Habla Español? Curriki que sirve ahora

By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

Curriki' Spanish website

Curriki’s Spanish website

In response to growing interest in Open Educational Resources by educators, parents and student who speak Spanish, Curriki has created a Spanish-language version of its website.

The new, BETA Spanish-language Curriki site recently went live, and you can access it by simply clicking on the “Español” link on the upper right of the Curriki.org homepage, or by going directly to www.curriki.org/es/.  You’ll discover a collection of hundreds of Spanish-language OER resources in   language arts, mathematicsscience,  social studies and history and even more in English: writing, computer science, engineering!

It’s a great start, but Curriki needs to expand the library with more Spanish-language resources. We are encouraging educators and homeschoolers who teach in Spanish to upload your curricula and share what works for you.

At its heart, Curriki is about ensuring that all children—no matter where they come from, where they live or what language they speak—receive a world-class education, which means access to the Curriki OER Library is critical to their success as students. Offering Spanish-language curricula through Curriki is a good step toward providing teachers, schools and parents the support they need to reach every child and for students to access resources in their native language.

How You Can Contribute

  1. Become a Volunteer Translator!Currently, there are 377 resources written in Spanish in the Library, and we are asking the Curriki community to lend their services to help translate its more than 84,000 teaching and learning resources from English to Spanish. If you are fluent in English and Spanish and familiar with education resources, or you can refer someone to us, please contact jpinto@curriki.org
  2. Contribute Your Spanish Teaching and Learning Materials!Educators are encouraged to contribute their lessons, videos, activities, assessments, ebooks, curriculum, units, worksheets, and more to the Curriki Library. Contributors must first join Curriki (it is free) and login to the site.

Please check out the site and send us feedback.  

We also have a survey we would love for you to take,  here


Por Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

En respuesta por crecer el interés en Recursos Abiertos de Educación por los maestros, padres y estudiantes que hablan español, Curriki ha creado una versión de lenguaje en español de su sitio web.

La nueva versión BETA del sitio Curriki en lenguaje español acaba de abrirse para todos, y para entrar simplemente de un click en el link de “Español” en la esquina derecha del sitio Curriki.org en la página de inicio, o yendo directo a www.curriki.org/es/. Encontrará una colección de miles de recursos OER en lenguaje español en artes del lenguaje, matemáticas, ciencia, estudios sociales e historia, y ¡de igual manera en inglés: escritura, ciencia de la computadora e ingeniería!

Es un gran comienzo, pero Curruki necesita expandir su biblioteca con más recursos en lenguaje español. Estamos retando a los papas que dan escuela en casa que enseñan en español para que suban más recursos en español que nos sirvan como recurso para ellos.

Curriki quiere asegurarse que todos los niños de donde quiera que vengan, en donde quiera que vivan o en que lenguaje hablen, reciban una educación mundial adecuada, eso significa que tengan acceso a la librería de Curriki OER es crítico para el éxito de los estudiantes. Ofrecer este tipo de recursos en lenguaje español es un gran paso para proveer a todos los maestros, escuelas y padres que necesiten de este soporte para criar y enseñar a sus hijos o estudiantes en su lenguaje nativo.

¿Cómo puedo contribuir?

  1. ¡Conviértete en un traductor voluntario!: Actualmente, hay 377 recursos escritos en español en la biblioteca, y estamos preguntando a la comunidad de Curriki para pedir su ayuda y traducir sus más de 84,000 recursos para enseñar y aprender del inglés al español. Si usted puede traducir de inglés a español o sabe de alguien que lo pueda hacer, háganoslo saber, por favor. Contáctenos al correo jpinto@curriki.org
  2. ¡Puede contribuir con sus materiales de enseñanza y aprendizaje de lenguaje español!: Estamos invitando a los educadores para que contribuyan con sus lecciones, videos, actividades, asentamientos, libros en línea, currículums, unidades, hojas de trabajo y más en la biblioteca de Curriki. Los contribuyentes primero se tienen que unir al sitio Curriki (es gratis) y entrar al sitio.

Por favor, cheque el sitio y envíenos un mensaje de vuelta:

http://curriki.org/es/acercade-curriki/contact-us/.

¡De igual manera tenemos recursos que le podrían ayudar aquí!:

https://www.recursomono.com/r/EspanolCurriki


Kim JonesKim Jones is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Curriki. Kim is active in driving policy initiatives and is regularly featured as an honorary speaker on the impact of technology in education at influential meetings around the world. Learn more at Curriki.org.

