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Lesson planning with Common Curriculum

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Hello educators and welcome to Teacher Tips. In Step 3, Templates, on the left hand side I can chose to select a Once you've created your classes, added repeating schedules, and created In the "Setting" section you can choose to One thing that's really great is, let's say I I can also choose to view the calendar, at a week at I can always go back to my week or month at a glance Now that we've explored a little bit of what Common Curriculum is, and how it

Lesson planning with Common Curriculum

Hello educators and welcome to Teacher Tips. This week we're looking at an online lesson planning tool, Common Cirriculum. In the classroom I spent a lot of time creating lesson plans. Well, Common Cirriculum allows us to create template based lesson plans and even organizes those lessons in to a teaching calendar. The real power of Common Curriculum is in our ability to then collaborate with other educators, make these lessons available to our students online, and even quickly adjust our teaching calendar when the unexpected happens. Here in my web browser, I've already logged into Common Curriculum.

The view that we're currently looking at is my entire week of teaching. These are using some sample classes that are built into the Common Curriculum platform so we can get an idea of how Common Curriculum works. As I scroll down the page I can see exactly what the classes I'm teaching as when. I can also see the lesson plan for each of those classes. As you look at these lesson plans, you can see that they're broken into sections. Each section, can actually be built into a template that I use to make future lesson plans for each of these individual classes. If this is your first time getting started, you'll need to go ahead and take a couple of minutes to create your free account.

Once logged in, I suggest starting at the "Classes, Schedules and Settings" tab in the upper navigation. From this area you can use the large blue button to add classes to your Common Curriculum site. Here I have 3 sample classes already added. Once you've added all your classes you can then take a look at the repeating schedules tab in Step 2 and you can choose to add a start date and end date for your classes. As I scroll down I can also select what days of the week that these classes fall on. For example, I can choose to have a class that's only every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and quickly add it to my schedule.

As you're scheduling your classes. You can also see a visual layout of what your schedule looks like for each of the classes that you're teaching. The last step is to go ahead and create the templates you'll use as you start lesson planning for these various classes. In Step 3, Templates, on the left hand side I can chose to select a class and then on the right hand side I can create a template for that class. All the template is doing is really saying what sections you commonly have in each of your classes. For example, I may chose to add a section to this lesson plan template that's called "Morning Drill". So now when new classes are created for this particular 7th grade science class, every single one of those classes will automatically have a section added that says "Morning Drill".

I can continue to add as many sections as I'd like and I can even add filler text. Now just because I've created a lesson plan template on this particular section, at any time you have the ability to go in and remove or even change the order of these sections when you're actually lesson planning. Once you've created your classes, added repeating schedules, and created your templates, you can then go ahead and start lesson planning. If I click on the "Date" tab, I now have the opportunity to go into an individual lesson, and I can go ahead and change any of these elements. Now this plan has already been created.

I can see that there's a standards section, an objective section, there's some instructions and even homework for a student. At any time, if I want to change one of these, I can use the small drop down arrow on the right hand side and choose to move it around, copy it or even delete it. Now, if you notice next to homework, there's a small globe. That globe means that the homework section for this particular day is showing up on my classroom website. The classroom website is automatically created for you when you create your account with Common Curriculum. In the "Setting" section you can choose to turn your classroom website off, and you can also choose to have future events or only the most recent events showing up on the website.

One thing that's really great is, let's say I didn't get through all the instructions for this particular day. Well, I could simply come into my lesson plan after the lesson's happened, click on Instructions, and then click show on website. I've now made this available to all of my students when they head home. You'll also notice that I have the ability to attach documents inside of a lesson plan. This way you can use Common Curriculum to organize all the different documents and elements, that are associated with this particular lesson. As I click through the calendar I have the opportunity to go through and lay out multiple days worth of instruction. I can also choose to view the calendar, at a week at a glance, a month at a glance, or even a long-range planner.

Now the long-range planner brings in the ideas that I can use, units. Now the best part about Common Curriculum is almost every single element inside of it is drag and drop. Now I don't think I typically move a seventh grade science unit to my fifth grade math class, but just to model this, I can come over here and click on the move icon next to any unit, and I can simply drag it over to another class. So with just a few mouse clicks, I've created a new unit with corresponding lessons. I can always go back to my week or month at a glance calendar, find the particular unit that I'm working on and edit those lesson plans.

Now that we've explored a little bit of what Common Curriculum is, and how it lays out our teaching calendar and how we can create template based lesson plans, in the next video, we'll go ahead and take a look at how we can save time by bumping lessons, collaborating with other educators, and even taking a look at our classroom website.

