Top 30 Assignments of 2016-17

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Throughout the 2016-17 school year, 18.5 million questions and 2.3 million assignments were submitted by students on Edcite! Below we have gathered the top 30 assignments with the most student submissions  — math teachers, we hope you catch up next year! 😄

Click on an assignment name to preview the assignment and make a copy to use next year.

1. The Kudzu Plant: 60,000 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension; upper elementary

2. Too Much Soda: 52,000 submissions

main ideas and details practice; upper elementary

3. The Lion and The Mouse: 49,000 submissions

reading comprehension; 3rd grade

4. Figurative Language Practice: 43,000 submissions

multimedia ELA practice; middle school

figurative language assignment

5. The Black Pearl: 40,000 submissions

video and passage comparison; middle school

6. Timelines: 32,000 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

7. Excerpt from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: 27,000 submissions

reading comprehension; upper elementary

8. Sam – Characters, Literal Comprehension, and Text Evidence: 25,500 submissions

ELA formative assessment; elementary

9. Government: 24,500 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

government assignment

10. Overcoming Adversity: 23,000 submissions

text structure and justifying a claim practice; middle school

11. Yosemite National Park: 21,000 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension with multimedia; middle school

12. Geography Skills: 20,500 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

geography assignment

13. Early Civilizations 1: 20,300 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

14. Adaptation: 19,800 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension; 3rd grade

15. What Is Climate Change?: 190,700 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension; 4th grade

16. Sweethearts: 19,700 submissions

nonfiction reading comprehension; 3rd grade

17. Nonfiction Text Organization: 19,400 submissions

cause and effect, main idea and details, topic sentences practice; elementary

cause and effect assignment

18. How the Leaves Came Down: 19,000 submissions

poetry assignment; upper elementary

19. The Story That Has No End: 18,300 submissions

fable assignment; upper elementary

20. Totally Twisters: 18,000 submissions

interpreting visual information assignment; upper elementary

21. Historical Thinking and First Ohioans: 17,800 submissions

social studies assignment; elementary

22. Human Geography: 16,600 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

human geography assignment

23. Early Civilizations 2: 16,400 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

24. Economics Concepts: 16,200 submissions

social studies assignment; middle school

25. Teeth: 15,600 submissions

reading information assignment; 3rd grade

26. Penguin Chicks: 15,000 submissions

speaking and listening standards practice; 4th grade

27. The Moon: 13,300 submissions

poetry assignment; upper elementary

the moon poetry assignment

28. American Revolution and New Nation: 13,000 submissions

social studies assignment; elementary

29. Segregation and Civil Rights: 12,800 submissions

ELA lesson; middle school

30. The Road Not Taken: 12,400 submissions

poetry assignment; middle school

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, 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!

Teacher of the Month: Brenda Blee

We are excited to present our April Teacher of the Month, Brenda Blee! Brenda is an exceptional elementary teacher in Nevada, a leader in her school, and a long-time Edcite user. Read on to learn more about Brenda and how she uses Edcite.

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Our Partnership with Science Journal for Kids

Edcite is committed to partnering with organizations who create exceptional content and provide resources that give students real-world learning experiences. This commitment is reflected in our partnership with Science Journal for Kids, an online science magazine that provides cutting-edge, peer-reviewed environmental science research adapted for a student audience.

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Science Journal for Kids was created by Tanya Dimitrova. According to Tanya, “I conceived the idea for Science Journal for Kids in my own classroom in the spring of 2015. I was teaching AP Environmental Science and I had assigned a project: pick one primary research paper from a peer-reviewed journal to summarize and present to the class. Oh, how my students struggled! The language in scientific papers is so far over their heads. It’s over the heads of most people, really. Yet, I felt strongly that they had the right to know about the state of the world they were inheriting from us!”

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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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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.

Assessing Interactive Science Simulations

With growing expectations for students to engage with material online and the desire of teachers and students to experience the learning process, it is no wonder that PhET Interactive Simulations have become so popular.

PhET Interactive Simulations, produced through the University of Colorado Boulder, have more than gotten the attention of science teachers across the world. Specifically in the US with new Next Generation science standards and assessments (NGSS), teachers are looking for high quality digital resources to enrich and align their teaching.

PhET Interactive Simulations, like Edcite, wants to give back to education through free content which is why all of their simulations are available under Creative Commons licensing. PhET’s open source policy enables many teachers to embed these simulations into homework, in-class practice, or assessments. In fact, we learned about PhET from our teacher community. Earlier this year, we heard from teachers in Ohio that these simulations were fantastic complements to their lessons.

After seeing how useful embeddable simulations were for teachers, Edcite now allows PhET Interactive Simulations embeds! So teachers can further enrich their Edcite interactive assessments with awesome PhET simulations to further engage and challenge their students. Dave Limbaugh, an 8th grade science teacher, has used PhET simulations in his class throughout this year, but now is able to use them on his summative or formative assessments on Edcite.

“With the additional Edcite feature of embedding a PHET simulation, I have been able to assess my Science students higher order thinking skills by having them apply, analyze and evaluate collected data. Using this technology allows me to incorporate 21st Century skills into my 8th grade classroom. ”
-Dave Limbaugh, Oakwood Middle School, Canton, OH

Check out these formative Edcite assignments that assess students using different simulations.

Click here for some directions on how to create your own Edcite assignment using a PhET simulation—and don’t forget to share it in the library. 🙂