PlanBook – Introduction


This past week we discussed PlanBook an application from the Mac App store as well as the iPad App that goes along with it. The next few days I’ll be posting tutorials on how to setup your classroom schedule and lesson plans using this technology tool.

Some of the various highlights with using this App are:

Choose Your Schedule
Planbook can accommodate schedules where you teach the same thing each day, your classes change each day but repeat weekly and rotating schedules (up to a 14 day rotation). This will accommodate our Lower School with a 6 day rotating schedule as well as our Upper School with an 8 day rotating schedule.

Write your Lesson Plans
Planbook gives you 6 customizable fields to hold your lesson plans. You can show and hide the fields you want to use, and name them whatever you want.

Attach Files and Links
Planbook lets you attach any file on your computer directly to a lesson plan. You can also attach web links. Stop searching through folders or file cabinets and have the files you need right where you want them.

Print/Email your Plans
Planbook makes it easy to share your plans with your administrator, other teachers or students via print or emailed PDFs. You can choose a weeks’ lesson plans, specify a range of dates, a unit or all your lessons that have been tagged with a keyword. You control what gets printed. This also makes things easier if you were to get sick and have a sub at the last minute.

Adjust your Schedule
When the weather gets rough (or any of the 100s of things happen that can affect your best laid plans), Planbook lets you quickly bump or pull back lessons to adjust your plans. Planbook also lets you make non school days to reflect holidays, in-services, weather days – whatever comes your way.

Reuse your Plans
Next term, or next year, don’t recreate all your hard work. You can export courses (or units) from your Planbook file and import them into a new one. If your classes stay the same, simply migrate the entire file to a new start date and have all your plans shift to the new term.

Share Plans on the Web
All Planbook licenses come with the free use of PlanbookConnect, a service I’ve created that syncs the plans you’ve entered and builds web pages for your students, parents or colleagues. Planbook can also publish HTML pages to a local folder or FTP server. If after watching the tutorials, and after downloading the trial, please contact Michael O’Brien for your license number.

Convert Days
Even those in schools with the strictest schedules will sometimes need to adjust their schedule to accommodate changes. Planbook lets you convert one type of day to another (an A day to a B day) or even create (and reuse) custom schedules (such as an assembly schedule or half-day schedule).

Sync to iCal
With a few simple mouse clicks, you can have all your lesson plan information synced directly to iCal calendars of your choice. Then, you can access your plans anyplace you can see your iCal calendars.

Track Standards
Planbook lets you define (or import) your curriculum standards into your data file. You can then easily track which lessons covered which standard using a simple checkbox.

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