Passing the District Report Card Standard in Ohio [Online Assessments]

This week we are sharing stories from Ohio teachers who use Edcite for AIR-alignment. Read our Q & A below to learn how a social studies teacher in Berea, Ohio has been using Edcite in his department.

What is your name?

Kevin Braaten

What is your job title? Where do you work?

Teacher; Berea-Midpark HS in Ohio

How long have you been using Edcite?

[I have been using Edcite for] about a year; it was introduced to us last year by our Curriculum Department as a way to prepare our students for the Ohio End-of-Course-Exam in American Government.

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What problem does Edcite solve for you?

Edcite allows us to focus on content and allows our students to practice similar test items that they will see on the state test.

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What are your goals for using Edcite this school year?
  1. Create more formative assessments.
  2. Create our own questions.
  3. Continue to develop skills in using Edcite.
What else would you like to share?

We were the only subject area to use Edcite last year, and consequently, we were also the only subject in our entire district that passed the standard on our district report card!!

Thank you, Kevin, for your Edcite Story! Teachers, you can check out one of Kevin’s assessments below. Make a copy for your class or use it as inspiration to create your own assessment on Edcite!

Assessment Link:

Unit II (Constitutional Amendment) Assessment

chalkboard-620316_640Kevin shared his 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, fill out our form.

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.

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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!

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.

 

5 Ways to Use Edcite as School Starts (Teaching Tools)

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Welcome back to school! The first month of school is a busy time for teachers, but using digital assignments on Edcite can save you some time. Here are five ways to use Edcite in the beginning of the school year.

Getting to Know You Surveys

Knowing and understanding your students is an important part of teaching, and these Getting to Know You Surveys will help. You can even refer back to your students’ answers in the Assignment Report throughout the coming months.

Baseline Assessments

Once you’ve started to learn about your students, a baseline assessment is a great way to begin your curriculum. The Edcite Math Baselines will instantly show you what math skills students have as they start the school year. The Edcite ELA Baselines will give you a sample of students’ writing skills.

In-Class Assignments

Many teachers have students work on Edcite during class. Visit our curated Featured Collections to find great assignments to assign to your students. Then use the Live Assignment Dashboard to view students’ progress in real-time.

Exit Tickets

You can also use Edcite to create a digital exit ticket for students to complete at the end of class. You will see answers and scores as soon as students finish the exit ticket, and you can use that data to inform instruction the next day. To create your own exit ticket, visit the Create Question option in your navigation bar for our 60+ tech-enhanced question types.

Homework

Students can use Edcite on any device, so teachers often give Edcite practice for homework. If you allow retakes, the Summary Report will give you the option of selecting which retake score you would like to view, and you can upload this to your report card system.

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How do you plan to use Edcite the first month of school? Let us know in the comments or share your ideas on social media!

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

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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!

Best Digital Assignments of 2015

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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!

English 

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Grade Level Assignment Name Share URL

(To share this assignment with friends and colleagues!)

K Long vowels vs. short vowels https://edcite.com/14yvzm
1 Penguin Babies https://edcite.com/14tygi
2 Baby Bao Bao https://edcite.com/18zfzl
3 Grade 3 Fable: The Lion and the Mouse https://edcite.com/1qyeck
4 Excerpt From The Adventures of Tom Sawyer https://edcite.com/125×19
5 Too Much Soda https://edcite.com/1ll40n
6 Figurative Language Practice https://edcite.com/19r8m5
7 Nonfiction Article — the Kudzu Plant https://edcite.com/1o640l
8 The Black Pearl https://edcite.com/1pnryx
9-12 Batman Begins Learning Parallel Structure https://edcite.com/11swia
Maya Angelou — Reading Informational Text https://edcite.com/1t0b3u
The Tell-Tale Heart Part 1 https://edcite.com/1wm4ir

Social Studies

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Grade Level Assignment Name Share URL

(To share this assignment with friends and colleagues!)

4 Archaeology Pair — Grade 4 https://edcite.com/1k3614
5 Sequencing Lesson — Multiple Passages — Segregation + Civil Rights https://edcite.com/19yja4
6 Timelines https://edcite.com/177z41
7 Democracy in America: the Women’s Rights Movement https://edcite.com/11cfzv
8 Patrick Henry https://edcite.com/1y2fj4
9-12 Gettysburg Address https://edcite.com/1ukmq1
Kennedy Space Speech https://edcite.com/177l0k
Gains of the Great Depression https://edcite.com/1zczoc

 

Math

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Grade Level Assignment Name Share URL

(To share this assignment with friends and colleagues!)

