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Educurious

By Sally Finley - Posted Jan 1, 2017
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Company: Educurious Partners, 2815 Eastlake Avenue East, Suite 220, Seattle, WA, 98102; educurious.org

Price: Pricing is based on full-year licensing for five units in sequence or as single units to use within an existing course sequence. Contact Educurious Partners for specific information on pricing.

Audience: Educurious is appropriate for 9–12 grade educators and students.

System Requirements: Educurious requires availability to an internet browser.

Description: Educurious provides an online experience that connects educators, students, and experts through project work using technology.

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support: A

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Access is through a web browser and requires an annual license. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Units are built to the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Project-based learning occurs through the use of collaborative projects.

Units cover Biology, English Language Arts and Humanities, Environmental Science, ELA Math, Science, and Social Studies. An Expert Network provides student feedback and connects the school to careers and professions. Discussion Boards provide instructional coaching.

Learning communities share innovative instructional practices, and teachers can build their own digital, project-based learning unit.

Educurious is built on the research-based practices of positioning students as developing experts, engaging students in project/problem-based learning, following competency-based pathways, providing continuous performance feedback, accessing experts, creating contemporary learning experience, and building on prior student interest and identities for relevant participation in authentic experiences. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Educurious presents information in a clear and precise format for the user. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Educurious provides training opportunities and ongoing support for teachers and schools. Professional development is an integral part of this program through static.educurious.org/docs/Edu? curiousProfessionalDevelopment.pdf. The Professional Development Modules teach strategies for supporting students in reading and understanding complex texts through problem-based and project-based learning. Other modules help educators build STEM learning systems in their schools.

Face-to-face gatherings with an online community support implementation of the blended learning approach. A weekly newsfeed prepares teachers for upcoming content.

An annual Summer Institute offers an opportunity for teachers and administrators to learn more about project-based learning. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Educurious is a technology-rich learning experience that helps students develop solutions to real-world problems. Students are engaged in active, project-based learning. I like the emphasis of moving students from the role of passive consumer of information to active participant in their individual education.

The program connects students with experts who give feedback that often leads to helping students discover a career path. There are three types of experts in this program: 1-1 or 1-Many work virtually with one student or a group to provide real-world feedback on projects. Beam Experts engage in live question-and-answer sessions via video conferencing. Recorded experts provide a statement or challenge for students to use during class. This connection to experts at work in the world provides a meaningful experience for our high school students.

Project-based learning has always been an effective way to capture the interest of the students and connect them to worldwide possibilities. It places the responsibility of learning on the student while encouraging collaboration and a team approach to solving real-life problems.

Educurious is an excellent tool to engage high school students in the learning process since it provides them the skills for success in college, careers, and life. Sparking student interest and curiosity is what every educator aspires to attain. I highly recommend this program to high school educators who want to provide this motivating experience for their students. Highly Recommended

 

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Her email address is sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.


 
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