent two years teaching 4th grade before moving up to the middle school level. In my spare time I also help coach the DeKalb girl’s soccer team.

What do you teach?

I teach 6th grade English Language Arts

Why did you become a teacher?rachel-1

I decided I wanted to be a teacher when I was very young. Amazing teachers along the way helped confirm this desire and strengthen my conviction to reach my goal. Throughout high school and college, I found ways to get active with kids to learn all I could from them by tutoring, coaching, mentoring, and volunteering. I loved working with the children and knew that I had made the right decision in my profession.

How did you hear about Edcite?

I learned about Edcite through another teacher. I was really excited about the opportunities Edcite provided for my students to interact with technology while being prepared for new types of questions.

How do you use Edcite in the classroom?

I use Edcite in a variety of ways in my classroom. Most of our assessments are taken through Edcite. We also do reading comprehension assignments and home E-Learning assignments on Edcite.

What aspects make you most “Edcited” about Edcite?

giphy-47I love how students are able to interact both with texts and questions in new and innovative ways. Being able to have students highlight, sort, categorize, write responses, and use multiple choice formats really won me over. My students love using Edcite and being able to know how they did immediately.

I love being able to quickly see what students understand, and where their gaps are so I can adjust my instruction.

Final Words of Wisdom for other Edcite Users? :)

Use the assignment library. There are so many great assignments out there to help you get started if you are hesitant about creating your own assignments at first. It’s great to see how others make use of the variety of question types before starting to create your own assignments. Once you get started using Edcite, you will wonder how you managed to get along without it!

Read On: Edcite’s New Passage Library

Since Edcite began, we’ve heard a clear need from teachers for more free, high-quality digital literacy tools. Teachers have voiced that they love Edcite because it’s a great platform for creating reading-based assignments, even if you’re teaching Spanish or Biology. But we wanted more for our teachers. We wanted more free texts for our teachers, including texts specifically designed to help struggling readers and English Learning Learners (ELLs). And we wanted our teachers to easily add these texts to the assignments they create.

And so we let these motivations guide us and we built our very own passage library. We’ve gathered dozens of passages for different subjects, grade levels, and lexile ranges. We’ve partnered with an incredible non-profit Story Shares, which works to bridge literacy gaps, providing relevant and readable texts to struggling readers in middle school, high school, and beyond.

Here is some more passage library information:

About The Passage Library

  • Contains dozens of passages, for subjects like STEM, History, Math, Psychology, and Civics.
  • Contains passages in different languages, including Gaeilge and Spanish.
  • Includes passages from Story Shares, specifically designed for struggling readers.
  • Searchable by subject, topic, and Lexile score.

How To Use The Passage Library

  • Video on using the passage library.
  • You can insert the passage library directly into an ELA question when you make it. Here are the question types with the ability to add passages:
PARCC Questions SmarterBalanced Questions
Tabular Drag Response

Select Text Answer

Multiple Choice (ELA)

Essay Response (ELA)

Extended Select Answer (ELA)

Free Response (ELA)

Multiple Choice (ELA)

Essay Answer (ELA)

Select Text (ELA)

Rearrange Text (ELA)

We can’t wait to hear what opportunities our new passage library unlocks for you and your students. Tell us how it goes in the comments below! In the meantime, read on!

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