Curriki

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Curriki is an online, free, open education service.[1] Curriki is structured as a nonprofit organization to provide open educational resources primarily in support of K-12 education.[2] Curricula and instructional materials are available at the Curriki website to teachers, professional educators, students, lifelong learners, and parents. The majority of the resources on the Curriki site fall under a Creative Commons license.[3] Educational materials are provided by the Curriki community and are peer-reviewed for quality and adherence to standards.

Mission[edit]

The name Curriki is a portmanteau of the words "curriculum" and "wiki". 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.

Curriki's model is to develop curricula through community contributors, and to deliver curricula and open educational resources globally. Anyone with access to the Internet can contribute and use the material found on Curriki to teach themselves or others. Since the materials, which include digital textbooks, learning videos, and interactive resources, are provided in open source, they can be adapted as needed to particular requirements inside or outside of the classroom.

History[edit]

Curriki was founded by Sun Microsystems in March 2004 as the Global Education & Learning Community (GELC). In 2006, Sun spun GELC off as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit to focus on building a repository of curricula and to create an online community for this repository. The organization changed its name to Curriki in 2006.

Curriki has over 350,000 educator, parent, and student members, and has garnered over 8.5 million visits from around the world. Curriki has received a number of awards, and has given out a number of awards as well, over the past several years; a partial list can be found at the Curriki website. Kim Jones serves as Curriki's CEO.

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Pratt, Mary. "Online community lets educators, students share educational resources for free". ComputerWorld. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Vance, Ashlee (31 July 2010). "$200 Textbook vs. Free. You Do the Math.". NY Times. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Park, Jane. "CC Talks With: Curriki’s Christine Mytko: Open Education and Policy". Creative Commons. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 

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