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When love and skill work together, expect a miracle. John Ruskin

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Bring In The New

If it has been awhile since you've been there or if you have yet to try it, Curriki, should be on your list for repeat visits.  At the home page their billing reads:  The non-profit empowering educators to deliver and share curricula.  Curriki made the Top 25 Web sites for Teaching and Learning 2009 generated by AASL,  the American Association of School Librarians.

In their about section they state:

Curriki originated from the idea that technology can play a crucial role in breaking down the barriers of the Education Divide---the gap between those who have access to high-quality education and those who do not.  ... A non-profit organization, Curriki is the leading K-12 global community for teachers, students and parents to create, share, and find open learning resources that improve teacher effectiveness and student outcomes.

On their home page users are greeted by a variety of choices:  see what's new in Curriki, find teacher resources by grade and subject, conduct a Google search by subject, grade or keywords, follow their blog, explore special collections, or join Curriki.  It is free to join.  You can login with your Facebook or Google account without joining. To join enter in a username, password, first name, last name, email address and member type; being sure to check the Privacy Policy and TOS box.  You will be sent an email listing a validation key which must be entered in at the site to complete the registration process.  When you do that an optional donation screen pops up.

Across the top of the home page are a series of tabs:  contribute+publish resources, connect with teachers, interactive resources, and full courses.  There are a series of tutorials on making contributions to Curriki, contribute a file attachment, create a resource using a template or create an HTML resource from scratch.
Users can get and give constructive feedback on current curriculum resources, join or start a group with a specific goal, read how others are using Curriki and get the latest news by reading the Curriki blog.

The interactive resources tab takes users to a page listing resources, groups, members, and Curriki pages. Finding resources can be done by entering in any combination of eight different search terms.  Each resource is listed by name, instruction type, contributor, Curriki review and member rating.  The same process is available in looking for full courses.

If you are looking for a new take on a lesson that you are currently teaching, have an idea upon which you wish to expand or have a great lesson that you want to share with others than Curriki is the place for you.

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