Contributed by Shawna W.
Curriculum Trak was such an answer to prayer for us. We had been using an in-house system for curriculum mapping that our tech department could no longer support. Therefore, our maps became very static and not useful. We looked for several years for a curriculum mapping software that met our needs and was also affordable. We were just at the point of trying again to create an in-house system for mapping when we were introduced to Curriculum Trak. It has all of the features we need and is at a price we can afford.
The tech support with Curriculum Trak has been amazing. At the beginning, we had a consultant work with us to set things up in a way that would work best for our school. He asked us questions that we hadn’t even considered before. The online video tutorials have also been extremely useful. The response to the help desk submissions have always been prompt and thorough.
One of our favorite features in Curriculum Trak is sharing maps with other schools. Sometimes we need an idea to get started on mapping a new course and other times we just want new ideas for a particular unit. Either way, the sharing of resources in invaluable.
We have been in the process of creating course maps in Curriculum Trak for about 5 years now. In order to not overwhelm our teacher and also keep everyone using the program, we decided to map only one to two components per year. The first year, we set up all our time frames and units. Next, we put in all of our standards and wrote objectives linking the content to the skill-based standards. Teachers completed this for every unit in every course. The next year, we worked on aligning all of our resources. We chose to set up our Google Drive folders with the same names as our units in CT. We then put a link to the Google Drive unit folder under “resources” in CT rather than actually upload the documents. This allows us to edit documents without uploading them again. The next year, we worked on improving our assessments, linking them to objectives, and putting links to them in CT. This year, we are focusing on Biblical integration. Next, we want to add student outcomes and cross-curricular integration to our course maps. By then, it will time to review the objectives again!