[ For Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7 ] The "Lesson Plan Builder" is a time-saving utility that helps to automate the process of creating lesson plans-- the names and phrases that make up the framework of a lesson plan are prepared in advance and simply inserted by mouse clicks into a Lesson Plan Document in the appropriate places to await the typing of the specifics for that particular lesson.
You, the teacher, set up the categories and passages once, when you first run the program, and efficiently generate Lesson Plan Documents from that point forward. The Lesson Plan Builder doesn't do the planning; it merely eases the repetitive aspects of putting together the written plan itself. Think of it as a document template that changes and grows whenever you choose. Just select the items from your personalized lists on the screen and then add the details.
The settings are highly configurable, so the plan elements can be customized to suit your needs. The program can generate both weekly plans and unit plans for any educational level K-12 and beyond. Changes can be made while a plan is under construction and the new settings will be incorporated "on the fly". Every Teacher's Lesson Plan Builder can prepare both Unit Plans and Weekly Plans (the program automatically advances day by day through the week). Plans can be printed directly from the program or stored on a drive or network. The documents are saved in formats compatible with all major word processing programs.
Help is readily available by using the Help button at the upper right of most of the screens or by pressing the F1 key at any time. Throughout the program, you will see certain instructions printed in blue. These are tips to help you in using the features of the Lesson Plan Builder.
A wizard has also been provided for including national, state, or local educational standards, in the event that your school requires them to be referenced in your plans. The Lesson Plan Builder offers several options for entering lists of standards so that it may not be necessary to type by hand the entire set of standards from which your choices will be made when writing your plans.
To run a DEMO of the Lesson Builder in action, visit www.mrz.us/LPB and click the "View the DEMO" link.
Kenneth Zollo, 2009