Now that you have set up your planner, you should see a default template that looks like this:
On the left side you will notice three different tabs. The first one is your planner where you will type in plans for each subject that you teach. The second one is for activities that you want to save, and the third one is where you will find the TEKS, district curriculum, lesson resources, and district created assessments. Each template is preloaded with the lesson content objective (Student Expectations), language objective (ELPS), Instructional plan (step by step plans) and assessment (formative, or summative). You can add to this template to fit the needs of your teaching style.
Once you have changed your planner to fit your needs, you can set it as your default planner for the rest of the year so you don't have to change it everyday. In order to do this, click on the subject heading in grey and click on the wrench on the far right. This will bring up a drop down box. Click on Set as Default Text for Entry. This will make your template the same for everyday.
You will also notice that when you click on the subject, that the TEKS for that subject, show up on the right hand side as well. When you click on a different subject, the TEKS will change to reflect the subject you have chosen. In order to insert the TEK that you want to use for your lesson, double click on it on the right side. It will then show up in the gray box under the subject you are working in.
After you type in your plans, make sure to hit the SAVE button or you will lose what you have typed. The system will auto save some of it, but just in case, always hit SAVE.
The functions above are similar to a word document. You have Save, Print, Spell Check, Undo, Redo, Hyperlink, Table, Lines, Image, Font, Bullet Points, Color of Font etc. The first icon however looks like a tablet with a plus sign on it.
This icon is great for adding notes for a sub, or to add a special entry such as assembly today or parent-teacher conference etc. These are completely optional and can be used as you wish.
If you want to attach a document to your planner such as a powerpoint, SMARTboard lesson, or word document, you will need to click on the small blue paperclip on the bottom right hand corner.
Once you are done with entering your plans for the day and you have saved them, click on the next day on the calendar on the far right. This will allow you to begin inputting your lesson for the next day of the week. You can also use the two green arrows next to the calendar icon on the right.
The next button that is important is the calendar icon in the far right corner.
Once you are done with your plans, you can view the weeks plans and print them all together. Printing to PDF is one of the easiest to read, but you can choose which ever option you like best.
The best way to learn these functions is to click on them. You can always undo what you have clicked on if needed.