I first started using iDoceo to plan a few years ago after returning from maternity leave and taking over classes half way through the year. I think planning is quite a personal thing and everyone has their own system, so I found it really difficult using someone else's planner. I thought it would be a great time to try out a digital planner and now I wouldn't go back to planning on paper.
So why digital planning? For me, the main advantage is being able to easily delete, change and add students without messing up your planner. It used to really frustrate me how, if a new student arrived in the class, I would have to write them at the end of my class list, which was then not alphabetised. So when transferring data onto our online system, I would then get in a muddle as my list no longer replicated the list on the screen. Plus adding and deleting students from lists just made the planner look messy. With digital planning, you just delete or add the student and iDoceo does the rest. The only real downside is that you need a tablet computer with you in school. As far as I know, iDoceo does not yet have a desktop version. Fine for me as I use my personal iPad in school.
Here are a few of the key features which I really like about iDoceo:
I really love using iDoceo. It takes a bit of setting up and getting used to but once you have, it is brilliant! There are so many features and a lot has been changed or updated since I last used it so I'm looking forward to having a play around with it this year once back in school. The app itself costs about £12 but this is a one-off payment which is a bit of a bargain really!
If you fancy switching to digital planning, check it out and let me know if you do!
P.S If you follow me on Instagram, I have done a quick recording of some of the gradebook features on IGTV.
I started mentoring PGCE students in my second year of teaching and have mentored quite a few trainees and NQTs since then. It has definitely been one of the most rewarding parts my job. I therefore thought it might be useful to jot down some tips for anyone starting out in their career. These are my own opinions and not necessarily shared by my school.
I have had my teacher Instagram account for nearly a year now. I set it up to follow primary school teachers as my daughter starts school in September and I wanted to get some ideas on activities to try with her at home. I soon discovered some secondary accounts and MFL-specific accounts too. With thanks to some fun MFL-specific photo challenges by @pagepracticepodcast, more and more MFL accounts began to appear and the teacher instagram world seems to be growing. I decided to compile a list to help grow the community and following a poll on my stories, came up with the hashtag #MFLinsta. Currently there are over 100 accounts on the list which I try to share every Friday and this includes secondary teachers, trainees, private tutors, publishers and more from countries as far as the US and Australia. The #MFLinsta feed has over 1000 posts and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the community grows over the next year. Check out the #MFLinsta highlight on my account: