Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Personalized Learning Spaces with the Brain in Mind [Register NOW] #PLS15

Personalized Learning Spaces
with the Brain in Mind

November 14-15, 2015

This two-day high-energy conference will empower school leadership teams to explore how personalized learning experiences directly correlates with a student’s and a teacher’s growth mindset. 

We will examine how personalized learning and its spaces can support a variety of pedagogical and brain-based instructional approaches. Participants will also have the opportunity to create their own personalized learning plan, through a “classroom crib” design challenge. 

This design challenge will motivate participants to create a personalized learning space based on sound pedagogical practices gained from the captivating sessions facilitated by well-known Minnesota and nationally recognized educational leaders and industry partners. Collaborative and interactive panel discussions with attending school district leaders and high school students will add additional voices to this two-day experience.

Registration is NOW Open!

The social hashtag for this event is #PLS15

Main Conference Page: http://tinyurl.com/PLS15

Conference Registration Page: http://tinyurl.com/PLS15Registration

Conference Brochure: http://tinyurl.com/PLS15Brochure

Sunday, October 25, 2015

3 Reasons to Use Bing in the Classroom

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3 Reasons to Use Bing in the Classroom

Helping students to be more independent learners is important in today's classrooms.  However, letting go of complete control can be challenging.  One fear many have is the potential risk involved when students are allowed to search the Internet, even with school filters.  Educators need to teach students what it means to be digitally responsible as well.  Yet, finding these resources can take time.  Some schools even struggle with the lack of access to devices for their students.  Bing solves each of these concerns.

Dr. Robert Dillon explains that, "School districts continue to look for partners with online resources that can keep their students safe.  It is clear that Bing is making this a priority.  In a time where data privacy is an essential part of the work of all Chief Technology Officers, it is good to know that there are quality options available."

1.  Earn Free Surface Tablets
Outfitting your classroom with technology can be expensive.  Yet, we know the benefits of allowing students access to be able to connect and collaborate via the Internet.  With Bing Rewards, schools can earn credits just for searching on Bing.  Credits may be donated to the school of your choice.  If a school earns enough credits, Microsoft will send  free Surface to that school.

My good friend, Dr. Spike Cook, is the Principal of a Microsoft district in NJ.  He states, "I have been impressed with the tools in the Microsoft package.  In a few short weeks, our school is collaborating and communicating in a more purposeful way.  We are streamlining processes as a result of Bing and One Drive.  The sky is the limit!" - Dr. Cook, Principal of RM Bacon Elementary in Millville, NJ where they proudly use of Bing and One Drive to foster innovation, collaboration, and a growth mindset!

2.  Access Common Core Aligned Digital Literacy Lesson Plans
Having quality resources can make a big difference in the classroom.  Finding such quality resources can be challenging.  Bing offers a simple solution for teachers with their fun, short activities using a beautiful Bing image that promotes digital literacy and critical thinking.  Lessons are available at K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.  You can find these archived lessons at: bing.com/lessons.  

TEDx Speaker and award winning second grade teacher, Kayla Delzer, has dedicated much time and resources to helping educators become "a champion of digital citizenship" in their classrooms.  After exploring the rich content Bing has to offer, she writes, "I love how all of the Bing in the Classroom Digital Literacy Lesson Plans are created for teachers by teachers.  Each lesson plan lists the Common Core Standards and learning objectives right up front, which is really convenient and helpful.  I also think it's totally do-able as a teacher with a jam-packed schedule to integrate the 10 minute plans into our day.  My students have benefited from the rich discussions and have improved their critical thinking skills as a result of the engaging Bing images and interactive short activities.  I would definitely recommend Bing lesson plans for anyone looking to amp up their digital literacy instruction."

3.  Search Safely and Without Ads
Bing has build in content filters to help students safely search the Internet while other search engines can be inconsistent or display risky ads.  School administrators can register their school or district IP addresses so that bing searches made on their network are ad-free, with strict filtering to help block adult content, and have enhanced privacy protections. 

As someone who has testified in front of the United States Congress on this issue, State and District Digital Learning Director for The Alliance for Excellent Education, Thomas Murray, shares that "Bing is an excellent search engine of choice when considering student privacy, pledging to keep student information safe and ultimately respecting students' privacy with any data collected.

