School E-mail Accounts: 

ACDS Learning Community: 

Media/Subscription/Online Learning Platforms/Textbook Services: 

The following need username and passwords. Contact Sherry or David. 
The following do not need log in. 
Providers to mask YouTube videos so that viewers do not see the side videos.

Instructional Ideas, Lessons, Units and Full Course Materials: 

Tutorial Sites: (For in class teacher use or student work at home)

Creative and Collaborative Online Tools (Web 2.0) There are dozens and dozens of these tools so here are just a handful of the most useful ones. 


  • Framework for Developing ePortfolios
  • Rubric for Assessing Student Portfolios
  • Electronic Portfolios by Dr. Helen Barrett (PD provider)
  • Reflection for Learning
  • Framework for Developing ePortfolios by Dr. Barrett
  • K-12 Framework by Dr. Barrett
  • ePortfolio Academy (interesting flowchart)
  • Googlios (using Google for portfolios)
  • California School System PD for ePortfolios
  • Article on Digital Footprint and How to Brand Yourself
  • Directory of Resource Sites
  • Blog Post by a Fifth Grade Teacher on Her Use of ePortfolios
  • Blog Post on the Value of Students Blogging and Using ePortfolios
  • Carbonmade (e-Portfolios by adults for design ideas)
  • Teacher Example (offers examples of work that help students meet standards that we could do around Essential Questions)
  • eFolio Site for W & M Students Building Portfolios
  • School and District Examples of Student Portfolios
  • Creating the Structure of eFolios
  • 5th Grade Example
  • Video eFolios
  • Value of Online Branding of Oneself
  • Haiku Video on Setting Up Portfolios
  • Draft of Potential ACDS ePortfolio (Google Doc)


Google Drive & Docs:


Understanding by Design
  • UbD in a Nutshell Prezi (good place to start in your understanding)
  • Jay McTighe Site and Resources and his books
  • Grant Wiggins' Authentic Learning and his books
  • Article on Curriculum Review System using UbD
  • 6 Facets of Understanding
  • Examples of UbD'd Units (PDF download)
  • Example of Using GRASPS for a Performance Task
  • Definition of Essential Questions
  • Creating Essential Questions
  • Social Studies Themes (lead to possible Enduring Understandings)
  • Themes & Essential Questions from a School District
  • Exemplar Units and Learning Activities from a District
  • UbD in a Nutshell Overview (PDF)
  • A nice blog post combining discovery, problem and challenge-based instruction to the UbD process
  • Excellent examples of Essential Questions (go down the page and select the grade level Word docs)

Note: The following resources on concept-based instruction and lesson design system connect nicely to the Understanding by Design system. 


Characteristics of a 21st Century Teacher: