This page is dedicated to reviewing lesson planning apps for iPhone, iTouch and iPad. Lesson Planning is one of the most important jobs for teachers.
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Lesson Planning Websites
There are loads of good websites for lesson planning, some of our favourites are:
These ones are great for ESL lesson plans:
These are well and good but there are times when we want to lesson plan using an App. Where are all of the lesson planning Apps?? The iTunes store has an education section and even an iPhone educational section, but there is very little on lesson planning apps. There is a huge list of iTunes educational Apps, far too many to look through. There is even an Apps For Teachers section on the iTunes store but none on lesson planning apps . We want all of the latest and greatest lesson planning tools, we want to be empowered in our lesson planning. We want it to be easier to plan our teaching and we want lesson planning apps that will enable us to make our lessons amazing, so here is a brand new list of lesson planning apps for educators everywhere. Whether you want cheap, free or quality lesson planning apps they are all listed here:
I have gone to every effort to make sure the details (prices and functionality) are correct at the time of publishing. If you spot anything that isn’t right, let me know so I can put it right.
The Essential Qualities Of A Good Lesson Planning App
Before spending time downloading lesson planning apps think carefully about what you want you lesson planning app to do (and not to do). Here is a guide of qualities you might want to consider looking for:
- No sign up, no subscription, no login required.
- No internet connection needed.
- No additional In App Purchases required or even offered.
- Intuitive and quick to use.
- Only one compulsory field to fill in – the lesson Topic. All other fields are filled out automatically and are optional to use.
- Reliable app which isn’t going to crash.
- Works on iPhone 5, iPhone and iPad, so if you upgrade or get a new device you’re not going to need to search for a new app.
- Use dictation to easily enter what you’ll do (and save you from having to type).
- Has a variety of options for what you can do with your completed plan; save to calendar, save to email drafts, send email or export to another app such as Pages.
- A proven Developer that has been around for at least 1 year and committed to regular enhancements.
- Hundreds of creative teaching ideas to select from, that are customised with your lesson topic.
Universal Lesson Planning Apps (for both iPad and iPhone)
This is particularly useful for US teachers as it provides a database of all of the standards that you might use in your lesson.
This is some kind of online web portal for sharing lessons. We don’t understand how it works.
This is from the subscription English teachers website. You have the option of buying a subscription but the app has some great lesson ideas for EFL teachers and it’s free.
We don’t understand the point of this app. It’s just a lesson template.
Has lots of different options for you to click on and select lesson plans with. Lessons can be emailed or saved to iCal.
A lesson planning app that allows you to schedule a timetable and schedule work for students.
Packed with hundreds of ideas, this is arguably the best lesson planning app.
Containing a hand full of lesson ideas TeacherPlan Lite gives you a taster of what planning with TeacherPlan is like.
iPhone & iTouch Only Lesson Planning Apps
We actually really like the ideas in this. They are split into different parts of the lesson (Starter,Main and Plenary) and each has about 20 ideas. The lesson ideas can be quite specific to particular subjects but they often have examples. Your lesson plans are stored in the app (so don’t forget your phone). Recently updated, you can now purchase additional lesson ideas from within the app.
This is part of suit of apps that let you create and read your lesson plans on your Mac, iPad and iPhone. This one is just for reading your plans.
There 40 short ideas for lessons. It seems a bit poorly put together and the ideas aren’t very well explained.
This has a lot of lesson plan ideas arranged by subject. The subjects are limited, as are the number of ideas but it is excellent value.
This is a great lesson planning app for PE Games. It has a hundred of them.
Teach Quick provides over 200 lesson starter and lesson plenary ideas to help you plan exciting, original and thought provoking lessons to keep students engaged and learning.Compiled by outstanding teachers and complete with examples, they can used with all subjects and are suitable to both Primary (Elementary) and Secondary (High School) lessons. It also has: Shake to shuffle to find new ideas and VAK categorised (Visual, Audio or Kinisthetic learning). See also, Teach Quick Lite by TeachQuick Free iPhone.
It is all-in-one-place resource with 24-hour access to hundreds of instructional strategies and is useful for students with special needs. The instructional strategies and split into domains of: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The instructional strategies use a Three-Phase Lesson Design. They are designed using the Gradual Release of Responsibility model (“I do”, “We do”, “You do Together”, and “You do Alone“). Their moto is: Be good to our planet! Go paperless by using this application. See also, Instructional Strategies Lite by iCheckForUnderstanding Free iPhone.
iPad Only Lesson Planning Apps
Provides a template of the key parts of a lesson. You can then go through and add you lesson details. The template can be exported as a pdf, word document, uploaded to dropbox, itunes or sent as an email.
A lesson planning template which you can customise.
Type in your lesson plans on your iPad.
Is more like a blank template as opposed to providing ideas. Once you enter your plan you can export to word or as a pdf.
Is a nice looking calendar where you can put your lessons and also add students, grades and attendance.
Basic diary in which you can type lesson ideas.
This is part of suit of apps that let you create and read your lesson plans on your Mac, iPad and iPhone.
Is a lesson schedule that let’s you input all of you lesson and attach a plan (which you write). It’s kind of like a calendar. There is also a version for Mac:
This apparently has everything that a teacher needs. If only it had some compliments the teacher and then we could be happy….
New Lesson Planning Apps
All lessons are tried, tested by teachers. It’s great for:Emergency, Relief, Casual, Supply Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Specialist Teachers, Graduates, Student Teachers, Home-school Teachers andParents
Lesson Planning Templates
Google Docs has a good selection of lesson planning templates.
Microsoft have a great set of lesson planning documents.
LessonPlans4Teachers has a huge selection of lesson plan templates.
HaveFunTeaching also has a big choice of lesson plans by subject.
If you are not looking for a document but just to be able to print or copy and then paste into a document then it’s worth taking a look at VQplan.com which is a new Web Based Lesson Planning App.
Web Based Lesson Planning Apps
One of the big advantages of the internet is the ability to plan using websites and there is a new trend of web based lesson planning apps, it’s worth mentioning. Have a look at the web based lesson planning apps page to find out more.
Your Thoughts On Lesson Planning Apps
Have you used any of these lesson planning apps? What has been your experience. Are there any amazing lesson planning apps that we missed? Use the Reply below to share you lesson planning apps thoughts.
Lesson Planning Apps Websites
Finally you might want to check out these lesson planning apps websites:
Tips For Finding Lesson Planning Apps On iTunes
You’ll find that lesson planning apps are not always easy to find with the search function in iTunes. Use a variety of search terms “lessons teaching”, “lesson plans” and “lesson planner” and “teacher planning” will all give slightly different results.
Recommended Lesson Planning App TeacherPlan
TeacherPlan, is the only lesson planning app to be based on the essential qualities of a good lesson planning app.