How to Organize Your Digital Teaching Resources for You and Your Team on Trello
If you're anything like us, then you have more than a few digital resources to supplement your district's curriculum! Activities that you have come across over the years that you love using with your students. Organizing these resources so that you can find them again when you need them isn't always the easiest thing to do. Some districts pay for incredible curriculum planners that work wonders at holding onto all of those little golden nuggets, keeping them safe for you to use year after year but others either don't have curriculum planners or they're just too cumbersome to use and actually make your life more difficult instead of less.
A few years ago we came up with a way to organize our curriculum resources using Trello, a free online list-making application, that made it not only easy to store the digital teaching resources that we have come to love in one place, but also a quick and easy place to organize the team's notes on specific lessons.
How to Create a Curriculum Planner in Trello
To start with, we created a "team" on Trello to house all of our subjects in one spot. This makes it really easy to adjust who has access to our team boards. We then invited everyone from our team to join and created a team board for each subject inside of that team. As of June 2019, you can create up to 10 team boards using the free account. Inside each subject's board, we created a list for each unit that we teach during the year. Finally, we created a card for each lesson inside of each unit. It's not a particularly complex idea but it works!
Using Trello Cards to Organize Teaching Resources
We then went through and added all of the links to videos, online games, and digital teaching resources, that we store in Google Drive, to our lesson cards for each lesson. We love how easy it is to find and use the resources that we love for each lesson.
Some of the resources that we attach to our lesson cards include:
YouTube Videos - who doesn't love a fun and engaging video that helps our students really understand and remember?
Kahoot Games - wonderful for reviewing material with your students!
Boom Cards - digital task cards that make assessments a breeze!
TpT/Other Digital Resources on Google Drive/Dropbox - Google Drive/Dropbox is wonderful but when you have zillions of resources, it's not always the easiest to navigate quickly. We love linking specific resources to the specific lessons in which we will use them. Sometimes, when we're feeling really organized, we will even print individual pages of those resources to pdf and link those to make it even faster to find and print what we need for any given lesson. Just make sure that you have purchased enough licenses for all of your team before linking your resources. :)
Brain Pop (Jr.) Videos - need we say more???
Pictures of Previous Students' Work - examples are wonderful! Storing them isn't always so great so why not store them digitally? This way your students can take their amazing work home to share with their families and you can keep a copy of it to inspire future students.
Teacher's Manuals - this one depends on the series but some series offer pdf or online teacher's manuals which you can upload to Google Drive/Dropbox and/or link!
And So Much More! - the list just goes on and on! If it's online, then there's a pretty good chance you can link it to your cards.
We recommend using the Google Drive plugin on your Trello boards if you are attaching a lot of resources on Google Drive. Makes it a little easier and faster to use!
Organize Lesson Notes
Another fantastic way to stay organized from year to year is to write down notes about what went well and what needs to be tweaked for next year. You can organize those notes inside of each lesson's Trello card too! This makes it really easy to find each year and helps keep everyone in the team on the same page.
New Team Members & Long Term Subs
It's also beyond wonderful if your team ever has a long-term sub or gets a new team member because everything they need to hit the ground running is right there in one place! Just invite them to join your Trello Team and you (and they) are good to go!
Have you used Trello to organize your curriculum? What has worked well for you? Let us know in the comments below!