Planning/Reporting Apps 2012-2013
I continue to “test drive” several apps for planning out my year. I seem to change the process each year with additions, subtractions and many explorations.
This year I am using Bento as the base for my planning. Bento is a great database app that has so many ways of using it. In two evenings was able to set it all up and begin filling in the blanks. I like it because it is totally flexible. I set the fields, I choose the way it sorts, I decide what is most important in my planning.
One of the things that I have always found frustrating with planning was having to tie it to a calendar. We tend to move with the tide of my work schedule and the seasonal nature of curriculum consulting. This means that I don’t like to commit to dates to early on as they are always subject to change. Bento allows me to adjust the dates when I am ready to commit to them and still have the year planned out minus the dates. This is a great advantage. The CM Planner has this same ability and I look in depth at it as well. In the end I chose Bento. A little more work to set it up but well worth the savings.
Last year I purchased IStudiezPro, which was a great app - but it didn’t work because of the fixed nature of the planning. For others it might work very well.
Another app I am trying out is Three Ring. It is a portfolio creator with you adding photos in and then notes, subjects, students etc. Basically it is a chronological way of documenting learning. My only consideration is that I am not sure exactly how to share it with my support teacher.... If I figure that out it will be a wonderful app.
I continue to use Journler. I love the simplicity of it! It allows me flexibility of adding in photos, webpages, videos etc... Here is my past post on Journler.
I also really like Stickies - this app allows me to add sticky notes to my computer screen in any colour I want and any size I need. This has been very useful for an ongoing to do list.
I would love to hear about an apps that you are using for planning and reporting! Blessings!