Research and Instructional Resources for Teaching English Language Learners

By Guest Blogger Lani deGuia

As the population of students who are English Language Learners (ELL) continues to rise in the United States, teachers of both English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and general education are in need of resources that can support instruction. These students are unable to communicate and learn effectively in English. National policies are enforcing the need to teach ELL students basic proficiencies in learning the English language while at the same time meeting academic standards. Because standardization of curriculum and limited access to ESL programs and support are leaving many of these students mainstreamed, it is becoming more critical for all teachers to be prepared for minimizing learning disparities. The following is a compilation of research and resources for supporting English language learners from K-12 and adults to help them gain proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

The Newly Arrived ESL/ELL Student

It may be difficult to know where to start for a newly arrived ESL/ELL student. Beginning ESL-Secondary (–Newly-Arrived/) offers supporting resources and instructional units for when the communication and learning disparity may be at its greatest.

English Language Literacy and Skills

Grammar and structure provides the fundamentals for language acquisition. Whether you are an ESL teacher or general education teacher, you may be in need of instructional resources to help meet a literacy gap for understanding or applying your content. Althabasca University ( provides a full ESL course curriculum that includes thirteen units of instruction on sentences, structure, form, purpose, reasoning, and more. If you want to increase your students’ ability to recognize commonly used English words, here is a collection of Dolch sight word lists ( for classroom and home use. Are your students having trouble conjugating verbs? Kent Uchiyama compiled a comprehensive reference, English Verb Tenses, specifically for ESL students (

Listening and Speaking is essential ELL student success. Donna Price of San Diego Community College provides a list of Game-Like Activities to Practice ESL Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing ( and Jane C. Miller from the Colorado Department of Education offers Listening and Speaking Instructional Activities ( Collection of activities for teaching listening and speaking to ESL adult learners.

If your students need extra assistance with pronunciation, check out Pronunciation Practice ( Games, activities, suggestions, and word lists for improving pronunciation. Teaching Pronunciation to Adult English Language Learners ( gives an overview, instructional strategies, and checklists for improving pronunciation for adult ESL students. Teaching Pronunciation ( provides research and instructional strategies for teaching pronunciation for ESL students using the Prosody Pyramid. Specific American English Pronunciation Challenges for ELL’s : How to Meet These Challenges ( is a reference guide for research, theory, strategies, and challenges in pronunciation for English language learners that includes specific challenges for specific first languages.

Are your students ready for conversation? Conversation Questions and Activities to Aid in the Learning of English by Prof. Mark McDowell, M.A ( is a handbook of listening/speaking free talk activities and questions.

Writing effectively can be one of the biggest challenges for English language learners. ESL Writing Resources ( provides a collection of resources to teaching writing to ESL students including newspaper activities, a review of common student errors, and worksheets. Teaching English as a Second Language: Chapter Twelve Teaching Students How to Write (–Teaching-Students-How-to-Write/) is a slide presentation that includes strategies for ESL teachers to use for writing instruction.

Cross-curricular ties to other content areas is a great way to engage ELL students. EL Civics ESL Worksheets ( offers a collection of worksheets to teach civics to ESL students including cloze activities, short stories, crossword puzzles and more that can enhance social studies instruction.

ESL Worksheets, Downloads, and Printables

ELL students may need routine and repeated practice to acquire literacy skills in grammar and writing. The following sites offer a variety of student worksheets and activities to supplement instruction.

Learn English Feel Good ESL Worksheets ( Collection of worksheets on writing skills, parts of speech, and assessments for advanced and native speakers

ESL Kids Stuff ( Collection of lesson plans for ESL teachers that also includes flashcards, activities, and crafts

ESL Printables ( Resource exchange for ESL worksheets, lessons, activities, and more

Using English: ESL Teacher Handouts ( Collection of teacher printables, handouts, and worksheets on grammar

U.S. Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition (–The-Office-of-English-Language-Acquisition/) Resources for both parents and students for English language learning.

Grammar Practice Worksheets ( Grammar worksheets from ESL Library

Instructional Technology

Looking for a mobile app or technology tool to increase learning with ELL students? ELevate Success offers a list of iPad Apps for English Learners (–iPad-Apps-for-ELs/). This directory of iPad apps can be used for ELL and ESL instruction for K-12 and adult learners.

Apps for English Language Learners ( provides a list of technology tools (including iPad and SMART technology) based on Common Core and ISTE Standards.

Research and Theory

On a final note, understanding the ESL/ELL learner and language instruction will provide the greatest benefit for instruction regardless of what subject area you teach. Whether you have one ELL student or an entire classroom, being knowledgeable of research-based instruction will empower you with effective strategies. Here are several guides and research-based articles on effective approaches to helping children and adults improve their English language proficiency.

Krashens Second Language Acquisition Theory and The Teaching of Edited American English


Supporting English Language Learners: A Practical Guide


Implementing Effective Instruction for English Language Learners (

Equity Matters: From English Language Learners to Emergent Bilinguals (

Assessment of English Language Learners: The Bridge to Educational Equity (–The-Bridge-to-Educational-Equity/)

Visual Aids in the ESL Classroom ( Collection of articles and research on effective use of media, audio, and visual elements for ESL learners

Sheltered Instruction: Best Practices for ELLs in the Mainstream (–Best-Practices-for-ELLs-in-the-Mainstream/)




Social Studies: Creating Informed Citizens of the World


By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki Photo of Janet Pinto

Next year’s presidential election is already on most of our minds, and is likely on the minds of our students as well. Though these students won’t vote until they turn 18, it’s never too early to educate them on the current and historical events that impact their world.

This is a great time to remember why we want our students to have a strong social studies education. Learning about history, geography, religion, and civics allows students to understand and interpret current world events from a place of knowledge. Being informed about society as students creates empowered, thoughtful adult citizens.

A study released earlier this year revealed that American students’ social studies knowledge has stagnated. The National Assessment of Educational Progress found that only 18 percent of students scored at or above proficiency in US History. Educational leaders are rightly concerned about what this means for America’s future.

“How do we, as a nation, maintain our status in the world if future generations of Americans do not understand our nation’s history, world geography or civics principles or practices?”

– Michelle Herczog, president of the National Council for the Social Studies. (via

At Curriki, we offer a large selection of social studies courses. We’ve chosen a few to feature this month for elementary, middle, and high school students. These selections span a wide range of topics—everything from current events to historical ones. One thing they all have in common? They are sure to excite students and are bound to foster lively classroom discussion.

These courses are all free to access, and we’d love to hear how you use them in your classrooms!

Elementary and Middle School Courses

High School Courses

  • Political Parties – Students will examine the differences between the Democratic and Republican parties by looking at the viewpoints of each party in relation to current controversial issues.
  • Anne Frank – This collection contains a complete set of resources for teaching Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, including 22 daily lesson plans with discussion points and connections to a social studies curriculum on World War II.
  • China’s Great Leap into the 21st Century  – Lesson plans for all grade levels with timely information about China’s tremendous economic growth, contentious social and political issues, and China’s foreign policy.
  • Oil in Society – Resources that illustrate the history, science and events surrounding the extraction, use and politics of petroleum.Oil refinery and train tank cars
  • Bill of Rights and the Media’s Influence on Public Opinion – A high school course that investigates the way media affects people’s opinions on politics and current events.

Do you have a favorite lesson or resource that promotes Social Studies? If so, please share it below!

Top 9 Research Tools for High-School Students

By Curriki Guest Blogger Antonio Tooley antoniotooley

The definition of research is the systematic analysis of existing materials and sources to check on facts and to come up with something new. A research paper is therefore a collection of other people’s work summarized and analyzed to produce a new angle or take on a particular topic. Another way of looking at it is taking the ideas of several people and coming up with your own.

It is a simple enough concept, but it can seem intimidating for high-school students. With so much information available, doing the research itself is easy, but finding a good topic, not so much. In addition, students have to organize the material, write the paper while citing their sources properly, and ensure they do not plagiarize anything.

Overall, writing a research paper can be an overwhelming prospect. Quite a few tools are available to ease the burden, but picking the right ones can add to it.

Here is a review of the top 9 research tools for high-school students that will simplify the research paper writing process.


  1. Mindmup – You can probably come up with several ideas and sources when given a general topic. This online tool allows you to create a map of those ideas and sources, or a “mind map” so that you can organize everything. It is user-friendly, free, and you do not have to register or download anything. If you are doing a group project, you can easily share it with others by giving them the link, and they can freely add in their own ideas. It is an easy way to help you see what you are thinking about.


  1. Cold Turkey – It is easy to get distracted when you are online, so this tool comes in handy when you absolutely have to get the work done. It is an online app, and it blocks websites and apps at certain times of the day (when you should be working on your research paper!). It works on all browsers, so you will not be able to cheat by using different browsers. If you have a problem with toeing the line, this app will be your drill sergeant.


  1. Mendeley – This works across all iOS and Android platforms, so you can organize, read, annotate, and share your research documents anywhere you are. It is easy to search for anything you need in your library, and you can invite others to view it as well. You can even generate citations.


  1. Paperity – Online research is easy, but finding materials that are free to download is a little harder. Thanks to this online tool, you can easily find open access journals and papers. It is definitely a useful tool for researchers on a budget.


  1. Zotero – Another tool you can use to organize and share your research materials – this is especially handy if you use Firefox. It works with Mac, PC and Linux, and integrates well with JSTOR. It also synchronizes with Mendeley, so you have your dynamic duo. There are still a few bugs when using Chrome or Safari, and it does not integrate well with other online libraries.


  1. Wunderlist – Getting yourself (and not just your research) organized is essential for research paper writing, This free app lets you create a to-do list so that you do not forget anything you need to do. It helps you plan projects, assign tasks, and organizes your notes. It has a simple but attractive user interface, and while it works with Android and iOS devices, it works particularly well with Apple Watch. This is especially useful when you are on the go and have to keep an eye on your time management. However, if you already use EverNote or OneNote which have intuitive task managers, Wunderlist may not offer anything unique.


  1. Plagtracker – Plagiarism is a real problem for many researchers, and sometimes you can plagiarize without meaning to. Plagtracker is a web-based tool that scans online content to make sure your paper is in the clear. If you are not, it will tell you where you went wrong. It is a free and online tool, so you simply copy-paste your text or upload your paper up to 5,000 words, and it will check it for you. For high-school papers, it works well enough.


  1. KnightCite – In-text citation and your reference page is a major requirement in research papers. KnightCite, unfortunately, does not offer in-text citation. However, it handles non-traditional sources, such as multimedia and electronic sources, better than other reference management tools. It should be noted that the accuracy of the citation is not guaranteed. You should still check each reference against your citation reference, just to be on the safe side.


  1. EditMinion – No research tool list is complete without one that proofreads and edits the text. This online tool looks a bit funky, but it does a good job of keeping your writing style in check. It analyzes weak phrasing, overused words, and common grammatical mistakes. It is simple and quick, both good things if you are a high-school student.

Most of these online tools can simplify your research paper project, but their utility depends on your needs. Choose two or three you think you really need, because you’ll have to take the time to become familiar with their various features. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that research papers are not that big a deal. As long as you narrow your focus, do your research, and give yourself plenty of time, it should all work out.

Antonio Tooley is a hopeless optimist who enjoys basking in the world’s brightest colors. He loves biking to distant places and occasionally he gets lost. When not doing that he’s writing for EduGeeksClub. He will be happy to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.

Financial Literacy Education Lacking in Schools

janetpic_preferred_croppedBy Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki

A recent report by KUSI ( stated that the State of California fails to educate students in personal finance, and that this lack can affect them throughout their lives.

The article noted that California was given an F by The Center for Financial Literacy, which graded the 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2013 and again in 2015. You can check the grade for your state at: A majority of the states received C grades or lower, and only 5 states received an A grade.

Jacqui Pernicao, the COO of Junior Achievement of San Diego County, said that “Nearly 60 percent of our young people don’t feel that by the age of 24 they will be financially sound, they’ll be able to function on their own financially,” she said. “We teach the students how to get a job, how to manage their money, how to start a business if that’s what they choose.”

At Curriki we have a number of free, open resources for educators to address financial literacy in the classroom.


Here are the various topics you can find in the Curriki Financial Literacy Collection:

  • Canada’s Plastic Money – paper money is now plastic!
  • Finance and Budgeting – recording debits and credits, and more
  • Math and Financial Topics – instructional unit & lesson plans
  • Financial Literacy and Philanthropy – learning to give
  • Personal Finance – project-oriented
  • Finance Chapter (grade 12) – loan calculations and more
  • Finance Chapter (grade 11) – depreciation and more
  • Finance Chapter (grade 10) – foreign exchange and compound interest
  • Financial Literacy – money lesson plans

How is your school district doing in imparting financial literacy to students? Take a look at these resources, see how they can help your students.


Federal Government commits to Expanded Access for OER

Kim JonesBy Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

The White House last week released its third Open Government National Action Plan. One of the goals of the plan is expanded access to Open Educational Resources. The plan also calls for improved access to publicly available data.

The plan was released to coincide with the Open Government Partnership summit held during the last week of October in Mexico City.


Here’s what the plan document says about OER:

“Open educational resources are an investment in sustainable human development, they have the potential to increase access to high-quality education and reduce the cost of educational opportunities around the world. Open educational resources can expand access to key educational materials, enabling the domestic and international communities to attain skills and more easily access meaningful learning opportunities.”

Several activities are highlighted:

  • Openly license more Federal grant-supported educational materials and resources
  • Publish best practices and tools for agencies interested in developing grant-supported open licensing projects
  • Convene stakeholders to encourage further open education efforts

The U.S. has become the first country ~ among the 66 countries that are Open Government Partnership members ~ to introduce open education into its national action plan.

An article in EdWeek reports that a number of districts in 6 different states, plus Department of Defense Schools are looking at replacing one or more textbooks with open educational resources. Here’s one suggestion for those districts – math OERs from Curriki. Curriki has curated OERs along a scope and sequence into standards-aligned modules for Pre-algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Calculus courses.

Curriki is pleased with the support of the federal government for expanded access to OER and with federal government efforts to increase free availability of research data. Curriki is taking a leadership position in OER as a repository of over 70,000 open resources available to anyone with a web browser.

Advancing Education through Educational Technology


By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki

Photo of Janet Pinto

Are you interested in educational technology? If so, I hope you’re planning to attend GaETC (Georgia Educational Technology Conference) next month in Atlanta. GaETC is focused on the professional development of educators and everyone else interested in educational technology.

Please stop by our session titled “Curated, Standards-aligned Courses for the High School Math Teacher,” presented by Allen Wolmer, on Wednesday, November 4 at 3:15PM. Allen works with Curriki on the high school math collections. Check out our curated and aligned mathematics resources available free on Curriki.

About Allen Wolmer

wolmerAl Wolmer is an engineer by education who has been fortunate enough to pursue his passion: teaching and training. He is a SMART Exemplary Educator, SMART Certified Trainer for Notebook and Math Tools, and for eleven years was Head of the Math Department at Yeshiva Atlanta High School (now the Atlanta Jewish Academy Upper School). He is also a mathematics author/editor for various publishing companies, an AP Calculus Reader for the College Board and a Consultant for the National Math & Science Initiative.

20 Curriki Resources to Get Students to Engage with Your Content

By Curriki Guest Blogger Lani deGuia Lani

Now that the school year is into full swing, it is a great time to dive deep into your curriculum to see how you can foster critical thinking and engagement to elevate your instruction. Students are craving activities that make the content seem relevant and that allows them to connect to the topic personally and/or creatively. Here is a selection of great resources that tap into higher order thinking while staying aligned to standards!


Language Arts

A Bad Case of Bullying: Using Literature Response Groups with Students (Grades 3-5)

It’s never too early to start teaching students about emotions and how to prevent bullying. This ReadWriteThink lesson plan utilizes the beloved children’s book “A Bad Case of the Stripes” to have students engage with a narrative story and reflect on it personally.

Hunger Games (Grades 6-12)

Bring one of the most popular movie series into your classroom through this collection of reading and writing activities.

The Arts and the Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project (Grades K-12)

Ever thought of having students draw a self-portrait when studying memoirs? Check out this collection of multiple unit ideas for each grade level that integrates art into the language arts curriculum.

The Bard: Shakespeare Up Close (Grades 9-12)

Get students to interpret Shakespeare and discover their acting abilities! In this activity, students will select their favorite scene from a work of Shakespeare, re-enact it in a modern setting, and record/edit using digital tools.


Writing (middle and high school) dictionary

Global Voices: Journalism in the Classroom (Grades 9-12)

Motivate aspiring journalists through this unit that introduces print media and the craft of writing news stories.

Persuasive Writing (Grades 6-8)

Teach students to develop and defend arguments! This collection contains multiple lesson plans and units based on persuasive writing for middle school.

The Writing Teacher’s Strategy Guide (Grades K-12)

Stumped on a new way to present writing tips to your students? This collection of instructional strategies (graphic organizers galore!) is sure to come in handy!


English Language Learners

“Our Lives, Our Words”: Using Digital Photography to Improve Student Learning (Grades 1-4)

Students will integrate real-world connections with what they are learning through the use of digital photography.


Math math

Area (Grades 3-5)

Common Core based unit for teaching area. Includes 12 lessons, hands-on activities, worksheets, and assessments.

Domino Pizza Effect (Grades 6-8)

Problem-based learning activity from that was adapted for 8th grade. Students explore linear equations, slope, and y-intercepts through data and graphing.

Linear Inequalities (Grades 9-12)

Developed using Understanding by Design by Trinity University, this 4-week unit has students investigate linear inequalities and systems of linear inequalities. Students will analyze how reasonable solutions are and discover the multiple approaches to solving a problem.

Math Focal Points (Grades 6-8)

Need to brush up on your content knowledge of math to improve your instruction? Annenberg Learner provides multiple resources to better teach math and science including content knowledge, lessons, and activities.


Science science

A Matter of Chocolate (Grades 3-5)

Cross-curricular unit thematic unit for Social Studies and Science where students explore the history and properties of one of the most adored sweet treats! The unit utilizes an inquiry-based approach with both hands-on and virtual experiences!

MedMyst (Grades 6-8)

Adventure online game where middle school students use scientific investigation to examine infectious disease outbreaks and epidemiology.

Game Design in the Science Classroom (grades 6-8)

Engaging unit where students will utilize free Scratch programming software from MIT to create their own video game. Includes teacher and student resources including formative and summative assessments.

Physics of Sailing (Grades 9-12)

6 week Problem-based learning project for high school students. Integrates real world application of Newton’s laws to sailboat design. Includes opportunities for use of technology tools Google Sketch Up and/or AutoCAD for student presentations.


Social Studies

The Wall Inspires Letters to Veterans (Grades 3-5)

With Veteran’s Day approaching, it’s the perfect opportunity to get students to reach out to their local veterans.

Debates and the Race for the White House (Grades 6-12)

Get students involved in the current Presidential election by having them analyze the election debates.

Civil Rights Movement (Grades 9-12)

Students will examine the development of federal civil rights and voting rights through research and a Socratic seminar discussion.


Educational Technology

10 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards (all subjects)

Looking for a digital tool to help your students with collaboration, communication, logical reasoning, and more? Support your instruction of Common Core by integrating these resources!

What is your favorite class project/activity that is successful in both teaching the content and energizing student interest?

Braver, Stronger: October is National Bullying Prevention Month

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, CurrikiJanet Pinto - Curriki CAO/CMO

In recent years, bullying has garnered a lot of attention with good reason. From students who are teased in the classroom, to cyberbullying that continues outside of school walls. For today’s youth, bullying isn’t limited to the tough kid on the playground. Kids can be attacked online by people they’ve never even met. It’s becoming increasingly important for parents to understand the statistics, as well as the resources available to help their children feel strong and protected.

The Centers for Disease Control has illuminated the severity of this issue through their research. They reported that bullying increases a child’s risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor performance in school. These students are also at an elevated risk for substance abuse and violent tendencies as adults.

Recent statistics from show just how prevalent bullying is:

  • 22 percent of students, roughly one in four, reported that they have experienced bullying.
  • 64 percent of students who were bullied did not report it.
  • A staggering 30 percent of students admitted to having bullied others. This number is especially important. While a big part of putting a stop to bullying is educating our children to protect themselves, it may be even more important to teach them that bullying others is wrong.

At Curriki we also take bullying seriously. We offer several courses on bullying awareness and prevention:

Concerned parents can take a stand by learning how to help prevent bullying, both online and at school. offers several great educational resources on this topic.

Creating a positive atmosphere among students, and teaching our children to be kind to one another, is paramount to putting an end to America’s bullying problem. Pacer offers a variety of resources for parents and educators, and a number of excellent programs that tackle this issue head on. Go to their website to learn how you can get involved today.


Curriki Community: Groups for Educator Connectivity

Photo of Janet PintoBy Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki

Curriki’s community is as large as the globe and as small as a 1-to-1 connection. It is a vibrant online community for exceptional educators, decision-makers, and influencers who are on the leading edge of innovation in education. It is also a community for students to collaborate with each other as well as their teachers.

Curriki provides an easy and intuitive collaborative platform that includes personal profiles, blogs, discussions, and resource sharing. Communities (groups) can be created and linked for closer collaboration. Currently there are over 800 groups on Curriki.


Curriki groups allow teachers and administrators to share best practices and information on what’s working, and to support each other across schools, districts, states, the country – even around the world.

Any Curriki member can create or join a group to create a personal learning network or professional learning community to make it easier to collaborate and share ideas.

• Groups can be public or private.

• Private groups are entirely private and secure.

• Share files easily in a shared resource library.

Schools and districts can create professional learning communities and practice groups, in order to improve teacher and principal quality and technology skills, and to provide mentoring and support.

In the higher education community, colleges can use to support their teacher education programs and to stay connected to cohorts of new teachers as they move on to their teaching positions and begin their careers. Faculty in any department can use to connect with peers anywhere in the world.

Curriki provides this same sense of community for K-12 education professionals around the world. Curriki welcomes all professionals in education (including higher education) and creates a new communication channel for educators, associations, legislators, community leaders, and companies to break down traditional barriers and promote broader collaboration.

Curriki is free for professionals in education, educational institutions, parents, and students.

We hope you enjoy being a member of Curriki. Our goal is to create a professional social network that serves your needs, is easy to use, and flexible to adjust to your communication preferences. Check out our groups, and join one or more today. Or start a new one!

Preparing Students for the Race against Machines

KimJonesimageBy Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

There was a wonderful article by Christopher Sims in the Wall Street Journal on September 28th, titled “How Humans Can Win Race against Machines“.

The first premise is that educational progress has stagnated, as reflected in the reading and math scores of American K-12 students and the growing skills gap between the best jobs and workers who are able to fill them.

The second premise of the article is that automation and machine intelligence are pervading business in a wide variety of areas, not just robotics in manufacturing, but analytical and intelligent software in manufacturing, product development, customer service, finance, marketing – really across the full range of business processes.

And the third premise is that the application of software and yes, automation, in the education field is lagging. We’re not talking robot teachers here, but machine-assisted learning. The basic teaching paradigm of a teacher giving a lecture to a class is a century old, and the industrial age educational model is older than that.


Humans need to out-learn the automatons, or more pointedly, need to be able to develop them and to control them. This means more education in software – understanding how it works, knowing how to write it. In fact one could claim that software coding skills and developing the understanding of the logic behind software and of how complex software systems work are as important as language and mathematical skills for students in the 21st century.

Now we know that schools are changing in response. Blended learning and flipped classroom models are increasingly being adopted. Digital learning is all the rage. But the basic K-12 educational model is still quite 20th century, while the revolutions of big data, cloud, social and mobile technologies are sweeping the world outside the classroom.

The WSJ article quoted the chief executive of Knewton, Jose Ferreira, who stated “The idea that everyone gets the same textbook is a ludicrously archaic idea”. His company provides adaptive learning software that determines which lessons and problems are appropriate to provide to a given student at a given time.

We at Curriki certainly agree with Mr. Ferreira’s observation about uniform textbooks, while we also agree on the need for minimum core standards. But let’s hold no child back, let’s develop each child to her/his full potential and let’s customize education wherever possible. Software can help do this.

The learning of the basics can be assisted with software, freeing students and teachers for more group project-based learning and for individual coaching and mentoring. After all, we now have the Internet providing access to enormous repositories of knowledge and a wide diversity of learning materials. We must take advantage of this.

Mr. Ferreira goes on to say, “In the future, everybody is going to have materials – textbooks, games, whatever – in a materials portfolio that updates in real time…”

The future is here today – at least in part. At Curriki there are over 70,000 resources in a freely and globally available library, with powerful search capabilities, and the portfolio increases every day. It’s a digital library where you can check out resources, and you never to have to return them. But if you contribute more, you will be aiding learning outcomes around the world. With your support, this portfolio will continue to grow rapidly and update at an ever-faster pace.