Free Teaching Materials
Nothing sounds better than FREE. Check out these online sites for free curriculum
Curriki.org is an online community for educators and students to create, share, rate, recommend, and publish free and open learning resources. Many activities are aligned to the Common Core Standards, currently adopted by more than 40 states.
Shmoop is a very imaginative online learning community that deftly wields witty prose and artsy aesthetic to destroy the forces of boredom. They offer free and open resources primarily in history, literature, and social sciences.
Adobe Education Exchange offers free K-12 resources, with a focus on developing skills in Adobe products for success in higher education and on the job. The site is currently holding an “educators choice” contest that rewards the best curriculum materials with prizes.
Digital Is is a sharing space. More than a repository of free and open lesson plans, it is a place where educators can engage in the type of conversations that help develop their practice, and reflect upon the role of technology in doing so.
Curriculum Sharing Broadcast Sites
Khan Academy provides thousands of videos with engaging, high-quality instruction in math, finance, and history. Recommended by American Association of School Librarians.
Common Core Curriculum Maps offers grade-specific thematic units, plans, and materials aligned with Common Core Curriculum skill. Currently, it is only offered for English Language Arts.
The Ohio Resource Center for Mathematics, Science, & Reading and the Ohio Social Studies Resource Center are great examples of curriculum sharing sites that align with state and national content standards.
PBS.org has standards-aligned, multimedia activity-kits for teachers.
Sitting in on college courses is a great way for advanced students to get a head start on college, as well as for secondary teachers to continue developing their expertise. A growing number of top universities now stream selected lectures online, including MIT, Yale, Berkeley, and many more.