Posts Tagged 'Curriki'
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Tags: curricula, Curriki, summer opportunities for teachers
Dear Literacy is Priceless Readers,
I am writing to share a paid summer opportunity that I think you and/or your colleagues and graduate students may be interested in.
As you know, one of the organizations I work with is a non-profit called Curriki. Curriki’s mission is to provide free high quality and open source education resources to teachers and students around the globe regardless of their social and economic circumstances. To give you a sense of Curriki’s impact here are a few stats:
- Curriki currently has 35,000+ resources that have been contributed by publishers, professional developers and passionate educators. The resources are reviewed by expert teachers as well as the community.
- The site receives 1.6+ million unique visitors/year from every country on the globe. Our largest user groups are educators in the US, India, Pakistan, South Africa, the UK and increasingly in the Middle East that then go onto using the resources with millions more students year after year.
- To read stories about Curriki’s user community in the UAE, India, US, Morocco and more, visit the Curriki stories page.
This summer Curriki is providing paid stipends to educators that would like to contribute high quality instructional units to Curriki.org that will then be provided for free to schools in need of instructional resources. If you know of people that would be interested, I would be grateful if you could pass along the opportunity below. Feel free to post the information on Twitter and Facebook as well.
Founder, Bon Education
Share your lessons with the world and get paid with Curriki’s Summer of Content
For the third annual Summer of Content effort, Curriki is soliciting premium content for Grades 6–12 in science, technology, and math, and for content in ELL / ESL for all grades.
Do you have an instructional unit (or units) you’re proud of that you’d like to publish and get paid for? Interested in earning money this summer to develop a new unit that will be shared with a global audience?
This year, the Summer of Content Awards will be granted to student-focused units which include support material for teachers. In other words, we are looking for activities, webquests, worksheets, quizzes, and games that will engage students and help make Curriki a destination for students as well as teachers.
Apply by July 9, 2010. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To learn more visit:
Tags: Anna Batchelder, Communia, Creative Commons, Curriki, ISTE, MIT OpenSourceWare, OER, Open Ed 2010, Open Education News
Originally posted on the Curriki blog.
As an addendum to 10 Ways to Support OERs via Social Media, I thought it would be nice to write a follow-up post on how to keep up with open education news. If you are a fan of OER or OER curious, here are a few ways to stay “in the know”:
- Google alerts – Set Google alerts for terms like “open education,” “open education resources,” and “OER” to have the latest and greatest OER news delivered to your inbox as-it-happens, daily, or weekly.
- Twitter search – Search for #OER to see what people are saying about OER now!
- Trusted tweeters – Follow OER tweeters like:
- OER bloggers – Add OER blogs to your RSS reader! Here are a few to start with:
- OER Conferences – Digital discussions are great, but what about meeting the people behind the alerts, tweets, and blog posts?! Here are a few upcoming conferences in which OERs will be discussed!
- The Global Forum on Technology and Innovation in Teaching and Leading (Dubai, UAE, April 15-17, 2010)
- The 8th COMMUNIA Workshop – Education and the Public Domain: The Emergence of a Shared Educational Commons (Istanbul, Turkey, April 19-20, 2010)
- University Leadership: Bringing Technology-Enabled Education to Learners of All Ages (Massachusetts (MIT), USA, May 23-26, 2010)
- ISTE 2010 (Colorado, USA, Jun 27-30, 2010) – Make sure to check out the Open Source Lab!
- Open Ed 2010 – (Barcelona, Spain, November 2-4, 2010)
Gotta love OER Fridays!
Tags: A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, and Community Connections on Student Achievement, Anna Batchelder, Curriki, Digital Tools for Homework Help, Family, Parent Engagement, parents as partners, Southwest Education Laboratory
image by Enrique Burgos Garcia
I am in the middle of conducting comparative research in the UAE about teacher use of and attitudes toward technology in the classroom – looking at teachers across a variety of curriculum systems (British, UAE, Indian, etc.).
Recently, while conducting focus groups with both teachers and principals, I learned that one of the things schools across all systems struggle with is parent engagement. How do you get parents to understand the importance of participating in their children’s education, especially in cases where parents don’t have many formal schooling experiences to draw from? Second, when many parents are offline, but on SMS, how can SMS be used in creative ways help parents learn about and engage with the schools’ curriculum at home in the case where parents simply won’t come to school?
While there are no magic answers to the questions above (although feel free to share recommendations and anecdotes in the comments section of this blog), the Open University has put together a very useful free online course for teachers called, “Parents as Partners” aimed at helping teachers 1) understand why parents do and don’t participate in school initiatives/activities, 2) develop a framework for working with all types of parents, and 3) prepare for the challenges and successes that arise when working in partnership with parents.
If you don’t have time to do the whole course, I recommend thinking about the activity Why work with parents? as a way to help you articulate to parents the variety of reason why they should be involved.
For more research on the topic of parental engagement, check out A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement (Southwest Education Development Laboratory 2002). And, for those educators working with parents that are engaged and online, feel free to share Digital Tools for Homework Help with classroom moms and dads. Make sure to check out the curriculum tab to see a wealth of homework help resources including:
- Age Appropriate Educational Sites for Kids
- Internet Search Tips for Finding Homework Help Resources in a Snap
- Open Education Resources of Note – Free Educational Content that Can be Shared, Mixed and Modified.
Tags: 2010 Horizon Report, Anna Batchelder, Curriki, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, electronic books, future of education technology, gesture-based computing, Horizon Report, mobile computing, New Media Consortium, OER, open content, simple augmented reality, visual data analysis
I just posted a blog entry on Curriki that I suspect many Literacy is Priceless readers will enjoy as well. To see the original post, visit the Curriki blog.
The movement towards open content reflects a growing shift in the way academics in many parts of the world are conceptualizing education to a view that is more about the process of learning than the information conveyed in their courses. Information is everywhere; the challenge is to make effective use of it. -2010 Horizon Report
Open education enthusiasts will be delighted to read the 2010 Horizon Report—an annual document put out by the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative highlighting six emerging technologies/practices likely to enter mainstream education in the coming five years.
This year’s list includes:
- Mobile computing (next 12 months) – Learning via devices such as smart phones and netbooks
- Open content (next 12 months) – Think Curriki (i.e. free education resources that people can mix, modify, customize and share)
- Electronic books (next 2-3 years) – Electronic reading devices à la the Kindle and the Sony Reader
- Simple augmented reality (next 2-3 years) – Real world images with virtual computer-generated imagery/data overlays (Watch this video to see examples of simple augmented reality.)
- Gesture-based computing (next 4-5 years) – Devices controlled by your body movements (See video example here)
- Visual data analysis (next 2-5 years) – A combo of stats, data mining and visualizations to better understand large data sets (For examples of this, take a look at visual complexity.)
The Horizon Report points out that behind these emerging technologies/practices are four trends:
- The abundance of information available online today is challenging traditional notions of what it means to be educators from keepers of information to coaches and sense-makers.
- People expect to work and study anywhere and anytime.
- Technologies are increasingly cloud-based. (For more on cloud-computing, click here.)
- The work of students is increasingly collaborative and multidisciplinary.
If you have the time, this year’s Horizon Report is a fascinating and practical read filled with examples and further readings on each of the technologies/practices above. Make sure to check out the section on Open Content where you will discover more great OERs such as SmartHistory and FolkSemantic.
Until next week…
Founder, Bon Education
P.S. Curious what emerging technologies were highlighted last year? Check out our 2009 summary of the Horizon Report.