SOURCE: Curriki

January 27, 2011 09:00 ET

NEA Member Benefits and Curriki to Offer Members Revolutionary Online Learning Tools

New Partnership Offers NEA Members Unprecedented Access to Curriki's Open Source Software and Tools

GAITHERSBURG, MD--(Marketwire - January 27, 2011) - NEA Member Benefits and Curriki have announced a new partnership offering 3.2 million NEA members direct access to exciting and effective open source learning tools for educators.

Curriki will offer NEA members access to a wealth of online resources, including thousands of useful learning tools such as lesson plans, videos, worksheets, multimedia activities and courses. The open source publishing resources will enable NEA members to publish their own educational materials and share them with colleagues. It will provide access to publishing tools to create materials and store them for use throughout their career. Perhaps most importantly, it will encourage NEA members to collaborate with educators around the world, assisting each other with their curriculum planning process and supporting student learning outcomes.

Curriki is a global K-12 community for creating, sharing and finding free learning resources that improve teacher effectiveness and student outcomes. Curriki supports a convergence of educators, learners and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world; it's an online education community created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them. Its name is a play on the combination of 'curriculum' and 'wiki' which is the technology they're using to make education universally accessible.

"As a ground-breaking online community that promotes collaboration and transparency, Curriki truly embodies the values of teaching in the 21st century," said Gary Phoebus, president of NEA Member Benefits. "By joining with Curriki, we're giving 3.2 million members access to a wide range of tools and ideas. We are thrilled to partner with such an innovative organization and look forward to providing our members with collaborative tools they can use in the classroom and beyond."

"Over the past year, Curriki's global online community has grown to nearly 160,000 members who are all benefitting from the more than 40,000 high-quality, freely available K-12 open source learning resources," said Kim Jones, chairman of the board and executive director of Curriki. "These resources range from project-based lessons and workbooks to interactive games, and can be adapted to students' unique learning styles while being continuously enhanced through community involvement. We encourage the 3.2 million members of NEA to join Curriki today and extend to them a warm welcome!"

Members can access Curriki directly either through the NEA Member Benefits website http://www.neamb.com/xchg/neamb/xsl/hs.xsl/-/home/1209_5105.htm or through the following link: http://link.curriki.org/NEA.

About NEA Member Benefits

The NEA is the nation's largest professional organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. The NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 local chapters across the United States.

NEA MB is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the NEA charged with bringing additional value to Association membership by providing financial products and solutions tailored for NEA members and their families.

About Curriki

A not-for-profit organization with 160,000 members, over 40,000 learning assets and more than 1.6 million unique visitors per year, Curriki drives a broad agenda towards global educational excellence via open source peer-reviewed content, open access, and collaboration tools for teachers, students and parents worldwide. To learn more, please log onto www.curriki.org.

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