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Curriki Unveils New Personalized Services

By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

OER logoCurriki has created a new array of custom services to give educators direct and personalized access to its high-quality curriculum resources on your school’s own website.

I’m really excited about these tools, because they will make a huge difference for educators by putting Curriki’s curriculum directly into their hands so much more conveniently than before! But the real beneficiaries will be your students, who will have more direct access to Curriki’s wealth of high-quality educational materials.

Here’s what we are offering:

Customized OER Collections

Curriki’s Custom OER Collection Curation team, comprised of curriculum development and subject matter experts, now offers the ability to curate vetted Open Educational Resources into customized collections tailored to meet the needs of any organization. Curriki can even develop Sponsored Collections with the branding of its educational partners, providing personalized, collaborative instructional materials that empower teachers to make a greater impact on student success. Learn more or email partners@curriki.org.

Custom Search Widget

With the Curriki Custom Search widget, organizations can add a Curriki Advanced Search box to their Learning Management System (LMS) or school support site to make it easy for staff to find high quality Open Educational Resources in the Curriki library without leaving their school website. Learn more or email api@curriki.org.

Search API

Curriki-logoCurriki is now offering a Search API (Application Program Interface) that can be integrated into any organization’s application to search Curriki’s library of open educational resources (OER). Searches can be conducted by text-based query, type, subject, subject category, grade level, review rating or standard. To learn more about Curriki’s API, visit www.curriki.org or email api@curriki.org.

Curriki, a 2016 SIIA CODiE Award finalist, hosts a free library of 83,000+ educator-vetted learning materials in all K-12 subject areas and in many formats—from individual lesson plans, instructional videos and units, to games and simulations. All content contributed by educators and select partners is available to others for use, adapt and share at no cost. In addition, Curriki curates resources into course-sequenced, standards-aligned units to enable educators to easily find materials. Curriki recently released a new High School Physics Collection.

The mission of Curriki, a nonprofit organization, is to eliminate the gap between those who have access to high-quality education and those who do not. Its online community of educators, learners and committed education experts works together to create quality materials that benefit teachers, parents and students globally. A Computerworld Honors Laureate for 2012, Curriki was selected as the 21st Century Achievement Award winner for Digital Access. With more than 470,000 members and 83,000+ learning assets, Curriki has reached nearly 12 million users worldwide. Join today at www.curriki.org.


Kim Jones is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Curriki.Kim Jones is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Curriki. Kim is active in driving policy initiatives and is regularly featured as an honorary speaker on the impact of technology in education at influential meetings around the world.

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Curriki Joins Forces with the Constitution Center

constitution day logoBy Janet Pinto
Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki

In anticipation of Constitution Day on Friday, Sept. 16 – and, of course, the upcoming presidential election – Curriki is delighted to announce a timely and exciting new partnership: the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia!

The Constitution Center may be physically located in the birthplace of our nation, but its website, ConstitutionCenter.org, reaches around the world as the only virtual place where people can come together to learn, debate and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history – the U.S. Constitution.

Curriki’s Constitution Center Collection

You can find the Constitution Center’s always relevant collection on the Curriki website, with fascinating units such as:

  • The 13th Amendment – examine the Primary Source,  the handwritten congressional copy of the amendment that banned slavery, signed by President Lincoln, Vice President Hannibal Hamlin, and over 150 members of Congress, for a vibrant discussion guide on the abolition of slavery.
  • Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War – a lesson plan on this fascinating period n US history, featuring an online game featuring an animated Abe Lincoln
  • The Bill of Rights – a multi-faceted lesson that helps students learn about the rights and freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights, translate the document into student-friendly language and make connections with real-life scenarios by playing Bill of Rights Bingo.
  • Students will also dive into the legacy of Martin Luther King, the history of Thanksgiving, the separation of powers and so much more.

Primary sources of some of the most fundamentally important historical material, including the Bill of Rights and the Articles of Confederation, are also offered in this special collection.

What is Constitution Day, Anyway?

Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution, the most influential document in American history, by the Founding Fathers on September 17, 1787.  Celebrating Constitution Day presents an awesome opportunity to inspire students to actively learn about the founding of the United States.

Find Curriki’s curriculum provided by the Constitution Center here.


Janet Pinto - Curriki CAO/CMO

Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, leads and manages all of Curriki’s content development, user experience, and academic direction. Follow Curriki’s Blog at www.curriki.org/blog/.

Happy Anniversary, Curriki.org!

