Quickstart guide: 2/3
You've chosen and downloaded some resources. Here's what's next:
Opening, viewing and editing files
Most PlanBee lesson packs are downloaded as ZIP files containing all of the lesson plans, slides, worksheets and activities. If your using a laptop/desktop device, opening a ZIP file is usually fairly straightforward: double-click the file and it will 'unzip' automatically.
If you're using a phone or tablet, the process is slightly different, depending on the make and model:
To unzip files on an iOS device (iPhone/iPad), you'll need to download an app such as iZip.
Viewing PDF files
All PlanBee resources are in the PDF format. This ensures they open and display perfectly on ANY device. While this does mean that they cannot be edited using office software such as Microsoft Word or Powerpoint, their contents can be copied and pasted, and PDFs can be viewed, annotated and edited using either paid, open source or free software.
Viewing PDF files on a Windows device
Windows 10 has an in-built Reader app for PDF files. You can right-click the PDF file and click Open with and select Reader app to open with.
If it does not work, you may want to make the Reader app a default to open PDF files each time you double click on PDF files to open.
Right-click a PDF file and click Set a Default program and choose Reader app.
Viewing PDF files on a MacOS device
You can double-click a PDF or image file to open it by default in Preview. You can also open Preview and select the files you want to view.
However, occasionally some of our resources may not display correctly in Preview. If you find that you are having trouble viewing the resources in Preview, you can right-click on the file in the finder window, choose Open with and then choose an alternative PDF viewer, such as Adobe Reader.
Editing PDF files
For basic editing e.g. annotating and drawing on a PDF document, we recommend Adobe Reader.
For full editing capabilities, you'll need a PDF editor. This list includes several good free or open source apps.
Creative ways to use PlanBee resources
We've designed every lesson pack to be easy to use in a typical classroom setting, and as part of a typically-structured lesson (i.e. a teaching input where you show slides, independent learning where you provide printed worksheets and a plenary where you ask questions). However, that's not the only way you can use the PDF plans, slides and worksheets included in your pack. Here's some less conventional ways you might consider using them:
- Use your interactive whiteboard/touchscreen's 'overlay' mode to draw and annotate on top of the slides and worksheets
- Rather than printing out worksheets, put them on laptops or tablets for pupils to annotate
- Show a worksheet on your interactive whiteboard/touchscreen as an exemplar, instructing pupils to lay out their work in a similar fashion in workbooks
- Instruct pupils to look at the slides before a lesson, for homework – then review them and discuss questions during the lesson
- Revisit a lesson to consolidate learning: every PlanBee lesson plan includes a choice of two activities – why not do both, over a couple of sessions?
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