Teachers can use Planboard to share lessons with other educators, such as substitute teachers, or colleagues who teach the same subjects. Once a lesson is created, make a PDF for any printable content or share content digitally by using a direct link or embedding the link into an outside website. Once they're invited by teachers via email, parents, caretakers, and students can gain access to the main Chalk.com platform and set up their own account. Be sure to use the Android or iOS mobile app for on-the-go access.Continue reading Show less
Planboard is an organizational tool (website and app) for lesson planning and tracking standards coverage. Start by creating a free account with Chalk.com. Next, create color-coded subjects -- which can be further organized into sections if the subject is taught to more than one group, or class, of students. Then, add subjects to a schedule using a built-in calendar. Creating and organizing lessons is the final step; templates are available and editing tools allow users to embed videos, attach documents, include links to Google documents, and more.
Additional features are well worth exploring and using after basic setup is complete. Curriculum sets can be added to subjects; lessons can be copied, shifted, and exported for collaboration with other educators; and standards can be added to lessons. Users can sync Planboard with other apps from Chalk.com, including Markboard, Attendance, and Collaborate. Markboard helps teachers manage assessment, Attendance tracks student absences, and Collaborate is a comprehensive sharing tool.
Planboard is a powerful tool for staying organized throughout the school year, allowing teachers to focus on delivering content with ease. Schedules are highly customizable, which is great for teachers who are on a rotating schedule or a schedule that changes often. Viewing lessons from home can help students focus and prepare for the coming weeks.
There's a pretty steep learning curve, and it requires a lot of setup time. However, Planboard should save teachers time in the long run and reduce the stress of managing class schedules and trying to keep lesson resources organized. Taking the hassle out of planning for teachers and the guesswork out of what content to expect for students is a win-win.
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