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iPad app to replace black teacher folder (primary school)?

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Started by Monika Kern 07 Aug 2013 12:45pm () Replies (31)

Hello all,

one of my teachers would like to replace her black planning folder with an iPad app. She is looking for something that has the year view and individual days and lets her edit both - e.g. mark weeks of the term on the year view ("book week" or "camp" etc.) and put her daily planning into the day view. I hope this makes sense! She has looked around and not found anything suitable yet - any primary teacher out there who has sucessfully replaced their black folder? My teacher is happy to pay for the app but it's better to know beforehand if its worth it.

Many thanks in advance!


  • Jenny Smith (View all users posts) 08 Aug 2013 12:15pm ()

    MyDayPlan is an app created by an Australian primary school teacher. It's quite well done and allows you to not only add individual lesson plans, but also plan units of work from a more global level. It didn't quite suit my needs for secondary school, but may be good for NZ primary teachers??

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 08 Aug 2013 12:20pm ()

    Great discusion everyone, 

    Thanks for sharing examples Claire and Rob, I too was using an ongoing template on a google doc in my classroom last year and loved the ability to link to blog posts, articles resources and other references in my daily plan. I like how you have used the tabs feature in spreadsheets to have your various sheets layered - mine were a chain of pages - this is much more organised!

    My only grumble was haing to print it out at the end of the week and glue it into a plan book - how do you archive your planning for posterity, or an ERO review?  : ) 

    Keep the examples coming everyone : )

  • Lorraine Vickery (View all users posts) 08 Aug 2013 4:11pm ()

    I use Planbook and love it. The support person is great. It syncs with ical too as calenders. 

     http://www.hellmansoft.com/ The app has just come out but I havent got it yet. 

  • Julie Mynes (View all users posts) 08 Aug 2013 4:54pm ()

    Agree with Lorraine.  This app has been developing well and is something we are considering as a whole staff. We do use google docs for many things but found that as we couldn't attach plans to the planner we were still doing lots of double dipping.   The Planbook is worth considering  :-)

  • Rob Clarke (View all users posts) 08 Aug 2013 6:22pm ()

    This looks really good

  • Rae Marsh (View all users posts) 08 Aug 2013 5:55pm ()

    I have used Planbook (hellmansoft) for the last 5 years or so. I love it!  Jeff Hellman has been very responsive over the years to include features teachers have asked for. He is  a teacher in the US (secondary). He has listened to us primary teachers and made it just as useful for all. He has made iPad app. Syncs well with Mac application but I have found you do need to close your planbook each time you finish using it or you will get a conflicted copy on other device. Good addition this year has been the ability when using planbook on OS 10.8 you can browse previous versions. 

  • Melinda Bolton (View all users posts) 08 Aug 2013 6:21pm ()

    Thanks for sharing your ideas, I've been trying to think of ways to use a program to replace my planning folder. I'm going to look into these ideas :)

  • Tracey Gibson (View all users posts) 08 Aug 2013 8:33pm ()

    Thanks for sharing the Google doc - I am going to share this with some staff.

  • Eric Martini (View all users posts) 09 Aug 2013 3:15pm ()

    speaking of Google Docs and spreadsheets... I've just posted a tutorial on creating automated documents using Google Forms & Google Docs.

    In short you can copy data entered from a Google Form, into a Google Doc and have that document emailed back to the recipient or teacher or anyone, all done automatically as soon as the person clicks on the submit button on the form.

    Here's a sample form. Fill in the details, and within a few minutes you should receive and email with document attached.


    Here's the tutorial on how to set this up.. http://goo.gl/tze1a9

    It's not difficult but there are quite a few steps involved....

  • Josie Woon (View all users posts) 31 Aug 2013 2:59pm ()

    Here is a blog post with an iPad compatible planning template, you just buy sic customise to suit.  It uses numbers.


    might help someone

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