I’ve just started using Agenda as a teacher planner, and so far it’s exactly what I’ve been searching for for years.
I have Fantastical 2 + dual Google Calendar account backend. The four (edit) things I’m able to do in the single app:
- Week tasks: I have calendar entries set up that span Mon-Fri labelled as Week 1, Week 2 etc of the term. To these I’m able to attach a note that contains a checklist of stuff I need to get done that week - personal and work. But, I also have the following week’s list ready if I need to move things.
I think non-teachers could benefit from this workflow. I could setup weekend events to attach lists to too. The note stays front-and-centre on my screen.
Assessment Tasks: I don’t have these attached to any date, but it’s really handy to be able to plan them in the same app. I’m constantly getting new ideas around the tasks I’m planning.
Lesson plans and tasks: I have repeating events in my calendar for each timetabled lesson and now, thanks to Agenda, I can finally have quite lengthy, multimodal notes attached to each timetable entry. Functionality to have a checklist, links and jottings in one note for an event is something I’ve struggled to find. I teach technology subjects so I’m constantly finding articles and resources that suit upcoming lessons. And now I can sequence them without them getting lost in my overflowing OneNote and Evernote notebooks.
Student notes: It’s nice to have a note for these in the same app as my planner. I can add to these notes as students do awesome things in class ready to create an award for, mention to their year advisor or to their parents at parent/teacher night or I can attach them to a lesson event like I would a sticky note in a paper diary. The same goes for wellbeing|discipline|attendance concerns, but let’s focus on the positives!
Agenda is also much prettier and cleaner than most school planner apps. I can attach notes to my Fantastical 2 entries, but they aren’t the focus like they are in Agenda. I’ll be recommending it to other teachers that don’t like paper planners.
A big thumbs up and THANK YOU from me. I subscribed to premium right away.