Curriculet is a tool that allows its users to add to any reading assignment: questions throughout the text, media annotations and quizzes. The tool also allows teachers to keep track on their students’ work in real-time and give them feedback. It is possible to login as student or teacher. Teachers will have access to a store of pre-made Curriculet and the possibility to create their own. PDF, GoogleDocs, or Word document can be imported. When teachers will select a certain passage of the text, it will allow them to embed a note, ask a question, or create a quiz. Students will need a code or an URL provided by their teacher to have access to their Curriculet classroom’s page. After their reading and questions answering, students would get a report on their answers and the data would be available to their teacher.
This how Curriculet is presented on their official website.
The store allows teachers to buy and use some public domain literature, searchable by categories like grade level and genre. A pretty wide range of classics from literature are available, but there are not as many contemporary titles (better for High School level than Elementary). Of course, those titles are offered with ready-made Curriculets. A Curriculet is all annotations, questions and quizzes added to a text, grouped together.
Jason Shiroff, an Elementary Classroom Teacher from Colorado, described in his review, how this tool is good for learning. He first explain that for students this tool is perfect for improving their reading comprehension skills. The reading experience is altered in a positive way because of the checkpoints added through the text. The fact that students get correction automatically after answering a question throughout the text, helps them know if they understand each part the text, and they know if they need to read again a particular part. Moreover, if a teacher wants to help students get in deeper comprehension of a text, the teacher could add some of her personal reflections or some reference to other analysis of the text. Also, Shiroff explains in his review that the ability for students to interact with each other with Curriculet, can have students more engaged in their learning. The reviewer explains secondly that this tool is helpful for teachers who want to measure their students’ understanding of about any text. Assigning Curriculets as homework can free up class time and allow teachers to check if the readings are done and even review students’ annotation on their text. All those use of the tool help teachers keep an eye on their students’ reading comprehension skills.
Donna M., a classroom teacher in California, described her use and explained to her tought of the tool. In her review, she first say that she used this tool as homework to support in-class instruction. She liked that students could add reference of recording, video or photograph to their text. Those references added interest and helped students understand. Also, the reviewer noted that students could highlight sections of the text and have vocabulary words defined. This is particularly interesting for English language learners when they don’t understand new vocabulary or don’t remember a word across an article they are reading, Donna M. also explained that after presenting the tool to her students, she latter had them create their own Curriculets. With regard to the Ministere de l’Education, des Loisirs, et du Sport, English as a Second Language program, using this tool is a good way of developping the Competency 2: Reinvests understanding of texts. Students would practice their text comprehension and represent their understanding of the information and language through reinvestment tasks.
Elizabeth, an High School Teacher, wrote a review of the app. In this review information about pricing is shared. For free, teachers will be allowed to teach 10 Curriculet texts, and for 50$ they will have unlimited usage for a year. Per book, the prices vary from 1$ to 3.50$. For the schools, the price is 5$ per students per year. The reviewer also mention that Curriculet is available on any computer or mobile device, as long as access to the internet is available. She also reported that she liked to »spy » students, with the Time tracking feature, and know who was reading and how much time they spent on their work. She spent time looking at students’ annotations and highlights to help herself analyse students’ understanding. What was not possible, but she suggested was to have every students’ annotations on one page, and to prevent access to content until a question was answered.