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ProsThe extensive database of specific learning goals (and well-explained interventions) will wow any teacher hoping to differentiate.
ConsIt doesn't connect to student information/management systems, so goals created for students aren’t automatically, easily accessible to all involved.
Bottom LineYou pay for quality with Goalbook Toolkit, including access to clear, well-crafted learning goals and strategies that allow for far easier differentiation.
$395/year and up after 30-day trial
In “My Library,” teachers can access goals they’ve marked as Favorites or save those created or edited for particular students.
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A rich collection of learning objectives and strategies combined with functional search engine and breezy Goal Wizard make matching students with goals easy. Complete edit-ability allows tweaking to craft just the right target.
Specific, measurable, and individualized goals across areas from writing to math to transitions will make IEP-writing, 504-planning, and general differentiation fully manageable and CCSS-connected.
The site is pretty intuitive, and a short, screenshot-based tutorial on the home page (when not signed in) gives a great overview. Still, many users would appreciate a video, FAQ page, or even a “help” button.
Goalbook Toolkit is all about creating differentiated learning goals: Search the database for a content area, standard, grade level, or other criteria, and browse suggestions to support diverse learners. If teachers want a new way to teach a skill or concept, the UDL adaptation ideas can come in handy, too.
For teachers with large caseloads or overlapping Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals between students, Goalbook Toolkit can cut down on repetitive paperwork. Save goals in the Library and refer back to them later on, and copy/paste them into official documentation. Similarly, ESL, gifted teachers, and guidance counselors responsible for 504 Plans may find Goalbook Toolkit especially productive.Read More Read Less
Goalbook Toolkit is an online source for Common Core State Standards-based (CCSS) learning goals and teaching interventions. Users can select the Goal Wizard or browse the Repository to find clear, editable learning targets. The database search engine is excellent, with filters for grade, CCSS, and subject (Math, Speech, Occupational Therapy). Special Education and English as a Second Language teachers will find some goals also align with state/WIDA standards. Once found, goals can be stored as-is or edited and saved in the user’s Library.
Each of Toolkit’s grade-level goals has pre-made language supporting different levels of learners. This differentiation relies on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies, which are also helpfully explained. UDL info and a UDL Wizard (available from the homepage) are identical to resources found in Goalbook Pathways, a parallel site focused on instructional pathways (vs. goals).Read More Read Less
Goalbook Toolkit is hands-down good for learning, despite the fact that students don’t interface directly with it. It hosts an amazing stockpile of pre-made learning targets -- each usefully differentiated and also fully editable, allowing educators to find and tweak goals for any student. Further, each goal is tied to teaching interventions that are clearly explained (even illustrated), so any teacher new to differentiation or wanting to refresh their instruction can find support.
Logistically, there are a few snags. Goalbook Toolkit’s system doesn’t interface with student information systems, so updated goals aren’t automatically accessible across an educational team. My Library goals can be shared with others via links, but they aren’t editable by colleagues, nor is the shared information streamlined enough to make it useable by most parents.Read More Read Less
See how teachers are using Goalbook Toolkit
- Goalbookapp.com is a great website filled with resources and tools aligned to Common Core and Universal Design for...Marla Kay D.
Forest Lake Education Center
Longwood, FL4July 19, 2014
- The ultimate planning tool for special education teachers!Kelly A.
Ladue Middle School
St. Louis, MO5August 8, 2014
Using Goal-Setting to Increase Reading AchievementreadingGrade 65 steps
February 2, 2016