Electronic lesson planning

For years I have used a paper diary – having trialled a PDA some time ago and moved back to paper.  Being a user of technology I decided to look for a better way of planning using technology.

First of all I trialled Google Calendar as advocated by Doug Belshaw in his blog.  I liked the idea of the planning being available anywhere, even on my phone.  Setting up repeating slots for my lessons was easy but then I found several other snags that made me give up on Google Calendar for now.  I actually liked way you could integrate different calendars (eg public holidays).  I could cope with not being able to customise the time-frame displayed on the calendar.  But I found that entering the lesson details was fiddly and that there was no satisfactory way to view them.  I would have liked them to be displayed on my calendar .  I could even have coped if my emailed daily schedule information had included the description for each lesson that I had entered.  I decided to give up on Google calendar for now.

Determined to try out electronic planning I searched the internet and found the TPIM (Teacher’s personal information planner) which appears to be the best implementation of lesson planning and personal time management I’ve seen in a commercial product.  I downloaded the trial and found the interface very simple to use – with information readily at hand (this is a daily planning sheet).

Even with extra options such as an electronic register and markbook, electronic post-its and reminders I still found it more convenient to plan using my old paper teacher’s planner/diary!

Is there really nothing to beat planning on paper or am I just set in my ways?  I’d be interested to hear how anyone else has used technology to help with their planning….

3 replies on “Electronic lesson planning”

  1. I have been using TPIM for several years now and have introduced it to the collegues in my school (secondary) with about half of them using it now.

    Chris Farmer the author updates it regularily and I find it so useful having all my plans, registers and grades togther that I use it all the time.

    A while ago I wrote an overview of TPIM explaning some of it’s functions.

    Tim Dolan
    Classroomtech.org.uk

  2. I have been using TPIM for several years now and have introduced it to the collegues in my school (secondary) with about half of them using it now.Chris Farmer the author updates it regularily and I find it so useful having all my plans, registers and grades togther that I use it all the time. A while ago I wrote an overview of TPIM explaning some of it’s functions.Tim DolanClassroomtech.org.uk

  3. Hi
    I am having the same issues. I would really like to use Outlook but not sure if there is a better way. My school uses “Academic Calender” a bolt on for outlook which I find really useful

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