Project Based Learning Curriculum Makes Learning Geometry Relevant
CUPERTINO, Calif., February 11, 2014 — By high school, half of all students (51 percent) carry a smartphone to school with them every day* and classroom usage of tablets, netbooks and other portable devices is on the rise. To address this trend, Curriki, the leading K-12 global community for creating, sharing, and finding open learning resources, today unveiled the Curriki Geometry website where usability and page design for its innovative Project Based Learning (PBL) geometry curriculum is optimized for mobile devices.
Available for free, students and teachers now have access to a geometry curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of students born in a global, interactive, digitally-connected world through the use of real-world examples, engaging projects, interactive technologies, videos and directed student feedback.
Curriki Geometry is a set of six Common Core Aligned projects delivered in a mobile-optimized web environment with access points for students and teachers. Teachers are provided with pacing guides, formative assessments, rubrics, guidance on managing a PBL project, tools to help teachers guide students as they learn to collaborate with each other, and reflection tools for both students and teachers. The projects require the use of technology tools, which students use so much in their daily lives, to investigate, evaluate, and collaborate.
The Buck Institute for Education’s research shows that PBL is effective in building deep content understanding, raising academic achievement, and encouraging student motivation. “In Curriki Geometry, the projects relate to the real world, so students never have to ask ‘why am I learning this?’” commented Kim Jones, Curriki’s CEO. “Students become active, not passive, learners. Through working together in a more ‘real-world’ manner, they take ownership of their learning.”
The ConnectED initiative’s planned E-Rate Reform will help connect more students and provide faster access to Internet in schools so that digital learning resources like Curriki Geometry can become more widespread.
“Curriki’s project-based curriculum delivered through a mobilized platform engages students in learning geometry in a new and innovative way,” said Nicole Anderson, Executive Director of Philanthropy, AT&T. “It’s exciting to see how the technology kids interact with every day is being applied to teaching and learning STEM skills, which are so critical for the jobs of the future.”
Curriki is grateful for the generous support of its sponsor, AT&T. AT&T’s support includes a $250,000 contribution and annual in-kind hosting services. The work with Curriki is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s $350 million investment in education to help more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
For more information about Curriki Geometry Online, visit www.currikigeometry.org.
A non-profit organization, Curriki is the leading K-12 global community for teachers, students and parents to create, share, and find open learning resources that improve teacher effectiveness and student outcomes. A Computerworld Honors Laureate for 2012, Curriki was selected as the 21st Century Achievement Award winner for Digital Access. With more than 380,000 members and 54,000+ learning assets, Curriki reaches more than 9 million users worldwide. Join today www.curriki.org.
* Living and Learning with Mobile Devices study, Grunwald Associates LLC, 2013