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Education Across the Globe

Kim JonesBy Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

The infographic in this post has some very interesting information on education and literacy around the globe. It was produced by Tutoring Expert in Canada.

A few facts: there are 1.4 billion students on earth, fully 20% of the world’s population. There are 65 million educators around the world. This is approximately equal to the population of France. Developed countries typically spend about 10 to 15% of their total government budgets on education.

Around 800 million adults across the globe are illiterate. Three nations each have over 1 million girls not in school: Nigeria, Pakistan, and Ethiopia. Only 12% of women in Afghanistan are able to read. Around 31 million girls of primary school age around the world are not in school.

In India, 88% of boys are able to read, but only 74% of girls. Clearly one of the challenges is increasing literacy for all, and especially, educational access for girls. On the other hand, in the Philippines, there are many more girls in school than boys.

Global edu infographic

In the U.S., only 32% of students are considered proficient in math. Children in Finland have the world’s highest scores in math and science, despite not starting school until age 6 or 7.

Despite the problems that remain, 1 in 3 young people are now expected to receive a college or university degree. Education is key to job opportunities, and to one’s standard of living, health, and social position. Most societies and parents around the world care deeply about their children’s future, for both boys and girls, and thus for their educational development. They invest considerable resources in their children’s education. But there are also serious shortcomings that must be addressed.

Curriki, as a not-for-profit foundation, is fully dedicated to improving education access and educational outcomes around the world. Over 50,000 Curriki educational resources are freely available to anyone with Internet access. These resources are also open source, in order to allow customization as needed. To date, 10 million unique users have visited the Curriki web site.

Take a careful look at the infographic, and see what other interesting factoids you are able to discover. The variation of school attendance hours between countries is fascinating!

Curriki Annual Survey for 2014

janetpic_preferred_croppedBy Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki

Last month, Curriki completed our annual global survey of the 400,000 strong Curriki member community and of our followers on Twitter and Facebook. We have a very diverse set of users, from dozens of countries around the world. Nearly 4000 of you responded to the survey, and we thank you for your time. The largest number of responses came from the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan and South Africa, but many countries were represented.

We asked about age and gender. Almost half of the respondents are between the ages of 35 and 54, and the remainder are equally divided between those who are age 55 and above and those who are younger than 35. Regarding gender, 5/8 of the respondents are female and 3/8 are male.

Role

Role

This first pie chart shows the distribution of responses to the question: What is your role? Teachers, educators, administrators, parents, students and other categories were represented. Just over half of the respondents are teachers. After teachers, educators, students and parents were the most represented roles.

Affiliation

Affiliation

We also asked about affiliation. This second pie chart shows the responses to that question, indicating nearly half of the members who replied are working in public school districts. The next most populated categories are those at private schools and home schoolers.

Primary Reason to use Curriki

Primary Reason to use Curriki

The third chart (a bar chart) shows the responses to the question: What is the primary reason you visit the Curriki site? Some respondents provided more than one reason, so the total exceeded 100%. The top 3 are:

  1. Find resources for students to use
  2. Find teaching resources (e.g. lesson plans)
  3. As a source of new ideas

Other major reasons were to find resources for their own children, to connect with others in the education community and to contribute resources to Curriki.

We also asked about usage of Curriki groups (there are almost 800 groups at present). One out of 8 respondents participates in one or more of these groups. If you are not a group member, you may want to check these out – there is sure to be one of interest to you. Or you could start your own group around your favorite topic!

Thanks again to all those who participated in the survey!

 

Social Media in the Classroom

By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

An interesting report entitled Spotlight on Social Media in the Classroom is available from Education Week. The 12-page report includes 7 articles on social media usage and a useful list of over a dozen resources.

One of the articles discusses how U.S. schools are setting up connections with classrooms around the world. For example, the Plantation High School in Florida was on a video conference with Egyptian students just as the former President Mubarak was resigning from his position. They were given a window into history in the making, able to see and hear the reactions of the Egyptian students. An elementary school in Bakersfield, California has linked with classrooms in Iceland, Norway and Singapore. They were able to hear about an active volcano eruption in Iceland firsthand from children at their same grade level in the Icelandic school.

This form of digital learning and interaction is providing students, most of whom as yet have not had the opportunity to travel to another country, with real-life experiences and views of life in other parts of the world.

Another of the articles in the report is about sharing science through online communities. One of these is ecogeek.org, an environmental blogging site that provides news on green energy and the environment. Another such resource is CAISE, the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education, which is supported by the National Science Foundation. Their site includes information on science centers and museums, afterschool programs, and gaming projects, as well as news on informal STEM education programs. ScienceGeek.net is a collection of resources, including videos, and interactive graphics, primarily in the chemistry and biology disciplines.

