K-12 Digital Content Repository

You can use the repository below to find, share, and rate both free and paid digital content options that can be used in your K-12 classroom. Because this repository is crowd-sourced, each resource listed has been submitted by a fellow educator who believes in the value of this resource to meet the unique learning needs of K-12 students.

Keeping pedagogy at the center of your classroom

As you navigate the many content resources listed in this repository, we encourage you to consider using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) instructional framework to integrate these varied resources into your classroom. To help you get started, we’ve created a 2-page PDF that overviews the UDL framework and offers practical strategies for incorporating digital content into your curriculum in a way that is purposeful and effective for ALL learners. 

Mi-STAR is a curriculum for the middle grades that is designed for MSS and NGSS. The units meet the NGSS call that students learn disciplinary content and crosscutting concepts through science and engineering practices and develops student mastery of all 59 PE’s of NGSS.
The curriculum was developed by classroom teachers who worked with professional scientists, engineers, and curriculum developers to produce an entirely new curriculum that is fully aligned with the recommendations articulated by the National Academies and National Research Council in the Framework for K-12 Science Education.
Teachers need to attend training before implementation.

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MI Open Book
Started in 2014 as part of the Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) the MI Open Book project is designed to give kids a first exposure to the content that they will learn about in their social studies courses. Funded by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), the MI Open Book resources were created by teachers from around the state who have taught their content for many years. They are edited and maintained by professionals from the field of Social Studies which include ISD consultants, university faculty, and district curriculum leaders who all have extensive background knowledge in their content. It is a true collaboration of k-12 and higher education.
How is it open?
While the MI Open Book resources are compiled into versions suitable for Chromebooks, Apple devices, and Windows machines, the source files (both in iBooks Author and InDesign) will be made available to the districts in the state for ongoing usage and customization. While central c

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Mystery Science features multimedia science units for K-5. Each lesson starts by posing a question commonly asked by kids, like "Do plants eat dirt?" or "Why are so many toys made out of plastic?" A series of short videos and prompts then guides a class discussion, followed by an experiment that can be done as a class. Lessons cover a wide range of topics, including light and sound, biodiversity, engineering, and the water cycle. Mystery Science encourages teacher collaboration with the capability to pin, tweet, or share units using various social media platforms.

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OpenSciEd was launched to improve the supply of and address demand for high-quality, open-source, full-course science instructional materials, while at the same time supporting the implementation of middle school science instructional units.

The goals of OpenSciEd are to ensure any science teacher, anywhere, can access and download freely available, high quality, locally adaptable full-course materials. OpenSciEd aims to create a set of exemplary science instructional materials that are:
*designed and aligned to the Framework and NGSS;
*based on research regarding how students learn, what motivates learning, and the implications for teaching;
*developed with educators and extensively tested by teachers and schools;
*designed to be used with low-cost, standard laboratory equipment and materials amenable to large-scale deployment; and
*improved over time based on feedback from teachers and field-testing.

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Generation Genius is a science teaching resource that brings school science standards to life through fun and educational videos paired with lesson plans, activities, quizzes, reading material, discussion questions and more. Our videos are filmed in Hollywood, produced in partnership with the National Science Teaching Association, and have been aligned to standards in all 50 states. We cover 100% of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for grades K-5 and will be adding grades 6-8 in Fall 2020 as well as math in the coming years.

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Starfall Education Foundation creates free and low-cost experiences whereby children can successfully learn through exploration. On the Starfall website and in Starfall classrooms, children have fun while learning in an environment of collaboration, wonderment, and play. We teach through positive reinforcement to ensure children become confident, intrinsically motivated, and successful.

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Website resource for additional math practice. Teachers can search for types of problems and assign them, can assign by skill, can assign due dates, allow multiple attempts, see all student work including scores for each assignment to see which skills in the class need work.
Program will autocorrect student work, show step-by-step how to solve, show the formula, some animated tutorials and interactive practice. Teachers can keyword search or search by CCSS. Many animated visuals to help students understand concepts. Students can enter graphed answers for feedback for those types of problems. There are also fill-in-the-blank, drop down, and multiple choice type questions.

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If you’re looking for open educational resources, check out #GoOpen Michigan, a massive library of high quality, openly-licensed educational resources curated by a dedicated network of Michigan educators.