Planbook has hundreds of features to help you get more organized, save time, and share your lesson plans
Choose Your Schedule
Planbook can accommodate schedules where you teach the same thing each day, your classes change each day but repeat weekly and rotating schedules (up to a 14 day rotation).
Write your Lesson Plans
Planbook gives you 6 customizable fields to hold your lesson plans. You can show and hide the fields you want to use, and name them whatever you want.
Attach Files and Links
Planbook lets you attach any file on your computer directly to a lesson plan. You can also attach web links. Stop searching through folders or file cabinets and have the files you need right where you want them.
Print/Email your Plans
Planbook makes it easy to share your plans with your administrator, other teachers or students via print (or PDF, if you install a free PDF generator such as CutePDF. You can choose a weeks' lesson plans, specify a range of dates, a unit or all your lessons that have been tagged with a keyword. You control what gets printed.
Adjust your Schedule
When the weather gets rough (or any of the 100s of things happen that can affect your best laid plans), Planbook lets you quickly bump or pull back lessons to adjust your plans. Planbook also lets you make non school days to reflect holidays, in-services, weather days - whatever comes your way.
Reuse your Plans
Next term, or next year, don't recreate all your hard work. You can export courses (or units) from your Planbook file and import them into a new one. If your classes stay the same, simply migrate the entire file to a new start date and have all your plans shift to the new term.
Share Plans on the Web
All Planbook licenses come with the free use of PlanbookConnect, a service I've created that syncs the plans you've entered and builds web pages for your students, parents or colleagues. Planbook can also publish HTML pages to a local folder or FTP server.
Even those in schools with the strictest schedules will sometimes need to adjust their schedule to accommodate changes. Planbook lets you convert one type of day to another (an A day to a B day) or even create (and reuse) custom schedules (such as an assembly schedule or half-day schedule).
Top-Notch Tech Support
Hellmansoft offers several ways to get help with Planbook, usually responding within a day of receiving a message (and often much, much faster). Updates to Planbook are regularly released and are free for licensed users.
Planbook lets you define (or import) your curriculum standards into your data file. You can then easily track which lessons covered which standard using a simple checkbox.
Companion iPad and Mac Apps
Documents that you create with Planbook for Windows can easily be opened using the companion iPad application (requires Dropbox for wireless document transfer). The iPad app lets you glance at your lesson plans during class, make edits and adjust your schedule. Planbook for Windows files can also be opened using Planbook 4.1 on your Mac. Now you can do some of your lesson planning on your Windows computer at school, transfer the document to your Mac at home and keep planning away.
And Much, Much More!
Planbook has dozens of other features to help you plan. Use the lesson library to reuse common lesson plans. Use a lesson as a template for all your other lessons. Choose the colors you like for your classes. Copy and paste lessons. Organize lessons into units. Use convenient keyboard shortcuts to plan more quickly. And more. Give the trial version a try to see if Planbook will work for you.
A trial version of Planbook for Windows is available. The trial is fully featured but limits you to entering 15 lesson plans into the program. If you decide to purchase after using the trial, your data will be safely transferred into the licensed version
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