July 2023: Enhanced Unit Planner Look and Features
Introducing the revamped Unit Planner with exciting enhancements! Now you can pin categories for convenient access while working on your units. Plus, enjoy the seamless experience of viewing lessons side by side while working within the unit. Experience an improved workflow and maximize productivity with these new features! Click here to learn more.
May 2023: Updates to the School Values and rename to Complex Checklists
Introducing the cutting-edge Complex Checklist feature by Atlas, an exciting enhancement to our popular School Values feature. Now, users can effortlessly create lists of intricate activities and comprehensive checklists to streamline complex processes. With fully customizable labels, the possibilities are endless in capturing every detail. Don't miss out on this incredible advancement! Explore the enriched feature and click here to learn how to create Complex Checklists for your teachers!
April 2023: New Unit Template Editor!
Attention Atlas Admins! We have great news for you. Introducing the all-new Unit Template Editor, designed to make your life easier. With its intuitive structure, updating your templates has never been simpler. Unlock new capabilities and functionalities effortlessly with our easy-to-use editor. Get your hands on it today and experience the ultimate convenience in template editing!
To learn more about the new updates, click here.
Feb 2023: Updates to "Browse" to be called "All Courses"
We are changing the vocabulary and enhancing some of the functionality on our once named "Browse" page, now called "All Courses". New smart filters have been added to ensure smooth curriculum search and review. This page can now be accessed under All Curriculum > All Courses.
to learn more about the new updates, click here.
Dec 2022: New Atlas Dashboard!
A new, modern and user-friendly Atlas Dashboard is here. We hope this provides you with a bird's eye view of what's relevant for you, as soon as you login. Customized sections dedicated to your Today's Curriculum calendar, a school Message Board, quick access to your own courses, and Quick Links are all represented for you.
Oct 2022: New Rich Text Editor
The new rich text editor is an update to the existing text editor that provides a more intuitive toolbar with improved formatting options to simplify your workflow. The following enhancements are included with this feature update:
- More table formatting and styling options such as background color, and cell scaling and merging.
- New formatting options like text background color.
- Image and media additions include drag and drop, image scaling, hyperlinking, and styling.
- Improved formatting when copying and pasting.
Additional features to follow this release in the near future, such as Math Symbols and Equations editor.
Sep 2022: Improved "My Lessons" Page!
You can now manage your lessons from the new Month view, or the improved Week and List views. If you review lessons, you can monitor them quickly from the new Lessons to Review page. To learn more about the new "My Lessons" page, click here. Use the Actions menu to sync with Google Calendar for easy access to your lesson plans. To learn more about Google Calendar Integration, click here!
Aug 2022: Public Site Settings and the Welcome Page
Atlas admins now have greater control over what does, and does not, appear on your Public Site. This will allow you greater flexibility to find the settings that are right for you. To learn more about the new set-up page, click here.
Additionally, your public site Welcome Page can now be easily customized by Atlas admins. To learn more about editing the public site welcome page, click here!
May 2022: Atlas Calendar Updates and Google Calendar Integration
A Modern Unit Calendar!
The Unit Calendar view has been updated and modernized, but still contains all of the great features that have always existed. It's now called the Unit Calendar by Year and has the Course Description included, making it more prominent and easier to access. To learn more about the new features in the Unit Calendar by Year, click here.
Unit Calendar by Month!
A new view, Unit Calendar by Month, allows you to zoom in on your curriculum and see how the units and lessons fit together. This view allows you to easily edit the pacing or explore any of the current or upcoming units/lessons. To learn more about this new view, click here.
Access Units and Lessons from your Google Calendar!
A game changer! Now you can VIEW and ACCESS your Atlas courses, units and lessons in your Google Calendar! To learn more about the Google Calendar Integration, click here.
January 2022: View Unit Side-by-side with Lesson Planner
You can now view your unit for reference while constructing your lesson! Easily copy and paste unit information into the lesson planner to streamline the planning process. Just click the Show Unit button on the top left side of your planner. To learn more about building lessons in Atlas, click here.
December 2021: Multiple Assessment Methods are possible now!
Curriculum Developers can now select additional Assessment Methods in their unit plans. However, the methods indicated in the new Additional Assessment Methods field are not included in the Assessment Methods report, or Standards Analysis report. To learn more about building assessments in the unit planner, click here.
July 2021: Atlas 10 is here!
An updated and modernized Atlas has been released. That means a smoother experience, better accessibility, and it's ADA compliant (video here).
The changes include:
Simplified top navigational menu
Some of our navigation menu items are condensed, renamed or relocated:
- Develop is now under My Atlas, and renamed to My Courses.
- References and Browse are under All Curriculum.
- Support menu can be accessed by clicking the life-saver icon next to your account name.
- Search can be accessed by clicking the magnifying glass in the Search bar. The search box is available in every page of Atlas.
