There are a lot of great planning tools on the web. The tools below are free, easy to use, and they do what they say they will do:
Lesson Plan and Web Content Repositories
BetterLesson– Browse thousands of documents, presentations, full lessons — even complete units and courses. Share your curriculum and connect with fellow educators around the world.
Curriculum 21 Clearinghouse– The Curriculum 21 Clearinghouse showcases selected resources for all subject areas, grade levels, Common Core State Standards(CCSS), global education, professional development, and many more categories.
Curriki– Open Educational Resources – Free Learning Resources for the World.
Discovery Education Free Lesson Plans– Here you will find hundreds of original lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students.
Edshelf– Find the right educational tools for your needs.
Participate Learning (formerly eduTecher)– eduTecher is the complete reference and resource for educational technology web tools.
Edutopia– Empowering and connecting teachers, administrators, and parents with innovative solutions and resources to better education.
Google in Education Lesson Plans– Sortable library of lesson plans that are free to download and use.
Khan Academy– A library of over 3000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice.
Learnzillion– Find thousands of high-quality Common Core resources created by a national community of top teachers.
My Big Campus– My Big Campus is a web-based social learning network developed for K-12 school districts. Check out the Library and Bundles!
neoK12– Kids science, math, social studies, history, geography and other educational videos, lessons, quizzes and educational games for K-12 grade kids.
New York Times Daily Lesson Plans– Lessons for subjects across the curriculum based on Times content.
NuSkool– Find compelling lesson plans that use popular culture to enhance learning.
PBS Learning Media– PBS LearningMedia provides over 500 customizable lesson plans ready for the picking.
ReadWriteThink LessonPlans– Hundreds of standards-based lesson plans written and reviewed by educators using current research and the best instructional practices.
Share My Lesson– Find and share teacher resources for K-12 teachers and engage with the largest online community of educators in the world.
Teachers First– TeachersFirst offers a rich collection of lessons, units, and educator-reviewed web resources.
Teachers Pay Teachers– An open marketplace for educators where teachers buy, sell and share original teaching resources.
Thinkfinity (Discontinued 6/8/2016)– Offers free K-12 standards-based lesson plans across many disciplines including art, economics, humanities, mathematics, science and geography.
Thirteen ED Online– Original lesson plans developed by Thirteen Ed Online Master Teachers.
Watch Know Learn– Tens of thousands of excellent, educational videos in a huge, intuitive directory.
Lesson Planning, Collaboration and Productivity Tools
cozi– Cozi is a free app and website that helps you manage your busy family calendar. Plus it keeps track of everything from school schedules to sports activities, meals, grocery lists, and chores, all in one place.
Evernote– The Evernote family of products help you remember and act upon ideas, projects and experiences across all the computers, phones and tablets you use.
Google Drive– Create and share your work online and access your documents from anywhere. Manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys, and more.
Google+- Social network that aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life.
mentormob– Join a worldwide community that’s organizing the best of the web into Learning Playlists.
Office Web Apps– Access and share from anywhere with anyone. View and edit Office documents on your devices, anywhere you go.
Planboard– Planboard helps teachers streamline lesson plans, find resources, and collaborate with others.
PlanbookEdu– PlanbookEdu.com is an online lesson planner that makes it easy for teachers of all grade levels to create, share and print their lesson plans.
TitanPad– TitanPad lets people work on one document simultaneously.
TodaysMeet– TodaysMeet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime.
VoiceThread– Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.
ZOHO Docs– Create, manage, organize, share and collaborate on documents easily with Zoho Docs.
bubbl.us– Brainstorm online with bubbl.us. Easily create colorful mindmaps to print or share with others. Almost no learning curve.
Creaza Mindomo– Mindomo is an online mind mapping tool for visual learning, improving creativity and problem solving.
Lino– Lino is a free sticky and canvas service that requires nothing but a Web browser.
Mind 42– Mind42 allows you to manage all your ideas, whether alone, twosome or working together with the whole world.
Mural.ly– Visual Collaboration for Creative People. Thousands of creative people from all over the world are using Mural.ly to grow ideas.
Padlet– We give you a blank wall. You put anything you want on it, anywhere. Simple, yet powerful.
Popplet– Popplet is a tool that allows users to visualize ideas.
StormBoard– Add ideas, photos and videos to a shared ‘storm’. Organize, vote and comment in real time.
Web Content Organization
BagTheWeb– BagTheWeb helps users curate Web content. For any topic, you can create a “bag” to collect, publish, and share any content from the Web. Beyond most curation tools’ capability, BagTheWeb enables users to build networks of bags. This way bags can be linked together to provide rich and complete information about any topic.
BlendSpace– The one place to organize, present and share knowledge.
Diigo– Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community.
eduClipper– eduClipper is your educational digital clipboard. Clip Everything. Share Anything.
LiveBinders– With our online binders you can combine all of your cloud documents, website links and upload your desktop documents – to then easily access, share, and update your binders from anywhere.
Pinterest– Millions of people use Pinterest to discover and share things that inspire them.
Sqworl– Sqworl is a web application that provides a clean and simple way to visually bookmark multiple URLs.
Symbaloo– Visual curation tool. Create webmixes of online content.
Planning Tool Downloads
Open Office– Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.
Zotero– a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.
Help Build the Toolbox
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