Getting Over the Tech Hump with your Students

Tech Hump

Monthly Mondays with Meghan: Getting Over the Tech Hump with your Students

‘Twas the night before Edcite, when all through the house,
not a teacher was stirring, not even a mouse!  
The assignment was designed and created with care,
in hopes that the students would answer the questions there.  

When the next day began there arose such chatter,
I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter.  
“How do I scroll?”
“Do I click on one word or the sentence as a whole?”  

I ran to my board, to my students gave a whistle,
and taught them the basics before the end-of-day dismissal.  
As I packed up my things, they heard me proclaim,
“Before rolling out Edcite, there are skills to explain!”

All this to say – the first time I used Edcite in my classroom, I excitedly told my students to open their chromebooks, login to Edcite, click on the assignment and eagerly exclaimed, “You may begin!”  Note to self: Make sure computers are on and functioning before doing anything, because within the first 5 minutes there were far more hands in the air and confused faces than I had bargained for!  They were loving the new experience and Edcite layout; however, they had a lot of questions regarding technology and computers in general.  After hearing a few of their questions, I paused the entire class, taught the lessons I am about to share with you and then had them continue on with the assignment.

One important detail to note:  Given the need for the following lessons – the first time you use Edcite in your classroom, plan for an additional 10-15 minutes to teach some of these essential skills!

Now, onto the 4 lessons I wish I had planned for–in hopes that your start with Edcite can be smooth sailing!

Lesson 1: Sending the assignment

Exemplar Assignments from 2014


As 2014 draws to a close, we wanted to highlight the most outstanding and popular assignments from this past year. Please share these outstanding resources with your friends, your students, and your personal learning network (PLN)!

English Language Arts:

Grade Assignment Name Short URL
K Long Vowel or Short Vowel?
1 Penguin Babies
2 Baby Bao Bao
3 Grade 3 Fable: the Lion and the Mouse
4 Grade 4 Fable: The Story That Has No End
5 The Black Pearl
6 Short Story Practice
7 Freedom Riders
8 Patrick Henry
9 9th Grade Writing Practice
10 Frederick Douglass
11 The Crucible
12 Nonfiction Reading Comprehension – John Wilkes Booth



Assignment Name

Short URL

K Sorting and Counting — Kindergarten — Measurement and Data
1 Pre-assessment, all standards
2 Number Sentences
3 Rounding Numbers to 100s and 10s
4 Factoring and Multiples
5 Rounding Decimals
6 6.RP.A.3a Ratios and Proportions
7 7th Grade Ratios Homework
8 Opportunity Gap Performance Task
Geometry Point, Line, Arc Definitions
Algebra I Working With Slope
Algebra II Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying Polynomials
Statistics High School Data Modeling
Pre-Calculus Complex Numbers Review
Gaeilge Math! Ag Sórtáil



Assignment Name

Short URL

Middle School Woman’s Suffrage
High School Gains of the Great Depression
High School Dissecting a momentous speech in US History



Assignment Name

Short URL

Middle School Biotic and Abiotic Factors
Middle School The Coriolis Effect
Middle School Nutrition in Animals
Biology Mitosis Review
Chemistry Ionization Energy
Physics Electricity Review Assignment