Sunday, July 22, 2012

Planbookedu.com Review

I mentioned in an earlier blog post that I have been working a lot this summer in order to get ready for the school year. This school year is going to be a busy one for me. I am starting my 5th year and where normally one would be less busy, I am the opposite. I am starting my masters degree and this year I am also grade level team lead. With the responsibility of being team lead, I need to be organized so I know how to answer questions any other second grade teachers may need. I am also responsible for writing the grade level lesson plans. In the past when I wrote lesson plans I always had them in word documents. Where this was nice and customizable, it wasn't very efficient for me. I would have to save each week as a different file and if I was working on a lesson at home, I would forget that I had it saved on my work computer or vice-versa. I was tired of loosing lesson plans. I have also tried the physical plan book, but I found that these were not customizable at all. I would run out of room to write certain things and when I had a reoccurring event, like lunch or specials, I would have to write it in every day. For the past 4 years, lesson planning for me was a nightmare, that was until someone at work told us about planbookedu.com

Planbookedu is on online lesson plan book.


I have been using this plan book all summer in order to get ready for the school year. I love the features that it has to offer. For only $25 a year, I think it is well worth it.

Features (Pros):
  • You can create multiple plan books under one account.
  • Standards can be entered into your plans easily.
  • You can bump, copy, or move lesson plans.
  • Easy to customize
  • You will never loose your plan book or have it saved on a different computer. It is online and is accessible from any computer with an internet connection.
  • You can also save your completed lesson plan as a PDF. That way you can either save it to your computer or even print it out.
  • Upload files to your plans that way you will never misplace any worksheet that goes with your lesson.
Cons:
  • $25 a year (or free without some of the features)
  • Difficult to print out easily
I have even made a video to walk through how to set up your first plan book.


 
I hope you found this helpful. I know that this will save me a lot of time this year and in years to come.

4 comments:

  1. Hi,
    Just seeing this planbook for the first time. I am in Arizona, too. I will be teaching second grade AND ELD. Is it possible for you to share the ELP standards that you have already typed, if I pay to use the program. That would be so very helpful.
    SHarnage@aol.com

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  2. Thank you so much for such a thorough review of this product! I think that I will go ahead and get it! I am also a teacher(science, primary grades) and am in a masters degree program (online). It's been very hard but also very much worth it so far, although I have no life outside of school and "school" : )
    Maria

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  3. Oh I do have a question: do you have a separate planbook then for every class you teach? Is there a way to also make a "master" planbook that combines everything together in one spot also?

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  4. No need to answer my question... I looked at their site and I answered my questions myself. But thank you again for a very nice blog on this subject!

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