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Curriki?

November 22, 2008

I am starting to get very excited, but also very nervous about how technology is going to impact education.  As most of you know, I love technology and feel its effective use is the key to the future of public education.  That being said, I am also concerned with the sheer volume of opportunities that are available and the pace at which it all moves.

I just recently heard about http://www.curriki.org.  This website blends curriculum development with Wikipedia style sharing and collaboration.  All of this is in an open source, free format.  The basic idea is that educators share their lessons with the world and that by having a critical mass of collaborators a free, online curriculum resource is realized.  They claim to have a formal review process so unlike Wikipedia there is a group of experts that verify a lesson plan is accurate and then it is posted.

I see endless possibilities.  One, if large numbers of educators use this site it could become a vast, free vault of lessons targeting just about every subject and level known to mankind. (Okay, that is bit strong, but you get my point)  Two, an educator could post a good lesson, come back in a month and see that it has been edited to make it a great lesson.  The sharing of ideas and thoughts can be extremely powerful.

The current Curriki site is somewhat limited.  I am more interested in the concept and idea.  The free sharing, and collaborate way of using information is taking hold I find the possibilities very interesting.

Click 20 Questions and Current Events Activity to look at a couple sample lessons I downloaded from the site.  (Note:  I converted to pdf format for this blog, they came from Curriki as .doc files)

Thoughts?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2008 11:26 am

    Scot,

    When we consider the tools available to educators when we were in secondary school, and the tools available today, it really is easy to “see endless possibilities.” The transparency of the web allows for the building of that “vast, free vault of lessons targeting just about every subject and level known to mankind.” Our kids will benefit greatly from this. No doubt, as this tool evolves, even more growth will occur. It’s a great time to be a student in the Saline schools!

  2. Beth S permalink
    November 22, 2008 1:44 pm

    The site looks like it could be a nice resource for teachers and even parents. It still needs more people posting lessons, etc.

    Also, Mrs. Killips is great!

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