Teacher of the Month: Christine Salcido

We are very excited to present our October Teacher of the Month, Christine Salcido! Christine is a dynamic math teacher and department chair from Los Banos, California. She has used Edcite in her classroom and has helped Los Banos Unified School District see the potential of giving students interactive digital practice on Edcite.

Read on to learn about Christine and how she uses Edcite in her district.

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Christine and Edcite team member Brian McIntosh

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I have been teaching for 11 years now.  I started out teaching 7th grade math and eventually transferred over to the high school.

What do you teach?

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Why did you become a teacher?

I was originally going to school to become an accountant when a friend asked me to be a tutor for the AVID program.  At that point I fell in love with teaching and helping the students with their successes.  My accounting path changed to a liberal studies path.

How did you hear about Edcite?

A couple of years ago a friend introduced me to Edcite and instantly I saw the potential of this program and the benefit it would bring to our school district.

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Example of an assignment Christine created and shared into the Assignment Library. Assignment Link: https://edcite.com/1axtu0

How do you use Edcite in the classroom?

I use Edcite for class assignments, performance tasks, quizzes, etc.  Our district now uses Edcite Schools for our secondary district assessments.

What aspects make you most “Edcited” about Edcite?

Some of the aspects that make me most “Edcited” about Edcite are the instant feedback the students get, the organization of the reports that Edcite creates for the teachers, the wide range of question formats available and the amazing support from Edcite.

Final Words of Wisdom for other Edcite Users? :)

Do not get discouraged with your first creation!  Once you get the hang of things you will be able to create amazing interactive assessments and/or tasks.

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

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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!

Meet the Edcite Team: Florida Edition

We are so excited to continue our new series: Meet the Edcite Team! Each month we feature a different member of our team by asking them a set of questions.

This month we are featuring our amazing team member in Florida, Josie Mittleman. Read on to meet Josie!

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What brought you to Edcite?

I had worked for several big educational publishing houses and was looking for a better way to make a difference in the world of education. I was drawn to Edcite’s philosophy. Edcite believes that teachers are able to create excellent content that promotes authentic learning and immediate action.

Tell us about what you do at Edcite.

I am the PD and Curriculum Specialist. I travel to schools and districts training education leaders on how to manipulate the Edcite platform. I also manage content creation on the Edcite platform.

Tell us about your education background.

I graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with my Master of Arts and a specialty in Elementary Education. I also graduated from York University in Toronto, Canada with my Bachelor of Education and my Bachelor of Arts, Honors. I was an elementary teacher for many years. Following my classroom work, I worked for several educational publishing houses including McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education, and The College Board.

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Which teacher in school impacted you the most and why?

Mr. Ryan was my favorite English teacher.  He inspired me to love literature.  He helped me develop a love for Shakespeare, which is something I have carried with me throughout my life.

What advice do you have for teachers who are using Edcite?

Make sure you spend some time getting to know the platform. It’s like driving a car, a little intimidating at the beginning, but once you get the hang of it, you will wonder what you ever did without it.

shutterstock_96812923What is your favorite movie or book?

My favorite movie is Grease. I can remember seeing it when it first came out in the movie theaters and swooning at how cute Danny Zuko was. I also remember re-enacting the scenes with neighborhood girlfriends and singing the songs at the top of our lungs. To this day, should I see the movie or hear the music, I still jump up and sing along with it (I know every word!).

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

While I absolutely love my job at Edcite, my favorite job in the world is being a mom to my 14-year-old daughter, Dalia, my King Charles Cavalier, Speckles, and my Maltipoo, Jasper.

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Thank you, Josie, for all of your hard work supporting the Edcite team and schools across Florida! 

Are you an educator in Florida? Feel free to reach out to Josie anytime at josie@edcite.com or on Twitter via @EdciteFL. Be sure to check back next month to meet another member of the Edcite team!

National Hispanic Heritage Month Playlist 2

This is the second part of our series on National Hispanic Heritage Month. Click here to visit Playlist 1!

We are continuing our celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing a playlist of assignments dedicated to learning the Spanish language. Read below to find beginning, intermediate, and advanced Spanish assignments.

Continuamos nuestra celebración del Mes de la Herencia Hispana por compartir una lista de las asignaciones dedicada al aprendizaje de la lengua española. Lea a continuación para encontrar principiante, intermedio, y las asignaciones españolas avanzadas.

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Assignments about the Spanish Language


Asignaciones Sobre la Lengua Española

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National Hispanic Heritage Month Playlist 1

September 15 to October 15 marks National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. To help students learn about the culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans, we have a playlist full of assignments that are ready to assign!

15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre marcas Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana en los Estados Unidos. Para ayudar a los estudiantes a aprender sobre la cultura y las contribuciones de los hispanos y latinos, tenemos una lista de las asignaciones que están listos para asignar!

Assignments about People and Culture 


Asignaciones Sobre la Gente y la Cultura

Here you will find assignments in both English and Spanish./ Aquí encontrará las asignaciones en Inglés y Español.

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Teacher of the Month: Melissa Christensen

We are so excited to present our first Teacher of the Month of the 2016-17 school year: Melissa Christensen! Melissa is a fabulous math teacher who teaches at Lamar Louise Middle School in Miami, Florida.

Read on to learn about Melissa, our August Teacher of the Month, and how she uses Edcite in her school.

I am married with one child who is off to college this fall. When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling, watching Marlins baseball, and cheering on the Florida State University Seminoles. I am in my 12th year of teaching Middle School Math (6th through Algebra, Regular, Advanced, IB, and Gifted students in blended classes).

Mel 2What do you teach?

I currently teach with a co-teacher in a technology infused middle grades math class called iPrep Math. Our curriculum is computer based and we follow a project based learning format where students are encouraged to work individually or in small groups. My job is to facilitate learning by addressing the needs of individual students.

WMel 1hy did you become a teacher?

I have a BA in International Relations and a M.P.A. I decided to teach math because I remember how hard it was for me and I felt that I could empathize with students and give them confidence that they could succeed.

How did you hear about Edcite?

I heard about Edcite through an email that I happened to open…the email talked about computer based test questions, and I knew that would fit perfectly into my class and help my students prepare for the new FSA Florida state exam.

Mel 4How do you use Edcite in the classroom? What aspects make you most “Edcited” about Edcite?

I like the variety of Edcite questions. I like the variety of reports that can help me better use the data to help my students. I am impressed with their customer service as they are always available. Also, I am using Edcite to make our district Topic Exams more closely resemble the FSA.

Final Words of Wisdom for other Edcite Users? :)

The software is powerful, but there is a “learning curve.”  Do not give up, and don’t hesitate to contact hello@edcite.com because they are ready and willing to help.