How I Use It
Countdown looks like a great way to coordinate content standard delivery individually, within a grade level, or even an entire school (you must contact the developers for a district-wide option, which I read as a paid subscription). English language arts and math Common Core standards are available to insert into a virtual calendar (that can be easily printed), which can be shared with colleagues, students, or their families. Documents and links can be attached to specific objectives, which is a helpful function. The site was easy to use, with a basic and intuitive user interface. Within minutes I was able to create a calendar, and sharing calendars seems fairly straightforward. That said, don't look to Countdown as an all inclusive calendar to replace your lesson book. Without an inability to enter your own items on a calendar, this product is for sequencing standards and assessments only. Period.
I appreciate the idea of "social scheduling" and it's implications for long-tern organization and collaboration, but right off the bat I ran into problems since the site only lists standards for grades two through eight. Too bad for kindergarten and first (as well as high school), I suppose. Adding these grade level standards seems not only easy, but an obvious oversight. Also, as mentioned above, the inability to enter custom items on a calendar will make Countdown a less than useful product for many. Hopefully, the count down for upgrades to make this site a go to source for organizing our busy professional lives won't be too long.