With today’s technology, educators have more resources and connections at their disposal than ever before. Online collaboration with colleagues, now embraced by K-12 educators all over the world, can be a very effective way to prepare lessons for your students. Not only can it make life easier, it can help to improve the quality of curriculum.
All schools have different needs and styles, so collaborating within your school and district is the best place to start. From there, lesson sharing websites are reinventing the possibilities teachers can delve into for finding new approaches and materials in their classroom.
Here is a sampling of some of the many sites available to educators for lesson sharing, let us know which ones you like to use!
Schoodoodle’s own online teacher resource built to enable educators to share ideas and lessons directly with each other! Click here to get started!
#2 Share My Lesson
Share My Lesson invites educators and others who work with students to exchange resources and ideas for FREE! This is a wonderful site for teachers who want to share lesson plans and best practices with peers not just in their district, but across the country. www.sharemylesson.com
Planboard helps you easily plan lessons, track standards, and collaborate between teachers worldwide to create the best lesson plan for a particular subject. www.planboardapp.com
Offers thousands of free lesson plans, unit plans, discussion guides, and extension activities. www.scholastic.com
An online platform for teachers to create, organize, and share high-quality curriculum. BetterLesson aims to provide teachers with the tools to create, organize, and share curriculum in a dynamic and sustainable manner. betterlesson.com
Curriki gives teachers, students & parents access to 50,000+ free & open source K-12 #OER curricula. Curriki originated from the idea that technology can play a crucial role in breaking down the barriers of the Education Divide – the gap between those who have access to high-quality education and those who do not. Therefore, we aim to provide world class educational resources and curricula collaboration tools for free to anyone that wishes to use them. www.curriki.org
#7 Common Curriculum
This “Holy Grail” of lesson plans helps teachers plan units and lessons, share them with their team, school, or district, and publish them for students and families. Allows teachers to search Common Core & State Standards, create templates and plan units for the entire year…and it’s free for teachers. www.commoncurriculum.com
Imagine tens of thousands of excellent, short videos and other media explaining every topic taught to school kids. Imagine them rated and sorted into a giant directory! www.watchknowlearn.org
#9 NROC Math
A community guided non-profit empowering learning by sharing digital content with students and educators. NROC courses and applications like HippoCampus and EdReady may be adapted by member institutions to support local initiatives and to enhance online, blended and face-to-face learning environments. www.nrocmath.org
#10 National Science Teachers Association
An endless supply of scientific curriculum from elementary through college educators sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association, the largest organization in the world dedicated to science education. www.nsta.org
#11 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
With more than 200 publications written by educators for educators, NCTM is the resource for all of your mathematics education needs. Browse our extensive selection of publications, including books for classroom activities, professional development, and research. www.nctm.org
Offers free and open resources and keeps it fun & relevant for students in the digital age! www.shmoop.com
These are some of our favorite lesson sharing sites…what are yours? Share your favorites, and any other insight you have, in the comment section below. Working together to develop a knowledge database of top lesson sharing sites will make for better educators all around!
More info we found on www.edutopia.org
- PBS LearningMedia
- Federal Registry for Educational Excellence
- How To Smile (science / math activities)
Roundups and Write-ups for More Sources:
- “ The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet,” by Larry Ferlazzo, Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day
- “The 10 Best STEM Resources,” by Phil Nast, National Education Association
- “5 Useful Places To Find Online Lesson Plans,” by Katie Lepi, Edudemic
- “Top Five Lesson Plan Websites for K-12 Educators,” by Kristen Wilkerson, Yahoo! Voices Education
- “Lesson Plan Sources,” from United Federation of Teachers
- “40 Places to Find Free Lesson Plans Online,” by Karen Schweitzer, TeachForever.com
- “Project-Based Learning Lesson Plans,” from Project Foundry
- Infographic (PDF): How To Search for Openly Licensed Educational Resources, from Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning