Curriculum Matrix User Guide

ABOUT THE CURRICULUM MATRIX®

LOGGING IN TO THE MATRIX

HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE RECOMMENDATIONS

GETTING AROUND THE SITE

SEARCHING THE CURRICULUM MATRIX®

SEARCH BY STANDARDS

SEARCH BY CONTENT

SEARCH BY CURRICULAR CONCEPT

USING THE CONTENT RESULTS PAGE
       
Metadata Filtering, Rating, Emailing, Saving, Commenting and More

USING THE CURRICULUM MATRIX USER MENU

USING THE CURRICULUM PLAN BUILDER ONLINE EDITING TOOL
        
Includes editing tool icon identification

ADDING YOUR CONTENT AND USING THE CORRELATION TOOL

GLOSSARY

CUSTOMER SUPPORT CENTER



ABOUT THE CURRICULUM MATRIX®

The Curriculum Matrix® is designed to assist you with curriculum planning and gives you access to thousands of lessons, assessments and resources for students and other content all aligned to standards and curricular concepts.  EdGate Correlation Services (EdGate) is the company that has created and maintains the Matrix for you.


Your version of the Curriculum Matrix® comes pre-loaded with your state standards, the Common Core standards and links to over 250,000 grade-specific pieces of content. It also includes the EdGate Curricular Concepts to help with lesson planning. The Curriculum Matrix®  is a customizable tool that you can use to augment any textbook or curriculum that you are currently using in your classroom. Or, if you are looking for new ways to create lessons for use in your classroom, the Matrix is a perfect guide for that process. All the content in the Matrix has been evaluated and reviewed for educational value and also correlated by a team of expert teachers who have reviewed every piece of EdGate Aligned Content.


Your Curriculum Matrix® is secure and your account is password-protected. You must login to get started unless your district has created a by-pass through other systems. We recommend that you print a copy of this Help document for your files and keep your login with the document. The following is a summary of the basic functionality and attributes of the tool:

  1. Curriculum Plan Builder: Using template-driven technology and an online editing tool, a Curriculum Matrix®  user has the ability to establish default templates that are included in the solution but also allows a teacher to build their own teacher Plan Book, lesson plan or unit. The Curriculum Plan builder has the ability to include content links which allows teachers to use the District templates to plan each calendar day and create lesson plans through the web-based tool.
  2. Standards in the Curriculum Matrix®: Inclusion of any standard set identified by the teacher or a district such as the Arizona Academic Standards, Common Core, Colorado Community College System or Arizona Assessment standards and many other unique standards that the a user may want included are integrated into the system. These standards are all reviewed for alignment and display associated lessons.
  3. Correlation Tool: The Curriculum Matrix®  includes the ability to align any piece of user generated content or additional resource using the EdGate Alignment System. Two easy methods for a teacher to align content are included in the Matrix giving the teacher a way to add content to specific standards, curricular concepts or a textbook and have this content display in a customized District or user group. A District Content Moderator can be set up to review and approve district-submitted content.
  4. Search Tool: The Curriculum Matrix®  comes pre-loaded with 250,000 grade-specific EdGate Aligned Content - lessons, assessments and resources that have been vetted by EdGate and do not require any rights management as they are open-source. The Search function allows teachers to search by standard, content, curricular concept or textbook (optional). All the EdGate Aligned resources have been reviewed for specific attributes (metadata) to help you select the right resource for a specific student.
  5. Publisher Content (District Subscription): If publisher content has been aligned by EdGate and the District holds a subscription to that content, access may be integrated within the Curriculum Matrix®. An example would be if the District has a subscription to the online media content available from Learn360, a teacher or student would be able to view that content as part of a Matrix search.
  6. Textbook Alignments (Optional): EdGate will include the Table of Contents index for any of the 400 textbooks indexed in the EdGate Repository. These may be added at the time of purchase by an individual teacher or through a district subscription. Once available the user may be able to view the Table of Contents and access associated supplemental content while using a specific section of the textbook.
  7. Curriculum Collaboration Tools: Every user has the ability to use Web 2.0 functions to comment, share and evaluate content. This includes the ability to email saved lesson plans to fellow teachers, substitutes or students. A user may also rate a lesson and share comments which are then retrievable when viewing that lesson.
  8. Professional Development Content (Optional): A District may opt to add the Professional Development version of the Curriculum Matrix® which allows teachers to access Professional Development standards and content that specifically addresses continuing education for educators, including Best Practices!
  9. Customer Care: The EdGate team is always ready to help and provides the following to support end-users:
    1. Help Document and FAQ’s published in the Customer Care system
    2. Help Ticket Procedure to ensure that your questions are answered immediately
    3. A link to Twitter is included on the Login Page. This provides each user with updates about content and changes to the Curriculum Matrix®.



LOGGING IN TO THE CURRICULUM MATRIX®


BOOKMARK THE URL

Start by bookmarking this url as your launch page: http://curriculummatrix.com. You can access this url by 1) typing in a browser or by having it bookmarked and always available as part of your Internet Tool Bar.

