Deeply-Digital Curricula Provided by the UMich Center for Digital Curricula Enables Seamless Learning

COVID-19 has taught K-12 that “learning at school and learning at home” must be seamless. Using digital curricula can make learning continuous and seamless, regardless of location. Providing** just such deeply-digital curricula to K-12 is the University of Michigan Center for Digital Curricula’s mission. To that end, then, on these web pages you will find high-quality, deeply-digital, standards-aligned curricula that supports a range of instructional strategies, e.g., from inquiry to teacher-led, from solo work to collaborative work. (See pictures of classrooms where those – and other – strategies are being employed.)

The UMich.CDC creates its deeply-digital curricula – Roadmaps – using the Collabrify Roadmap Platform. (Click here for a table of the curricula we currently offer.) As Collabrify is browser- based, Roadmaps are device-independent (e.g., Roadmaps run on iPads, Chromebooks, Fire tablets, laptops, etc.). Roadmaps are graphical lessons containing sequenced (links) learning activities (nodes). It’s easy for students to know where they start, where they are going, and how they are going to get there. Each student has a Roadmap lesson on her/his computing device. Students can easily work together, synchronously, on a Roadmap; students can also talk, through the computer, to their classmates and/or the teacher.

 

 An Example of a Roadmaps Science Lesson 

The UMich.CDC is making whole-year, deeply-digital curricula available under a Create Commons license: “CC BY-NC-SA, Credit must be given to the creator, only noncommercial uses of the work are permitted, adaptations must be shared under the same terms.” Indeed, we encourage teachers use Collabrify to easily localize, individualize, personalize the curricular Roadmaps to better meet the needs of their students.

For those new to Collabrify and Roadmaps, the UMich.CDC offers webinars to help K-12 educators use its deeply-digital curricula effectively. Please check out the Events and Professional Development tabs for more details on those webinars.

Greetings K-12 educators! Thank you for exploring how to use digital curricula created by the University of Michigan Center for Digital Curricula in your classroom! The Center offers deeply-digital, standards aligned curricula for K-5 for all 4 academic subjects: ELA (MAISA), science (NGSS), math (Eureka), social studies (MAISA/MCs & GIANTS). Check out some examples by grade level: Kindergarten1st Grade2nd Grade3rd Grade4th Grade, & 5th GradeClick here for a table of the curricula we currently offer.

Getting Started with Roadmaps!

Click on a topic below for more information about it.

1. Creating an Account & Giving Google Permissions

To get started with Roadmaps, first go to https://roadmap.center/ and create an account. Make sure to also give Google permissions for the different apps. (The two videos below show how to do this.)

How to create an account?

How to give Google permissions?

2. Accessing the Curriculum

To access the curriculum, search the Roadmap Repositry on  https://roadmap.center/#/repository by subject-area or grade-level, and save the map to your collection. When searching the repository for curricula, simply search by typing in “UMCDC”, as all of the curricula Roadmaps begin with this phrase.

To view samples of the curricula you can go to the Curricula tab, click on a grade level, and click on the map you want to view which will save it to your collection.

(Note: If you don’t wish to use the curricula, you can always modify the Roadmap to fit your needs. You can also get an empty Roadmap template instead from the Learning Schedules tab and populate it with your own materials. We currently have templates for full days, half-days, daily, and weekly maps.)

When you save the map to your collection, this creates your own individual copy of the map that you can modify without affecting the original. These maps can be accessed under “Modify My Roadmaps” at https://roadmap.center/#/collection.

(The two videos below show how to do this.)

How to get a Roadmap from the Repository?

How to get Roadmaps from the UMCDC website?

3. Navigating & Modifying a Roadmap

Roadmaps can be personalized to fit your students’ needs. To customize your Roadmap, first open your individual copy of the map which can be accessed under “Modify My Roadmaps” at https://roadmap.center/#/collection. Most of the curricula Roadmaps are “hierarchical” – and thus one Roadmap can expand and expand until the actual student lesson is reached.

To modify a Roadmap, you can follow the How-To-Videos for Teachers or visit the Need Help? tab for further questions. You can also add other teachers as collaborators to your Roadmap and allow them to also edit it. (Note: collaborators will be able to modify the Roadmap as well. If you do not want them to edit your original map, then make a copy of it and add them as a collaborator to the copy.)

(The videos below show how to do this.)

 

 

How to find a lesson in a full-year curriculum Roadmap?

 

How to add a teacher as a collaborator on your Roadmap?

How to make a copy of a Roadmap?

4. Student & Teacher Versions of Roadmaps

Students and teachers have different platforms and view different versions of the same Roadmap. Students go to https://start.roadmap.center/ to access their Roadmap, while teachers go to https://roadmap.center/. The students’ version includes a microphone that can read instructions to them and does not include the nodes marked with the apple. To see the student version of the Roadmap, you can simply go to the three dots in the upper-right corner of your Roadmap, click “Student Link”, click “COPY LINK”, and then paste this link in your browser and click “enter” to open up the student version.

When you finish your Roadmap and want to send it to your students, you can also send this student link to them.

(The two videos below show how to do this.)

How to see the difference between the student and teacher versions of Roadmaps?

How to get and share your Roadmaps with students?

5. What to do for the First Week of Class?

Check out the First Week Resources tab for more information about what to do for your first week of class.

We recommend beginning with the “UMCDC My first Roadmap (K-2)” and “UMCDC My first Roadmap (3rd grade and up)” Roadmaps so students can give Google permissions to all the apps in Roadmaps. For ideas about what to do during the first week of class, check out “UMCDC Getting to know Roadmaps and getting to know our class (week 1 of school). Also, to introduce parents to Roadmaps, check out “UMCDC Explore a Roadmap! A Map for Parents”.

Roadmaps work on Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. Roadmaps also work with the latest version of Edge released in 2020. So, please make sure you’re using a browser that is W3C-compliant.
Also, for Roadmaps to work at school please whitelist these URLs: UMich.CDC URL Whitelist for Roadmaps Word Document.
For further help, check out the Need Help? tab. There you will find FAQs and 1-minute,How-to-Videos – the latter can guide you through all the various steps in creating and using Roadmaps! 
Welcome! You can now use Roadmaps in your classrooms – use our pre-made curricular lessons (whole- year, every-day lessons for English, math, social studies, science, K through 5), or you can include the curriculum package your district purchased inside a Roadmap, or use a Roadmap to create daily or weekly schedules for your students.
A final reminder: when using Roadmaps, learning is seamless: students in their face-to-face classroom use the same deeply-digital, visual, Roadmap lessons that the students at their kitchen tables use. When using Roadmaps for their lessons, there is no disruption in their learning when students need to leave the classroom to learn at home for a bit (or longer). When using Roadmaps, learning is seamless!
Remember to join our Facebook group – ask questions, share Roadmap experiences! You too can be a Team Roadmapper!

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