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Curriki:

Curriki Fostering collaboration outside Of our district

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Atlas has shown itself to be a valuable collaborative tool. It allows communication and collaboration between peers at grade level and across different grade levels and subjects. Atlas fosters communication with parents and allows them to be more knowledgeable about their students curriculums.

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But not every teacher in the district has peers at grade and subject level. There are numerous teachers who are the only ones teaching their subject at their level. Atlas is a valuable district tool, but does not encourage collaboration outside of Hopkinton.

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Library, art, music, guidance, some languages, art history are some of the subjects where teachers are singletons- the only ones teaching that subject at a particular grade level. While we still benefit from ideas generated from Atlas across curriculum levels, it would be helpful to connect with peers who teach our subject at our grade level.

What’s the answer?:

What’s the answer? Curriki- An open source website that fosters collaboration across the country and indeed across the world. Best Practices for those of us who don’t have a direct peer.

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Additional collaborative environment for classroom teachers. Open resources for teachers to use. Teachers have more time to focus on individual students and spend less time finding resources and generating lesson plans.

Possible difficulties :

Possible difficulties Open sources are not always targeted to our particular curriculum and at our particular grade level. Teachers would need to adopt, remix and reuse some materials. Sometimes translations are necessary. More materials available at the higher grades, fewer at the elementary.

Benfits:

Benfits As open source grows, more and more materials will be available to all grade levels and across different curriculum. Our district is often a leader. Movement to personal computers and increased use of Ipads will be fostered by creation of online and downloadable materials from a remote site, rather than our own servers.

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Students are increasingly more comfortable in on online world. It is how they interact. We need to meet those needs as teachers. Staff training is minimum. Teachers can work at their own pace from their own computers, at school and at home. Materials are free.

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Teachers collaborate with others to create best practices. Resources are media rich and use up-to-date technologies and information. Materials are constantly being updated and improved. Teachers build on other’s ideas, an expanded collaborative intelligence.

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Lets look at some examples of resources available through Curriki (at this point in the presentation, I would open Curriki to show the administrators some of the wide range of resources that are available. I would point out the evaluation system that makes our jobs as educators so much easier. Of course I would also point out the resources that I have added (as long as they were well reviewed. I think this would be the best way to persuade my administrators of the value of OERs. )

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As teachers, we need to lead by example. Using this type of resource is an example of 21 st century learning. Curriki is an international collaboration and therefore is an example 21 st Century learning: Working creatively and collaboratively in an multicultural context. The ability to get feedback from others also fosters critical thinking skills in a collaborative envirnonment.

Summing up :

Summing up Here is a wonderful example of the type of resource that is available through OER, And adds an interesting visual summing up. “A Vision of Students Today” Are You Paying Attention?