Additionally, Kerry Gallagher, Digital Learning Specialist at St. John's Prep and Director of K-12 Education at ConnectSafely, further adds that, "Educators are recognizing that teaching digital citizenship and medial literacy to our children is as essential as teaching them to read and write.  Bing's safe search, which eliminates ads and adult content, can be an essential tool as students are still working to master these skills.  A safe search environment gives them a chance to explore the Internet, while limiting their exposure to content that isn't helpful."

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“Disclosure of Material Connection: This post is sponsored by Bing in the Classroom. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

[ALL Educators] Sign Up for the Classroom Cribs Challenge Now! #classroomcribs

The 2015 Classroom Cribs Challenge is now open!

Remember MTV Cribs? We thought, what if that same concept of Cribs…met the classroom! From August 25th to October 4th (extended submission) we’ll be running a challenge that anyone can join. Here’s the details:

1. Rethink your learning space with the student in mind. What changes will enhance the learning experience?
2. Redesign your learning space and show us how you did it: Take pictures and video.
3. Create a 3-min (or less) “Cribs” video/slideshow showing off your new learning space. Include a short rationale for “why” you made the changes.
4. Submit your video/slideshow, rationale, and bio to have a chance to be featured on our site and win great prizes!
Be sure to check out this great post on classroom design by AJ Juliani! 
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Friday, September 18, 2015

How To "Amp Up" Your Traditional Lesson Planning in Today's Classrooms with @appolearning

If We Expect Students to Collaborate, 
Are WE Leading By Example?

Any observer can see the vast amount of student collaboration transpiring online from teachers sharing their classroom practices via Twitter chats, class blogs or websites, Instagram, Periscope and more.  Likewise, we see the rich discussion educators are having about their pedagogical practices on weekly Twitter chats, Facebook groups, blog post comments, and more.  However, what happens next?  Granted, we (as educators) are pushing each other's thinking and offering ideas, but how are we taking our practice a step further and truly connecting with those who we collaborate with online?

I recently shared about a great [New] resource to find content.  In my recent post titled, "Google + Pinterest + Dropbox - a Lesson Planning Dream," I share how users can find engaging resources, save them online, and share them openly.  In a follow up post, I share how you can use it for students and parents, too!  This resource is appoLearning.

appoLearning is about better teaching through digital resources. It can support teaching and learning in a variety of ways (many of which you will see in action below). appoLearning helps teachers prepare for class lessons by quickly searching through thousands of previously submitted lessons and collections (I'll talk more about collections in a moment) and enables teachers for the very first time to move into a next generation of real world collaboration through use of their platform. The best part of appoLearning though it allows me to not only share resources but to also have conversations around those specific resources as I collaborate with others in more meaningful ways.

Think for a moment about how this could truly change teaching and learning and break us out of previous habits and ways of practice.
Lesson Planning No Longer in Isolation

Traditionally speaking, preparing to teach a skill, concept, or idea begins with a teacher's lesson plan.  I remember in my undergraduate program having to develop comprehensive plans in the Madeline Hunter Lesson Plan Format.   This process typically involved me working alone to develop a lesson for students.  Often these lessons were ones I'd later teach to a group of students as I was being evaluated by some university advisor or district administrator.  Because this method of planning was the system in which I was taught, like most educators, this became the "norm" as I started planning lessons in my everyday practice as a classroom teacher.  

Beginning to Reach Out for Ideas

Over the years, my planning habits changed.  I became more comfortable teaching, and I was more familiar with the content.  The need for such detailed lesson plans was no longer my focus.  Instead, my time was more centered on enhancing each lesson by finding "a better mentor text" to use for a writing lesson or finding "a more engaging game" for a math lesson.  I found these ideas by countless hours of Google searching, attending conferences, listening to webinars, planning with my team at school,  or chatting with fellow educators online.  

Questioning my "Collaborative Ideas"

I began thinking about how getting resources from others online has really shaped teaching and learning in my classroom.  Sure I'm growing as a professional by gaining new ideas, and my students are growing by engaging with better resources and activities.  However, how am I really connecting with other professionals to collaborate, share, and think more deeply about my instructional practices?  

