Curio Learning advertises itself as a curation tool: a place in the cloud where teachers can save and organize their digital content. You can use it for this, especially if you don't already have a platform for organizing your lesson materials. But Curio Learning is really a space for sharing. You can collaborate with other teachers in your school or around the world by sharing lessons, resources, and ideas. Perhaps your team is planning a new unit -- divide and conquer. Or maybe you don't have any materials on a particular topic. Use the search feature to find resources already curated by other teachers or educational organizations. With the direct message and discussion features, you can contact the original curator to ask questions, provide feedback, or connect for future collaboration.Continue reading Show less
Curio Learning is a communal space where teachers curate their digital resources and connect with other educators. Teachers create lesson/project cards with links, uploaded files, and images. Cards can be sorted into stacks, which you can think of as folders or tags. You can search for cards uploaded by other educators and add them to your stacks. Likewise, other users can view your content and add it to their stacks. All cards include a discussion section to facilitate comments and questions. Teachers can also message each other directly.
While Curio Learning is easy to use and a quick way to find and share content, there are definitely some things for teachers to consider before they start uploading their life's work. First, everything uploaded is public and searchable. Teachers will need to be mindful about who owns the copyright for the materials they're uploading: They may have the right to use them in their classroom, but they might not have the right to share them on the internet. Second, only other teachers with Curio Learning accounts can access content on the cards. This means teachers can't share a Curio Learning card with their students. However, unlike a school learning management system (LMS), teachers' Curio Learning accounts are their own, so they won't lose all of their hard work if they change jobs or if their school switches LMS companies.
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