13 Thanksgiving Messages from Our Community (K12 Education)

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With Thanksgiving upon us, we want to express how grateful we are to our growing community of educators. The Edcite community is made up of teachers and administrators who continue to support their students with digital learning — engaging them with interactive math assignments, reading activities, science simulations, social studies assessments, and more. Thank you for everything that you do for your students.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to share what our community members are thankful for this year! Keep reading to learn why Edcite teachers, administrators, and team members are grateful this Thanksgiving.

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Dr. Kristen Taylor
Principal
Jefferson Elementary, MO
I am thankful for the ability to ensure that my students get the best education they have access to!

 

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Carissa Stevens
5th Grade Math
Logan-Hocking Middle School, OH
I am thankful for a supportive Family & our new Math Coach!

 

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Charles Grady
Algebra 1 and Geometry
West Noble High School, IN
I am thankful for all the support that I get from administration, other teachers, union, and especially all the tech help. And I am thankful for programs like Edcite that make teaching so much easier.

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Sam Matthews
Software Engineer
Edcite
I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with a great team, on a practical educational product!

 

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Sharon Julien
K-5 Computers (Educational Technology, Engineering & Design AKA STEAM)
Marlboro Elementary School, NJ
I’m thankful for the children who get so incredibly excited about my class that I smile. I love when they’re in my room and blurt out one-liners that show that they “get it.” I’m thankful for students who don’t realize they’re working because they think they’re just having fun and who are disappointed at the end of class. I’m also thankful for those who support me and my program: colleagues and administration.

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Rachel Brown
6th Grade Language Arts
Dekalb Middle School, IN
I am thankful for my 6th grade Language Arts team. They are the best group of ladies to work with and we collaborate wonderfully together. They make teaching a wonderful experience.

 

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Cortney Mason
Reading Coach
Cedar Grove Middle School, NC
I am thankful for being able to use Edcite and have my students really start to enjoy reading!

 

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Manger of Customer Success
Edcite
I am thankful for my career with the Edcite Team. I have the privilege of working with incredibly intelligent and intuitive people who value collaboration. It is exciting to be part of something that is making a difference in so many students’ lives.

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Courtney Stewart
Technology Coach
Mary Blount Elementary School, TN
I’m thankful for a supportive staff that I have built relationships with and have invited me into their classrooms to try new ed tech programs to help our students reach their academic potential.

 

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Tani Wong
Web Developer
Edcite
I am thankful for the teachers who continuously use Edcite for the benefit of their classrooms and their overall school/district. Thank you to the teachers who make an effort to transition over to the digital aspect of learning.

 

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Shana Nissenbaum
3rd Grade ELA
National Trail Elementary School, OH
I am thankful for a strong marriage, a good job, health and happiness.

 

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Dr. Bryan Drost
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Summmit ESC, OH
I am thankful for #OALC18 — it’s going to be amazing!!!!

 

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Nicole Meyer
Tech Integration
Copley-Fairlawn City Schools, OH
I am SO thankful for the amazing support of all the Edcite staff members! Josie, Julia, Nicole and Brian are the BEST!

 

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What are you thankful for this year? Share on Twitter with the tag #edcitethanksgiving and we’ll retweet your message!

Top 10 Assignments in October (Teacher Resources)

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In October, students submitted over 300,000 assignments. That’s an increase from the 176,000 submitted in September! Listed below are the ten assignments with the most submissions in October. Click on the assignment name to view them. You can make a copy of any of these assignments and customize them to fit the needs of your students.

1. Grade 3 Fable: The Lion and The Mouse: 1035 submissionsStudent is highlighting the paragraph which supports the question in the plot using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

2. 6th Grade FWCS Quarter 1 Assessment: 1012 submissions

Student is dragging and dropping the character trait using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

3. Sam – Characters, Literal Comprehension, and Text Evidence: 1000 submissions

Student is dragging and dropping events in the plot using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

4. Nonfiction Article – The Kudzu Plant: 920 submissions

Student is selecting the correct meaning of the word in an informational text.