Alternate url’s to get to the Curriculum Matrix® Launch Page:

1)     Go to the EdGate Home Page: http://edgate.com, click on the User Login link directly under “Curriculum Matrix User”

2)     Go to the EdGate Correlation Services Home Page: http://correlation.edgate.com and click on the Curriculum Matrix User box on the left hand side to login.


HOW DO I LOGIN?
The Curriculum Matrix® does require a user ID and password every time you enter. As part of the registration process, you will create a user name and password which you may change by viewing your account once logged in.

To sign in, you must enter your User ID on the Login page of the Matrix. The url for this page is: http://curriculummatrix.com

Click in the first text box and type your User ID. Next, then tab or click in the password box and type it. Then click Submit.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM SIGNED IN?
Once you have successfully signed in, the Login box will be replaced by the home page for the Curriculum Matrix®. This is the main search page for the Matrix. Now you are ready to start using all of the Curriculum Matrix® resources. Your name will appear up in the right hand corner above the icons.




WHAT HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE DO I NEED TO USE THE CURRICULUM MATRIX®?
Anyone with an Internet connection and current Web browser can use the Matrix. We support the following browsers: Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3+, Safari 3+, Opera 9+, and Google Chrome. We highly recommend Firefox as the browser of choice as this browser has excellent browsing capabilities and it is easier to use the drag and drop features found in the Curriculum Templates.



GETTING AROUND THE SITE

The Curriculum Matrix® interface is designed to give you fast access to all the functions that you need to search for and create curricular documents. On each page, you have access to your user account and also to several functions that you will use on a regular basis.


User Account 

When you login, your user name will appear on each page in the upper right hand corner. If you click on your name, you can 1) access your user profile 2) Logout or 3) access the User’s Guide (Help – this document).


User Menu

The User Menu is always available on the left hand side of the screen and provides you with easy access to the major actions and functions that you will perform on the Matrix. Each of these functions is described in detail in this User’s Guide.


Search: Takes you to the main search page for the Matrix

Curriculum Templates: Takes you to your documents page where you can edit, export, delete any plan you have saved;

Top Rated Items: Displays all the items that you have rated; you can review or change ratings

Saved Searches: Links to any searches that you have saved from the Matrix and allows you to review or delete

Collections: Links to all the collections of content that you have created. You can email, edit or delete a collection.

My Items: If you have submitted content to the Matrix, you will be able to view, edit or delete your submissions.

Submit a Resource: Links to the Correlation Tool where you can submit a link or upload a document and align to appropriate  concepts.

Note: additional menu items may appear if you have functions such as a District Curriculum Manager or review district content.


Customer Support is available from every page on the Matrix. This link will take you to a page that has several customer care components such as the ability to submit a support ticket and track the progress of this ticket and an FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) Center
Contact Us provides you with the information that you need to email or telephone EdGate Customer Care

Online Help provides you with a link to this document

Twitter and Facebook provide you with the latest information about new content, customers, and the latest news from the Curriculum Matrix





SEARCHING THE CURRICULUM MATRIX®



You can use the Curriculum Matrix® Search to search by 1) Aligned Curricular Content – lessons, assessments and other resources that are available in the Matrix 2) State standards: those standards that are part of your profile;  3) Curricular Concepts – topics / themes that you teach in the classroom; 4) Textbook (Optional): If you or your district have also added the Textbook Search Feature as part of your subscription, that will also display.


ARE THERE ANY REQUIRED FIELDS FOR MY SEARCH?

The required fields vary depending upon your search. For standards and textbook search, you must enter a state, a grade and a subject to get search results. The required fields display above the grey “Optional” box for any search.  If you forget to select, any one of the required fields, the system will prompt you to select the missing field.



Once you have conducted one search, the system will remember the search parameters and therefore, if you want to perform more searches with the same parameters, you will not need to select these again. If you wish to change the search, just select from the drop down boxes or change the search term that you typed.


You can change your search type by clicking on one of the tabs marked ”Aligned Curricular Content”, “Standards”, “Curricular Concepts or if included “Textbooks”.



The default search is the Aligned Curricular Content search. To search by Standards or the Curricular Concepts, you just need to click on that tab. There is also an option to include textbooks.




SEARCH BY ALIGNED CURRICULAR CONTENT


1) Make sure you are on the default Aligned Curricular Content tab. This allows you to search for any of the 250,000+ pieces of content in the Matrix by keyword.


2) Enter a Search Term: this is required. This search is a free text or natural language text string search and will the system will search for this phrase in either the title or description of the content. It looks for the sequence of words that you typed in the Advanced Search box in every title and description / summary for content available in the Curriculum Matrix®.  For example: if you type “linear equations” in the Advanced Search box, the system will return results with those two words in sequence in the title or description. It will not search for one word in one place and another word located in another part of that description. On the other hand, if you type “cell” – expect to see cell, cellular, excellent,


3) Click Search!


Advanced Options


By clicking Advanced Options, you can refine your search before you get results. This will save you time as it narrows the result set. As an example if your search term is "fraction" and you are only looking for Grade 3 Math content, by filtering by these fields then you have eliminated anything that is not within those parameters. You can also filter by the standards set that are included in your profile and also by other content metadata (described below).


