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Lesson Planning Apps and Websites

Looking to ditch your paper planners and go digital? With these apps and websites, you can bring lesson planning -- and design -- into the 21st century. Create custom calendars for each class, track standards across the curriculum, develop differentiated lesson templates, share schedules with parents, and find the best online resources with these top-notch tools.

Digital Planners

Common Curriculum Visit Website: http://www.commoncurriculum.com/
Sleek lesson planner replaces bulky binders, promotes collaboration
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
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Metria Master Teacher Edition Visit Website: http://www.metrialearning.org/masterteacheredition/
All-in-one standards planning, assessment tool supports quality instruction
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Planboard Visit Website: https://www.chalk.com/planboard/
Handy one-stop digital lesson planner saves time in the long run
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Standards Planner Visit Website: www.standardsplanner.com
A step up from standard calendars but has room to grow
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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PlanbookEdu Visit Website: http://www.planbookedu.com/
Pretty basic online planner with a few teacher-friendly bonus features
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Teachers.io Visit Website: https://teachers.io/
Organizational tool helps teachers plan, communicate with students
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Creation Tools

Nearpod Publisher: Nearpod, LLC
Interactive slide show tool engages students and promotes collaboration
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
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Spiral Visit Website: https://spiral.ac/
Provide instant feedback with collaborative, multimedia assessment tool
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
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TES Teach with Blendspace Visit Website: https://www.tes.com/lessons
Create multimedia lessons with engaging but not-so-interactive style
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
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ClassFlow Visit Website: https://classflow.com/
Robust lesson-creation, presentation tool offers built-in assessment
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Ogment Visit Website: https://www.getogment.com/
Get beyond binders with digital, remixable lesson-planning tool
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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Online Resources

BetterLesson Visit Website: http://betterlesson.com/
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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PowerMyLearning Connect Visit Website: http://www.powermylearning.org
Lots of quality educational content wrapped up in a tidy website
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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ReadWriteThink Visit Website: http://www.readwritethink.org/
Excellent free resource for all things reading and writing
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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LearnZillion Visit Website: http://learnzillion.com/
Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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ReadWorks Digital Visit Website: http://digital.readworks.org
Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Gooru Visit Website: http://www.goorulearning.org/
Personalized tool fosters exploration, teacher-led meaningful learning
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Standards and Goals

Goalbook Toolkit Visit Website: https://goalbookapp.com/toolkit-info/
Set tailored targets with pricey but worth-it kit of tools, strategies
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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Common Core Standards Publisher: MasteryConnect
Complete Common Core State Standards in convenient, searchable, free resource
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
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Next Generation Science Standards
Free resource puts Next Generation Science Standards at your fingertips
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows
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Learning Management Systems

Schoology Visit Website: http://www.schoology.com/
Top-tier LMS for digital classrooms
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
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PowerSchool Learning Visit Website: https://www.powerschool.com/products/lms/
Full-featured LMS great for instructional design
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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