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Teacher Toolkit

If you're looking for ways tech can boost your teaching, this list is here to help. These top-rated apps and sites -- ranging from instructional supports to organizational tools to social networks and beyond -- help make one of the world's toughest jobs a bit easier. 

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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Seesaw: The Learning Journal Publisher: Seesaw, Inc.
Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Class Charts Visit Website: http://classcharts.com
Seating chart system makes managing classroom behavior simple
Grades K-6
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
ClassDojo Visit Website: http://www.classdojo.com/
Handy management and messaging tool helps recognize, reward students
Grades K-6
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Versal Visit Website: https://versal.com
Slick course creator is full-featured, but lessons remain traditional
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Skype Visit Website: http://www.skype.com
Live video communication has potential to open lots of doors
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Kahoot! Visit Website: https://getkahoot.com/
Game-like student-response tool can spark competitive fun
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Turnitin Visit Website: http://turnitin.com/
Encourage original work and give feedback with this valuable tool
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
FreshGrade Visit Website: http://freshgrade.com
A fresh way to capture, document, and share student learning
Grades 3-9
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 5
PlayPosit Visit Website: http://www.playposit.com/
Simple design makes it easy to jump into interactive video
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Evernote Publisher: Evernote
Impressive organizational tool has limitless uses
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Google Hangouts Visit Website: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/
Communication, learning, and fun converge nicely in Google's slick platform
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Notability Publisher: Ginger Labs
Flexible note-taking tool empowers learners of all abilities
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Backchannel Chat Visit Website: https://backchannelchat.com
Real-time, moderated online discussions can engage and encourage
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Diigo Visit Website: https://www.diigo.com
Social bookmarking encourages discovery, collaboration, and sharing
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Remind Visit Website: https://www.remind.com/
Teachers' text reminders give students -- and parents -- a reason to check their phones
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
TodaysMeet Visit Website: https://todaysmeet.com/
Easy online conversations supplement and extend the classroom
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Google Drive Visit Website: https://drive.google.com/
Nifty tool for collaboratively editing docs and syncing files across devices or online
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Twitter Visit Website: http://www.twitter.com
Smart classroom tool if used with care; priceless for PD
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
WordPress.com Visit Website: http://wordpress.com/
Solid blogging tool and content management system offers DIY blogs
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3