Content Metadata

EdGate has defined the attributes of each piece of content in order for you to search and then filter large quantities of content more easily. Examples of the content "metadata" fields include:

Target Audience: i.e. Teacher / Student / Parent : You can select content for you (teacher) whether that is a lesson plan, rubric or curricular theme;if you are a student the content will be interactives and activities to use to learn a skill;

Content Type: i.e. Assessment Question, Tutorial, Lesson Plan, Quiz /Test or Interactive: This filter allows you to select the kind of content you want to use;

Language: i.e. English, Spanish, French: Select the language for which the content is written. This is great for language classes or ESL;
Format: i.e. PDF,DOC,Online Video,HTML: This filter helps you select the format and know whether you need to open a document or can use a video clip with your class;

Source: publisher or content developer name: This filter gives you a way to review content by a favorite source such as Kahn Academy or Library of Congress

Student Level: Challenging, On-Target, Skill Builder: This filter is the most powerful in the system as it lets you select groups of content for specific student users. Each piece of content identifies the grades for which it is 1) Challenging  2) On-Target or 3) Skill Building

The three levels are:

  • Challenging: For gifted or advanced learners of a specific concept who need more challenging materials
  • On-Target: That content that is on pace for a specific concept or grade level and fits the majority of most learners in a classroom
  • Skill Builder: That content that would help a student reinforce a specific skill or curricular concept i.e. for remediation, failing students or those needing additional materials to understand a learning task.


Select a Grade and a Subject This further refines your search and limits the content to that grade and subject. This is recommended for a targeted search.


Once you have performed your search and clicked the Find It button, the system will retrieve any piece of content with that term in the title or the summary. The results will be displayed:





HOW DO I PERFORM A STANDARDS SEARCH?

You must select a grade and a subject from the dropdown menus. If your profile includes more than one set of standards, then you will also be prompted to select the standards that you want to view.


You may also include an optional search term by typing your term in the Optional Term box in the greyed area of your screen.




OPTIONAL SEARCHES:


VIEW RELATED STANDARDS:

On the Standards Search screen in the Optional grey box, you may also select another set of standards to compare your results against. An example would be if you want to look at how your current state standards compare against Common Core standards. Once you have selected your primary set of standards (required), click on the View Related Standards box. A drop-down will appear with the standards in your profile. Select another standard set to do a comparison by clicking on it. It will need to include the same subject / grades to have a relationship. Once selected, click Search.


VIEW RELATED TEXTBOOKS

On the Standards Search screen in the Optional grey box, you may also select a textbook to show the relationship between the lessons in the textbook and the set of standards that you have selected.  An example would be to see how your adopted textbook for math (grade 9) aligns to your standards and then be able to access aligned content for both the standards and your textbook at the same time.


Once you have selected your primary set of standards (required), click on the View Related Textbooks box. A drop-down will appear with the textbooks in your profile for the grade and subject selected.




Click the Search button.


SEARCH RESULTS PAGE FOR STANDARDS SEARCH


The search results will only display standards for the grade and subject specified. The standards display in the order provided by your state and includes the labels and numbering system used by the state. If you used the Advanced Search feature, the text with that term will be highlighted in yellow:




On this page, you have the options of viewing content (Aligned Content) that has been provided by EdGate or performing Actions related to each standard.


ALIGNED CONTENT

Each standard has a link to “Aligned Content” which has been correlated to the specific lowest level of the standard that you are viewing. The number next to Aligned Content represents the total individual pieces of content that you can access for this standard.  A description of the content results page is available on page 11 of this document. To access this content, click on the Aligned Content link.

ACTIONS


When you hover over Actions, you have the opportunity to 1) Submit a Lesson or Resource or    2) Add this specific standard and the related Aligned Content to your own Collection. This is discussed later in this Help Document.  









HOW DO I PERFORM A CURRICULAR CONCEPT SEARCH?

EdGate staff have reviewed thousands of standards and established a taxonomy (Key term list) that aggregates content that meets these standards around specific curricular concepts. This is NOT free text searching like Google or many lesson plan search tools.  The results will display a list of terms that have been identified by EdGate – called Curricular Concepts. The hierarchical structure reflects the breakdown of subjects taught in U.S. curriculum. The focus of the content that is associated with each concept will depend upon that hierarchy. For example:

Example search: Grade 4 / Social Studies – Advanced Search term: native american




To search for a Curricular Concept, select the Curricular Concepts Tab on the Search Page.


Type in a search term. This is required. Follow the hints on page 9 on search terms.


Click Search.




Optional:

Select a Grade and a Subject This further refines your search and limits the content to that grade and subject. This is recommended for a targeted search.  You may filter by Grade and a Subject on the Main Search page, the Curricular Concepts page or the Content Search Results page.


You may review the list and if you click on a concept, the correlated content will display:









USING THE CONTENT RESULTS PAGE

Once you have completed any of the Searches, you will get the resulting content on a new page.

Here is an example of that page with all of the icons. The user has conducted a Mississippi Standards Search for Grade 4, Social Studies. The user is now viewing the results page:




The Content results shows 17 from one of the several content groups available to this user: EdGate Aligned Content. The user may view other groups by clicking on a group name (EdGate Aligned Content, Learn360, Timeline Resources) in the Filter By box in the left-hand menu. This box is dynamic and the results will depend upon the parameters selected for the search.

You may use the side bar on the right side of the screen to view the entire page. No matter how much content, you can continue to scroll down to review the results.


Content Groups in the Matrix


EdGate Aligned Content: 250,000+ grade-specific EdGate Aligned Content broken into lessons, assessments and student resources. There are videos, audio, games, flash quizzes and much more This content group is the result of ongoing review and selection for inclusion in the Matrix by EdGate professional staff. Most importantly, every piece of content has been reviewed for Curricular Concepts and aligned to your state standards, Common Core and textbooks. These resources have been created by such venerable educational groups as PBS, Alabama Learning Exchange, GEM, Teacher’s Domain and many more. EdGate is constantly reviewing, adding and changing this content.



Publisher Content:

District Custom Subscriptions: EdGate is pleased to have partnered with high quality content providers who have agreed to provide you with access to their content through the Matrix. Partners such as Learn360, World Book and Verizon Thinkfinity are included. This expands the amount of content in the Matrix and gives you all your digital curriculum in one place.


Fee-based Content: In addition, you may search for fee-based content to make purchasing decisions and review alignments to your standards prior to making a buying decision. Great for ensuring content meets specific requirements


District Content:

District subscriptions have the added benefit of including district content that is either found or uploaded by staff. Additional information is found further down in this Help Document.



Metadata Filtering

To make your search more targeted you can filter by the metadata that is associated with content. Every bit of content in the EdGate Aligned Content group can now be “filtered” much like an advance search on Google or other search engines.


Here’s how to use this  function:

Once you have performed your basic search and are on the View Correlations / Search Results page, there is now a menu on the left-hand side of your page for further filtering your content using Filter Your Results:


















Here is an example of selecting ‘Assessment Question’ using the Filter Your Results:

The filter allows you to select just the right content for your specific need, whether you are looking for online videos or content produced just by the Smithsonian or want to select content for your struggling learners. Here are some examples of the content filters that you have at your fingertips:

Target Audience: i.e. Teacher / Student / Parent : You can now select content for you (teacher) whether that is a lesson plan, rubric or curricular theme;

Content Type: i.e. Assessment Question, Tutorial, Lesson Plan, Quiz /Test or Interactive: This filter allows you to select the kind of content you want to use;

Language: i.e. English, Spanish, French: Select the language for which the content is written. This is great for language classes or ESL;
Format: i.e. PDF,DOC,Online Video,HTML: This filter helps you select the format and know whether you need to open a document or can use a video clip with your class;

Source: publisher or content developer name: This filter gives you a way to review content by a favorite source such as Kahn Academy or Library of Congress

Student Level: Challenging, On-Target, Skill Builder: This filter is the most powerful in the system as it lets you select groups of content for specific student users. Each piece of content identifies the grades for which it is 1) Challenging  2) On-Target or 3) Skill Building

The three levels are:

  • Challenging: For gifted or advanced learners of a specific concept who need more challenging materials
  • On-Target: That content that is on pace for a specific concept or grade level and fits the majority of most learners in a classroom
  • Skill Builder: That content that would help a student reinforce a specific skill or curricular concept i.e. for remediation, failing students or those needing additional materials to understand a learning task.

As part of this release, we have also aggregated the Timeline Resources and Technology Resources in EdGate Aligned Content. You can now use the filter to get to all this content! EdGate welcomes your feedback as we continue to enhance and improve the tools that we provide to you!

Using the Content in the Matrix

Every piece of content includes the following icons:




1 and 2: ACCESSING THE CONTENT


Click on the thumbnail picture (1) or the Title of the Aligned Resource (2). This will open another window in your browser which enables you to navigate back to your Content page at any time.


3: RATING A LESSON

Click on (rate this item):    Then, using your mouse, hover over the star that you want to select (1 to 5 with 1 being the lowest rating) for your rank. Click on your star and the rating will be selected.

If more than 1 person votes on an item, then the rating will be an average of the total. Your rating is always available through your Icon Tool Bar on the Left hand side of your screen:


4: EMAILING TO A FRIEND OR YOURSELF


The small envelope to the right of the thumbnail provides you with a way to send the link to either another educator, a student or yourself:




Once you have clicked the “Send Email” button, you may close the dialog box by clicking on the small X in lower right corner.


5: COMMENTING ON A LESSON


When you click on the Comments shape to the right of the Envelope, the system will open another window where you may insert your comment on how you have used this lesson or some other information about the lesson. The comment will be sent to a moderator who will review and then submit to the Matrix. Once approved, the comment will appear as part of that lesson.

The number of comments received on a specific lesson will appear in the parentheses next to the Comment shape.





6. ADDING TO A COLLECTION


Adding to a collection allows you to aggregate content and standards that you find in the Curriculum Matrix® Search and then use to develop curriculum for your classroom. At any point you may add a lesson to a saved or new collection by clicking on the Building Block icon. This will open a dialog box. You may save it to an already existing collection that you have created (i.e. Earth_Science Volcanoes) or you may create a new collection by typing in a name for the collection in the Add to a new collection box and then clicking on Add Item. Any saved collection is then accessible through your Icon Tool Bar on the left side of your screen.




7: VIEWING STANDARDS


Clicking the View Standards button displays all standards associated with a specific lesson or piece of content. This opens a new Window where you may view, print, save the standards that align to that lesson.




8: LEAVE FEEDBACK FOR THIS ITEM


By clicking this button, a user can do the following for a specific lesson, assessment or resource: 1) Report a link that does not work, open or does not redirect; 2) Does not agree with the standards that display for the specific content; 3) Wants EdGate to find more resources that are like the link that they are using; 4) Other: add comment to send to EdGate staff









PRINT, SAVE TO FOLDER, OPEN IN WORD, OPEN IN EXCEL


Every search results page includes the ability to manage your search result.


Save: Click on the disk icon to save the search into a Matrix folder. Once the dialog box opens, you must enter a name for your search. Click on Save Search.


You may access any Saved Search from your Icon Tool Bar on the left side of your screen.


OPEN IN WORD, OPEN IN EXCEL


Any search may be saved in Excel or Word. The system will open the default browser dialog boxes through this process. In general, you will be prompted to open in the file type that you selected.  Your application software will open with the contents from the Matrix that you can then save in either Excel or in Word. You may do this with a Standard Search or a Content Search. This gives you an easy way to have the Standards Documents for your state!

PRINTING YOUR RESULTS

Any search may be printed in a print-friendly format to your printer. Select the Printer icon to open up your Print Dialog box.





USING THE CURRICULUM MATRIX USER MENU


The Curriculum Matrix is Web 2.0 enabled and you have several functions at your fingertips to easily use and manipulate the content. This toolbar gives you the ability to incorporates your search results into self-designed curriculum or teacher plan book templates and to further manipulate the results that you have found in the Matrix Search Function


ACTION / ICON

DESCRIPTION AND FUNCTION

1 -  Search (Magnifying Glass)

Search: Takes a user to the Search Page

2 – Curriculum Templates (Page)

Curriculum Templates: Create or upload your own plan book, lesson plans, scope and sequence documents using the Editing Tool, supplied default templates and the ability to drag and drop content into your document

3 – Top Rated Items (Star)

Your ratings – system provides you with every item that you have rated in order by star

4 – Saved Searches (Folder)

Saved Searches – those searches that you have previously saved when you have selected the disk icon.

5  - Collections (Blocks)

My Collections – those items that you have saved for specific use; also called a playlist or Bookbag

6 – My Items (Folder)

My Items – if you have submitted content, your content will be available in My items to view and edit the submission

7  – Submit a Resource (Piece of Paper)

Submit a Lesson or Resource – allows you to use the Matrix Correlation Tool and submit a link or upload a lesson and assign concepts which will align to standards




USING THE CURRICULUM TEMPLATE ONLINE EDITING TOOL

Easily create any documents that you need for teaching using the Matrix Curriculum Template Tool. You can easily create, upload, save and use these templates and forms as part of your planning or curriculum design. Examples of templates include:

1)     Lesson Plan Templates

2)     Unit Plan Templates

3)     Scope and Sequence / Curriculum Map Documents

4)     Teacher Plan Book (by Day, Week, Year and for multiple Schedules)

5)     Substitute Forms

6)     Calendars


EdGate has provided (and is adding more all the time!) several pre-designed templates that you can use or you can copy existing documents or create new forms.  EdGate has also provided samples of fully developed Curriculum Maps, Lesson Plans and Curriculum Guides to give you some ideas and help you with the organization of content for your classroom


USING A PRE-MADE TEMPLATE


You can view each template by clicking on its name. If you want to use / edit that template, click on the Open Icon to the right of each template. Once it is opened, the Online Editing Tool will display and you have the ability to modify, add text, drag and drop any of your Collection Items into the document. Remember to Save any of your changes!


You can also copy a document into the Editing Tool for your use from your computer hard drive.

Examples of a document that you may want to copy would be your district curriculum map that your district provided to you and you want to add comments and use for your planning purposes or  your teacher plan book. To do this, open up a Saved document from your computer and use your Select All option in Word. Make sure to have opened up your Curriculum Templates in the Matrix. Click on New Blank Document. Using the Editing Tool, select the Paste from Word tool. When you click it, a dialog box opens and you can Paste your document into the box. Once in the Editing Tool, you may make changes, add content and then Save.



Editing Tool Icon Guide:

These icons refer to the commonly used icons in an online editor.







ADDING CONTENT TO YOUR CURRICULUM TEMPLATE

You may review, edit or email your curriculum templates at any time while you are logged into the Curriculum Matrix®. Click on the Curriculum Template Icon in the Icon Tool Bar. Select the Document that you want to edit by clicking on the Edit button.



This will open the Editing Tool where you can change the text and drag and drop content from your saved collections. To open a collection, click on the plus (+) sign to the left of each collection. When you find the lesson, standard or item that you want, click and hold your mouse over the item and drag it into the space where you want it to appear. These will appear as hyperlinks in your final form. When you are ready – SAVE!




At any point you may Export your Template into Word, Excel or PDF. On your main Curriculum Template screen, find the form that you want to export and click Export:




A dialog window will open and you may select the format:


Your system will prompt you to open the file or Save the file which you can then print or Save to your own desktop.









