It wasn't long before we were both hooked. At that time, the buzz words coming down the administrative pipe were terms like "differention" or "customization." Finding an online system that tracked our standards while affording us the freedom to add features was hard, until Planbook. Once we found this resource, we were set. With just a few series of clicks and about ten minutes of set-up time, Planbook was ready to use. After a while, Planbook became a part of our weekly PLC time and, two years later, it still is a part of my weekly planning!
So, what makes Planbook so unique?
1. Easy format.
Planbook is easy for anyone to use. It takes about ten minutes (or less) to set up your categories. For my classroom purposes, I like to use these categories for planning: lessons, resources, plans, customization, and standards. Once the categories are set, the next step is editing. The standards are all linked, so it is just a matter of clicking and dragging the correct standards to the lesson.
2. Team Planning.
My colleagues and I can share lesson plans with just a click of the button. I love this feature, as we often share the planning load. For example, my partner plans for reading while I plan for writing. This ability to import lessons from colleagues is HUGE. All I do is enter my partner's information and import her plans into my planbook. It is that simple!
3. Bumping Feature.
Perhaps my favorite feature of Planbook is the ability to bump lessons. If I do not get to a lesson as planned, no problem. Using the "bump" feature, I simply move the lesson to the following day. Without the hassle of retyping dates or restructuring headings in a Word document, the bump feature just moves all information from one day to the next (or whatever date you want). I love this and use it frequently.
4. Standards Printout.
At the end of the year, my administrator wants a detailed list of the curriculum I taught for the year with the corresponding dates. Planbook allows you to print out this list - and keeps track of each standard. I no longer worry about checking off standards as I teach them; Planbook does it for me.
I could go on and on about Planbook, but I think you get the idea. Planbook is a true gem. If you work in a school that must have online lesson plans, you should at least explore this valuable planning tool.
I'd love to hear from you. Have you tried Planbook? Do you use another online planning tool? Please comment below.