We’re testing a new version of the Lesson Plans that can now be specific to subjects. In the existing QuickSchools module, you can create a Lesson Plan Set, which can be applied to multiple subjects across different semesters. But with the introduction of Lesson Plan Dates, we thought it might be better to simply link Lesson Plans directly to each subject / section (within a particular academic term).
This new Lesson Plan module will work just like the Gradebook and Homework modules. Simply select a subject that you’re teaching, and you can then immediately add/edit the lessons for this subject.
Here are some differences for comparison:
|Current : Lesson Plan Sets(Shared and Re-Usable)||Private Beta: Lesson Plans by Subject(Archived and Re-Created)|
|You have to create a Lesson Plan Set first, and then apply it to a subject. You can re-apply the same lesson plan set to multiple subjects across different academic terms.||You simply select a subject, and the Lesson Plan Set is already created. When you select a different subject, you get a different Lesson Plan Set.|
|When you move to a new academic term/year, you can re-use the same Lesson Plan Set, and apply it to the new subject.||When you move to a new academic term/year, the old Lesson Plans are automatically archived, and you get a new (empty) Lesson Plan Set for the new term (similar to getting a new Gradebook for every term).|
|Lesson Plan Sets are always private, and are not shared with parents / students (EXCEPT when you post homework assignments to the Homework module)||Lesson Plans can be shared with parents / students (just like Gradebook and Homework can be shared with parents and students) – COMING SOON|
These are some pretty significant differences, in terms of how the modules behave. Since this feature is in private beta, we are looking to improve the way new lesson plans are managed. For example, just because you have to start with a new/empty lesson plan set every term, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to utilize some of the lesson plans that were created in the past. Users should still be able to easily copy lesson plans from previous terms into the new term. Changing the lesson plans for the current term however, will not affect lesson plans that have been archived in previous terms.
If you’re interested in trying out this new version of the Lesson Plans (currently in Private Beta), please contact our technical support.