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.
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!
Women’s History Month is in full-swing, and you may be looking for assignments to use in your classroom. Your students may also be talking about the upcoming Olympic Games, which makes this the perfect time to share Edcite’s formative assessments focused on women of the Summer Olympics! In fact, we think these assessments deserve gold medals!
These questions give students the new and old scoring systems and ask them to calculate scores using the systems. It starts with simple decimal operations and moves to cover mean, and finishes with an open-ended question asking students to choose a strategy weighing the new system.
Students first break down a scholarly article about gender schema theory, read the 1928 depiction of the race, watch the video of the race, and then respond to the NYT depiction with a tweet and letter to the editor.
This assignment starts off simple with mean and median calculations as well as testing student knowledge of what constitutes a statistical question. It then has students analyze multiple data sets with videos and come to their own conclusions.
Do stay tuned for more Olympics-themed blog posts, with relevant Edcite assignments, over the next few months. You can also create your own Olympics-related assignments on Edcite and share these with other teachers in our Library. And, if you tell us, we may just feature your assignment in our next blog post!
Each month we honor an exceptional teacher from our Edcite community, and we are proud to honor our January Teacher of the Month, Carol Raff, a middle school teacher in Ohio! According to the teacher who nominated her, “Carol not only uses Edcite to prepare her students for a digital world, she has also energized the entire staff of Oakwood Middle School to use Edcite in their classrooms. Carol provides support for beginners like me as well as those veteran users who need a refresher. Carol has made me an Edcite believer.”
Read more about Carol and her use of Edcite below.
Tell us a bit about yourself. I am currently in my 18th year of teaching and have spent all of my years in the Plain Local School District in Canton, Ohio. I have 3 awesome children and one beautiful daughter in law. I enjoy traveling with my fiance, Mike and visiting warm tropical places. Summers (when I am not in classes! ) I enjoy poolside with my little dog Sadie.
What do you teach? I currently am teaching Informational Technology 2.0. I am excited about this class because it is a class that I have developed. I also help with tech integration at our school. This is the first year that we have a 1:1 initiative.
Why did you become a teacher? I originally got into the field of education because I loved little kids. However, all of my years have been spent at the Middle School level. I enjoy this age because they are a good mix of independent and inquisitive learners.
How did you hear about Edcite? I first began using Edcite last year. I was looking for an assessment program that utilized the same tools as the PARCC Assessment. I was very fortunate to have other teachers in the building who were looking for the same type of Assessments so we became an Edcite Team!
What aspects make you most “Edcited” about Edcite? I like Edcite because the tech team is so very helpful. I was first introduced to Talia and without her help I would have really struggled. As time went on creating and using questions and assessments became much easier. I love that the Edcite Team is always looking for suggestions to improve. They really do listen and make requested changes and additions.
How do you use Edcite in the classroom? I use Edcite in my classroom in a variety of ways. At the beginning of lessons to get an idea of where my students are with the new concept, in the middle to see if learning targets are being reached, and at the end to see what I need to do to make sure all students have achieved the learning target.
Final Words of Wisdom for other Edcite Users?🙂 I have found the more I use Edcite the better I get! Making assessments no longer takes as long as it did when I first began. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the Edcite Team as they are so willing to talk you through any questions you might have!
With over 11,000 assignments in Edcite’s assignments library, it can be difficult choosing which ones to use with your students. We decided to chip in, and analyzed which assignments were most popular this last year. Check out the assignments below, and please share them with the other educators you know!
(To share this assignment with friends and colleagues!)
As 2014 draws to a close, we wanted to highlight the most outstanding and popular assignments from this past year. Please share these outstanding resources with your friends, your students, and your personal learning network (PLN)!
There are so many ways to use technology in the classroom, but we want to highlight three ways that teachers used Edcite whole-class. One reason whole class is a great option to consider is that it doesn’t require a ton of tech resources! If you have a projector, you are good to go! Smart board? Great! And, after you do some work together, you can send additional work to students for them to do in a computer lab, on a tablet or ipad, on a laptop, or even on their smartphone!
Today we are going to explore how teachers use whole group instruction (1) to introduce new material, (2) to engage students with game-style learning, and (3) in their morning routines and reviews.
Introducing new material
Graeme Higgins is a primary school teacher in Dublin, Ireland. He teaches Senior Infants (the American equivalent of Kindergarten) and is beginning this year with some basic maths (“math” for our US teachers :)). Their workbook starts by having students count and label the number of flowers in different boxes. This is a question that appears in their book.
He created this assignment to completely align with their practice, so they could go through it whole class. Here is an adapted version in English.
Before sending students off to complete their practice in the books, he modeled how they should use the skill of counting to complete the work. He then invited students up to the board to try it out. This can build excitement while also checking for understanding!
According to Graeme, this is really helpful because he can be intentional with the questions he puts into the whole class practice. Calling different students up for questions that appropriately match their ability and confidence.
“Edcite allows a teacher to create questions that cater to the different learning styles and levels in his/her classroom.” -Graeme Higgins
Interactive Game Style Questions
I worked this summer as a school manager at an elementary school. When a teacher needed to step out of the classroom for a moment, I had to step up and cover the class for twenty minutes.
I called all of the students to the carpet in front of our smart board as I pulled up a question-type on Edcite that could be used for some interactive and fun math practice.
Within thirty seconds I had a math game created–tailored to the skill and level I chose. Because it was an entering second grade class, we worked with addition of numbers 1-20.
You can watch this short clip, if you’d like to watch how we used this to push our understanding of addition. I focused on using the strategy no-opt out–every kid would participate and we wouldn’t let any kid fall behind with the wrong answer.
Having interactive questions is great for building investment in the lesson. So many of the question types on Edcite are conducive to whole-class learning in an engaging way. For me, I love when kids have fun in my class–but fun is not the goal. The goal is the learning, so I love that the question types can feel as fun as games…but ultimately focus on the learning I’m targeting.
Ana Bermudez used Edcite in her first grade classroom during her morning review. Many primary and elementary teachers will start the mornings off with a routine. Edcite can complement a regular whole-class routine or review because it is so customizable. If you want to have the students select the weather each day or identify the date each morning, you can quickly create those questions daily.
Ana used it to review short and long vowels in the morning. Check out the question she created before (left) and after (right) it is answered shown below.
There are so many ways to use Edcite in the classroom, and these three teachers only highlight some of the ways it can be used whole group! If you have more ways that you use Edcite whole class, email me at Julia@edcite.com and maybe we can feature you and your class in our next blog post!