A recent article from the NY Times discussed the use of computer technology in schools. The question posed is: are we really making the most of the technology already deployed? A survey found that, in many cases, computers were being used in mathematics simply to drill questions and answers. The article is here. It notes that “the nonprofit Center for American Progress found that middle school math students more commonly used computers for basic drills and practice than to develop sophisticated skills.”
At Curriki we all come from the IT industry, and we know that the potential of technology is much greater than usage of computers in a fashion that is twenty five years behind the times. This is why we provide a wide variety of free, open source, K-12 focused educational resources, that often make significant use of technology. For example, there are over 1300 mathematics related videos at www.curriki.org.
As another important example, we have been developing complete subject curricula that are project-oriented and adhere to Common Core State Standards.
We have already released the free Curriki Algebra 1 course, which you can find on the Curriki site here. It consists of 5 units aligned to the Common Core. Each of these units culminates in a project that utilizes mastery of conceptual understanding taught in the individual lessons.
And we have announced a free, online, project-based Curriki Geometry course. This is under development with support from AT&T and will be released in the autumn of this year. Here is the announcement. The course will be structured based on the six Common Core High School Geometry topics, organized in six units including: (1) Congruence; (2) Similarity, Right Triangles, & Trigonometry; (3) Circles; (4) Expressing Geometric Properties with Equations; (5) Geometric Measurement & Dimension; and (6) Modeling with Geometry.
Please take a look at the Curriki Algebra 1 course, and stay tuned for the Curriki Geometry course release this autumn.