Unit By Design Template for Google Documents

In my department we use the Unit by Design Template (UBD) to do our unit plans. It takes the top-down approach of starting with your objectives and planning from there.  In order to speed up my planning process, I thought it would be a good idea to create a template that I could customize each time I put a unit plan together.

The result of that goal is:

Unit By Design Template

Feel free to download this add-on and play around with it. There is just a little bit of setup required.

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First, you need to create a spreadsheet similar to the one seen above. This will have all of your objectives in it. The spreadsheet should have 3 columns.

  1. The first column is a category for the objective.
  2. The second column is a title for the objective.
  3. The third column is a longer description completing the “Students will be able to…”

Once you have finished building your list of objectives, you need to copy the key of the spreadsheet. This key is highlighted in the image above.

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Open a new document and install the add-on. Click on ‘Add-ons > Unit By Design Template > Setup’ to open a setup window. Copy that key into the input box and save. Now you are ready to create a new unit!

You can get an example objective spreadsheet here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1c_vwNSKbW9V22zi8JBw_-Gp_CM6va_T_X6FYL88N0QM/edit?usp=sharing

The key is: 1c_vwNSKbW9V22zi8JBw_-Gp_CM6va_T_X6FYL88N0QM

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Notice the two buttons ‘Go back a stage’ and ‘Move to the next stage’. The allow you to go back and forth between the stages of the process. Complete the fields and move to the next stage.

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Select one or more of the objectives. These fields are populated from the spreadsheet that YOU created. They will be used when the template is generated. To select multiple objectives, hold down the ‘CTRL’ key.

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You can add some other information that will be used for Stage 1 of the UBD. These fields are all optional. You must hit the RETURN key after each statement that you want separated in the plan.

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Once again, you can select mulitple options from this list. Just hold down CTRL while you select.

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How many individual lessons will you have in this unit? The number you select will be used to create lesson planning blocks in your plan. Click on SUBMIT THE FORM to start building the plan!

Next steps…

Go back through the plan that is generated and make final changes. There is always more that you can add to a unit plan! Also, if you go back to the add-ons menu, you can build individual lesson plans directly into your plan. Give it a try!

New year, new goals!

In 2015, I started learning to program with the goal of designing my own games to use in the classroom. As I progressed, however, that goal shifted towards web development. The speed with which you can get your ideas up and running –and not only running, but capable of running on a laptop, ipad, and mobile device– is so much faster.

I ended 2015 right at the end of the curriculum on FreeCodeCamp. I completed the Front End Development Certification. Frankly, I am prouder of that than I am of my Master of Teaching Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Currently, here is what I am working on…

progress

Goals for this year:

Learn to code and build projects for nonprofits

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Source: Learn to code and build projects for nonprofits

I have not updated my blog in a while, so I thought it would be a good idea to put an update out.

Currently, I have been working very hard on trying to progress through the challenges from FreeCodeCamp.com. At the same time, trying to use the things that I learn about Javascript to create useful Google Scripts. In a few weeks I will be releasing a website where teachers can submit ideas for scripts that will help to speed up their workflows and increase productivity.

My goal is to have a good understanding of AngularJS and Google Scripts before the end of this school semester.