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Hi Everyone, It's the last day before I go on break. I wanted to give you an updated walkthrough of our curriculum map. Thanks +Jaime Chao Mignano for lending me your office to record and +Carole Geneix for your frequent chats about this tool with me and to +Jim Reese who crafted our unit planner template based on the Teaching for Understanding framework. Thanks also to +Fanny Passeport who has been a part of this project since nearly the beginning. If there are more of you already implementing similar maps in your school I would love to watch similar walkthroughs. Happy New Year! Don't forget to add yourself to our map! https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RQFJsglcjZfoYTB_gKEyqioSRJQ&ll=1.534390674060461%2C0&z=2

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Hi Everyone, Much of what I've shared has been technical and geared toward curriculum administrators, but sometimes you just need to hear from teachers themselves. I've strung together some interview clips with one of our former math teachers talking through her unit planner on a statistics unit in less than 3 minutes.

How big is your school district? To what extent do you think that drives how you push out curriculum?

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It's impressive to see the number of members :-) Feels like this idea speaks to a lot of folks! While the pressure is on, we also are very excited and hopefully can take this project to the next level with a MOOC soon! Thank you all for your enthusiasm! Cheers!
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Hi Everyone! Quick Awesome Tables hack! Maybe some of you already knew this. Yesterday I built an After School Class Catalog and Registration tool and I wanted to sort the Grade Levels in a very specific order. Problem is Awesome Tables gives you little control over the sort order so my list looked like this:

Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
K
Pre-K
Preschool

I learned this can be corrected with a little html before the Grade Level:

</d>Grade 1
</e>Grade 2
</f>Grade 3
</g>Grade 4
</h>Grade 5
</c>K
</b>Pre-K
</a>Preschool

The above yields:

Preschool
Pre-K
K
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5

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Curious if anyone else who uses Google sites to distribute their district curriculum files has anything to input on switching from the old to the new Google sites.

I love the look of the new Google sites, but one of the things that we find important about the old Google sites is that sidebar navigation menu, that allows teachers to easily get quickly to their curriculum by expanding the navigation (for instance, they can easily get to Elementary > Grade 2 > Math without actually having to click through all those pages--example posted below). I'm worried that if we switch to the new Google sites, they'll have to click a lot more using that top navigation bar.

We could use Awesome tables...I really like all the subjects have their own page, because we put information on there about how to contact curriculum leaders, upcoming PD for that grade level/subject area, and feedback forms.

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Hi Everyone, We're closing in on that 1,000 member mark and I thought I would create a video about a concept I haven't explained very well in the past. In essence, we're combining data from two Google Sheets into one to build the Awesome Table view. These two sheets have a common piece of data (the document id), which is used to align the imported data via Google Apps Script. In this video, I walk you through making the original template request form editable, hence allowing teachers to modify the dates of their units. The concept most important in all of this is you have the ability to add many more columns to your awesome table as long as you have a common piece of data in all of the Google Sheets you're using.

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It was a good session in #21CLHK
+Richard Anderson, you were missed! I feel a lot of people could appreciate all the simplified geeky work!
My slides are attached, cheers!

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So what does a completed unit planner look like? Here is an example collaboratively built by our 7th grade English Teachers. You may not have access to all of the hyperlinks and you won't see all of the backchannel type comments that went into building this thoughtful unit on "To Kill a Mockingbird", but it certainly is a good example of how the Unit Panner is a collaborative "experience" depicting a unit through the lens of a pedagogical framework . Anybody else have completed unit planners they're willing/able to share?

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Hi Everyone, In case you're curious about our very own +Fanny Passeport check out this article ISTE wrote about her recently. She truly has a firm grasp on ed tech in education and has been a great partner in launching this Curriculum Mapping with G Suite Community. We are co-leading a pre-conference session at this year's conference in San Antonio and would love to meet more of you in person. There is limited space for our pre-conference session, but we're already thinking of ways we could meetup informally. 
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