Meet the Edcite Team

We are excited to continue our series: Meet the Edcite Team, where we feature a member of our team by asking them a set of questions.

This month we are focusing on our fabulous web developer Tani Wong. Read on to meet Tani!

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What brought you to Edcite?

After completing a coding bootcamp in San Francisco, there was a job fair and Edcite actually found me!

Tell us about what you do at Edcite.

I’m a web developer / graphic designer hybrid, streamlining Edcite’s user flow. Edcite has a wide array of functionalities, and I’m focused on making it more user friendly by restructuring our current pages and implementing new ideas for future developments.

Tell us about your education background.

Student Sign-In
Tani designed the new student sign-in page: edcite.com/go.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in both Design and Communication at University of California Davis. After being a graphic designer for a few years, I had the opportunity to complete a web development program at a coding bootcamp in San Francisco. Always having an interest in coding, I decided to immerse myself in this program so that I could interconnect my design background with programming skills, and I’m grateful that I’m doing that now at Edcite! 

Which teacher in school impacted you the most and why?

Although not in a school setting, my piano teacher of 8+ years, Ms. Marie, taught me not to let my mistakes discourage me, but to learn from them and keep going…especially during a recital. Yikes!

What do you love most about the Edcite platform?

I love that it’s always evolving, whether it’s adding new features to accommodate certain teachers or revamping what we currently have.

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Tani also designed the new Class Dashboard! You can check it out by visiting the Classes tab.

Do you have any advice for teachers about using Edcite?

Being a smaller company, I enjoy that we’re learning as much as the users. My advice for teachers is to be patient with the program because Edcite provides a bunch of needs for teachers and their various teaching styles. Problems will arise here and there, but we’re always listening and striving to empower teachers and engage students. 🙂

Name three things that you can’t live without.

  • Nephews. Seeing them enjoy the simple things and watching them get smarter every time I interact with them is insane! (ha! I guess that’s how teachers feel about their students, huh?)
  • Biking. The chance to go fast, enjoy the outdoors, and exercise without feeling like I am is awesome!
  • Floss. I love to floss. My dentist would be proud. 

Thank you, Tani, for all of your hard work supporting the Edcite team! 

Women of EdciteYou can learn more about Tani and her thoughts on being a woman in the tech world by visiting our blog post “Women of Edcite.”

Women of Edcite

Women of Edcite

Too ofOnly 25 Percent GIFten, women find themselves the minority voice in a crowded office. According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology, in 2015 women made up only 25% of the computing workforce in the US, and less than 10% were women of color. There comes a point in the constant conversation about inequity, that you begin to wonder is this narrative changing at all?

It is so important to acknowledge the realities of challenges that women, and in particular women of color, face in the work force, but it is also important to highlight where progress is being made and hear from women and companies working to change the status quo. Edcite has prioritized equity in education technology, from the products we offer to the teams and work culture we are building. In fact, women make up the majority of our team. Take the next few minutes to read about the Women of Edcite, and their thoughts on gender equity and working as a woman in tech!

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View the women’s full responses – Women of Edcite Interviews

Where We Stand  

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Make the First Step

Priya_Indumathi GIFIf you are a woman interested in working in the tech industry, consider taking a free online class or joining an organization that supports women like you! Here are three places to start:

  1. Code Academy
  2. Lean In
  3. Women in Technology International

In the Classroom

Because Edcite is an educational technology company, we understand how important it is to begin these conversations in the classroom. Here are two assignments that teach students about gender equality in the tech industry.

Elementary Assignment – Girlpreneurs

In this ELA assignment, students will read an article about a contest for 5th-9th grade girls called “The 54-Hour Startup Weekend.” At the end, students will be asked to come up with their own technology product.

Middle School Assignment – Bridging the Tech Gender Gap

In this ELA assignment, students will watch a video about Girls Who Code and reflect on the tech gender gap.

Join the Conversation 

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