The lesson plan. One of the most time-consuming and yawn-inspiring requirements of every teacher. Add standards such as the Common Core and specific learning objectives to the equation and you’ve got a full on brain-fry. Teachers are always researching ways to reduce the time spent creating inclusive and interactive lessons that they can edit and reuse at will. While technology does provide teachers with a solution, a common problem arises when educators are forced to trawl through endless online content to find what they’re looking for. What’s more, most online lesson planners don’t allow teachers to upload their own resources, which means starting from scratch every time.

My Own Lesson Plans

As an educator, like many others, I possess an abundance of lessons safely stored on a 100 year-old USB flash drive. Yet, fishing through the array of stored content, I uncovered some excellent resources. When switching over to an online lesson planner, I realized my reluctance to be separated from my little lesson plan guru, and my dread at the idea of confining all this useful content to the bottom of a pencil case.

How can I find a way to integrate my saved content with online resources to create the perfect lessons that I can use again and again?

Fishtree’s New Feature: Add Your Own Resources

Fishtree’s next generation learning platform has a brand new feature. Not only can teachers create lessons using the best open education and real-time resources, with this new feature, teachers can now add their own content, without jumping from site to site. This means reducing, reusing and recycling lesson plans, ultimately saving time and keeping the yawns at bay. With this easy-to-use feature, educators can upload their own files directly from computers, laptops, tablet devices, phones, flash drives, hard drives and any other storage device with a connection.

Using the Fishtree application, I can:

  • 1. Create a lesson using the most interactive and up-to-date resources from all major sources such as Youtube, Khan Academy, and Wikipedia.
  • 2. Add some real-time content from sources like BBC and
  • 3. Edit with my own instruction.
  • 4. Add my own stored resources. What’s more, all resources are available from one place, adapted to my needs, meaning less time is wasted looking for the best material, it’s all right there.

So make your life easier and cut your planning time in half with the Fishtree lesson planner. Try the next generation lesson planner at

About the author:


Lorna Keane is a teacher of French, English and ESL. She specializes in language teaching and has taught in second and third-level institutions in several countries. She holds a B.A in languages and cultural studies and an M.A in French literature, theory and visual culture. Subscribe to her blog or follow her on Twitter.