Internet @ Schools – Curriki session

I haven’t had time to blog  all the sessions I’ve been to. Here’s one from the School Libraries track.

Internet @ Schools East

Tuesday – Track S201 -Open Educational Resources: Join the Global Education Community

Curriki – Free, collaborative, open content, creative commons licensed curriculum sharing  wiki

Why? Traditional textbooks are hard to update, out of date,  hard to distribute and just

plain expensive.

Advantages of collaborative curricula:

  • potential for interactivity
  • uses can now create and improve, not jsut consume content
  • Content can be developed colalboratively by the community, botgh local and global
  • Teachers are more engaged in the process

Who is Curriki?

  • First internet destination for Open Source Curricula (OSC)
  • Founded by Sun Microsystemss in 2004
  • spun off as a fully independent non profit in 2006

What is Curriki

  • Repository for curricula validated by experts
  • free online curricula created by community
  • material has defined learning objectives
  • lesson  plans
  • textbooks & other instructional materials
  • can host many file formats including video
  • includes good tools for content creation.
  • members can create groups within curriki to work together.

  • Takes advantage of a Web 2.0 content development cycle eg: create –> publish –> edit, comment, revise –> publish revised content (rinse and repeat)
  • users no longer need to buy a single expensive textbook or workbook or instructional activites from publisher
  • Can create customized book or learning resources  
  • Teachers are empowered to be content creators
  • 63,000 members
  • 25,000 assets
  • statewide spanish curriculum from Wyoming
  • extensive content from several NY BOCES 

Contents shared by

  • for profit publishers
  • non-profitpublishers/organizations
  • school districts/regional organizations
  • ministries of education
  • schools of education
  • Global community of educators
  • Content from Nortel – technology education for educators
  • Organizations can customize the platform to share with their communities
  • Some countries are moving towards putting all their education materials on curriki  (Indonesia?)

What about Quality control?

  • quick check by a real person to see if the content is really educational material
  • review by subject matter expersts – about 20% of the repostory has been reviewed. Users can nominate material to be reviewed –
  • reviewers are on staff – master teachers – with at least 20 years experience,
  • member comments –
  • 2009 – adding a system for star ratings by members

Curriki’s Strategy going forward

  • Build two sides of repository 1: core material that has been created by professional publishers and 2: the open side created by contributors – make it easier for school
  • districts to find published and to feel more comfortable with this whole idea which is
  • really the reverse of the publishing process that most districts are familiar with
  • Build a suite of easy to collaboration tools and publishing templates
  • establish community of educators
  • engage partners to participate in local global projects
  • will have curriki platforms for different communities/regions – eg: Curriki UK  – site controlled by UK team. UK content has greater visibility

What educators can do now

  • Share existing content
  • build and share curriculum
  • create groups to collaborate

Summer of content

  • teachers paid to create curriculum over the summer –
  • do you have something you’ve created that you’d like to share?
  • deadline coming up soon
  • go to web site for info

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Questions from audience – How can it really be free?  Really, really non profit. Lots of grants and other big donors and supporters.