|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on June 3, 2014 at 6:30 AM|
I know, it's the end of the year and many of you have only days remaining in the school year. However, if you're anything like me (an I think you are) summer is when you lay most of the groundwork for what you hope to accomplish next school year. It's also the time of year that you get a chance to test out all of those neat looking tools that you didn't get to test out during the year. The first tool that I will be exploring this summer is called Curriculet.
Curriculet is a web based tool that works on virtually any platform (no issues so far) that advertizes that you can embed a layer of questions, quizzes, media, annotations, and much more into any digital reading assignment. The teacher/creator can upload either a file or URL and then create their own Curriculet for their students to complete. Furthermore, there are dozens of premade Curriculets that a teacher can use and assign to their class. Curriculets range from novels, informational texts, short stories, and current events articles. Another nice feature is that there are Curriculets for various grade levels located in the Curriculet "store" that you can add to your library. Once you've uploaded your content you can then add questions, prompts, media, annotations or anything else you'd like to add to the reading quite easily.
A teacher can create their own classes but then has to manually imput students into classes (which can be tedious). However, if you're an Edmodo user you can purchase the Curriculet app in the Edmodo App Store for FREE! Your students would simply launch the app and the content that you want them to read would be readily available for them to complete. I did give Curriculet a short test run and it worked pretty much as advertized on both laptops and iPads. However, I did not attemp to use it on a personal mobile device.
I highly recommend making Curriculet a regular part of your curriculum. The availablity of so many Common Core alligned readings alone is enough to garner attention let along all of the extras that come along with it. The price is right and the versatility of this tools is such that it is a must try for any teacher that is trying to get their students to read more and improve reading skills. However, if a picture is worth a thousand words than I can only imagine how many a video are worth. View the intro below to see how you can begin using Curriculet in your classroom.