App of the Week: Digital planning board


Handy one-stop digital lesson planner saves time in the long run.

Ed. noteApp of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review.

What’s It Like? 

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.

Price: Free, Paid

Grades: K-12

Rating: 4/5

Pros: It’s easy to keep track of classroom schedules, as well as add standards, attach PDFs, and add videos to lessons.

Cons: Setting up lessons and personalizing a schedule takes quite a bit of time up front.

Bottom line: Although it requires a lot of setup time, this snappy tool centralizes the essential components of lesson planning.

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