By Robert Greenawalt
Chief Technology Officer, Curriki

Curriki-logoHappy one-year anniversary to Curriki’s new website! We relaunched Curriki.org on Aug. 2, 2015, hoping to create a friendlier, mobile-friendly, more navigable and more useful site for our users.

Your response has been truly amazing!

Over the past 12 months, Curriki has seen nearly 3 million educational resource page views – more than double the number we had in the previous year, meaning more people are benefitting from our mission to eliminate the Education Divide between the haves and have-nots in the U.S. and worldwide.

However, not only has the response been positive from our primary users, but Curriki was also recognized as a finalist for a 2016 CODiE Award in the category of Best Source for Reference or Education Resource.

Curriki is really excited that our efforts to respond to the needs of teachers, homeschoolers, educators and students to offer the high-quality curriculum on an improved, easy-to-use platform has borne fruit.

Can We Get Even Better?

We would like to hear what you like about the new Curriki website and how you use our educational resources. Keep visiting Curriki.org, and stay tuned for future developments – we have a few coming improvements up our sleeves.


Bob Greenawalt -Curriki CTO Bob Greenawalt, Curriki’s Chief Technology Officer, has spent his 20+ year technology career in a wide variety of application development and management positions, including a substantial amount of focused on education. 

Computational Thinking: Part 2 – Additional Resources from the CSTA

Kim Jones is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Curriki.By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

In a blog titled “Computational Thinking: Free Professional Development Resources” posted last month, we discussed the concept of computational thinking, its definition and the benefits of teaching computational thinking to students. In essence, Computational Thinking (CT) means solving problems and designing systems by drawing on concepts developed in the field of computer  science. Importantly, CT can be used to solve problems in any subject area.

The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) have created a Computational Thinking Task Force and have produced materials to support computational thinking in K-12 education.

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You can find their operational definition of CT hereYou can download their document “Computational Thinking Teacher Resources” here. These illustrate CT methods in conjunction with material for other subject areas.  And their Leadership Toolkit for CT is located here.

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Free professional development training

And from Curriki, the Open Educational Resources Library and Community, we offer a self-paced professional development course for K-12 teachers interested in learning how to infuse Computational Thinking into their classes. The course was developed with support from AT&T.

• The CT professional development course is free and available on the Curriki website: www.curriki.org/oer/Computational-Thinking-Resources.

• The course has been created primarily for teachers at the middle school and high school levels, all K-12 educators will benefit from taking the course.

• Any teacher can take the course, including homeschool teachers.

• The self-paced online course provides teachers with a comprehension of CT and with the tools they need to get started right away.

• The course provides flexible professional development opportunities for educators who can work at their own pace and time frame.

• Teachers will examine the components of CT and explore how to introduce CT skills to their students.

• The concepts of CT may be applied to current curricula, project-based learning (PBL) projects, and STEM classes.

• CT can be used to solve problems in any area or field.

• Problem solving through CT is such a critically important skill it is directly or indirectly addressed by several sets of educational standards including:

o Computer Science Teachers Association K-12 Computer Science Standards

o Next Generation Science Standards

  AT&T generously funded the development of this course.

We encourage you to take benefit of this free professional development course in Computational Thinking from Curriki

Computational Thinking: Free Professional Development Resources

KimJonesimageBy Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

Curriki has developed, with support from AT&T, a free professional development course in Computational Thinking.

In a 2006 article, entitled Computational Thinking, Jeanette Wing argued that “computational thinking …represents a universally applicable attitude and skill set everyone, not just computer scientists, would be eager to learn and use.. To reading, writing, and arithmetic, we should add computational thinking to every child’s analytical ability.”

While learning to code is popular right now, the thinking skills behind developing code are also critically essential for careers that don’t involve writing code. Computational Thinking is a set of skills and a process that can lead to a much better understanding of computing.

Computational Thinking defined

Computational Thinking (CT) involves some familiar concepts, such as problem decomposition, data representation, and modeling. CT can, but does not necessarily involve computers. When applied to computer science and coding, CT enables you to work out exactly what to tell the computer to get it to do what you want it to.
It means thinking logically, algorithmically and with the ability to apply mathematical concepts. And it means understanding concepts of scale and abstraction.

Benefits of Computational Thinking

If students are to develop a deeper conceptual understanding of how technology actually works, we should teach principles and theory, and how technology can be used to solve problems. CT means solving problems and designing systems in a way that draws on concepts fundamental to computer science.