USING THE CORRELATION TOOL


The Curriculum Matrix® Correlation Tool allows teachers within a school district to submit and align content to standards or textbooks and then, once approved, be viewable by all other teachers within that school district. A district may opt to identify a Content Administrator to review and approve all submissions or EdGate will be responsible for this part of the process. A user may submit either a link to content that is available on the Internet or upload a document where it will be stored on a secure EdGate server. Uploads may be in one of several formats such as Word, Excel, image format , PDF or PowerPoint.


There are two ways to add your custom content to the Curriculum Matrix: 1) Submit a Resource or Upload a Document from a Specific Standard or 2) Submit a Resource or Upload a Document from the User Menu.


1) SUBMIT A RESOURCE OR UPLOAD A DOCUMENT FROM A SPECIFIC STANDARD

Login to the Matrix and perform a standards search. Each standard will display two links under each standard: Actions and Aligned Content. Click on Actions and then click on Submit a Lesson or Resource.

When you click on the Submit a Lesson or Resource link, a new window will open.

 


This window has an online form to be completed for submission of the content. It also displays all the curricular concepts that are associated with the standard that was selected. Some or all of these concepts may be selected as part of the submission.



Note: A district has the option of including additional fields as “metadata”. This feature is covered in the training provided by EdGate.



ENTERING INFORMATION INTO THE SUBMIT A LESSON OR RESOURCE FORM

Here are some tips for completing the information. If you have found a lesson or resource on the web that you want to include, it is always best to have that lesson available in a second window so that you can toggle back and forth to enter the information.

1)     Link Title: Use Title Case, do not include A, An or The at the beginning of the title and be succinct. If you know whether it is a lesson, assessment or a resource, add this at the beginning. Example: Lesson: Copper Conductivity.

2)     Description: Provide a short (2 sentence) summary of the objective of your lesson or resource. Also, you can add your name at the end. Example: Students will conduct a chemistry lab experiment to discover the properties of copper. Source: Jim Smith, Montgomery HS.

3)     Enter a URL: If this is a lesson or link that you found on the Internet – copy the URL from your browser window and paste into this field. Copying and pasting is much better than typing in the url.

4)     Upload a Resource: If this is a lesson or document that you have on a local computer, you will be prompted to find the location on your computer and then upload to the server. The Curriculum Matrix will upload Word documents, Excel, PDF, image files such as JPEG or PowerPoint presentations. Extensions include: txt, rtf, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, xlst, pdf, ppt, gif, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp

5)     Grades: Check the appropriate grades. In general, grade spans are a good choice.

6)     This lesson will include the curricular concept(s) that display as part of the form. This is the concept taught in the standard that you selected. The lesson will link with other standards that also teach this same concept depending upon the grades that you selected. In some cases, there may be more than one concept showing. To remove any that do not apply to your lesson or link, simply click on the box to deselect it.

7)     Click Submit.


2) SUBMIT A RESOURCE OR UPLOAD A DOCUMENT FROM THE USER MENU


When you select the Submit a Resource Icon that is in your User Menu, you will complete the form exactly as indicated above for submitting from the Standard. See the instructions above to review that process.


There is one additional step with this method. Instead of having the Curricular Concepts already included, you will add the Curricular Concepts that are addressed by this link by using a drop-down menu.



You can select as many concepts as you believe apply by using the drop downs and selecting the appropriate check boxes. Note: be specific and focus on the main objective of the lesson.

Example: For a lesson on a model of the brain, select “Brain” under Growth and Development > Body Systems > Brain.

When you have completed this step, click on Submit.






WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I UPLOAD A LESSON OR A LINK?

Once you submit a lesson or link, the Content Administrator for your district or an EdGate Subject Manager is alerted via email and will review the posting. Once it has been approved, it is posted to the Curriculum Matrix® and the link / lesson will display whenever the concept that is tied to that lesson is searched. It will be located in the “User Submitted Content” tab or if this is a district subscription, a group with the district name:

 


 Each submission is aligned to standards based on the curricular concepts selected by the user or modified by the Content Administrator. As an example if a user initially submitted a lesson from a


Grade 4 standard but the lesson was appropriate for grade 3 and 5 as well, the lesson would align and display to those grade level standards with the identified curricular concepts as well. The system works as a one to many but only if appropriate.


 REVIEW OF USER SUBMISSIONS
A user has access to review, modify or delete any lessons that he/she has submitted to the system. The list of submitted content is viewable as part of the User Menu: My Items



Example of “My Items”:


My Items tracks when and what resources you have submitted to the district content.















Once a piece of content is added to the Curriculum Matrix, it may be used in the same way that all content can be managed in the system. It will, however, always be separated from any other group of content into the district-identified grouping.

The District Content Administrator will have an additional link as part of their User Menu that allows them to review the submissions from district teachers.




WHERE DO ALL THE LINKS ON THE MATRIX COME FROM?
The lessons, resources and assessments for your Curriculum Matrix®  come from two main sources.


1) EdGate provides a large database of lessons, resources and assessments tied to specific learning standards. These links come from a team of practicing educators work with EdGate and to review and correlate content that is included in the Curriculum Matrix®.


2) You and other educators have the ability to submit a link or to create an original lesson or assessment to add (upload) to the Curriculum Matrix®.


