The image that immediately comes to mind when thinking of planning and preparing teaching lessons is of the kindly teacher, laboriously trudging through large amounts of paper and mapping out the direction of the upcoming lesson. Oh, hang on...that was a Dickens book i was reading. Well, its either that or you can update it to the 20th Century by imagining the same scenario with its modern day equivalent - Excel spreadsheets and Word documents. Now it's time to move on from those efficient but bad old days and move into the next generation of lesson planning. Common Core is a great new education application that enables the teacher to prepare for classes and lessons with consummate ease. This is a slick looking and very functional planning app that was developed by teachers for teachers and uses great technology to better organize all aspects of the lesson giving process.
Apps like this one will certainly change the way that teachers and educators of all types will prepare and assess for their classroom activities. The Common Core Lesson Planner App is the next generation of teacher preparation and standards-based proficiency scoring. Up until now, there hasn't really been quite such a classy and sleekly designed app dedicated solely to education. They tend to be rather staid and austere designs that offer functionality over clean, simple lines and ease-of-use. Thankfully this isn't an app that is only about looks as it offers a simple and efficient way of planning everything from times and duration of lessons, attendance roles and even exam results - all in the one place. Teachers can use their voice (using Google Voice) to add their content to their planners, they can track standards being taught throughout the year and also check on score assessments with one touch of a button. Common Core takes paper out of the equation too with it's simple email facility so you can send your weekly plans to yourself with nothing to physically print out and lesson plans are delivered in the easy to read PDF format. There is no doubt this app will change how teachers plan and assess in their classrooms.
Sometimes it's hard to drag teachers and educators out of their slumber when it comes to new technology but, realistically, you'd be crazy not to at least take a look at this excellent lesson planning app for Android and iOS. Common Core Lesson Planner is a beautifully designed app that will go some way to convincing those of you who still use pen, paper, Excel or Word to pan your lessons - if for no other reason than it being so easy to use and a delight to use. It's big breakthrough will come when it is available for iPad and the developers tell me that it will be coming very soon. Common Core adheres to recognized proficiency grading with assessment being calculated automatically within the app. It's been called the Education App of the Year and I can see no reason whatsoever to disagree with that. It's a gem!