Open Education Efforts Around the Globe: Curriki

At the moment I am involved in a number of education, literacy and technology projects across the GCC. As a part of this work, I have the fortunate opportunity to meet with education stakeholders from the public, private and NGO sectors daily. It is so exciting to see so much energy and enthusiasm in the region around literacy and technology as highlighted by the upcoming Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature as well as the work EDC is currently doing to bring open source course materials and trainings to teachers across Yemen.

Every time I meet with universities and school teachers in the region, the same buzz words keep coming up:

  • 21st century skills
  • Technology literacy
  • Reading
  • Blogging, wikis, and other web 2.0 tools
  • International collaboration and global citizenship

Not surprising, these are the same buzz words I heard on a daily basis last year while working on education technology projects around the US!

In line with the aforementioned themes, there are a number of organizations across the globe creating platforms and initiatives to help teachers share lessons and best practices while at the same time building their own technology literacy skills. One such organization is a non-profit called Curriki:

Curriki is a social entrepreneurship organization that supports the development and free distribution of open source educational materials to improve education worldwide. The online community gives teachers, students and parents universal access to a wealth of peer-reviewed K-12 curricula, and powerful online collaboration tools. Curriki is building the first and only Web site to offer a complete, open course of instruction and assessment. Founded by Sun Microsystems in 2004, the organization has operated as an independent nonprofit since 2006.

With nearly 25,000 free education resources, Curriki is a site not to be missed! To start, take a look at the K-2 literacy resources here.

From Bahrain,


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6 Responses to “Open Education Efforts Around the Globe: Curriki”

  1. 1 Annette Rose February 23, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Wonderful informative blog post. Your info and enthusiasm inspires me to create an open learning community for my newly devised Masks-in-the-classroom Curriculum. Thanks so much.

  2. 2 readinggal February 23, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    I look forward to learning more about your mask projects ( Thanks Annette! Please share your open learning community when it is started! Anna

  3. 3 Talula February 25, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Anna; thanks for the tip on this site. I am always looking for great resources for parents and teachers in Early Childhood Ed. I will use the link to add to my newest website’s resources. Haven’t launched it yet. Still have some technical troubles with the launch. but as soon as its up, I will do a big post on it. Talula

  4. 4 Talula March 17, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Anna; Again – Thanks for this tip on Curriki. It really adds to my teachers resources page. The new website is up now — had to choose a new domain since I couldn’t get the old host to re-delegate the old one I own. Its a site for browsing & buying multi-cultural childrens books. I haven’t gotten around to blogging about it yet, though. Thanks for all you do for teachers here! Ta Ta, Talula.

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