Four Teachers joined our accelerator in June of 2012 with a project to provide an intuitive search mechanism for teachers to find state requirements enabling them to build lesson plans. They created a site called Teaching Desk with a search tool called The Key along with community tools to help teachers share lesson plans (The Cabinet) and find each other (The Lounge).

Previous to the creation of The Key, there was no online resource for US teachers to search directly through the 120+ educational standards that their lesson plans must conform to. All lesson plans must be justified to school administrators based on these standards and requirements. This meant that teachers either had the choice to use pre-written, “canned” lesson plans purchased from third parties or spend hours sifting through paper and pdf documents to find the requirements that fit the lessons they wanted to create themselves.

The Four Teachers started their project with a focus on Texas teaching standards, but are expanding their database to cover the standards in all 50 states.


Summary of the project:

7 minute 45 second walkthrough of the project as it exists today:

Key Walkthrough Vid from Randy mathisen on Vimeo.

The Code:

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