by Amber Wilson
This spring, the web-based, cross-platform text annotation super-tool Curriculet (formerly known as Gobstopper) launched as an app in Edmodo. Whether this news grabs your attention because of your fandom in either Curriculet or Edmodo, I hope you love the combination as much as I do.
Using Your Own Curriculets
What if you’ve already made curriculets and want to port them over? I had some trouble at first and was concerned that I was going to have to start from scratch. Not the case! With some terrific, speedy help from the Curriculet support team, I was able to bring my curriculets over and assign to my existing Edmodo classes with no problems. Here are the steps:
- Log into curriculet.com.
- In the Library, choose a text.
- “Share” the curriculets you’ve already made. This generates a shortlink that you can copy to clipboard or send out to social media.
- If you are porting more than one curriculet into Edmodo, you might want to paste all your links into a text document.
- Log out of curriculet.com.
- Log into edmodo.com.
- If you already have the curriculet app, go to the next step.
- To get the app: using the search bar at the top of your Edmodo homepage, look for Curriculet.
- Choose the app, not the publisher page.
- Install the app.
- Using the Apps Launcher at the right side of your Edmodo page, launch the Curriculet app.
- In a new browser tab, open the link(s) you generated with the “Share” button. This will open previews of the curriculets.
- Choose Add to library (at top right).
- Your curriculet will appear within your Curriculet Edmodo app.
Using Readymade Curriculets
Check out the category “ready-to-use curriculets” in the Store (which you will see once you are logged in). You can also search the store for texts in the public domain. Once you’ve selected the text and added it to your library, you will see the “Available Curriculets.” Click “preview” to see the content. If you like it, click “+ Add to Library” in the top right corner. Navigate to the library, and choose the text the curriculet applies to. The curriculet will now appear under My Curriculets for that book. Any readymade curriculet is fully editable, so you can add, remove, or alter annotations, questions, and quizzes as you see fit.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Click the colorful C logo at top left to quickly find particular chunks of the text, annotations, or questions.
Curriculet has a wide selection of public domain works readily available through its store. You can also easily add your own content to your library. This means you can make good use not just of additional public domain works but also web articles and essays—any file you have on your computer.
In your library, click “Edit Information Summary” on a title to give each curriculet a name and summary that will help you remember and identify it. You can make one curriculet for an entire text, or you can make one curriculet per chapter. Just remember to assign each curriculet to your class (or Edmodo group, if you go that route).
Note that because Curriculet is web-based, it can be a great option for 1:1 classrooms or BYOD settings in which students have different devices. Desktop computer? Tablet? iPad? Chromebook? Curriculet it up on any platform!
Thinking of Curriculet as a summer reading option for students? Check out this Curriculet post for ideas.
Teachers, how will you use annotation to increase student engagement with texts? How will you use quick-checks with instant feedback to help students build comprehension and good reading habits? Leave us a comment sharing your experiences using online close-reading tools.