Teachers can help students create daily checklists for important events. They might set recurring activities, such as turning in homework, changing for physical education, or preparing for lunch on behalf of students who need extra prompting to maintain daily routines. Visual Schedule Planner allows students to record voice or video descriptions of activities they need to complete; this feature might be used by teachers to bridge gaps for students who may benefit from language support and those who are still learning routines.
Teachers may also encourage students to record long-term assignments or assessments using Visual Schedule Planner. As students learn the process of breaking down large activities into smaller, more manageable tasks, teachers can allow them to take the lead in maintaining their own calendar.Continue reading Show less
Visual Schedule Planner is a multi-screen scheduling tool that opens to the current day, divided into three areas: morning, afternoon, and evening. Students can add activities, scroll through options for the frequency of events, and link video, sound, or photos to the activity. Kids can add one of more than 1,500 pre-built icons to accompany the event that you’ve scheduled, or they can upload their own images from the device's camera roll.
Each activity must be set up using the edit screen before it can be added to a schedule. Once activities are added, a green "Now" icon indicates which activity should be happening at the current time. A timer is provided for each activity. Visual Schedule Planner settings are adjusted using the gear, accessible on any screen. Users can hide notes, activities, and clocks; restrict editing privileges; and adjust the "next" and "now" icons. Parents also can print out the daily calendar by clicking on the settings gear.
Though the learning curve for using Visual Schedule Planner is steep, especially for younger students, the depth it provides for daily activities may be extremely useful for many. Every activity can be visually represented on the daily, weekly, or monthly calendars. Larger activities can be broken down into smaller tasks and can include graphic, video, and/or audio input. These features provide an incredible digital opportunity for students to take the lead on learning time-management skills. It's also great that there are so many options: This multi-sensory approach makes the app a good fit for a range of abilities and learning needs.
When creating a detailed Activity Schedule in Visual Schedule Planner on the iPad, the keyboard will overlap some of the areas students will want to type in. This may provide some frustration, especially for students who may struggle with visual-spatial relationships. Also, the image library is not searchable: Users must scroll through the images alphabetically. For kids who are easily overwhelmed by visual stimuli, many of the screens may be too busy to be beneficial.
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