K Sorting and Counting https://edcite.com/1grjav
1 Reading Graphs — Measurement and Data https://edcite.com/1pw9d0
2 Number Sentences https://edcite.com/1h79vx
3 SBAC Practice Test https://edcite.com/1m42ht
4 Basic Fractions Formative #1 https://edcite.com/1ta22y
5 Performance Task — Fractions — Grade 5 — Numbers and Operations https://edcite.com/1crgkb
6 SBAC Practice Test https://edcite.com/19ytlk
7 SBAC Practice Test https://edcite.com/1hbsvr
8 Math 8 Slope + Linear Equations https://edcite.com/113eqr
9-12 Exponential Functions https://edcite.com/11v5a5
Int Math 1 https://edcite.com/1yyyhr
Working With Slope https://edcite.com/1oyslu

Science

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Grade Level Assignment Name Share URL
3 Respiratory System — Speaking + Listening https://edcite.com/111gtb
4 Grade 4 Force and Motion Unit Assessment https://edcite.com/1ebxbh
5 Ecosystem Review https://edcite.com/1hfggh
6 – 8 Volcanoes https://edcite.com/1cc9an
Universe & Space Quiz https://edcite.com/1d026p
Cell Diagrams https://edcite.com/10ebqp
9-12 Early Stage of Automobiles https://edcite.com/1is79n
Sickle Cell Anemia + Evolution https://edcite.com/1xzi4h
Photosynthesis https://edcite.com/1mrlsa

10 Ways to Use Edcite with your Students

If you’re anything like us, you’re spending your first few weeks of the school year soaking up any and all new ideas and tools you can use. We hope that one of those tools will be Edcite, an incredibly flexible tool that you can use to improve your efficacy as a teacher. You can give it a try for:

In-Class Practice

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Ms. Bermudez uses Edcite with her 1st grade students whole class.

1. Whole Group Instruction: Create an assignment you can do as a whole class on the smart board or projected on the white board. Great for modeling how to do a new skill or question type. Check out how these teachers do whole group instruction with Edcite.

2. Free Writes: Use free response questions to push students to explain and demonstrate their understanding. Edcite facilitates faster grading by allowing question-by-question grading and commenting. You can also use the free response or essay questions to facilitate more open writing prompts to get students’ creative juices flowing!

3. Exploration of a new skill: Give students an Edcite assignment designed to help them master a new skill by allowing students multiple attempts to answer a question. You can add hints with videos or written instructions and provide solutions with explanations. Students will be able to see whether they are correct immediately and fix their answer.

4. Group Work: Have students work on content in pairs or small groups and collaboratively work through an assignment. You can have students work together in a variety of ways, ranging from answering together to reading to each other and answering questions. Read about how one teacher used Edcite to facilitate dialogue between students.

Assessments

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Assess students on computers, tablets, or even phones. Edcite works on all devices.

5. Exit Tickets (Formative): Create an exit ticket for the day’s objective on Edcite and use the automated grading to quickly score it and analyze the data to know what to review the next day in class. Some teachers also like to give a weekly exit ticket to adjust any of their RTI (Response to Intervention) groups; you can easily differentiate your exit tickets to assess various groups at the appropriate level.

6. In-Class Checks for Understanding (Formative): Prepare a set of questions covering the lecture material and guide students to complete each question at strategic “checkpoints” during a lecture or other instructional time to get instant feedback on how well students understand the new concepts. Check out how one teacher, Meghan Gieg, incorporated these questions into her lesson plan as checks for understanding!

7. Summative Assessments: Use Edcite to make a quiz or test for your students. The questions can be randomized and the assignment can be timed. Plus, you can easily export the data from Edcite and import it into your grade book! Check out these tips on how to set up a great summative assessment.

Outside of Class

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8. Homework Assignments: Many teachers create weekly homework “packets” or send home homework daily on Edcite. You’re able to see how much time a student spent on the assignment and get the data before they walk into the classroom. Save the time that you would usually spend checking homework and instead go over the common misunderstandings or target specific students with remediation. Our Edcite Teacher of the Month last September, Mrs. Pallitto, would send one math and one reading assignment home each week for her 4th graders.

9. Flipping Your Classroom: Upload videos explaining new concepts for students to watch at home, and create questions to correspond to the video. This allows students to learn and practice a skill independently, and frees more class time for reinforcing skills, broadening application, and deepening understanding. Read more about flipping your classroom here.

10. Student survey questions: Add a “fun” student survey question at the end of assessments or homework assignments to gather information about the type of music your students like, their favorite celebrities, etc. and use this information to make examples and future assignments more engaging. Maybe you could then use the data from the survey for a class project?

Add to this list! Take an existing assignment or unique activity that you do in your classroom and create it on Edcite! See the benefits that come from quick grading and share it with other teachers!

If you’d like to share how you are using Edcite or are interested in learning about how some schools have begun using the site as a department, school, or district, reach out to hello@edcite.com.