Block 2 Activity 22: An Open Education Technology

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Curriki is an online, free, OER service which supports K-12 education.  Curriculum and instructional materials are available to teachers, students, lifelong learners and parents.  The majority of resources are covered by Creative Commons license and educational materials provided by the Curriki community are peer reviewed. This technology provides access to 937 different groups and over 88,000 resources offered through a mixture of blogs, new initiatives, written articles and member contributions. Resources are available in 18 different languages.

Curriki aim to break down economic and geographic barriers to provide access to quality education for learners anywhere in the world.  Their approach develops the curriculum through community contributors and to deliver and share this curriculum and OER globally.

Curriki’s mission is to use technology to help break down economic and geographic barriers that prevent children worldwide from having access to quality education, and thereby to make learning possible for anyone, anywhere in the world.   Once Curriki is accessed through the internet the OER can be searched and materials used to teach themselves or others.  Materials include digital textbooks, learning videos and interactive resources and these can be adapted as needed to user requirements inside or outside of the classroom.

This additional technology would be helpful for primary and secondary teachers in the UK as it provides a link to educational approaches and resources being tested in other areas around the world.  The layout and format of this resource allows easy access to resources and would I feel encourage contributions by teachers in UK and work towards developing their capacity for learning from and offering open education resources within their approaches to teaching and learning.  Being open these resources would be available to be accessed through mobile device and could be incorporated into informal and formal learning.  I can see this resource being used to support a Flipped Classroom approach, encourage tinkering with a variety of new technologies and the key principles devised by Siemens are evident.

This resource provides an on-line community of educators who come to learn, share and support their own practice and that of others.

References:

http://www.curriki.org

Siemens, G (2005) ‘Connectivism: a learning theory for the digital age’ International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, vol 2, no. 1 [online]. Available at http://www.itdl.org/Journal/Jan_05/article01.htm (last accessed on 30 April 2016).

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http://www.curriki.org and inkleined-to-teach.com

 

 

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