What’s New in Edivate

March 1, 2017

The Denali release of Edivate provides many important updates focused around improving the user experience with Micro-Credentials and Observe. This release also provides the first step towards supporting a two-tier pricing model that allows users of the base price tier the ability to understand what additional content they would have access to via a Premium content subscription.

  • UPDATED: Edivate Library Searching – general improvements to searching, including the ability to search by supported standards (e.g. TEKS).
  • UPDATED: Access to Edivate Review Available for All Users – Edivate Review functionality is now available to all Edivate users. Review videos are added to Edivate via the Review tab within any Group.
  • UPDATED: Access Online Help From Edivate Main Header – makes it easier for users to access online help.
  • NEW! Observe Template Draft Mode – allows observation template creators to create explicit revisions to templates, laying the groundwork for more flexible reporting options in the future.
  • NEW! Ability to Delete Completed Observations – allows observers to remove any unofficial or unwanted observations.
  • NEW! Email Notification When Observe-Assigned PD is Completed – keeps observers in-the-know on the status of assigned PD.
  • UPDATED: Auto-populate End Date and Time on Observations – makes it quicker and easier to complete an observation.
  • UPDATED: Observation Status Report – updated to include basic information for in-progress observations for which the person running the report has permissions to view. This is a change from the previous behavior of the report only showing in-progress observation information for observations performed by the person running the report. This allows for better district- or school-wide reporting of the status of in-progress observations.
  • UPDATED: Notification of Deprecated Micro-Credentials – For accounts that have access to MCs that have been deprecated, a message now appears informing them that access to the MCs will expire on July 1, 2017.
    • Deprecated MCs:
      • Blended Learning
      • Change Management
      • Competency-Based Education
      • Effective Communication
      • Effective Staff Collaboration
      • Formative Assessment (original round MC)
      • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
      • Progress Monitoring With MTSS and RTI
      • Project-Based Learning
      • School Culture
      • School Improvement Planning
    • NEW! Demarcation of Edivate Premium Content – Micro-Credentials in the Edivate Premium Content offering are now clearly noted for accounts without Premium access.
      • Premium MCs:
        • 21st Century Skills
        • Bloodborne Pathogens
        • Anti-Bullying (was Bullying)
        • Classroom Climate – Available as Sample Premium Content
        • Classroom Management
        • Cultural Diversity
        • Differentiated Instruction
        • Flexible Pacing
        • Formative Assessment – Available as Sample Premium Content
        • Mastery-Based Assessment
        • Multiple Ways to Demonstrate Learning
        • Teachers as Facilitators

Addressed Defects

  • The ‘Up Next’ functionality for Videos that are part of a series now always returns the correct next video in the series.

Edivate Review videos are no longer blocked from uploading when a thumbnail cannot be created. In this case, the video is uploaded with a generic thumbnail. This change was made to allow Edivate Review uploads while the underlying issue causing the problem with thumbnails is resolved. (Released February 9 in silent update)

Expected Release Dates

Release to Production (Customers): March 1, 2017

Oct 7, 2016

Dear ‘Ohana, 

Edivate Updates

Micro-Credential Report: Users can view a report of their in-progress micro-credentials.
Edivate Dashboard: New ‘My Micro-Credentials’ card makes it quick and easy to access micro-credentials.
Note: this is hidden by default; click the gear icon below your user profile thumbnail to select the option to show the card.
Edivate Library: Improved Grade, Topics filtering experience.
Edivate Library: Improved results when searching for words or phrases not directly found in Title or Description (support for synonyms).
Edivate Library: Ability to view full video description from library.
User Profiles: Added ability to delete profile picture.

Addressed defects

Removed test users listed in Course Facilitation Gradebook.
Removed Common Core Learning Progression link for Texas customers.
Archived Catalog units are no longer returned in search results.

Edivate Observe Updates

Observations: Added ability to share any observations from the “Completed by Me” tab.
Data Export Report: Users can export data from observations performed on a given template in .csv format.
Custom Reports: Users can view and generate the Custom Reports on-demand through the reports landing page.
Note: Custom Reports are created by the School Improvement Network Services department. Contact Support or your Partner Success Manager for details.
Results by Template Report: Renamed to Proficiency Trend Report to remove confusion around the relationship between the current report functionality and the Observation 360 Report.
Proficiency Trend Report Filtering: Users can filter observation results by the categories and tags set up during template creation.
Individual Observation Printing: Users can determine whether to include rubric proficiency descriptions, evidence, and signature lines in the printout.

Addressed defects

Allowed Observations to be submitted with empty Open Ended indicators.
Additional Types tags will now appear on printed Observations.
Observe Data Export Report & Proficiency Trend Report: On older versions of Firefox, templates appear with a ‘1916’ date, rather than 2016. Reports are still able to be generated.

