Using Open Educational Resources (OER) such as Curriki to enhance the classroom curriculum is an effective tool for 21st century education. Teachers are increasingly looking to the Curriki site for free lessons and units that will engage their students. Whether you are new to teaching or have been practicing for years, Curriki’s lessons, units and even full courses are quickly giving traditional publishers something to consider. Can teachers and educational non-profits create as good or better curriculum than what we have traditionally been provided from a textbook? The answer is yes. More and more, I see teachers participating in Curriki by either donating high quality curriculum, becoming a member, starting a group, or through the use of social networking, spreading the word about Curriki.
Actualizing the idea that expensive traditional textbooks are NOT the only platform for student engagement is the first sign that you will become a leader in Curriki. Of course, taking the next step of becoming a member and utilizing some of the vast array of resources found on Curriki in your classroom would be the second sign. Now that you can see the benefits of free, paperless, well-constructed curricula, the third step in leadership would be to think about the curricula you have developed over time and then donate content for others to share, reuse or remix. The fourth step would be committing a little time to comment on any curriculum you have used so that other members can benefit from your implementation or ideas. The fifth and last step is that a true leader in Curriki shares openly with colleagues and community leaders to show how Curriki can help teachers around the world gain free access to quality OER curricula.
In the end, your leadership not only benefits you, but students all over the world. And it didn’t cost you a penny! Let’s spread the word about Curriki, for the students’ sake.