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ASV Teachers, ‘The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units’ book and Edutect Online Unit Planner

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At the Adventist Schools Victoria Annual Conference (ASVAC) in January, many of our teachers choose (from two books offered them by ASV Education leaders) ‘The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units’ by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe

This book was offered because our school system has begun to use Edutect Online Unit Planner, which will assist our teachers to enhance their learning and teaching planning for the benefit of our students, as well as to further develop collaboration between teachers, and across our schools. 

The Edutect Unit Planner uses the ‘Curriculum Planning for Understanding’ inquiry model based on Wiggins and McTighe’s UbD unit planning template, v.2.0. 

The videos linked here will be of some assistance to ASV leaders and teachers as they seek to understand UbD more thoroughly, as well as how the how Curriculum Planning for Understanding model works within the Edutect Unit Planner.

Hawker Brownlow, publishers of Wiggins and McTighe’s  book in Australia, and providers of professional learning for users of the Edutect Online Unit Planner have also provided some YouTube videos of conversations held with Jay McTighe, about the book and the planner. These will also help help our leaders and teachers to understand a little more of the purposes of the book and the planner. 

Hawker Brownlow, to introduce their video discussion with Jay McTighe about the book, writes: 

’[The book] offers instructional modules on the basic concepts and elements of Understanding by Design (UbD), the “backward design” approach…educators [can use] to create curriculum units and assessments that focus on developing students’ understanding of important ideas. The eight modules are organised around the UbD Template Version 2.0 and feature components similar to what is typically provided in a UbD design workshop, including: Discussion and explanation of key ideas in the module; Guiding exercises, worksheets and design tips; Examples of unit designs; Review criteria with prompts for self-assessment; and a list of resources for further information.’ www.hbe.com.au

View the YouTube video about the book here: 

The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units

And the video discussions about UbD and Edutect Online Unit Planner here:

Jay McTighe Discusses UbD and Edutect’s Unit Planner (Part 1)

Jay McTighe discusses UbD and Edutect’s Unit Planner (Part 2)

Author: Sandra England

Learning & Teaching Coordinator F-12 at Gilson College, an Adventist Schools Victoria school. Twitter: @GCLandT or @sandy_e

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