WHERE DO I VIEW LINKS THAT I HAVE SUBMITTED?


Once you have submitted content to the Recommendation Engine® there will be a link available in your User Menu.

Any items that have been submitted by you and have been approved will display in an alphabetical list by title under “My Submitted Items”. You may edit the item by clicking on the paper icon to the left of the title. If you change any field and click submit – the item will be sent to the EdGate or District Moderator for review.

If Items are pending approval by EdGate or by your District Moderator, the item will display in buff and the screen will indicate that the item is pending approval.

Any item that you have submitted will identify the day and time when you submitted to the system.

If you are part of the district, any submission that you submit will be viewable by other users in your district when they do a search. They do not have access to making changes to any of your submissions.






GLOSSARY FOR THE CURRICULUM MATRIX® AND INTERNET TERMS


Aligned EdGate Content: Lessons, resources and assessments, which relate directly to a specific standard on the Curriculum Matrix®. You may add original lessons, links to additional lessons, resources and assessments through the “Submit A Lesson or Resource” link associated with each standard or by clicking on the Piece of Paper icon on the top of each page.


Assessment: An instrument to evaluate learning such as a test, portfolio or teacher-generated essay.


Area: A defined list of disciplines for a specific subject area that is taught i.e. Algebra is an “area” of Mathematics.


Back button: The button on your Web browser toolbar that can be clicked to display the previously viewed Web page.


Boolean Search: Words that help refine your search: and, or, not. To see an illustration of these delimiting terms see: http://kathyschrock.net/rbs3k/boolean/
An example of a Boolean search:
a) black AND red : When using AND, you only receive search results including both of your search terms not necessarily next to one another
b) black OR red: When using OR, you will receive search results including either of your search terms
c) black NOT red: When using NOT you will receive search results which include the first term and exclude the second term


Bookmark: To bookmark a Web site is to save the address to a menu so it can be easily accessed in the future without typing the address. You can bookmark a site by using the Favorites menu in Internet Explorer or the Bookmarks menu in Netscape Navigator.


Browser: Short for Web browser; this is the software that allows you to view Web pages and surf the World Wide Web. The most popular Web browsers are Mozilla Firefox, Apple’s Safari and Microsoft's Internet Explorer.


Cookie: A small piece of information in a text file that is stored on your computer from a Web site. A cookie can make your Web surfing easier by storing preferences you have chosen.


Copyright: The exclusive right to reproduce, publish and sell certain material.


Curriculum Matrix®: The EdGate solution for presenting lessons, resources and assessments that meet specific state learning standards.


Cursor: The blinking vertical line that appears when you are typing that indicates where the next character will appear.


Dialog box: Special window displayed by a program to provide information, present available options or request a response.


Domain name: The main part of the address of a Web site. For example, EdGate.com is the domain name of the national EdGate Web site.


Double-click: To press and release a mouse button twice in rapid succession.


Download: The transfer of information from the Internet to your computer. Every time you instruct your computer system to retrieve your e-mail, you are downloading your mail to your computer. You also can download software programs from the Internet to your computer.


Dragging: To move your mouse by holding down the mouse button and moving the mouse.


E-mail (electronic mail): Electronically transmitted messages. E-mail is transferred over the Internet in seconds to anywhere in the world.


E-mail address: A string of letters used to indicate a person who can send and receive electronic mail messages over the Internet. An example of an e-mail address is CLOAKING .


Folder: A location to organize and store electronic files.


GIF (Graphics Interchange Format): A way graphics files can be stored. It is one of the two most common types of images used on the World Wide Web (the other is JPG).


Hard drive: Also called a hard disk drive, an area of a computer system where files and programs are organized and stored.


Hardware: The physical components that comprise the computer system.


HTML (Hypertext Mark-up Language): The special code that allows Web browsers to display most Web pages. You do not need to know any HTML to use the Curriculum Matrix®.


http (hypertext transfer protocol): Rules for how computers transfer information over the Internet. Most Web page addresses begin with http://.


ISP (Internet Service Provider): A company that provides people access to the Internet, often for a subscription fee. You need an ISP to connect to the Internet every time you log on.


Internet: A worldwide collection of networks that links millions of businesses, governments, educational institutions and individuals using modems, telephone, cable lines and other devices. The World Wide Web is the best-known part of the Internet.


JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group, also abbreviated as JPEG): A way graphics files can be stored. It is one of the two most common types of images used on the World Wide Web (the other is GIF). You can upload JPG images to a Curriculum Matrix® original lesson plan.


Keyword: A meaningful word or phrase that can be used to search for a Web site.


Lesson: A set of procedures to teach a specific unit of study. Generally a lesson will include step-by-step procedures, assessment, materials and teacher notes.


Lesson Template: A pre-defined format for submitting a lesson to the Curriculum Matrix®.  There is also a template for submission of a lesson, resource or assessment link or for an original assessment.


Link (Hyperlink): Text or graphic that can be clicked to access another Web page or another Web site. Text links will usually be underlined and a different color than the rest of the text on the screen. A graphic link will often have a frame around it.


Link Submission: Form that you can use to submit a resource, lesson or assessment, which relates to a specific standard.