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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Lesson planner at learner.org
      2m 37s
  2. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Is this course right for me?
      51s
  3. 12m 43s
    1. What is the flipped classroom?
      4m 16s
    2. Building a flipped lesson plan
      4m 22s
    3. Finding resources
      4m 5s
  4. 12m 33s
    1. Using Evernote to organize your classroom
      7m 49s
    2. Using Skitch to create dynamic presentations
      4m 44s
  5. 16m 29s
    1. What is Common Core?
      4m 52s
    2. ELA/Literacy
      6m 41s
    3. Mathematics
      4m 56s
  6. 10m 2s
    1. Using the iPad as a teacher
      6m 18s
    2. Using the iPad with your students
      3m 44s
  7. 20m 47s
    1. Getting started with Edmodo
      8m 5s
    2. Managing your classes
      8m 48s
    3. Communication
      3m 54s
  8. 6m 27s
    1. Prezi: Teaching best practices
      6m 27s
  9. 12m 50s
    1. Blogging fundamentals
      12m 50s
  10. 14m 40s
    1. Getting started with Schoology
      6m 46s
    2. Integrating Google Apps
      7m 54s
  11. 11m 59s
    1. Understanding online file syncing
      7m 47s
    2. Dropdox options and workflow
      4m 12s
  12. 17m 46s
    1. Managing student behaviors with ClassDojo
      11m 44s
    2. Control classroom management with an iPad
      6m 2s
  13. 22m 21s
    1. Creating a student-friendly worksheet
      11m 0s
    2. Modifying assignments quickly
      11m 21s
  14. 8m 51s
    1. Podcasting in the classroom
      8m 51s
  15. 11m 5s
    1. Hour of Code
      2m 18s
    2. Kodu
      2m 1s
    3. Writing your first program
      6m 46s
  16. 18m 8s
    1. Create a quick class website
      8m 20s
    2. Upload assignments
      9m 48s
  17. 6m 39s
    1. Creating screen capture video
      6m 39s
  18. 10m 14s
    1. Mind mapping for students
      10m 14s
  19. 6m 35s
    1. Creating online interactive discussions
      2m 53s
    2. Exploring educational uses of todaysmeet.com
      3m 42s
  20. 4m 19s
    1. Exploring the Adobe Education Exchange
      4m 19s
  21. 10m 55s
    1. Online learning with bContext
      1m 7s
    2. Creating digital videos
      9m 48s
  22. 5m 53s
    1. Free website platforms
      2m 3s
    2. Selecting a website platform
      3m 50s
  23. 10m 52s
    1. Students on the Internet
      3m 55s
    2. Teaching proper Internet use
      6m 57s
  24. 10m 42s
    1. Learning through interactions
      4m 6s
    2. Creating social learning experiences
      6m 36s
  25. 15m 7s
    1. Exploring social bookmarking with Diigo
      7m 7s
    2. Sharing a list of websites
      3m 57s
    3. Creating a resource collection for students
      4m 3s
  26. 10m 57s
    1. Lesson planning with Common Curriculum
      4m 47s
    2. Managing your instructional schedule
      6m 10s
  27. 10m 11s
    1. Piktochart in education
      3m 20s
    2. Creating infographics
      6m 51s
  28. 9m 24s
    1. Exploring the role of a learning management system
      3m 56s
    2. Three free learning management systems
      5m 28s
  29. 8m 57s
    1. Understanding crowdfunding
      3m 27s
    2. Explore education crowdfunding tools
      5m 30s
  30. 6m 48s
    1. Creating drag-and-drop lessons
      4m 50s
    2. Using pre-created resources
      1m 58s
  31. 7m 22s
    1. Exploring VoiceThread
      3m 46s
    2. Creating and sharing a VoiceThread
      3m 36s
  32. 6m 44s
    1. Lesson planning with BetterLesson.com
      4m 1s
    2. Accessing common core lesson plans
      2m 43s
  33. 6m 45s
    1. Exploring the free resources
      2m 59s
    2. Exploring the teacher portal
      3m 46s
  34. 7m 1s
    1. How does donorschoose.org work?
      2m 42s
    2. Creating compelling projects
      4m 19s
  35. 8m 31s
    1. Adding your classroom as a project
      3m 0s
    2. Building awareness through social media
      5m 31s
  36. 7m 41s
    1. Find high quality lessons for your classroom
      5m 27s
    2. Assess the quality of lesson materials
      2m 14s
  37. 11m 58s
    1. Selling lessons plans on TeachersPayTeachers.com
      1m 39s
    2. Uploading lesson plans for sale
      10m 19s
  38. 6m 40s
    1. Lesson planning on an iPad
      3m 53s
    2. Creating recorded lessons on an iPad
      2m 47s
  39. 4m 41s
    1. Maximizing class downtime with DuoLingo
      3m 13s
    2. Creating self-motivated learners using DuoLingo
      1m 28s
  40. 6m 13s
    1. Adding the Office Mix PowerPoint plugin
      2m 58s
    2. Creating videos from PowerPoint presentations
      3m 15s
  41. 7m 39s
    1. Creating stories with Adobe Voice
      7m 39s

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