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Top Picks for Back-to-School 2014

Back-to-school is always challenging -- from students still in summer mode to planning and organization to wrestling with curriculum tweaks and tech access. It's a lot. For some teachers, 2014-2015 also throws Common Core standards (CCSS) and assessments into the mix. We're here to help with a curated collection of the best tools -- both CCSS-aligned and not -- to help teachers plan, assess, and organize, and to provide students with deep learning opportunities.

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BetterLesson URL: http://betterlesson.com/
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Paid
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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Common Curriculum URL: http://www.commoncurriculum.com/
Sleek lesson planner replaces bulky binders, promotes collaboration
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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ST Math: K-5 URL: http://web.stmath.com/
Game-based, visual activities get below the surface for deep learning
Grades K-5
Type Website
Price Pricing available upon request.
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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Front Row URL: https://www.frontrowed.com/
Zero in on Common Core math with personalized practice and assessments
Grades K-8
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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ReadWorks URL: http://www.readworks.org/
An ELA teacher's one-stop shop for reading comprehension resources
Grades K-8
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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Goalbook URL: https://goalbookapp.com/
Tailor kids' targets with pricey but worth-it kit of tools, strategies
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Paid
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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JumpRope URL: https://www.jumpro.pe/
Upgrade your grading with tool for mastery-based planning and tracking
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
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Teaching Channel URL: https://www.teachingchannel.org
See colleagues in action with digital PD for discussion and reflection
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Paid
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
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Quill URL: http://www.quill.org/
Let students do the writing to make grammar lessons more meaningful
Grades 1-8
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
10.
TenMarks URL: http://www.tenmarks.com/
Responsive and adaptive math practice for every grade level
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price Paid
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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LightSail Publisher: LightSail Inc.
Robust, responsive reading tool measures meaningful literacy outcomes
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price By subscription
Platforms Android, iPad, Chromebook
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
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LearnZillion URL: http://learnzillion.com/
Quality Common Core-aligned videos with great modeling for teachers
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
13.
Think Through Math URL: http://www.thinkthroughmath.com/
Great adaptive learning comes with live teacher support, unique rewards
Grades 3-9
Type Website
Price Paid
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
14.
Edmodo URL: http://www.edmodo.com/
Safe, private, and positive rival to popular social networking sites
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
15.
ThinkCERCA URL: http://www.thinkcerca.com
Critical reading program buoyed by high-interest texts, clear structure
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Paid
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
16.
Mathalicious URL: http://www.mathalicious.com/
Toughest palates can't resist appetizing look at real-world math
Grades 5-9
Type Website
Price $10 - $30/month.
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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Newsela URL: http://www.newsela.com
Quickly connect kids to absorbing news right at their reading levels
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Paid
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
18.
Engrade URL: https://www.engrade.com/
Deliver solid content, crunch data with connected LMS/grading platform
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Paid
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
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Curriculet URL: http://www.curriculet.com
Elegant reading tool promotes comprehension with embedded assessments
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
20.
Educurious (with LMS) URL: http://educurious.org/
Spark deep curiosity with PBL courses that connect life and learning
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Paid
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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