By Teachers, For Teachers
Planning engaging lesson plans comes with the job of being a teacher. All over the nation, teachers spend countless hours planning engaging learning experiences that will enable students to meet their objectives and standards. Luckily, many teachers have the opportunity to share their workload by collaborating with other teachers, but generally a teacher still has to spend some time (usually on the weekends) getting her work done. Teachers are used to taking their work home with them; there’s always an assignment to grade or a lesson to write or an activity to prep for. What if you didn’t have to lug all of your work home with you? What if everything was already online in the cloud waiting to be accessed using technology in the classroom from anywhere? Many school districts are turning to a cloud-based system where student information is stored, and teachers can easily collaborate on their lessons by simply connecting to the Internet using technology in the classroom. The future of technology in the classroom is evolving and school districts across the nation are trying to keep with up it. By moving to the cloud, the potential for teachers and students are endless. Here are 5 benefits of moving your lesson plans online.
Storing school information in the cloud (online) means that you’ll have access to it at anytime and anywhere that you go. If you don’t want to bring your school laptop home with you, then you can use your home computer, tablet, or even smartphone to access your school information. If you forgot or lost your device, there’s no need to worry, because the cloud is able to organize and back up everything. That means your whole teaching life is right online for you to access. The cloud allows teachers and staff to choose their preferred device regardless of where they are located.
In the past, when teachers would try and take their work home with them, they would save their lesson plans on a USB drive or a disk. However, when you do that, you run the risk of losing it. When you move your lesson plans online to the cloud, you don’t have to worry about losing your data because it will be securely backed up offsite.
Another added component of moving your lessons and school data onto an online cloud system is that your information will be safe. A username and password are usually always required for cloud-based systems, so as far as anyone gaining access to your account, you need not worry.
Moving your lesson plans online is just simply more efficient. Think of all of the time you’ll save if you have everything that you need all in one place. Technology now has the tools that you need to enable you to do your job better and with less effort. Keeping records, sharing information, and writing out your lesson plans have never been easier.
Moving to a cloud-based system is more efficient for students as well. Students can access homework, class assignments, and other school–related information from one central location. Students and parents can also have access to progress reports, homework assignments, and other general information. If a student misses an assignment all they have to do is print it out online.
Long gone are the days of waiting at the copy machine or handwriting your lesson plans to share with your colleagues. In today’s digital economy, there’s cloud sharing. Exchanging lesson plans can be done with a simple tap of your finger, or with the stroke of your keyboard. When it’s time for your teacher review, easily give your administrators access to your lessons online so they can pull them up on the digital device of their choosing.
Another great component of cloud sharing is the ability to save and edit lesson plans. You can create an online template for easy use, reuse, and sharing with others.
Online lesson plans are not only flexible but customizable as well. Many systems have special features where you can move lesson plans around to other dates as well as edit your lessons. With the ever-changing standards and formats, moving lessons online allows users to customize their lessons to keep up with the changes. If you switch grades from one year to the next, you can keep your account but change your format to suit the current grade that you teach. The cloud is totally flexible and customizable.
In our connected society, the opportunity for educators to be more efficient with their lesson planning is outstanding. The future of teaching is moving towards a more customizable technological era. Keeping up with the digital movement will not only make you a more efficient teacher, but also a more effective teacher.
What do you think of moving your lesson planning online? Does your school district have a cloud-sharing technology in the classroom system? Please share your thoughts and concerns on this topic in the comment section below, we’d love to hear what you have to say.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.