I recently looked into using an online planner. I like all of the pretty planners that I see people using.. <Erin Condren...SWOON> but I'm finding that my home life is pretty much a taxi cab service with my kids involved in sports and music. I spend a lot of time sitting in the soccer center <thank you free wifi>, and on the softball field.. <thank you nearby Dunkin Donuts>. I don't like carrying around my planbook, so I figured I would check it out. The online planbook I like the best is PLANBOOK.com
They give you a free 30 day trial and then they are only $12 for the whole year. Thanks to a fabulous friend, I got a free year. Thank you Diane!
The online planbook allowed me to put in all of my information, color code it.. ok the OCD side of me LOVES that feature, and organize it in as much detail and space as I need.
Here is an example of my plans this week: Sorry the picture appears blurry, not sure why.
This picture basically shows my first ELA block, but it continues with the math and social studies plan. One of the things I like about the online planbook is the idea that I don't have to write the same material over and over again. For example, you can see that my homeroom information is the same. I only had to write that once, and apply it as a template, and it repeats every day that I want it to.
If I need to add something to a particular day, for example a reminder to collect something, I can edit the box for that particular day. There are a ton of videos about how to use the Planbook on Youtube, so when I haven't been able to figure something out, I just check there.
Here is what I LOVE:
- I can view my plans as a single day, week or month
- I can add standards directly into the lesson
- I can bump an entire day of plans... SNOW DAY ..WOOT WOOT or extend plans for a single class in case I need to finish something the next day.
- I can save my plans as a PDF and print them for a paper copy if I have a sub OR I can send the PDF as an attachment to our school secretary if I am unexpectedly out sick.
- I can attach pdf files to my plans so I can print them at school.
- There is an app for use on my ipad.
My principal does not require us to submit lesson plans weekly, but being able to send them electronically would be a plus in my book.
I do want everyone to know that in NO WAY am I affiliated with Planbook.com, I just like their product, and for people who don't do well with a paper planbook, it is worth a look.
Stop on over and visit Holly and see what everyone is trying on a Tuesday.. Stay warm! While your are there, check out the awesome giveaway that Holly is hosting along with Joanne at Head over Heels for Teaching. They both have reached 1000 followers on Bloglovin and are having a week of great giveaways!