What in the world is Curriki?

Curriki is a global education learning community, where teachers around the world contribute and share resources. The goal of curriki is to create quality resources for the benefit of students around the world. This online environment was created to support the free distribution of classroom resources. Essentially, it is a wiki for curriculum – thus the name curriki. Membership is free, but users do need to register.

Curriki has resources in the following subject areas (quantities as of Feb. 2008):

  • Arts – 703 resources
  • Career and Technical Education — 679 resources
  • Educational Technology — 802 resources
  • Foreign Language — 520 resources
  • Health — 878 resources
  • Information and Medial Literacy — 302 resources
  • Language Arts — 1667 resources
  • Mathematics — 1614 resources
  • Science — 2396 resources
  • Social Studies — 1690 resources
  • Uncategorized — 2950 resources

One of the lessons previewed was a “Virtual Biology Lab” over cell biology. This lab, created at Rutgers, begins with a lesson on the microscope and quickly moves into viewing actual images as seen thru a compound microscope. One of the images was a short movie clip of Euglena which captured the movement of the Euglena under the microscope lens.

Another lesson previewed was an AP Calculus lesson on functions. This lesson incorporated text, voice and animation to present the topic. The contents of an entire course in AP calculus were available in this format.

The AP Calculus curriculum is one of many contributed by the National Repository of Online Courses. Like the AP Calculus course, the lesson on Jim Crow Lawsfrom the AP US History course incorporated voice, images and primary sources to present a topic. Courses are available in science, social science, and math. These courses can be accessed thru Curriki or thru Hippocampus.

A featured partner of Curriki is Next Vista for Learning. Next Vista is an online library of free videos for students and teachers anywhere in the world. The collection is divided into 3 sections: Light Bulb, Global Views and Seeing Service. The Light Bulb area contains short videos (less than 5 minutes) in a variety of curriculum areas. The video on Newton’s First Law of Motion could easily be used for seat belt education as well as a science class.

Curriki does offer grants to develop online courses called Curriki Master Units. Currently these grants are targeted toward middle school math. The target area appears to change monthly.

Through its groups feature, Curriki incorporates some aspects of social networking. Examples of groups include Middle School Science, K-8 Math Collaborative, Adolescent Literacy Forum, New Teacher Group and an Interactive Whiteboard Group.  

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