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FORUM: Digital Teacher Planners - an Enabling e-Learning event

“Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things more quickly and efficiently. But too often it seems to make things harder, leaving us with fifty-button remote controls, digital cameras with hundreds of mysterious features and book-length manuals, and cars with dashboard systems worthy of the space shuttle.” James Surowiecki

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Digitising data means you can input ‘stuff’ once, re-use, tweak, modify share and even co-construct with others - all without re-inventing the wheel. Having good systems and templates enables us to organise all kinds of things and having links to calendars/diaries allow us to organise those things over a period of time.

Pile of papers

So if we applied this thinking to teacher planning, how might this look? How can we take the existing paper-based planners and make them more efficient for the purposes of teaching and learning. Can we make these available and adaptable for others to use/share/tweak/add to as well (teachers/students)?
 
The article outlines 10 benefits for using digital planners for teachers:

10 benefits of digital planners

“The future of teaching surely needs to involve a community-based approach to content creation. Consider the potential of organizing and pooling our best content onto a common, yet customizable platform.” http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/10-benefits-of-digital-planning-tools-for-teachers/ 

Where is your thinking at? Are you tired of using a paper-based planner? Are you thinking about using digital tools (GAFE, Office 365, OneNote, iUgo) or are you currently trialing a system of your own? We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to add a comment below and share a little bit about you and your circumstances:

  • Your name
  • Your role
  • Your school
  • Your experiences with digital planners
    • what you use, what works for you and why
    • whom you share planning with (if you happen to do so) 

Also join us as we chat with Tam Yuill Proctor (St Andrews College) sharing her experiences planning with OneNote and Bernice Swain (Lyttleton School) talking about how GAFE tools can help with digital planning in the following live event.

smiley LIVE WEBINAR: Digital teaching planners, 17 March 2016 @ 3:45-4:45 pm

More and more teachers are moving away from the traditional paper-based teacher planners towards digital solutions such as Google Docs and Office 365. In this webinar we will hear from classroom teachers who have used various digital systems in their planning. They will discuss how they have gone about their planning; why they chose the digital platform they are using; and share their experiences. This webinar will be supported by a thread in the Enabling e-Learning | Teaching group and hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa Gray andNathaniel Louwrens. REGISTER NOW!


 

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  • Annette Vartha (View all users posts) 02 Apr 2018 9:19am ()

    I've been using Planbook since 2014 and haven't looked back.  My husband  who also teaches has been using it for around three years too.   I have found it to be easy to use - as a typist I can quickly type in notes and I input teacher observations using italics within the planbook.  I love that I can quickly access all my previous years and search and find a document or lesson I remember from the past.  I can also share it with another teacher.  It is visual and I can colour code.  I put in images of holidays/events to cheer things up a bit My planning looks tidy and organised!   There are different views - I can create a  list of lessons for a particular class; view monthly; or weekly.  I make my planner go from Monday-Saturday and use the "Saturday" column as my notes and reminders section.   It is the same cost or a little less actually than a conventional planner.  I couldn't imagine ever going back to a written planner....!  

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