Classroom plannersAlso known as: daily/weekly planner, daily/weekly overview, topics
Classroom planners allow educators to send out daily and weekly plans, information and work to students in what essentially becomes a daily/weekly overview. They:
- can be readily customised to reflect the content that the educator needs to communicate and differentiate to suit the needs of their students
- save educators time as they can be duplicated, edited and re-used each day/week without having to start from scratch
- provide students with a visual overview of the lessons they will be engaged in.
Google G Suite
How to use with ICT
Planners help teachers to communicate important information and tasks to students in one slide deck. This may include agendas, shout outs, activities organised into learning areas, instructions, embedded content and links to additional supporting resources.
Teachers may enable editing access to the slide deck for their students. This allows students to add their work from the day/week in one place and teachers may view and respond to it.
The templates can be shared by email or they can also be added/embedded to an existing Google Classroom, Google Site, Google Drive, Microsoft Team, OneDrive, blog, LMS or other website.
When ICT is limited to a single device, project the template so that all students can view the information and tasks.
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Disability, Learning and Support
When planning to use technology in the classroom it is important to consider the diversity of your learners. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective for all. For UDL guidelines, information and additional materials, visit the CAST website.
Many students require technology as an adjustment to support their access to learning. Adjustments (NESA) are actions taken that enable a student with disability and additional learning needs to access syllabus outcomes and content on the same basis as their peers. Enrol in the Personalised learning with technology online course to help you make more informed decisions regarding technology.
For a range of simple, how-to videos visit the Assistive Technology page on the Disability, Learning and Support website. Resources are organised into four sections; Literacy and Learning, Vision, Hearing, Physical and Motor Skills.
High potential and gifted learning and support
When planning to use technology in the classroom it is important to consider the full range of abilities of all learners. High potential and gifted learners may require additional adjustments and deliberate talent development. These strategies include differentiation, grouping, enrichment and advanced learning pathways so students can be engaged, grow and achieve their personal best.
Assessing and identifying high potential and gifted learners will help teachers decide which students may benefit from extension and additional challenge. Effective strategies and contributors to achievement for high potential and gifted learners helps teachers to identify and target areas for growth and improvement. School leaders can access the Evaluation and Planning Tool to support strategic improvement planning.
For further support and advice about how to tailor learning for high potential and gifted students from all backgrounds, visit the High Potential and Gifted Education web section, High Potential and Gifted Education Policy or attend one of the professional learning courses on offer.