Continuing the Conversation Beyond Conferences and Twitter: 

I mentioned above how it's important for me to move beyond curating great resources and ideas from conferences or Twitter chats.  In order to really become reflective in my practice, I want to move to a point where I am taking actual lessons and discussing not only my instructional delivery and lesson planning but also how my students engage and perform.  We ask our students to collaborate and share online, and we should lead by that example.  After all, if "the collective room is the smartest person in the room," why aren't we harnessing that knowledge to move beyond chats where we curate ideas and push one another's thinking but actually start to collaborate on actual pedagogical practices and develop plans to put those ideas into action.   

Though my professional network online is large, I have different educators I connect with for different reasons.  For example, to see how my friend Steven Anderson and I connect and collaborate, I encourage you to see the recent appoLearning Collection (this is recently launched feature the ability for individuals to collaborate with one another on specific Collections) that we created to discuss the upcoming Connected Educator Month.

Collaborating with Steven to create this Connected Educators Collection was not only easy... the experience was fun.  I enjoyed the live discussion feature on the side to collaborate with one another regarding the comments and questions we had as we searched for content to add.  Additionally, it was especially beneficial to be able to comment on each resource we added.  The resources could easily be reordered simply by dragging them where you'd like to move them.  This made organizing the content a breeze.  Each piece of content could easily be tagged, too.  To see our collection - click here!
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However, as a second grade teacher, I have fellow grade two teachers I often connect with across the country to learn from and share ideas.  One such teacher is Kayla Delzer.  After reading a recent post titled, "The Problem with Formative Assessment Tools" by Ross Cooper, Supervisor for Instructional Practice K-12 in PA, I immediately started thinking differently about how I was using digital resources in my elementary classroom.  I reached out to Kayla and Ross to help me think differently about how our class was using digital resources to support our learning.  What I especially appreciate with appoLearning Collections is that collaborators can comment on each resource to discuss the content, how it can be used, and share ideas moving forward.  I couldn't wait to connect with Ross and Kayla to help me plan lessons!

After reading Ross's post on formative assessment, I knew I had to do something different regarding how I was using digital resources in our class.  So, I invited two members of my PLN, personal learning network, to collaborate on a lesson with me.  This way, I could share the exact resources from our lesson and get specific feedback on each resource.  

How Educators from North Dakota and Pennsylvania Helped Students in Michigan:

Last year our students partnered up to read the latest issue of our Scholastic News magazine.  As they were reading together, they were to generate questions based on their reading.  During our share time towards the end of the lesson, we came together to take our questions and create a Kahoot Quiz based on our ideas.  Kahoot is a free website that allows users to enter questions and make a quiz.  After the questions are entered, individuals can login to the quiz via a unique game pin and answer each question.  The quiz feels like a game, and students enjoy answering questions.  Our goal was to share the quiz with the other second grade classrooms so they could take the Kahoot Quiz after reading the magazine article.  

Ross suggested I take this lesson a step further by having students think more deeply about the types of questions they were asking.  He shared how it was great that students were doing more than using Kahoot to answer questions I created based on the reading.  He liked how I had students actually generate their own questions based on the article.  However, he challenged me to encourage the students to begin to evaluate the quality of questions in which they were asking.  Furthermore, Kayla shared a Top Teaching Scholastic resource from fellow Michigan teacher, Beth Newingham.  The resource Kayla shared will be a great supplement to help those students who many need additional support in generating those higher level questions.  After all, like Ross stated in his article on formative assessment, "...what takes places after the digital resources are used - the differentiated instruction - is what matters the most."

After inviting Kayla and Ross to help me think smarter about my lesson, I can already tell how I can take their ideas and apply them to other lessons.  I'm thankful to have tools like appoLearning that allow me to have opportunities to connect and collaborate with teachers anytime, anywhere.  You can also stay connected with Kayla and Ross by following their blogs (just click their names to connect).

Please be sure to check out Steven Anderson's recent post on how he and I collaborated together to collect amazing resources for October's Connected Educator Month!  You don't want to miss these great educational resources! You can also follow Steven on Twitter for incredible educational content and ideas shared daily, and of course follow appoLearning on Twitter as well! 

“Disclosure of Material Connection: This post is sponsored by appoLearning. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Guest post: Share the story of your classroom with parents

I can recite the names of all my elementary school teachers as easily as I can go through the letters in the alphabet.

My parents, on the other hand, don’t remember a single one of my educators.  And I certainly don’t blame them!  They met with my teachers twice per year: back-to-school night and parent-teacher night.  They checked the boxes and moved on.

Now having a daughter of my own, I’m eager to be a different parent: one that works hand-in-hand with teachers and knows what’s happening at school so I can be helpful at home.  I realize that teachers have twenty (or more) of these beautiful little humans - all of whom have parents that want to be involved.  It’s a challenge for only the brave!

As a part of the ClassDojo team, I’m excited to help teachers and parents strengthen their relationships.  Technology can’t solve everything, but it can certainly help. 

Beginning this week, teachers and parents can now access Class Story - an addition to ClassDojo that lets teachers safely and instantly share important updates, photos of amazing moments, and announcements to all parents.

We know there are lots of ways to keep parents in the loop but, as we dug deeper alongside teachers, none of them seem to make life easier.  Phone calls are wonderful, but you end up focusing on children who are struggling and leave other parents in the dark.  Twitter, Facebook, and class websites are interesting options, but privacy-wise open up a can of worms.

Class Story is a beautiful, Instagram-like feed of what’s happening in the classroom: teachers can share moments instantly - whether they are photos or just quick notes - and only parents can see these posts.  Our hope is this makes it easier for parents to stay engaged without eating up valuable class time, and maybe they'll get to know their kids and their teachers just a little bit better!

I hope you’ll take a look here.  If you have any feedback or suggestions, please share it with us at Hello@classdojo.com

Have a wonderful 2015-16 school year!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

How To Save a Periscope... #edtech

Automatically Saving/Archiving All Your Periscope Broadcasts

Periscope is a free app you can download to live-stream video and share with the world.  This summer I've shared interviews with keynote speakers from conferences I've attended, brief "how-to" tutorials, and even fun, personal moments.  Just yesterday I was able to view a Periscope a keynote speaker in New Jersey as I was sitting in my classroom in Michigan.  It was great to be a part of the conference, virtually, even if just for a moment.  Sometimes those highlights are "just the right amount of time."  

As an educator, there are a variety of ways to use Periscope in the classroom.  I've been in several conversations with others about creative uses.  Some are even discussing how this can be a beneficial tool for students, more so than teachers.  What are your thoughts?  Have you used Periscope in the classroom?  What about the data/privacy piece?  Should it be used more simply for professional learning?  Lots to think about... which is why I haven't written a "How to Use Periscope in the Classroom" post.  I'm just not ready to "go there yet." However, at the end of last year, I did Periscope my students using Kahoot.  It was too precious not to share their enjoyment with the world.  When doing so, I was careful to only capture the educational content.  For example, I didn't video the student's faces.  Instead, I filmed the SMART Board and the energy of the room.  After all, that is what I was showcasing: educational artifacts and technology integration in real time - not my adorable students.  

Saving Broadcasts:
It seems like each day there is a new tool to use.  I hear about these great resources, but I rarely have time to actually give them a try.  It isn't until I encounter a problem that I really stop and take the time to figure out what I should have done differently.  Because I was bummed about missing a Periscope today, I paused to take the time to set up a system where this wouldn't happen again.  

Sadly, this isn't the first time this has happened.  This summer, I Periscoped my co-presenter sharing an important segment of our session.  The broadcast should have saved to my camera roll; however, my storage on my iPhone was too full.  Because I didn't realize this, the video expired after 24 hours in Periscope Land and was gone forever.  

I believe "If something is worth sharing, it is worth saving."  Therefore, I appreciate the service Katch.me so that all of my Periscope broadcasts can automatically be saved to my account.  It was free and easy to set up.  Honestly, it was the easiest service I have ever set up.  Ever.  It took about three seconds.  I encourage you to watch my brief Periscope above to see more about this service.  Thank you Tony Vincent for sharing it with me this summer as I tuned in live to a session you were hosting across the country.  Talk about anytime, anywhere learning! 