 

5. 7th Grade FWCS Quarter 1 Assessment: 880 submissions

Student is dragging and dropping character's point of view using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

6. Unit 3 Review: 860 submissionsStudent is entering the sum of the fractions using a math keyboard technology-enhanced question type.

 

7. Geography Skills: 690 submissions

Student is typing the name of the continent, Africa, on a world map.

 

8. Timelines: 670 submissions

Student is dragging historical events into the correct order of a timeline using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

9. Too Much Soda – ELA.RI.5.2 – ELA.RI.4.2: 600 submissions

Student is highlighting the sentence that supports the answer to the question using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

10. Industrialization and Progressivism: 525 submissions

Student is dragging and dropping answer into a table using a technology-enhanced question type.

 

share-buttonDo you have a great assignment that you’d like to share with our community? Share your assignment in our Edcite Assignment Library or share on social media!

Environmental Science Journal for Kids Contest (Science and ELA Teachers)

 

Enter the Edcite – Environmental Science Journal for Kids Contest for a chance to win a $30 Starbucks gift card!

Environmental Science Journal for Kids adapts scientific research for a student audience. Their founder Tanya Dimitrova says, “Environmental Science Journal for Kids exists because young people have the right to know about the state of the world they are inheriting from us!” 

Edcite partnered with this amazing resource last year (read about our partnership). Now we are excited to offer our teachers this contest!

How to Enter the Contest
The contest runs from October 17 – November 17.

1. Pick an Environmental Science Journal for Kids article.

2. Use the article to create an Edcite assignment for either elementary, middle school, or high school.

3. Add the SJEdcite2017 tag to the end of the assignment title.

4. Share it into the Edcite public library.

5. Assign it to students & spread the word to other teachers.

Teachers whose assignments have the most student submissions in elementary, middle school, and high school by 11:59pm on November 17 will win! Three teachers in each school level will receive a $30 Starbucks gift card.

For more details, please visit our help document about the contest.

Good luck!

UPDATE: Our contest has closed, and winners have already been notified. Thank you to all of our participants.

Top 10 Assignments in September (Teacher Resources)

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In September students submitted over 176,000 completed assignments on Edcite! Read on for the ten assignments with the most submissions in September. Click on the assignment name to view them. You can make a copy of any of these assignments and customize them to fit the needs of your class.

1. Nonfiction Article – The Kudzu Plant: 1000 submissions

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2. Grade 3 Fable: The Lion and The Mouse: 660 submissions

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3. 3rd Grade Unit 1 Formative RL.3: 600 submissions

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4. Too Much Soda – ELA.RI.5.2 – ELA.RI.4.2: 580 submissions

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5. Sam – Characters, Literal Comprehension, and Text Evidence: 540 submissions

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6. Geo Test #2: 515 submissions

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7. 7th CFA Number System 2017-2018: 400 submissions

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8. Timelines: 380 submissions

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9. 5 Themes of Geography and Map Skills: 340 submissions

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10. 4th Grade Unit 1 Formative RL.3: 340 submissions

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11. 🎃 Halloween Bonus assignment The Tell-Tale Heart Part 1: 340 submissions

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Do you have a great assignment that you’d like to share with our community? Share your assignment in our Edcite Assignment Library or share on social media!

5 New Improvements to Our Interface (Teachers Tools)

We are so Edcited to release our new interface! Feedback from our community helped us improve the teacher experience across our platform. Keep reading to learn more about these exciting updates.

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

Welcome back to school! The start 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 or summer school.

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 or during summer school? Let us know in the comments or share your ideas on social media!

Edcite Integrates with Google Classroom

The Edcite Team is thrilled to be welcomed as a platform that integrates with Google Classroom! Read Google’s blog post below to learn about all of their exciting updates for the new school year, including Edcite’s Google Classroom integration.

We’ve seen educators do incredible things with G Suite for Education tools: creatively teach classroom material, collaborate with students, and design innovative assignments to achieve meaningful outcomes. Classroom is a useful tool for teachers, and since it launched three years ago, students have submitted more than 1 billion assignments.This year, we’re sending teachers back to…

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