Blueprints in ItemLogic give you a way to plan out what kind of items you’d like and to periodically find any “gaps” in your plan. When you create a blueprint, you specify which standards, item types, and Depth of Knowledge (DOK) values the items should have or be associated with. (These are the “dimensions” of the Blueprint.) A Blueprint also captures how many items should cover these qualifications. (These are the “specifications.”)
Once you set up the dimensions and specifications, you can create a “crawl” through an item bank to see if how many items fit the criteria outlined by your Blueprint.
Creating a New Blueprint
To create a new Blueprint:
- Click on the Globe icon from the navigation menu, and select a workspace.
- Click on the Blueprints panel.
- Click New and provide a title and description in the window.
- Then click OK.
- The Blueprint is listed on the page.
To add dimensions to the Blueprint:
Select your Blueprint to open the Dimensions tab. If this is a new Blueprint, you have no Dimensions set yet.
From the Actions menu, choose Add Dimension.
In the Select Dimension Type window, choose Item type or Curriculum Standard.
Note: To add DOK requirements, choose Curriculum Standard.
Use the dialog that appears to locate and select item types or standards or DOK values to add (as many as needed) to the Blueprint. In this example, one standard is selected.
A table showing your selections appears on the Dimensions tab. Add more item types or standards at any time by choosing Actions > Add Dimension. In the end, you might have standards, DOK values, and item types, as in this example:
After adding dimensions for the Blueprint, set up specifications. This captures how many items there should be for each kind of item.
To add specifications:
- Click on the Specifications tab. You see all the dimensions you selected.
- In the boxes to the right, enter numbers to indicate the number of items that should be of that type or covering that standard or DOK value. Click Save.
In the example above, the top-level dimension is the standard. To re-organize the criteria, go back to the Dimensions tab and change the order of the dimension tables using the grab handles. Then click Save.
After the dimensions and specifications are all set, you can create a crawl to examine an item bank and see how it compares to the blueprint.