5/30/2014 By: Kyle Shack
goalbookapp.com • Retail Price: $395 -$705 per teacher/per year
Goalbook Toolkit is designed to help special education
teachers design unit and lesson plans for diverse
students. The platform provides instructional
resources for teachers, categorized by standard, age,
skill set, and a variety of other criteria. Goalbook offers
customization of state and Common Core standards,
the creation of individual education plans, and the development of
UDL (Universal Design for Learning) instructional strategies.
Quality and Effectiveness: The platform has an impressive library
of standards, strategies, and lessons. Goalbook provides a very
simple user experience for designing personalized plans. First,
teachers can select the standard a student needs to improve upon.
Next, they gain access to a tremendous amount of information, such
as prior skills the student needs and UDL strategies. From there,
teachers have the ability to edit and personalize the standard.
Ease of Use: The platform is very easy to navigate and provides easy
access to the user’s account. The software loads smoothly and users
can easily save or distribute content to various features inside the
application. The application also includes an interactive wizard at
various points of entry into the software. These guides provide the
user with necessary help in accomplishing specific goals, something
that is very useful in the classroom or office, given the workload of
Creative Use of Technology: The
“wizard” is a great example of
the designers’ thought process about the end user, as it gives novice
users a chance to walk through the software without feeling like a
tutorial. The application also provides instructions throughout the
browse functions to keep the user focused on the task at hand. The use
of “cards” to display information related to the standards simplifies
the experience while still giving the user all the needed information.
With the cards, the site is able to convey four levels of organizational
information without the user being overwhelmed.
• Goalbook is easy to use and simple to learn. The interface is self-explanatory, and the application includes built-in checks to
ensure the user stays on task. The information is presented cleanly, and the screen always provides the features needed when
• This application allows users to identify learning objectives for the student, and the application matches the appropriate skills,
standards, strategies, and resources for the teacher.
• The information is well organized and easy to manage between multiple students and colleagues. The “card” system keeps the
interface very clean, but does not require extra work to access the information needed.
Goalbook provides case
managers and teachers with a
library of strategies and lessons
that connect Common Core,
UDL, and learning objectives for
individual students. The resources
are extensive, provide a unique level
of tracking, and allow any user
to identify past skills, current
goals, and future needs for
any student and any