Using TeacherMaps

TeacherMaps connects your digital teacher toolbox with national education standards and the backwards planning approach many teachers apply to lesson planning.

This document describes how to use TeacherMaps so you can make the most of what our product has to offer.

The Basics

Why use TeacherMaps?

TeacherMaps helps you organize your resources and align them to standards to save you time and help you more easily share curriculum with other teachers.

Maps are curated collections of resources, organized by standards, that can be used for weeks on end.

Creating your account

Sign up

Head over to the sign-up form to create an account. We just need a few bits of information to get you started:

We respect your privacy and will never share your personal information with anyone. For details take a look at our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Connecting with Dropbox

Connecting your TeacherMaps account with a Dropbox account allows you to manage your Dropbox files directly within TeacherMaps. You can set it up in a few steps: From your TeacherMaps account, go to your settings page (Click your name in the top right corner and select Settings). On the Settings page under Storage Settings, select Add Dropbox. This will redirect you to the Dropbox signin page. After signing in, Dropbox will ask you if you want to give TeacherMaps access to your account.

If you agree to give TeacherMaps access to your Dropbox account, a folder will be created on your Dropbox in /Apps/TeacherMaps. Any files uploaded to that folder can be synced with TeacherMaps by clicking the Sync button on your Resources page.

Connecting with Google Drive

Connecting your TeacherMaps account with a Google account allows you to manage your Google Drive files directly within TeacherMaps. You can set it up in a few steps. From your TeacherMaps account, go to your settings page (Click your name in the top right corner and select Settings). On the Settings page under Storage Settings, select Add Google Drive. This will redirect you to the Google signin page. After signing in, Google will ask you if you want to give TeacherMaps access to your Google Drive account.

If you agree to give TeacherMaps access to your Google Drive account, a folder will be created on your Google Drive in /Apps/TeacherMaps. Any files uploaded to that folder can be synced with TeacherMaps by clicking the Sync button on your Resources page. Note that any files that are not in the /Apps/TeacherMaps folder, and any files in subfolders of /Apps/TeacherMaps, will not be accessible to TeacherMaps.

Adding resources

Links to web resources can be added to TeacherMaps through the Resources page. Your Resources page can be found by logging into your account, and from your homepage clicking the Resources tab.

Your Resources page lists all of the resources (web links, Dropbox, and Google Drive files) you have created. To add new links, click the Add Link button in the upper-right corner of the Resources pane. Enter as much information as you can about the link (only Title and Link fields are required) and select Save to create the link.

Adding files from Dropbox and Google Drive to TeacherMaps

Once you’ve connected your Google Drive and/or Dropbox account to TeacherMaps, any files you add to your /Apps/TeacherMaps folder will be added to your TeacherMaps account when you click the Sync button on your Resources page. Note that files that are in any other folder than /Apps/TeacherMaps or in subfolders of /Apps/TeacherMaps will not be added to TeacherMaps.

Warning: Renaming or moving Dropbox files

If you rename or move a Dropbox file after syncing it with TeacherMaps, we'll treat it like a new file. That means the file will no longer show up in any maps you've already added it to.

Organizing your Resources

Creating Maps

After you log in, your home page is set to the Maps page. This is where you can view and manage all the maps you’ve created. To create a new map, click the Create Map button at the top-right of the Maps pane.

You can edit the title and description of your newly-created map by clicking the section you want to edit.

Adding Standards to Maps

Add a standard to a map by selecting the Add Standard button on a map’s page and click on the standard you'd like to add.

Adding map Assessments

Add an assessment to a map by selecting the Add Assessment button on the Map’s page. Assessments can be any resources that represent your entire map, for example a unit test.

Adding Objectives to Standards

After you’ve added a standard to a map, click the standard to view all of the resources you’ve associated with the standard in that map. Click Add Objective to add new objectives.

Adding Resources to Objectives

To add resources to objectives, click on the objective on any standard’s page and select Add Resource. A resource is any web link, Dropbox, or Google Drive file you added to TeacherMaps via your Resources page.

Sending feedback

Any time you get stuck (really, any time you have to resort to reading this help document) we want to hear about it! Anything you like, don’t like, don’t understand, whatever it is, we want to know. You can easily send us feedback when logged in using the Send Feedback button at the top of every page. If you send us anonymous feedback, it really is anonymous.

FAQ

Where is state standards support?

Looking for state standards? Hang in there! We only have Common Core, but we'll be adding state standards soon. Please let us know which states/subjects are most important to you by clicking "send feedback" at the top of the page.