CT is learning to think in ways which allow us to solve problems more effectively, and when appropriate, to use computers to help us do so. CT is important because it:

• Provides a framework to develop critical thinking across different fields

• Incorporates both creativity and efficiency into problem solving

• Allows students to interact with content-specific models and simulations (e.g., ecosystems, epidemics, molecular dynamics) to support learning and research

• Leads to IT fluency as opposed to IT literacy—moving students beyond being users of tools and information to becoming creators of tools and information (21st century skills)

• Develops job skills that lead to greater income

• Helps non-computer science people learn how to take advantage of the power of, and understand the limitations of, computers

• Applies to all subject areas—and allows students to advance

• Doesn’t require changing curricula or new technologies

A skill set in problem solving using Computational Thinking opens doors for anyone in any area. Curriki is making computer science education possible for all students regardless of zip code and empowering them will skills that will be critical to the jobs of today and tomorrow.

 

Free professional development training

Curriki is providing free professional development training in Computational Thinking for middle and high school teachers, with support from AT&T.

“We want to help all students develops the skills to succeed in school and the careers of the future. Ensuring educators have the resources and tools they need to teach those skills is a critical step in making this happen,” said Nicole Anderson, assistant vice president of Social Innovation at AT&T.

Curriki, the Open Educational Resources Library and Community, is offering a self-paced professional development course for K-12 teachers interested in learning how to infuse Computational Thinking (CT) into their classes.

• The CT professional development course is free and available on the Curriki website: www.curriki.org/oer/Computational-Thinking-Resources

• Created primarily for teachers at the middle school and high school levels, all K-12 educators will benefit from taking the course.

• Any teacher can take the course, including homeschool teachers.

• The self-paced online course provides teachers with a comprehension of CT and with the tools they need to get started right away.

• This self-paced course provides flexible professional development opportunities for educators who can work at their own pace and time frame.

• Teachers will examine the components of CT and explore how to introduce CT skills to their students.

• The concepts of CT may be applied to current curriculum, project-based learning (PBL) projects, and STEM classes.

• CT can be used to solve problems in any area or field.

• Problem solving through CT is such a critically important skill it is directly or indirectly addressed by several sets of educational standards including:

o Computer Science Teachers Association K-12 Computer Science Standards

o Next Generation Science Standards

•  AT&T generously funded the development of this course.

We encourage you to take benefit of this free professional development course in Computational Thinking from Curriki.

Curriki Annual Survey for 2014

janetpic_preferred_croppedBy Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki

Last month, Curriki completed our annual global survey of the 400,000 strong Curriki member community and of our followers on Twitter and Facebook. We have a very diverse set of users, from dozens of countries around the world. Nearly 4000 of you responded to the survey, and we thank you for your time. The largest number of responses came from the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan and South Africa, but many countries were represented.

We asked about age and gender. Almost half of the respondents are between the ages of 35 and 54, and the remainder are equally divided between those who are age 55 and above and those who are younger than 35. Regarding gender, 5/8 of the respondents are female and 3/8 are male.

Role

Role

This first pie chart shows the distribution of responses to the question: What is your role? Teachers, educators, administrators, parents, students and other categories were represented. Just over half of the respondents are teachers. After teachers, educators, students and parents were the most represented roles.

Affiliation

Affiliation

We also asked about affiliation. This second pie chart shows the responses to that question, indicating nearly half of the members who replied are working in public school districts. The next most populated categories are those at private schools and home schoolers.

Primary Reason to use Curriki

Primary Reason to use Curriki

The third chart (a bar chart) shows the responses to the question: What is the primary reason you visit the Curriki site? Some respondents provided more than one reason, so the total exceeded 100%. The top 3 are:

  1. Find resources for students to use
  2. Find teaching resources (e.g. lesson plans)
  3. As a source of new ideas

Other major reasons were to find resources for their own children, to connect with others in the education community and to contribute resources to Curriki.

We also asked about usage of Curriki groups (there are almost 800 groups at present). One out of 8 respondents participates in one or more of these groups. If you are not a group member, you may want to check these out – there is sure to be one of interest to you. Or you could start your own group around your favorite topic!

Thanks again to all those who participated in the survey!

 

Curriki Continues Rapid Growth

KimJonesimageBy Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

Thank you to our members and user community! Because of you, Curriki has continued to grow rapidly during 2013. We have surpassed a third of a million in membership (educators, students and parents) and are on track to exceed half a million members during 2014. The recent growth rate in membership is fully 28% per year.

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We have had over 9 million unique page views, which is triple the number from 3 years ago. And recently, usage of Curriki from mobile platforms has been growing rapidly. And during 2013, the number of free online resources at Curriki has grown to more than 53,000.

