Have you ever wished you had a group of peers with whom you could regularly exchange new ideas or ask how they’re using a particular technology in the classroom?
Surprisingly, compared to educators around the world, U.S. teachers work largely in isolation, and engage less often in collaborative efforts, according to TALIS, a 34-country survey of 100,000 teachers and principals conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2013.
The relationships you build with teachers in the classroom next door, or at a school across the country, allow you to exchange ideas with educators from diverse backgrounds, draw on best practices, and benefit from a source of fresh, new ideas.
Meet Me at Curriki: A Place for Global Collaboration
With Curriki, it’s easy to improve teacher collaboration around curriculum, instruction and professional development with hundreds of like-minded educators around the world.
Curriki provides an easy and intuitive collaborative platform that includes personal profiles, blogs, discussions, and resource sharing. Communities (groups) can be created and linked for closer collaboration. Here are some of the things you can do:
- Teachers and administrators can share best practices, information on what’s working, and support each other across schools, districts, states, the country, and even around the world.
- Schools and districts can create professional learning communities and practice groups, improve teacher and principal quality and technology skills, and provide mentoring and support.
- Colleges can use edWeb.net to support their teacher education programs and to stay connected to cohorts of new teachers as they move on to their teaching positions and begin their careers. Faculty in any department can use edWeb.net to connect with peers anywhere in the world.
In a recent interview with Educator Ilna Colemere, who helps familiarize student teachers with technology applications they can use in the classroom, her recommendation to her student teachers is to join Curriki Groups as a place where they can collaborate on specific topics, get new ideas and share best practices. For example, one group she always recommends they join is the STEM Group.
Join Curriki today (it’s easy and it’s free) and connect with teachers around the world to enrich your students’ learning experience.