Login: The process of typing in a user name and password to access a computer system or Web site. You need to login to your local learning community Curriculum Matrix® to access any of the resources and standards.


Network: Two or more computers connected to share information.


Online: Being connected to the Internet.


Operating System: Software that manages the internal functions of a computer. Common operating systems are Windows 98 and Mac OS.


Plug-Ins: Special programs that must be downloaded to run multimedia elements within a Web browser window. The only plug-in which may be needed to view lessons or resources on the Curriculum Matrix® is Adobe Acrobat to read “pdf” files.


Pointer: Often shaped as an arrow, the onscreen device that moves when you move your mouse. Your pointer can change shape when different options are available. For example, when your pointer is on a link on Web page, it will appear as a hand.


Rating: A star rating from one to five stars that a user assigns to a lesson, resource or assessment on the Curriculum Matrix®. Star ratings rate the overall quality of the lesson. Access to Rate This Item is available on the Search Results Page. A text field for specific comments about a lesson is also available.


Resource: A link to a Web site, which has excellent information, which will help you meet a specific standard.


Scrolling: The process of moving different portions of a Web page or document on the screen into view.


Scroll bar: A vertical or horizontal bar on a Web page or document that can be used to see all parts of the screen.


Server: A computer that manages the resources on a network and provides a centralized storage area for software programs and data.


Site: Short for Web site, a collection of pages on the World Wide Web. Every site has an address, and it often begins with http://.


Software: Applications or programs that direct a computer to perform various operations.


Tabs: Sections on a dialog box that contain related commands or features. When a dialog box has tabs, they are often displayed at the top.


Toolbar: A strip of buttons often at the top of a software programs that can be clicked to perform certain commands.


URL: An acronym for Uniform Resource Locator. It's the address of each Web site. It usually begins with http://.


Web browser: Also called "browser," this is the software that allows you to view Web pages and surf the World Wide Web. The most popular Web browsers are Netscape Navigator and Microsoft's Internet Explorer.


Web page: A single document in a Web site.


Web site: A collection of pages on the World Wide Web. Every site has an address, and it often begins with http://.


World Wide Web (WWW): Also referred to as the Web, the World Wide Web is a global system of linked documents (Web pages) containing text and graphics and sometimes sounds, animation and video. The World Wide Web is part of the Internet. When you create online lessons, they are part of the World Wide Web.





CUSTOMER SUPPORT CENTER


Further assistance: At any point, you may visit the Curriculum Matrix Customer Support Center to:

1)     Submit a Support Ticket if you have a specific question or problem that has not been addressed by this document

2)     Check the Status of any Ticket that you have sent to EdGate

3)     Review the FAQ’s that have been posted as users have asked questions about the Curriculum Matrix


Visit: http://correlation.edgate.com/support/


The Matrix has a Twitter page where announcements, new Matrix events and other cool news is posted. Click on the “t” to get there.

Product Enhancement: EdGate Curriculum Matrix Metadata Filtering Released

Want to have an easy way to filter content that you find in the Curriculum Matrix by specific attributes such as the source or by target audience? You can now do this within the Curriculum Matrix making your search more effective and targeted for yourself and your students!

Every bit of content in the EdGate Aligned Content group can now be “filtered” much like an advance search on Google or other search engines.


Now, there are some very powerful options for finding targeted resource and content for failing, gifted or your on-target students. Here’s how to use this new function:

Once you have performed your basic search and are on the View Correlations / Search Results page, there is now a menu on the left-hand side of your page for further filtering your content using Filter Your Results:


















Here is an example of selecting ‘Assessment Question’ using the Filter Your Results:

 





The filter allows you to select just the right content for your specific need, whether you are looking for online videos or content produced just by the Smithsonian or want to select content for your struggling learners. Here are some examples of the content filters that you have at your fingertips:

Target Audience: i.e. Teacher / Student / Parent : You can now select content for you (teacher) whether that is a lesson plan, rubric or curricular theme;

Content Type: i.e. Assessment Question, Tutorial, Lesson Plan, Quiz /Test or Interactive: This filter allows you to select the kind of content you want to use;

Language: i.e. English, Spanish, French: Select the language for which the content is written. This is great for language classes or ESL;
Format: i.e. PDF,DOC,Online Video,HTML: This filter helps you select the format and know whether you need to open a document or can use a video clip with your class;

Source: publisher or content developer name: This filter gives you a way to review content by a favorite source such as Kahn Academy or Library of Congress

Student Level: Challenging, On-Target, Skill Builder: This filter is the most powerful in the system as it lets you select groups of content for specific student users. Each piece of content identifies the grades for which it is 1) Challenging  2) On-Target or 3) Skill Building

The three levels are:

  • Challenging: For gifted or advanced learners of a specific concept who need more challenging materials
  • On-Target: That content that is on pace for a specific concept or grade level and fits the majority of most learners in a classroom
  • Skill Builder: That content that would help a student reinforce a specific skill or curricular concept i.e. for remediation, failing students or those needing additional materials to understand a learning task.

As part of this release, we have also aggregated the Timeline Resources and Technology Resources in EdGate Aligned Content. You can now use the filter to get to all this content! EdGate welcomes your feedback as we continue to enhance and improve the tools that we provide to you!