Curriculet

What is it?

A curriculet is a digital layer of questions, quizzes and rich media, placed on top of any text. As students read a text, questions, quizzes and annotations (i.e. material that would normally be placed in worksheets) pop out of the text, so students are instructed and assessed as they read at just the right moment.

What can I do with it?

You can use already existing curriculets.

There are hundreds of curriculets that contain questions, videos, annotations and quizzes. These are pre-loaded with teacher-created questions and quizzes, and they are all editable, so you can add to or modify these to suit your own teaching purposes.

You can build your own curriculets.

You can build curriculets from scratch using any of the texts in the Store. Simply select the book you want and you will be given the option of creating a new curriculet and adding your own questions, annotations and quizzes.

You can also build curriculets using your own texts. You can extract content from a URL or upload content from a file directly into your Library. You can then create your own curriculet for these texts.

You can also view rich reports on student progress, assign readings from books that don’t contain questions, share curriculets with other teachers, and use Curriculets made by other teachers.

Getting Started

Step One: Create your account

Step Two: Create your classes

Step Three: Enroll students in you class

Finding & Adding Content

Check out the store:

Literature

Access to hundreds of canonical books of literature from the public domain, including novels, short fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction texts.

History

Access to full units for US, World, and AP History in the History section of the Store.

Current events

Access to current event curriculets are short, non-fiction articles taken from websites like Time, Washington Post, NPR, National Geographic, and History.com. This category is updated and added to daily.

Harper Collins titles

There is also a short-term book purchase program, which allows you to purchase any book from the Harper Collins library.

Add your own content:

Webpages (including news articles, Wiki pages, etc.)

Curriculet allows you to add the content of any webpage you want to teach. After you enter the URL, the text from your source is converted into an easy-to-read curriculet.  You can then insert questions, annotations, quizzes and videos.

Documents

You can upload your own documents from your computer, Google Drive, or Dropbox.

Making Curriculets

Checkpoints

A checkpoint is any information, rich media or assessment you embed into a text. Currently, there are three kinds of checkpoints: questions (which can be multiple choice or open-ended), annotations (which include text, images, and videos), and quizzes. Checkpoint icons appear in the margin next to the selected text.

Adding a Question

To add a question, click a word and hold until the blue selector pops up, then drag over the text you want to select. A checkpoint menu will pop up (see below). Click “Add Question.” You can create a multiple-choice or open-ended question. When you’re done, click “save.” You can go back and edit your question checkpoint at any time.

Curriculet randomizes answers for students, which means it doesn't matter where you place the correct answer because the order of the available answers will be shuffled for each student. When writing answers where all or none of the answers are correct, it’s best to use the wording "All answers are correct" instead of “All of the above” or “None of the above.”

Add an Annotation

Curriculet gives you the ability to communicate with students as they read, and to show and ask them things that will ultimately help them truly understand a text. To add an annotation, click a word and hold until the blue selector pops up, then drag over the text you want to select and a checkpoint menu will pop up. The "Annotation" option allows you to add text or rich media. For text, simply type whatever you want to appear as an annotation. For rich media, paste the URL you’d like to embed in the annotation box.

Quizzes

You can add quizzes that contain questions at any point in a reading. After making your text selection, select “Add Quiz” from the checkpoint menu, name the quiz and start entering questions. (Note: When you insert a quiz, it’s best to do so on the last word of the chapter, that way the quiz is the last checkpoint to show up in the text.) Students will get immediate feedback that includes their quiz grades, which are automatically generated and appear in teacher reports as well.

Assign Curriculets

To assign a curriculet, first, click the book cover to add the curriculet to your library. Click “View in library.” Choose "Create Curriculet" if you want a blank copy of the book that you can add your own content to. Here, you can name the curriculet and choose a grade level.

"Available Curriculets" show curriculets that already contain questions, quizzes, and annotations. Click preview to check out the curriculet, or Add it to your library, which will give you the opportunity to use it as-is, or edit the content.

Click Edit Curriculet to view and edit the content. You can view questions, annotations, and quizzes, change them, or add your own.

To assign a curriculet, click "Assign to Class," select a class, then save, and you’re all set.

Get Student Progress Reports

Reports tell you, at a glance, who has completed the assignment and who is still in the process of completing it, the average quiz grade of a class, how long it took students to do the assignment, and how your students performed on the Common Core standards addressed in the assignment.

To see full-class reports, click “Assignments” on the top navigation bar, and then choose a class and an assignment. When you select the assignment, you’ll see the report for that assignment.

You can also view reports by individual student or by question. To see individual student reports for the entire assignment simply click on a student’s name.

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