Connect with me on Periscope and Twitter: @KleinErin

View my saved Periscope videos from Katch.me: Katch.me/KleinErin
*Keep in mind, I just started :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

How To Take the "Guess Work" Out of "Group Work" to Encourage Project Based Learning

Collaborative Project Based Learning with Analytics 
I firmly believe each teacher must start integrating technology at the point where he or she is most comfortable.  I'm often asked, "How I do it all."  My answer is simple: I start small.  I think that translates to the success of my blog along with the workshops I do across the country.  During my speaking engagements, I disclose my fear of technology.  While I'm intrigued by all there is to offer, I'm terrified to use many sites and devices.  However, it is this very fear that forces me to embrace these opportunities for children.  After all, how can I expect my students to take risks if I'm not willing to do so myself?

By "starting small," I give myself permission to only focus on two or three new apps, gadgets, websites, etc. at a time.  That's it.  I focus on learning those resources inside and out.  This way, I can integrate each one into all of our curriculum.  The students become creative and collaborative, and I become more comfortable.  But because I "start small," it is imperative I select quality resources.  If I'm only going to use two or three new tools, I want to make sure they're versatile enough to be applied in a variety of creative ways.  I also want to be sure they're not going to simply be a substitute for something we could have done without technology.  We should never use technology for the sake of using it.  We should utilize these powerful tools to enable our students to do work that couldn't have been done without the integration of such resources.

This year, I'm excited to start using Ignite Teaching with my class.  This is one tool I know we can use throughout the year, across all subjects, in a variety of creative ways.  Any tool that allows students to create, collaborate, and share is always a favorite in our class.  One of my favorite parts is that I will also be able to see their work in progress as they collaborate with one another, and I'll be able to offer feedback along the way.  

Students Working Together 

The Ignite Teaching page spotlights sever examples of student's projects; however, I've been thinking of other creative ways to utilize the platform as well.  While I appreciate the end products children can create together, I value their process.  Luckily, as a teacher using Ignite Teaching, I can see this process.  Ignite Teaching allows me to view exactly which student contributed each part for the project.  This is valuable for me so that I can hop on at any point and see if someone is not contributing as much as the other members.  I can intervene if needed and offer support to scaffold that child's understanding of the content or how to work more collaboratively, a life skill much needed for today.  

This year, I even plan to use Ignite Teaching not only to have my students work on the completion of projects but also to demonstrate their understanding during math workshop.  As my small groups rotate in stations during math, each group can work on problems together.  Students can each have their own device and be working on the same project together - amazing!  I love this idea because even though I may not be with that group, I can still have insight into what they're working on and how they're processing the skill or concept.  This information will be instrumental as I move forward with planning for each group's personalized learning path.  

As a teacher, be able to see who contributed which part of the project. 
5 Key Parts I Love About Ignite Teaching
  1. Collaborative PBL: The perfect tool for collaborative Project Based Learning through digital projects. Finally, a digital storytelling platform made for any K12 classroom.
  2. Analytics: In addition to editing tools that rival the likes of Google Slides and PowerpointIgnite Teaching's analytics is where it truly shines. Finally, you can take the guesswork out of group work and see qualitative and quantitative individual contributions in a group project.
  3. Storytelling: Ignite Teaching is a great tool for digital storytelling.  Here's an elementary school in Portugal that uses us pretty heavily. https://igniteteaching.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/school-spotlight-o-parque-libson-bilingual-school/
  4. Simple Subscription Model:  Ignite Teaching's editing tool will stay free for both teachers and students. However, access to Analytics and My Students (the ability to organize student projects into folders) will expired after 30 days. After which, you can sign up for two simple teacher subscription plans . $3 per month recurring or $25.00 annual recurring. Unlike other subscriptions plans out there, we don't limit student seats per license, so no need to worry about calculating student licenses. We also make it easy for your department head, EdTech department and/or administration to pay on your behalf. Just give them the email you used to register. Pricing model will be introduced Fall 2015.
  5. BYOD-friendly: Available now in the App Store for your iPad or through the web on any major browser.

Try Ignite Teaching Today
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“Disclosure of Material Connection: This post is sponsored by Ignite Teaching. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Keep Organized w/ Awesome Planners from @ErinCondren Designs! Built w/ Teachers in Mind!

Teacher Lesson Planners: Custom Built Just for You!

