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.
Science Journal for Kids was created by Tanya Dimitrova. According to Tanya, “I conceived the idea for Science Journal for Kidsin 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!”
Science Journal for Kids (aka Science Journal for Teens) publishes adaptations for elementary, middle, and high school reading levels. They have also covered the AP Environmental Science curriculum including climate, pollution, agriculture, population dynamics, atmospheric studies, biodiversity, and infectious diseases. The current journal focuses on Earth and environmental science but future issues will also cover other scientific disciplines: from astronomy and psychology to economics and IT.
Congratulations to our new Teacher of the Month, Joan Macri! Joan teaches 4th grade at Pierrepont School in Rutherford, New Jersey and is committed to engaging her students with technology. Read below to discover how she integrates technology and Edcite into her classroom.
How Joan Infuses Her Classroom with Technology
Joan uses technology in her classroom every day to support her students’ learning and engagement with the elementary curriculum. She wrote, “Each year, I infuse more technology into my fourth grade classroom. My flipped classroom begins with students previewing curriculum content via videos I have made for homework assignments.
In class, they practice the problems using their Chromebooks. Their assignments are usually a Doc or Form I have created. I circulate to help students with any problems that may be challenging. For homework, they complete Google Forms I have made with a few math problems to reinforce the material. In addition, I select or create one Edcite problem that corresponds to the math material we are studying. I have used Edcite for many years and feel the problems I select or make enhance learning in my class. Edcite has truly been a valuable addition to my technology-infused classroom.”
Ways to Use Edcite in Your Classroom
Are you interested in giving your students interactive practice the way our Teacher of the Month has in her classroom? Joan creates her own questions in Edcite and utilizes questions that other teachers have shared into the Edcite Questions Library. Here are a few examples of the technology-enhanced question types available for elementary math:
Congratulations to Joan for being selected as the Edcite Teacher of the Month. We thank her for all of that she does to engage her students through the use of technology!
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!
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.
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.
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!
You can learn more about Tani and her thoughts on being a woman in the tech world by visiting our blog post “Women of Edcite.”
We are thrilled to present our February Teacher of the Month, Maria Sohns! Maria is an exceptional middle school language arts teacher in Indiana who uses Edcite daily. Read on to learn more about Maria and how she uses Edcite.
We are very excited to present our January Teacher of the Month, Brian Miller! Brian is a fantastic elementary teacher in Ohio and was an early adopter of Edcite. Read on to learn more about Brian and how he uses Edcite.
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.
Our monthly series Meet the Edcite Team continues! Each month we feature a different member of our team by asking them a set of questions.
This month we are featuring our Content Intern, Ronak Ramchandran. Read on to meet Ronak!
Where do you go to school? What are you studying?
I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology.
What brought you to Edcite?
I was looking to intern and wanted to use my free time more productively. Edcite seemed to be the perfect fit for me, and I enjoy interning here.
Tell us about what you’ve been working on during your internship.
I have been working on creating educational content for the website in the form of assignments and tests. I have also been proofreading and checking previous assignments
Which teacher in school had the most impact on you and why?
My biology teacher in 10th standard was a great source of inspiration for me as well as the other students. Her name was Ms. Parvathy and she always stressed personal development. She would make sure that we all spoke with confidence and had perfect posture. She would often tell us to follow our dreams and not be just another brick in the wall. Her classes and teaching stay with me even today.
Do you have any advice for teachers about how students want to learn today?
A passionate teacher who loves teaching his/her subject can make a world of difference in the classroom. The teacher’s interest will inevitably rub off on the students and they will begin to learn more out of their own will than out of force or obligation.
What is your favorite movie or book? Why?
My favorite movie is Sanjay Leela Bansali’s Devdas. I love everything about this movie. The plot is different and set in a different timeline which makes things more interesting. The music and dialogue are very beautiful and poetic. All this along with exquisite set design and cinematography makes for a unique and unforgettable movie experience.
Do you have a favorite quote?
My favorite quote, which has stayed with me all my life, is “live and let live.” I feel like this quote is deceptively simple and if internalized can make life more simple and peaceful for the individual and the people around.
Name three things you can’t live without.
Music (I play the veena, a stringed instrument), family and home-cooked food.
Thank you, Ronak, for your continued hard work as an Edcite intern!
Look for Ronak’s assignments and assessments on Edcite, and be sure to check back next month to meet another member of the Edcite team!