Curriki is of course another important social media site for K-12 education. Curriki fosters communities of education professionals around the globe and provides almost 45,000 curated resources of all kinds ranging from textbooks to videos to learning games. These are accessible by anyone, in an open source format.

The report from Education Week is available for downloading here after a short registration; we suggest you take a look!

 

 

Top 10 Content Contributors to Curriki in 2011

By Janet Pinto, chief academic officer, Curriki

Curriki is very pleased to recognize the top 10 content contributors for their additions during 2011 to our rapidly growing collection of open source curricular resources. The top 10 individuals collectively contributed exactly 1000 new resources into the Curriki portfolio for the benefit of the Curriki community!

Top Ten Curriki content contributors for 2011:

1. Karen Fasimpaur, professional education techology, Arizona
2. Sue Costagliola, professional, New York
3. Virginia Malone, educational consultant / retired teacher, Texas
4. Kate Hall, teacher, Utah
5. Darci Mock, teacher, Utah
6. Jason Mammano, school district administrator, North Carolina
7. Terrie Teegarden, community college teacher, California
8. Micki Halsey Randall, teacher, Oregon
9. Chris Frey, teacher, Florida
10. Marion Pallotta, curriculum office, New York

We thank all of our contributors during the past year and especially wish to thank these leaders for their contributions to the Curriki community. We look forward to all of your new contributions during 2012 as we advance the open educational resource cause for the benefit of all of our members and the educational community across the globe.

Collaborate – Connect – Curriki

Photo by jsorbieus via Flickr Creative Commons

Teamwork is vital to a successful educational strategy. A healthy educational community, where both students and educators feel supported and enriched by their environment, is one in which teachers are encouraged to support each other, collaborate across the curriculum, and work together to find innovative solutions to challenges.

As a leader in global educational resources, Curriki provides this collaborative network for educators, both within a school and across the global community.

Connecting on Curriki allows you to:

  • Get — or give — constructive feedback on curricula and teaching practices.
    • Each resource on Curriki has a “Comments” tab where members can provide ideas or feedback, or ask questions. Members can also use the “Email” link to share resources with friends. Find tips on how to rate and comment on a Curriki resource here.
  • Start or join a group to share existing curricula or collaborate on something new.
  • Support your own work by linking up with educators in this growing global community
    • You can use Curriki’s community of global collaborators, or you can bring Curriki’s community resources into your school. Hear from the Voices of the Curriki Community to learn how educators across the world are using Curriki’s resources.

Are you ready to join? Become a member of the Curriki Community today, and experience the power of collaboration in education!

Do you have lessons or units that you are proud of and want to share with the global educational community, and get paid for? For the third annual Summer of Content effort, Curriki is soliciting premium content for Grades 6–12 in science, technology, and math, and for content in ELL / ESL for all grades.

Apply by July 9, 2010.

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Photo by: jsorbieus via Flickr Creative Commons

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Behind Every Lesson is a Story

Curriki receives over 2 million visits per year from educators and students from every country in the world.

Visit Voices of the Curriki Community to see how educators and students from India to Morocco to California to Dubai to New York are using Curriki to support their teaching and learning needs!

Sincerely,

Anna

Curriki International Consultant

@Curriki

P.S. We would love to hear how others are using Curriki! Please share your stories here.

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Inside the Curriki Community… Some Stats!

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Ever wonder what other members of the Curriki community are like? Here are a few stats to ponder…

www.Curriki.org. In the last month:

@Curriki. In the last month:

  • Our tweet links got 2,876 clicks.
  • Our followers were from the US (69%), Russia (7%), Canada (4%), UK (3%), Australia (1%), Other (16%)
  • Most popular tweets were:
  • If you enjoy SCIENCE, you’ll enjoy this fab resource for science education http://ow.ly/voPY (143 clicks)
  • Student laptop program holds promise for increasing math, science skills http://ow.ly/xlvq (96 clicks)
  • How do we sustain free and open source curricula? Share your thoughts as comments here: http://ow.ly/tPd7 #OER (67 clicks)
  • Looking for short video clips for your science, math, ELA, etc. classroom? Look here: http://ow.ly/xlf2 #BrainPOP (62 clicks)
  • Student-created wiki History textbook. Check it out: http://ow.ly/vqkb #history #social studies (61 clicks)

Thanks to all those that visited Curriki, joined Curriki, RTed our tweets and said hello on Facebook and LinkedIn! We welcome you to add your own resources to Curriki… Who knows, your resource may be included in our list of most popular content next month?!

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