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The Push for Open Content

The "open content" movement in education is getting a boost from the state of Wyoming, a regional education agency, and a for-profit virtual school. All have all agreed to share teacher-created curricula on Curriki, an online community for creating and sharing open source K-12 curricula, the nonprofit company announced yesterday.

Under a typical open content license, anyone can take the materials, use them and modify them freely, and even republish them.

Wyoming's Department of Education has made available on Curriki a 6th grade Spanish curriculum that was developed with federal funding. The materials can be accessed, downloaded, and modified as necessary by Spanish teachers worldwide. The 7th grade version of the curriculum will be added this fall, with 8th grade materials following within two years.

The Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES, a regional education agency in southwestern New York State, is sharing a collection of upper elementary and middle school math and science curricula that is the product of 15 years of development.

And the American Academy, a for-profit virtual school in Utah, plans to offer a large collection of accredited high school courses, according to Curriki.

Curriki says its growing collection now offers educators, parents, and students access to more than 18,000 high-quality "learning assets."

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