1. Curriki was born out of the technology industry (computer manufacturer Sun Microsystems) by some passionate folks who believed that digital technologies would help personalize the learning experience so that students could learn at their own pace and have instant access to the latest information. The guiding vision has been to make world-class education available to everyone.
2. The name Curriki is a play on the words ‘curriculum’ and ‘wiki.’ We like to think of it like a wikipedia for education, since our goal is to make learning possible for anyone, anywhere in the world.
3. Co-founder Scott McNealy (the other co-founder is Curriki CEO Kim Jones) is known for asking: $200 Textbook vs. Free. You Do the Math. He continues to be a champion for putting a quality education within the reach of everyone as outlined in this New York Times article.
4. All of the K-12 resources (some 50,000+ assets that are available FREE to anyone) have been created and contributed by educators, curriculum designers, curriculum partners, and school districts. They are “mashable,” which means that you can choose resources (e.g., lesson plans, videos, animations, photos, etc.), tweak them, or combine them with other resources to generate your own custom teaching tools.
5. The countries of India, United States, Pakistan, Philippines and Malaysia are the top five users of Curriki.
6. You can get your curriculum reviewed by content experts. Earn an “Exemplary” badge on your lesson plan or other materials by submitting your materials for review by the Curriki Review Team. Just click Nominate for Review.
7. If you really like a resource (like this highly-rated The 2nd Amendment and You resource), you can easily share it with colleagues outside of Curriki by using the Share button.
8. Curriki is headquartered in the Silicon Valley area of California. We’re an energetic bunch of people who are passionate about education and technology.
9. Still not sure how to use Curriki? Did you know there are a number of video tutorials that show you everything from how to log in to how to find or add resources?
10. And the last, and perhaps best thing… It’s FREE! FREE to join, FREE to use and customize high-quality curriculum, FREE to post your best material. So please join today and tell a friend!