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Highly Compatible
Supports all teaching venues, all teaching methods and all grade levels

Frequently Asked Questions


Will A·B·D work with Understanding by Design® and Marzano methods?

Yes, the A·B·D system will support any methodology. The system is a highly flexible tool that provides the foundational support needed in any education environment using any method. This is possible because we take a process approach and build on the constants in the system including carefully organized operational level content that gets mapped into instructional materials delivered to students with assessments to inform instruction. We include tools to track and manage that process at the operational content unit level and at the individual student level with capabilities to summarize at any level. We are as capable and as flexible as AutoCAD® is to its customer base.    [back to top]

Will A·B·D work with the Common Core State Standards?

Yes. The A·B·D system will work with any content standards because it is a content-independent application. It provides the tools and library repositories and accepts any type of standard. And for Common Core State Standards, A·B·D is highly suited to state level use where those new standards will need to be compared to existing standards and the exact differences determined. Following that comparison, A·B·D supports the build-out of the new Common Core State Standards, which are estimated to represent about 85% of the total needed. A·B·D provides complete support for creating, editing, saving, versioning and distribution of standards – all with references to a common knowledge and skills library for use downstream for classroom curriculum development and assessment development.    [back to top]

Does A·B·D support the Race to the Top competition?

Yes. A·B·D totally supports the Race to the Top, and is a complete solution that qualifies under  the Race's criteria. That’s because A·B·D is a complete end-to-end mission support system for education. It naturally covers the Race to the Top criteria because they are integral components of the education system. Unlike other applications with narrow functional purpose, A·B·D covers the designated elements as part of an integrated system - the Race to the Top funding could have identified any area of the education mission process and A·B·D would have been applicable. For more information on how A·B·D supports Race to the Top criteria, contact us.    [back to top]

What equipment is needed to use A·B·D?

The A·B·D system is a web-based application. Users only need a personal computer with a browser and Internet access to use all the system features. Any brand of PC with any operating system, and running a standard browser will work. A·B·D is an information rich application and for best viewing, a display screen 1280 pixels wide or higher is recommended.    [back to top]

Will my information be secure and private?

Absolutely. The A·B·D system is highly secure and protects both the personal information of users and their data. Access to the information uses secure authentication like web banking sites and all information is transferred to your screen using encryption just like the online banks use. Users decide who can see library files for review, collaboration or sharing. Selections can be made at the individual user level or for all members of a specific professional community group. Each access selection includes specific access privileges like “read only”. The A·B·D system protects your information while allowing users of your choice to work together and share information.    [back to top]

How much training is needed?

The A·B·D system was designed to be intuitive and uses familiar terminology for labeling. The use of difficult-to-interpret application-specific icons was completely avoided in favor of descriptive labels. Hovering over an object will produce a tool tip for instant help, and there are no hidden action buttons to discover by “clicking around”. Each screen's function is self evident. As with any well designed application, most users will be productive without formal classroom training. The system comes with an online User’s Guide, help functions, and tutorials.    [back to top]

Can I use A·B·D with my current Unit Plans and Lesson Plans?

Yes. A·B·D is purposely designed to easily load your existing materials, which yields immediate benefits of organizing, sharing, collaboration, updating, and tracking performance. Using your existing materials as a baseline, A·B·D assists you in managing and improving them, and guides you in evolving them into perfect alignment with standards and assessments by using references to the knowledge and skill library.    [back to top]

Does it make sense to use A·B·D even if my district has not yet adopted it?

It does. The A·B·D system was specifically designed to support classroom activities – the teacher’s workplace. The system totally supports the teacher, from developing classroom curriculum with unit plans, lesson plans and activities, to tracking individual student progress, identifying student proficiencies, and designing individual teaching plans. And when groups of teachers use the system, there are efficiencies from sharing and synergies from collaboration. You can decide what to share and who can see your materials. A·B·D fully supports the teacher in carrying out the education mission – the transfer of knowledge and skills to students. If and when your school or district or state later adopts A·B·D for common use, your work will already be in A·B·D and you’ll be ahead of the field.      [back to top]