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. This set is applicable to multiple subjects across different semesters. However, with the introduction of Lesson Plan Dates, we decided to directly link Lesson Plans to each subject/section within a specific academic term.
This new Lesson Plan module will operate similarly to the Gradebook and Homework modules. Just select the subject you’re teaching, and you can promptly add/edit lessons for that 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 Plans can be shared with parents/students (just like Gradebook and Homework can be shared with parents and students) – COMING SOON||Enable the sharing of Lesson Plans with parents and students, similar to how Gradebook and Homework can be shared. – COMING SOON|
These are some pretty significant differences, in terms of how the modules behave. Because this feature is in private beta, we are actively seeking ways to enhance the management of new lesson plans. You should still be able to easily copy lesson plans from previous terms into the new term. For instance, while you start each term with a new/empty lesson plan set, you can still use some previously created lesson plans. However, changing the lesson plans for the current term will not impact lesson plans archived in previous terms.
If you’re eager to test out this new version (currently in Private Beta), please contact our technical support.