Known Issues

To be addressed in upcoming releases:

Observe Custom Reports: Does not include scoring data, PD information, or evidence data.
Observe Data Export Report: Does not include Observation Name.
Edivate Library: Cannot search by curriculum standards.
Edivate Library: Using ‘ELL’, ‘Special Education’, or ‘Technology’ as Subject or Topic filters causes other Subject or Topic filters to be irrelevant.

August 24, 2016

Classroom Climate Micro-Credential


Learn how to give your classroom layout, furniture, and procedures a student-centered makeover!

Click to demo this learning activity.
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July 22, 2016

Dear ‘Ohana, 

The Technology, Learning, and Product teams are pleased to announce that we’ve released new features to Edivate™!  The specific features are listed below, as well as a few known issues that we’re working to address in an upcoming release.  If you have questions or need more details, please reach out to someone on the Product team. Clients will be notified of the changes via email and in the “What’s New” section of the Help page. 

Congratulations to the teams that have worked so diligently to make this happen! 

Here are a list of the changes:

Edivate Updates

  • New and improved Edivate dashboard, featuring a flexible, card-based design. Easier navigation to the most-used Edivate tools and ability to customize page.
  • New and improved Edivate library. Enhanced searching and multi-select filtering capability. 
  • New user profile page. Users can multi-select roles, grades, subjects, and interests.  
  • New Edivate Micro-Credentials. Allows users to engage in a competency-based approach to professional development.
  • Updated website domain (www.edivate.com). Note: www.pd360.com is still active, and existing bookmarks to that URL will still function via that URL.
  • Catalog Facilitation Enhancement: Ability to remove users from training units
  • Catalog Enhancement: Ability to search Catalog units, filter by type, and see which catalog the unit belongs to.
  • Catalog Enhancement: Support for longer Course Unit Titles and Task Names
  • Catalog Transcript Report: Quickly access this report from the Personal Reports page.
  • Addressed defects
    • Navigation issues between Edivate and Observe addressed by shared session

 Edivate Observe Updates

  • iOS Mobile app with the ability to work offline (search for Edivate Observe in the App Store – iPad only)
  • Rich Text supported in Items (Indicators)
  • Redesigned Rubric Indicator – more compact design to maximize screen space while performing an observation
  • Ability to preview PD videos before attaching them to a template or observation
  • New tool to facilitate feedback between an Observer and an Observee on a Completed observation.
  • New workflow to launch a self-assessment observation from either Learning Targets or Observe.
  • Ability to share view rights to observations completed by the user
  • Email notifications for Completed observations, Scheduled observations, Scheduled meetings, and Feedback received.
  • Ability to hide Scheduled events from invitees to allow for unannounced walkthroughs
  • Results by Template report that allows users to analyze the observation performance of educators across time.
  • Addressed defects
    • Navigation issues between Edivate and Observe addressed by shared session

User Rights Management

  • Single Sign On capabilities via ADFS/SAML
  • Automated user importing via LDAP with the ability to be scheduled at regular intervals
  • Improved manual user importing

Known Issues

  • Results by Template Report – will not export to PDF if using Internet Explorer
  • Results by Template Report – backdating observations before completing will display as today’s date on the report graphs
  • Catalog Searching – re-registering for a Catalog Unit from the Catalog Search Results list will cause an error that requires the page to be refreshed
  • Links to external content may require users to disable pop-up blockers on their web browsers to access the link content (e.g. Micro-credential resources, courses, Group resources or tasks)


Product Management Team

Coming July 15, 2016

We are excited to announce the upcoming Edivate Summer 2016 release! Please be advised that to support this upgrade, Edivate will be unavailable for a 24-hour period, beginning at 12:00am on Friday, July 15th, 2016. We apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause. Please call Edivate Support at 855-337-7500 if you have concerns about the planned outage.

April 29, 2016

Bridges, Engineers, and The Billy Goats Gruff
Ms. Jennifer Farish, a Pre-K teacher at East Elementary in St. George, Utah, uses the “Three Billy Goats Gruff” fairytale to introduce her students to engineering concepts. The students explore bridges and the work of engineers in their reading time, math practice, art, and constructive play.

Feel the Heat: Investigating Convection
In Mr. Nathan Johnson’s high school physics class, students are beginning a unit on heat transfer. They engage in a range of demonstrations and activities to explore the process of convection.

Other videos in this release
(Edivate license required)

Informational Writing About Tornadoes
At Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City, Utah, students in Ms. Denise Rogers’ 1st grade class have been studying different kinds of weather. In this segment, the students will listen to a book about tornadoes and then complete a graphic organizer with three facts they have learned.

Systems of Equations: A Hands-On Experience
At Dixie Middle School in St. George, Utah, Ms. Kris Cunningham’s algebra students use pegboards to learn about different types of systems of equations.

