We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
I joined the Planboard team because the project reminded me of a great saying by Sir William Arthur Ward:
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
This innovative solution is built for those great teachers who inspire and are dedicated to make a lasting impact on the education industry. Planboard equips these teachers to change the landscape of education industry forever and for the good.
I vividly remember one of the few thoughts that came to my mind when I joined Planboard at the beginning of the year. “I have an opportunity to be part of this education revolution”. The obvious question that would strike most minds would be – “Why this cloud based solution would be a revolution in the education sector?” Planboard is not only about using software to create lesson plans. It is about the bigger picture and that is helping teachers to focus on what they do the best – teaching our future generations. Any solution that simplifies the process of teaching and saves teachers valuable time can create a revolution.
On a personal level, the journey for me on practicum project has been enriching. I have a strong belief that enrichment comes when you learn from your mistakes and when you learn more from “Do not do it” rather than “Do it” experiences. It has greatly increased my understanding on a plethora of subjects ranging from how a startup should position itself, to how team dynamics work, to how the engagement with the project sponsor can be made meaningful. Apart from these, insights were gained on how the academic deliverables can be aligned more effectively with the real world.
So far in my professional journey, I have not come across a single team that does not go through rough seas. What is exemplary about Planboard was that we, as a team, became stronger as the time went by. As dynamics improved, the relationship with our project sponsors took a very positive turn. We were given an opportunity to play a larger role in the project and the results and our insights were appreciated.
I have personally learnt a great deal working with each of my team members. Apart from the strengths that our team had and that we built during this journey, each one of us was exposed to a lot of our “improvement areas” (I usually avoid using the word weakness). The involvement of our team in growing Planboard was at an all-time high during the Connect 2013 conference. This is one of the largest educational conferences in the nation which provided immense exposure to each of us and connected us to the thought leaders in the sector.
The team had another success during the recent Innovation showcase where we stood third in the practicum competition. The most important lessons revolved around what we learned and the exposure that we received at the event. Planboard was well represented with conviction, and conviction is what matters at the end of the day.
Overall, it has been a great journey for me. My time with the practicum has enriched my line of thought in a wide range of areas pertaining to how a startup should, and more importantly, should not be run.
Planboard is a software solution that helps teachers streamline their lesson plans, find resources, and collaborate with others. It is a simple and accessible cloud-based solution that allows teachers and educators in the K-12 education space to integrate technology into the classroom.