Usage of Curriki is growing very rapidly internationally. The top countries for Curriki are in North America, South Asia, Southeast Asia (the 10 ASEAN nations) and in Africa. The most rapid growth today is occurring in the ASEAN countries of Indonesia, Philippines, and Malaysia. Open educational resources (OER) can play a special role in developing nations with limited budgets for the latest curricular materials.

While the large majority of our materials are in the English language, we encourage content contributions in all languages.

The top 8 countries accessing Curriki resources at present are:

  1. U.S.
  2. India
  3. Philippines
  4. Malaysia
  5. Sri Lanka
  6. South Africa
  7. Canada
  8. Indonesia

geometry

We have recently introduced a full high school course in Curriki Geometry to accompany our previously released Curriki Algebra 1 course. Curriki Algebra 1 was evaluated by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Washington in the U.S. This was a rigorous evaluation process of half a dozen OER algebra courses. Curriki Algebra 1 scored highly, including a strong rating for promoting deeper learning. Both of these courses, like all Curriki materials, are absolutely free to educators and students around the world.

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Thanks to you, we expect continued rapid growth for Curriki during the next few years. We encourage you to contribute resources, or contribute financially if you are able. And we encourage everyone to continue to look to Curriki for new, free, open educational resources that can be used in your classrooms and schools. Encourage your friends to join, or if not a member already, please join at welcome.curriki.org!

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Hispanic Heritage Month

KimJonesimageBy Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki 

In the U.S., Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th. It honors the many contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the U.S. Many Hispanics have immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, Central America and Latin America. Just considering the government sector, Hispanics have served as Governors, in Congress, in the Cabinet and on the Supreme Court.

Why does the observance of Hispanic Heritage start in the middle of the month? Because the 15th of September is observed as the Independence Day for a number of countries in Central America. These include Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. And the next day, September 16th, is Mexico’s Independence Day. Furthermore, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence 2 days and 5 days later than that, respectively.

Many cities, towns and states in the U.S. have Spanish names, since they were originally founded by Spanish colonialists. Among these are San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and San Antonio. California and Florida are two states with Spanish names.

In fact Curriki’s headquarters are in Cupertino, California (the same city in which Apple’s headquarters are found) and both the city and state are Spanish names. The Spanish named a creek which runs through the city after Saint Joseph of Cupertino (Copertino is a town in Italy, his birthplace). The name of the creek is now Stevens Creek, but the city, which was named much later, has adopted the original name of the creek.

Here are resources for Hispanic Heritage Month on Curriki:

http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Coll_Group_CurrikisThematicCollections/HispanicHeritageLinks

There are a number of resources on Curriki in the Spanish language. But certainly not enough. We encourage Spanish speakers from around the world to see how you can contribute educational resources in the Spanish language to Curriki.

 

Common Core and Open Educational Resources Working Together

KimJonesimageBy Kim Jones, Curriki CEO

Open Educational Resources are important enablers in support of Common Core standards. An article in Education Week entitled “Common Core Drives Interest in Open Education Resources” can be found here: http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2012/10/17/01open.h06.html

 

The article notes that Common Core standards are driving increased interest in open digital resources. For example, the state of Utah in the U.S. is creating textbooks made entirely from OER materials, and in the state of South Dakota educators have built a repository of OER content in support of the Common Core. The pilot projects for open textbooks in Utah were highly successful, so the open textbook project was expanded to be statewide during this current school year.

I was interviewed by Katie Ash, who wrote in the article:

“Such projects are exactly what the common core can now make possible”, says Kim Jones, the chairman and chief executive officer of Curriki, a nonprofit K-12 repository for open education resources based in Cupertino, Calif.
“We’re seeing a lot of teachers starting to contribute OER materials that are aligned to common-core standards,” says Jones. “We’re very excited about that and think it’s going to make a huge difference in allowing people across the U.S. to leverage what teachers are doing in other places.”

The article also noted Curriki’s work with the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative, which is working to categorize and tag OERs to make them more accessible and easier to search. Also mentioned was Curriki’s launch during 2012 of a free Algebra 1 course aligned to Common Core standards.

“It’s an exciting time for education, between OER really crossing the chasm and common-core standards coming out, and just the work that’s going on around technology,” says Jones, from Curriki. “It’s all coming together at a great time, and it’s really going to have a positive impact on education going forward.”

For more information on how OER supports Common Core standards implementation, we encourage you to read the full article at: http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2012/10/17/01open.h06.html