Three Questions You May Have Asked Yourself about Crio Lessons

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In June, we launched our free, online lesson-building tool, Crio. Since then many teachers have created and shared their lessons. But for those yet to jump in, I’ll bet there are at least three questions you've asked yourself. So, let me answer them!

Why should I create Crio lessons?

Because with great power comes great responsibility! A bit cheesy, I know, but isn’t it true? Teachers have the power to inspire and empower students every day. By embracing technology, teachers can increase their impact on student learning. I’ll bet you have created dozens, if not hundreds, of effective and comprehensive worksheets and activities that have helped students in your classroom. But students operate in a much more mobile-friendly world and need technology in the classroom. As their access to technology increases, it is imperative that teachers enhance the learning environment by using educational technology that helps build mastery, promotes critical thinking and reasoning skills, and encourages perseverance. Crio is the solution! This innovative tool allows teachers to take their static, paper-based lessons and create online, interactive, student-centered lessons using open educational content.

The lessons you create with Crio will facilitate and inspire student learning, increase student engagement, and empower students as they become more actively involved in the learning process.

Do I need to be an instructional designer?

Nope! Crio makes layout and design easy. As an instructional designer, I have a set of skills that are certainly useful in creating online resources. However, these skills are not a requirement to successfully build a Crio lesson. The tool was designed for all teachers with any level of technology expertise. Your advantage is that you know exactly what your students need. Let that knowledge guide your Crio design. Are short, procedural videos helpful for your students? You can embed the URL of your own video or one you may have found on the web into your lesson using the video element. Then use the long answer element to allow students to reflect on the video.

Do your students need reading support? Use tool tips to clarify meaning, build vocabulary, and provide deeper understanding.

What about your perfectly written Google slides? Don’t let those go to waste! Use the Google Drive element to embed the slides into your lesson and supplement them with questions that provide targeted, instructional feedback to check for understanding.

With Crio the options are limitless! 

But am I creative enough to build a Crio lesson?

Absolutely! If you are not sure where to start, use the model Crio lessons to stimulate your creativity. Each model presents ways to implement imagery, audio, video, and more. Simply select a model lesson and begin replacing and rearranging content to fit your students’ needs.

Many teachers have created public lessons and some can even be remixed! As with model lessons, if a teacher has allowed her lesson to be remixed, you can edit that lesson. Just look for the remix option in the search results on the resource information page or in the lesson itself. And once you’ve created your lesson, you can allow others to remix it.

So what are you waiting for? Getting started is easy and here’s how:

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Staci Lyon

Staci Lyon is a mathematics curriculum specialist with Curriculum Pathways. She taught high school mathematics for 12 years in Wake County and Granville County. She also taught with North Carolina Virtual Public School. She received both a M.Ed. degree in Instructional Technology and a B. S. degree in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University. Working alongside a team, she enjoys developing the award winning online math resources for Curriculum Pathways that allow teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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