Reinforcing STEM Subjects in FACS
In Ms. Shelli Barnum’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) class, students learn real-life skills like interpreting the chemical makeup of ingredients on food labels and adding fractions to sew a buttonhole. These hands-on activities reinforce principles the students learn in their science and math classes.

Probability and Punnett Squares
In Ms. Tracy Anderson’s 10th grade math class, students are learning about probability. Ms. Anderson incorporates a cross-curricular activity using Punnett squares that connects with the heredity unit in the students’ biology class.

STEM Professional Development for Pre-K: Videos 1-5
This five-part series highlights how STEM can be implemented at a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten level. Ms. Britney Nelson, from Washington Country School District in St. George, Utah, facilitates a training session that culminates in an implementable STEM lesson plan.

April 15, 2016

Hermit Crab Habitats – Part 1
At Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City, Utah, Ms. Kacie O’Maley’s 3rd grade students take part in a three-day STEM project of researching, designing, and creating hermit crab habitats.

Finding Fossils
As a culminating activity for the fossil unit, students in Dave Pendleton’s 4th grade class at Neil Armstrong Academy are excavating their own fossils. They examine and measure their fossils, write down their observations, and hypothesize about their origins.

Other videos in this release
(Edivate license required)

Engineering Houses for the Three Little Pigs
In Ms. Jacqui Moncrief’s pre-K class at Heritage Elementary in St. George, Utah, students have been learning about engineering and the letter “B.” To reinforce the letter “B,” students learn about building through a picture book version of The Three Little Pigs.

Whale Insulation Investigation
STEM education encourages students to explore the world around them. In a unit on oceans, students in Ms. Rachel Sorensen’s kindergarten class work in stations to learn about whale insulation and body parts. 

Hermit Crab Habitats – Part 2
Hermit Crab Habitats – Part 3
At Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City, Utah, Ms. Kacie O’Maley’s 3rd grade students take part in a three-day STEM project of researching, designing, and creating hermit crab habitats.

1:1 Devices With Google Classroom
In Ms. Mysti Hedquist’s 5th grade class, students are learning about prepositions. To support their learning, the students use Google Classroom and other apps on their personal devices.

Designing Birdhouses
At Neil Armstrong Academy in West Valley City, Utah, Ms. Monica Marsing’s 6th grade students work in groups to research and design birdhouses for local birds.

April 6, 2016

Edivate Plateform Enhancements and Updates

  • New ‘thumbs up / thumbs down’ rating system for Edivate videos
  • Completed Trainings can now be archived in Catalogs
  • Oklahoma Academic PASS Standards now shown on videos for all users in Oklahoma
  • Addressed defects
    • Reflection Question follow-up emails now being sent again

Edivate Observe Updates

  • New Reports
    • Observation Status Report – displays a summary of all in-progress and completed observations, as well as educators who have not been observed
    • Detailed PD Status Report – displays all professional development assigned as a result of an observation, along with completion status
  • Improved Template Creation Experience
    • New Template Preview mode – allows template creators to review templates, check scoring calculations, and review recommended PD
    • Show count of recommended PD in template creation view
    • Attach PD at the template level
    • Lock icon for templates that cannot be edited
    • Support for ‘Not Applicable’ option for items to be excluded from scoring calculations (AVG, SUM functions)
    • Video details now available when assigning PD
    • Multiple choice and rubric template items can now be copied for faster template creation

April 1, 2016

STEM Video Release

Ablative Shield Engineering Part 1: Designs and Prototypes
Students in Ms. Britnie Powell’s 6th grade class are studying heat transfer. In these two segments, students engage in an engineering design challenge: each group will design an ablative shield that can withstand the heat of a blowtorch for three minutes so that a raw egg placed behind the shield isn’t scorched or cooked.

Other videos in this release
(Edivate license required)

Ablative Shield Engineering Part 2: Redesign and Retest
Students in Ms. Britnie Powell’s 6th grade class are studying heat transfer. In these two segments, students engage in an engineering design challenge: each group will design an ablative shield that can withstand the heat of a blowtorch for three minutes so that a raw egg placed behind the shield isn’t scorched or cooked.

The Scientific Method and Heat Transfer Part 1: Insulation Experiment
The Scientific Method and Heat Transfer Part 2: Box and Whisker Data Analysis
STEM education allows students to apply mathematical knowledge in practical settings. In this two-part lesson, Ms. Britnie Powell guides her 6th grade students as they create an experiment to monitor the rate of heat lost through different insulators, then use box and whisker plots to analyze data they collected about heat loss rates for various insulators.

March 28, 2016

STEM Video Release

Investigating Water Samples Part 1: Measuring Salinity
As part of a unit about the water cycle, Ms. Shea Wickelson’s chemistry students visit Utah’s Great Salt Lake, measuring the salinity of water samples from different areas of the lake with homemade hydrometers.

