Answers to your Program Builder questions

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How do I create a Program Builder account?

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NSW primary and secondary teachers can access Program Builder using existing login and passwords:

  • Government school teachers: Select "Login with DOE" and access via your Department of Education and Communities (DEC) account
  • Catholic school teachers: Select “Login with Program Builder” and enter your CEnet credentials to access Program Builder.

New users can register for a Program Builder account by clicking the "Register" button.

More details about accessing Program Builder can be found on the registration help page.


How do I retrieve missing programs/units?

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If you were a Scootle user and you are now missing your Programs and Units, then follow the steps below to retrieve your work:

  1. Logout of Program Builder
  2. Navigate to the Program Builder Website
  3. Click "Login" followed by "Login with Scootle"
  4. Login to Scootle, as you would have done in the past
  5. After successfully logging in to Scootle, Click "Login with Program Builder"
  6. Login using the Program Builder account that you previously created

What is a program and how do I create one?

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Program Builder defines a "program" as a folder that holds your:

  • scope and sequence(s) and
  • the attached units.

To create a program:

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Click "New" on the homepage or in the "Programs" site area.


How do I edit a program?

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To edit a program in Program Builder:

  1. Locate the program you would like to edit, either via the homepage or the Programs page
  2. Click the program name to enter the program
  3. Click edit in the top right corner.

The following video explains how to edit a program in more detail.


How do I create a scope and sequence?

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Program Builder builds the scope and sequence of your program automatically:

  1. Create a new program
  2. List your units
  3. Schedule your units.

You can also add:

  • syllabus outcomes
  • subject requirements and
  • duration detail

as you need to.


How do I create a unit?

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To create a unit in Program Builder:

  1. Click "New" on either the homepage or in the "Units" tab
  2. Name your unit
  3. Select your stages and subjects from the drop downs
  4. Enter the unit summary and duration

Then insert:

  • outcomes
  • content
  • mathematical diagrams and equations
  • Australian curriculum codes and
  • learning across the curriculum icons

directly from NSW syllabuses.


How do I edit a unit?

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  1. Find the unit via the homepage or "Units" tab
  2. Click on the unit name
  3. Make your changes
  4. Click "Save" in the top right.

The following video explains editing a unit in detail.


What is a template and how do I create or customize a unit template?

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Templates are layouts for the elements in a unit that be used over and over again. They allow teachers to concentrate on writing units instead of focusing on formatting. Use the templates included in Program Builder or create new ones as you need to.

To create a new template:

  1. Select the "Blank" template option
  2. Drag and drop the elements you want to include into each each section of the template
  3. Save

To customize a standard template, copy it to your templates and then tailor it to suit your needs.

Once you have built a template, you can use it again for different units. If you make changes to a template used in a particular unit, you can preview the changes before applying it. Program Builder will also alert you if you will lose any work when applying a new template to a unit.


What happens if I edit a template that is being used by my program?

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Template updates reflect automatically in all units using that template.


How do I split a unit over two terms?

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You will receive a warning if the duration of a unit is longer than a term. To split the unit, click the settings menu (cog icon) next to the warning symbol. You will see an option that allows the unit to continue into the next term.

Click the cog, then click Allow under break over term


Can I use Program Builder to program using existing syllabuses?

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Program Builder allows you to select and include outcomes and content from interactive online NSW K­–12 syllabuses. New syllabuses become available as part of the usual cycle of review, evaluation and development by NESA.

The "Subjects" drop-down within Program Builder lists all syllabuses currently available.


How do I share my program or unit with a colleague?

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You can give read-only access to your:

  •     programs
  •     units and
  •     templates

using the “Share” button. Create a shared web address, which anyone can access, or send an access URL via email. Items shared this way update automatically with any changes.

You can also export programs and units as Word documents. Save them to your computer, a USB drive or upload them to Google Drive or Dropbox.


Why can’t I see an item that has been shared with me?

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Program Builder items are shared via:

  •     email or
  •     a URL.

To access a shared item:

  •     click on the link in the Program Builder email or
  •     enter the supplied URL into your web browser.

Once you have accessed the shared items for the first time, it will be added to your "Items shared with me" page.


How do I export my Program or Unit to Google Docs?

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Exporting your Program or Unit to Google Docs is very simple, to complete this:

  1. Click on the ‘Export’ button in the top menu of your program or unit.
  2. Select your export options and the click ‘Export
  3. Your export will then generate, and you will be asked to choose the destination. Click ‘Save to Google Drive
    Please note:  You may receive an error in the URL bar saying, “Pop-up blocked”, be sure to allow all pop-ups from “bos.nsw.edu.au”
  4. You will then be prompted to sign in to your Google account, sign in using your Google account.
    Enter your Google account
  5. After signing in, you will be prompted to grant Program Builder permission to create the Google Docs file, in your Google Drive. Click ‘Allow
    Grant Google Docs permission
  6. You will then need to confirm your choices. Click ‘Allow’ again.
    Confirm choices
  7. A new tab will then open Google Docs with your exported Program or Unit. This export will be saved in the home folder of your Google Drive.

I’m having trouble exporting my program

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You may encounter problems exporting if you are using Internet Explorer. To resolve this issue:

  1.     Click the cog icon in the top right hand corner of your Internet Explorer window
  2.     Select "Internet options"
  3.     Choose "Advanced" from the tabs
  4.     Scroll down the Settings list to "Security"
  5.     Make sure that the 'Do not save encrypted files to disk' option is not ticked.

Further information

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If you need further help please mail the Program Builder team at program.builder@nesa.nsw.edu.au.