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Curriki

October 08, 2013 06:00 ET

Free Project-Based "Curriki Geometry" Curriculum Now Available

New OER Geometry Course Sponsored by AT&T Prepares 21st Century Learners for Success in College and Career

CUPERTINO, CA--(Marketwired - October 08, 2013) - Curriki, the leading K-12 global community for creating, sharing, and finding open learning resources, today announced the availability of a free Geometry course that leverages the popular Project Based Learning (PBL) "dynamic" approach and is aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The course curriculum is now available online in beta launch and 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. Developed with funding from AT&T, the Curriki Geometry course is modular so can be used as a supplement, as the foundation for students' Geometry 1 curriculum, in an after-school program, or in a homeschool environment.

Created to support Common Core State Standards, Curriki Geometry comprises six projects:

  • Selling Geometry
  • Designing a Winner
  • What's Your Angle, Pythagoras?
  • TED Talk: House of the Future
  • The Art of Triangles
  • How Random is My Life?

"With the transition to the Common Core State Standards and its emphasis on Mathematical Practices and 21st Century Skills, schools are moving toward project-based teaching methods," said Kim Jones, Curriki CEO. "We are incredibly excited to bring PBL to the mathematics classroom. We would also like to thank our sponsor, AT&T, for funding this important work."

All Curriki Geometry projects have been created with several goals in mind: accessibility, customization, and student engagement -- all while encouraging students toward high levels of academic achievement. In addition to specific CCSS high school geometry standards, the projects and activities are designed to address the Standards for Mathematical Practice, which describe types of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. These practices rest on important "processes and proficiencies" with established importance in mathematics education. Furthermore, all projects have been designed to address 21st century skills: the knowledge and skills students need in 21st century communities and workplaces.

Each project includes rubrics to assess student teamwork, presentation and performance, and a suggested overall rubric for the project. Each project focuses on two or more of the eight mathematical practices recommended in the CCSS. A rubric for assessing mathematical practices is also included. It is important that teachers use the mathematical practices to encourage inquiry, problem solving, and mastery of mathematical methods.

As an Open Educational Resource, the Curriki Geometry course is a "living" curriculum and will be updated and improved over time and through the recommendations of Curriki community members. Educators using the projects in their classrooms are encouraged to email jpinto@curriki.org with recommendations, feedback, and suggestions on improving the projects.

The Curriki Geometry curriculum is available free for educators, parents, and students to use in non-profit educational setting -- not for commercial use. Curriki strictly enforces Creative Commons Copyrights.

Curriki Geometry Project-Based Learning curriculum is available today on Curriki.org: http://link.curriki.org/CurrikiGeometry 

About Curriki

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 372,000 members and 53,000 learning assets, Curriki reaches more than 9 million users worldwide. Join today www.curriki.org.

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