Exploring Force and Acceleration
In Mr. Matthew T. Smith’s physics class, students have been studying the relationship between mass, force, and acceleration. In this lesson, students will explore the relationship between force and acceleration using accelerometers and low-friction cars.

Other videos in this release
(Edivate license required)

Investigating Water Samples Part 2: Student Presentations
Ms. Shea Wickelson’s chemistry students take part in a unit about the water cycle. The students measure the salinity of the Great Salt Lake, visit water treatment plants and university laboratories, and as a culminating project, create and present posters.

Paramecium Power Struggle Part 1: Designing the Experiment
Paramecium Power Struggle Part 2: Gathering Data
Paramecium Power Struggle Part 3: Drawing Conclusions
Students in Ms. Elizabeth Moretz’s high-school science class learn about competitive exclusion by re-creating an experiment originally performed by Russian ecologist Georgy Gause. In Part 1 of this 3-part series, students set up their experiment using a design template.

March 11, 2016

STEM Video Release

Creating With Shapes
At Springdale Elementary School in St. George, Utah, Ms. Becky Barker encourages innovation and creativity in her kindergarten students by adding an art component to her math lesson. Students learn to identify shapes and use them to create their own designs.

Designated Science Teachers in Elementary Schools
Many elementary schools are exploring the benefits of assigning a designated teacher to provide science activities for all classrooms on a rotating basis. Watch as Cindy Hatch, Shelly Reynolds, and Jackie Avon facilitate activities to reinforce and extend the science learning that takes place as part of regular classroom instruction.

Identifying Lipids: Their Sources and Functions
At Desert Hills Middle School in St. George, Utah, Ms. Shelli Barnum creates cross-curricular STEM experiences for students in her family and consumer science class. In this segment, students learn about the molecular composition of lipids and their effects on the body.

Other videos in this release
(Edivate license required)

5th Grade: Exploring Gravity and Friction
At Arrowhead Elementary in Santa Clara, Utah, Ms. Brenda Bringhurst’s 5th graders explore Newton’s first law of motion by constructing and testing marble tracks.

5th Grade: Investigating Physical and Chemical Change
As the designated science teacher at Dixie Sun Elementary in St. George, Utah, Ms. Shelly Reynolds facilitates an activity for a 5th grade class to reinforce the concepts of physical and chemical change.

5th Grade: Exploring Structural Support in Architecture
In Ms. Jacquie Tuitavuki’s 5th grade class at Arrowhead Elementary in Santa Clara, Utah, students are tasked with building a toothpick and gumdrop structure that must support books placed on it. Students explore the principles of engineering design as they build and test their structures. 

6th Grade: Counting Candies in Base 5
In Ms. Diane Crim’s 6th grade extension math class at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education in Salt Lake City, Utah, some students work in stations to reinforce math concepts and logical thinking, while others learn about base five in a teacher-led mini-lesson.

8th Grade: Making Ice Cream: An Exploration of Physical Change
In Ms. Kelli Cheesman’s 8th grade science class at Sandstone Elementary in St. George, Utah, students have been learning about chemical and physical changes. As a summary activity, students observe ingredients as they mix to create ice cream.

8th Grade: Fun with Functions
In Ms. Kris Cunningham’s 8th grade math class at Dixie Middle School in St. George, Utah, students begin a unit on mathematical functions. They define the concept, then diagram examples and non-examples.

Middle School: Systems of Equations and Phone Plans
Students in Mr. Scott Murdock’s math class at Dixie Middle School in St. George, Utah, are writing systems of equations to help them solve real-world problems, including choosing a cell phone plan and buying a car. They work with variables such as data, minutes, mileage, and the total price of the car.

February 19, 2016

Clarke County, Georgia, Success Story
In Athens, Georgia, the high-poverty Clarke County School District created a cultural shift of high expectations, community partnerships, and technology integration, resulting in an increased graduation rate of 26.8% over six years.

No other videos in this release.

January 29, 2016

Proof of PD Impact: Steve Shaha, Part 1
Dr. Steve Shaha, independent researcher, describes a study that quantifies the effectiveness of professional learning for teachers as measured by student achievement.

Other videos in this release
(Edivate license required)

Proof of Impact: Kelly Glassett, Part 1
Dr. Kelly Glassett shares the data that verifies that the level of teacher activity and engagement with online professional learning is positively correlated with student performance.

Proof of Impact: Kelly Glassett, Part 2
Dr. Kelly Glassett examines the long-term impact for on-demand online professional development and how that impacts student performance.

Proof of Impact: Steve Shaha, Part 2
Dr. Steve Shaha examines research identifying predictors of the greatest success for teachers as a result of their participation in professional learning.