Crio: The OER Solution You've Been Looking For


Open educational resources (OER) have gained momentum as a cost-effective alternative to expensive materials such as textbooks, workbooks, and other repositories. The proliferation of internet access and internet-enabled devices makes it easy to share high-quality teaching resources. Beyond lowering school budgets, OERs serve to shrink the opportunity gap by ensuring all students have access to the same resources regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location.

For this reason, the OER tide continues to roll despite its shortcomings. Millions of open assets populate the web even though they lack a scalable, user-friendly interface to assist in navigation. Moreover, the majority of these open resources are individual assets, such as a single image, video, or audio clip. In some cases you’ll find PDFs or documents containing lesson plans or student worksheets, leaving it up to districts or teachers to cobble scattered resources together into a coherent, executable curriculum.

Wouldn’t it be great if educators could create open, student-facing lessons — comprehensive lessons ready to be assigned to a student immediately?

Let me introduce you to Crio.Crio’s drag-and-drop interface allows any educator to create online, student-facing lessons for free. Crio lessons aren’t PDFs of worksheets or lessons plans, they’re interactive, ready-to-use resources that teachers can easily share.

We built Crio specifically to align with the 5 R's of OER as defined by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of EdTech: retain, reuse, revise, remix, redistribute.

Retain. You built it; you own it. Crio users have complete ownership of the lessons they create. Since you are the author, your name appears on the lesson, you maintain control of where and how it appears, and, at any time, you can edit, republish, duplicate, and delete it.

. Crio lessons are available anytime, anywhere. Compatible across devices, your lesson can be used anywhere with any internet-connected device. No device? No problem. Crio also automatically generates a worksheet version of your lesson that can be downloaded, printed, and distributed to students.

Revise. Want to change your lesson? Go ahead! Using the Crio editor, you can change, adapt, and republish lessons with the push of a button.

Remix. There are a lot of great educators out there. Why not take advantage of their brilliance? When you find a Crio lesson you like, remix it, and make it your own.

Redistribute. Crio is ready to scale your best ideas. Let students around the world take advantage of your amazing lessons by sharing them publicly in the Curriculum Pathways repository. Alternatively, leave your lessons unlisted and use the sharable link to share them with your PLN.


Want to get started creating your own OER lessons with Crio? Here's how:


About Author

Lucy Kosturko

Lucy Shores Kosturko, PhD manages product development for SAS Institute's K-12 educational initiatives, a suite of cross-platform offerings promoting data literacy, artificial intelligence and computer science. After graduating with a B.A. in psychology and computer science from Rhodes College, she earned a M.S. in computer science and PhD in educational psychology from North Carolina State University. Lucy lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and two daughters.

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