Updated Atlas Dashboard
My Dashboard now supports 4 panels at the same row, with the ability to resize the Atlas pre-created panels. Click here to learn more about managing and personalizing My Dashboard.
Updated Atlas Login Page
Now you can submit your Email and Password in one single step.
Review Lessons in the My Lessons !
Now you can share your lessons for review by one or more colleagues from the My Lessons section, supporting your peer or leadership review process!
When a lesson is submitted, reviewers get a notification in Atlas, or via email, depending on their notification settings. During their review, they may leave private comments (visible to reviewers and lesson authors) about things they like, questions or suggested improvements. Once the review is complete, any reviewer can mark the lesson as Reviewed. For more details, visit our My Lessons page, and take a look at Lesson List View and then the Submit Lesson for Review and Review a Lesson sections!
New and intuitive commenting and discussion feature is available in Atlas now. They can be added to any map, units, lessons, and saved reports. Users can reply to comments, add attachments, and more! Click here to know the details.
Note: Comments have replaced Notes & Discussions in Atlas. Discussions have been moved into the Comments section (visible to all atlas users) and Notes have been moved into the Private Comments section. If you have any questions about this, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The My Lessons
You asked and we listened! The My lessons section is a central place for all the lessons you own, and co-author. Two different views, Lesson Calendar view where you can track your lessons on the academic calendar, and a Lesson List view where you can manage all your lessons. Click here to learn more!
Curriculum Process Assistant!
Managing the processes you follow in Atlas shouldn't be a struggle! With Atlas' Curriculum Process Assistant, you can create custom workflows to keep your team on the same page, streamline your process, and gain visibility at every stage. Click here to learn more!
Draft Units are Here!
Now Curriculum Developers can mark their in-progress units as drafts. Draft units can only be seen by the Curriculum Developers, or users with editing privileges, for a particular course. As these are drafts, they are excluded from all Atlas Reports except Search > Activity, so you can still track progress made in these units. Click here to learn more about how to flag your units as drafts, in the guide Create a Draft Unit.
Prioritize Standards within a Unit!
Now Curriculum Developers can identify Priority and Supporting standards at the unit level! How does it work? First, Atlas system admins need to create the flags in Atlas, then all curriculum developers can start flagging standards in their units! If you're a system admin, click here to learn more about creating the flags in your Atlas. If you're a curriculum developer, click here to learn more about flagging the standards at the unit level. Click here to know what reporting capabilities come with it!
Collaborative Lesson Planning
Users can invite others to collaborate on lessons they create across all grade levels and disciplines. This makes cross-disciplinary collaboration a breeze! Click here for more details.
Copy Lesson Plans
You asked and we listened! Now you can copy any lesson into any unit assigned to you. Our user-friendly Copy Lessons modal window allows you to copy multiple lessons into multiple units at the same time! Click here for more details.
A Recycle Bin for your Lessons
Now you can restore deleted lessons to your My Lessons list.
Atlas now distinctly identifies the roles of "Curriculum Developer" and "Teacher" with this new feature! Admins can name "Teachers" vs. "Curriculum Developers" on every curriculum map. These are the capabilities that come with each role:
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|View collaborator Lesson Plans||√||√|
Enhanced "My Courses" Dashboard Panel
Now, with the “My Courses” dashboard panel, a user (Curriculum Developer, or Teacher) is only one click away from:
- Access to any unit for the courses they are assigned to.
- Viewing all lesson plans for any units in their courses.
- Creating new lesson plans (if the “Lesson Plan” feature is turned on).
Atlas and ManageBac Integration
We are delighted to announce the first phase of our Atlas curriculum integration with ManageBac available from May 2019.
This integration allows mutual Atlas & ManageBac schools to collaboratively plan and edit Atlas units directly within ManageBac classes with single-sign-on. No data migration is required and existing Atlas courses & Subjects can be easily mapped to your ManageBac classes in a day or less.
With the integration enabled, Curriculum Developers will be able to seamlessly add, browse, and edit Atlas units directly within their ManageBac class. To learn more, feel free to check out our resources hereunder:
- Blog Post: https://www.managebac.com/blog/2019/03/09/atlas-managebac-integration/
Join the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6061903770929485323
Admin Creates Lesson Planner Templates
In Atlas, users save time by creating lesson plan templates that they can reuse. Now Admins can design lesson plan templates that any user can access and apply to new lessons!
- Up to eight active admin-created templates are supported per site.
- An unlimited number of draft templates are supported. Draft templates are marked as "inactive."
- Our new Rich Text Editing tool supports tables to be included in lesson templates.
- Admin-managed templates are prefixed with a schoolhouse icon, so it's easy for users to distinguish them from templates they created.
Want to learn about our future releases? Click here to see Atlas Road Map!