By best friend and colleague, Cierra, couldn't believe when I told her that I had never heard of Erin Condren.  She told me I had to go home that night and check out her designs.  She even text me that evening to make sure I'd remember.  Cierra knows me well - even my obsessive compulsive tendencies.  That's why she found it so hard to believe that I had never stumbled upon this resource, especially considering how much time I spend online and on Pinterest.  

Finding the Perfect Planner:

Well, I'm now the proud owner of an awesome Erin Condren teaching planner.  I couldn't be more in love with a planner.  People often ask how I balance being a mom, teaching, eduBlogger for Kleinspiration and Scholastic along with several other sites I guest post for, presenter, author (I'm currently working on two books to be published next year), and owner of four super cute pets!  My blessing and my curse is my diagnosed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  I'm the girl that makes to-do lists for my to-do lists.  I can also tell if anything in my home or classroom has ever been touched for everything is on exact parallel lines with the objects that share the same plane.  My husband jokes with me because he thinks it's funny that I still use a paper planner for as techy as I am.  As much as I try to explain, he doesn't seem to understand that I have to 'see my items' and be able to scratch them off, move sticky notes around, and stuff papers in certain places.  A few of my friends thought it was hilarious this year at ISTE when they saw the planner I put together made from a composition notebook.  I couldn't find a planner that worked for me, so I made one.  It took way too long and didn't look that great.  Thankfully, Cierra introduced me to Erin Condren Designs.  

Reviewing the Erin Condren Teaching Planner:

I reached out to Erin Condren through her site asking if I could review a planner in exchange for one to trial.  They gifted me a certificate so that I could build my own planner through their site.  I went all out.  I added extra pages, more checklists, additional clear sleeves, an extra notepad and more.  Needless to mention, the price tag was costly.  However, in my opinion, one can't put a price on organization.  For me, I'd pay a fortune to keep my mind at peace and stay organized.  It is the difference for me being sane and not.  I'll admit though, with the high price tag, I'm not sure (without seeing the planner first) that I'd spend my own money for as picky as I am about planners.  That's why I'm glad I got to test one out through a review before deciding to spend my own money on one.  I can honestly say that each year, I wouldn't hesitate to spend my own money to purchase a planner.  I'm quite happy with the product I received.  Please watch my full video review below to see the entire planner.  

My Favorite Parts and my Wishes:

In past years, I had a planner for home and a planner for teaching.  I'd get frustrated when I would leave one at school or at home.  That was one more reason my husband would tell me that I needed to go digital.  I tried, but I just couldn't make it work.  Now, I keep my entire life in this one planner.  I use the calendar pages for my family planning and the lesson pages for my school planning.

Now that my planner is set up, life is good.  It did take me a while to enter the dates I needed.  As I've started using it more, I wish that the lesson planner pages went beyond the M-F spots.  As you can see above, there is an area for you to write in each day of the five day week.  However, I do a lot of my planning on the weekends.  I also tutor on the weekends.  So, it would be nice, in my opinion, to have a smaller M-F space but to add a Saturday and Sunday row.  I'm sure one would tell me that I could use the calendar pages in the front for that, but again... I'm picky.  I like keeping the calendar pages strictly for family obligations.  

My favorite parts are the year at a glance pages up front, the clear sleeves in the back, and the folder pockets in the back.  With other planners, I'd have pages sticking out and falling out.  Now, I can keep everything contained and neat.  It makes me very happy!  I also have a lot of travel obligations.  I use the "Year at a Glance" pages to track all of my professional development.  I really appreciate being able to just flip to this section and see all of my PD spread over the two pages in an organized way.  Of course, you could use these pages for anything.  I actually wish there were two sets of year at a glance pages.  I would use one for my PD and one for the special reoccurring events that happen within our school year (like field trips, assemblies, activities, and projects).  However, now, I'm using the graph paper to tract the yearly activities within our school.  So, I sort of made my own... but it's not as pretty as I'd like.  

Overall, I encourage you to watch the full video above to see if this is a tool that would work for your organization and planning.  I love my new planner.  I've chatted with several friends on Twitter that also use Erin Condren planners.  They have all been very happy with theirs as well.

The Planners are for EVERYONE!