Curriki and AT&T Team Up to Offer New Interactive Math Assessments

By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

Curriki has teamed up with AT&T to develop tools enabling educators to create interactive math assessments that give students real-time feedback. We think these new content resources and technology will promote student achievement while giving students truly engaging learning experiences.

Instant Feedback


AT&T is providing high-quality digital content for teaching and learning that provides the ability to give students what they often don’t get in school: instant feedback. Interactive quizzes scored in real time give students a level of engagement not available with traditional assessments submitted to the teacher to be graded later — students can immediately see where they are, where they are going, and how to get there. Students will gain self-knowledge about their understanding of a topic or how deeply they have mastered a skill.

Assessments are provided to 8th-12th grade students in three collections:

This month we’ll talk in detail about the Pre-Algebra Collection, and cover the other two in upcoming months.

Pre-Algebra Collection

The Pre-Algebra Collection focuses on the Number System, including a full understanding of rational and irrational numbers.

The section on Expressions and Equations helps students learn about  the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations, and covers integer exponents, square root and cube root systems, estimating very large or small quantities, slope, real-world problem solving and more.

Functions helps students define, evaluate, and compare functions and use them to model relationships between quantities.

Our Sponsor, AT&T

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AT&T is sponsoring the collections with a $125,000 contribution as part of the company’s investment in preparing students for success in school and careers through AT&T Aspire.

“We believe that technology can help students learn anytime, anywhere,” said Nicole Anderson, assistant vice president of social innovation, AT&T. “We collaborate with programs like Curriki that have proven success in removing barriers to connect students with the skills they need.”

AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond.

With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality. Curriki is thrilled to be part of that!

Kim Jones is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Curriki. Kim is active in driving policy initiatives and is regularly featured as an honorary speaker on the impact of technology in education at influential meetings around the world. Learn more at

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Harvey and Irma: Curriki Resources on Hurricanes

By Lani deGuia, Guest Blogger and Curriki Member

The United States and the Caribbean have recently been hit with two of the most devastating hurricanes in history. Hurricane Harvey battered Houston and surrounding areas with 30-51 inches of rainfall, damaging more than 185,000 homes and destroying 9,000. More than 30,000 people were displaced, 69 died, and hundreds of thousands lost electricity.

In the second part of a one-two punch, Hurricane Irma traveled across the Caribbean islands and then barreled up the entire state of Florida, starting as Category 5 hurricane with 175 mph winds speeds. About 6.5 million people were under mandatory and voluntary evacuation. Bringing potential storm surge of up to 15 feet, tornadoes, and a storm span the size of Texas, the damage is still being assessed.

Because these major natural disasters have been at the forefront of our nation’s concern, your students may have questions. We’ve curated some of Curriki’s top reso

September is National Preparedness Month

This month is actually National Preparedness Month with the theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month is observed each September in the USA< sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities.


Young students can check out FEMA for Kids, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency educates children about natural disasters and how kids can help prevent damage. The website features educational materials on the causes of catastrophes such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes.

FEMA’s resources include an emergency preparedness video and recommendations on building a disaster supply kit. FEMA’s Mapping Information Platform is an interactive mapping tool which enables visitors to generate a map of their area of interest simply by entering a zip code or city name.

The National Hurricane Survival Initiative was created after the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The site includes a storm readiness checklist, a hurricane questionnaire and basic hurricane evacuation procedures. The “Storms Stats” area provides a primer on what exactly hurricanes are, along with concise summaries of the wind and water damage that hurricanes can inflict.

For Elementary Level Storm Trackers

Wonderopolis offers What is a Hurricane? where it discusses how hurricanes create vicious winds, torrential rains and flooding.

Hurricanes is a collection of Science NetLinks lessons and resources to help learn more about hurricanes, wind and other weather.

Hurricane Tracking and Weather Prediction is a lesson plan that requires Stormpulse software. By following hurricane patterns, students will become more familiar with weather terminology and forecasts.

For Older Budding Meterologists

Earth Labs-Putting Hurricanes on the Calendar is a laboratory experiment where students explore NOAA’s official record of tropical storms and hurricanes, then import the data into a spreadsheet to generate a frequency histogram that they use to identify the dates of hurricane season.


Hurricanes Unit is a series of Labs that explore the formation and impact of hurricanes.

Hurricanes:  The Greatest Storms on Earth is a NASA website that contains information about hurricanes and describes how they form, intensify and then weaken. The site explains the physics of hurricane formation and also the chain reaction that intensifies hurricane so rapidly. Images, diagrams, and charts provide supplementary material.

Severe Weather:  Hurricanes! is a problem-based learning activity where students study the action of a previous hurricane (Hurricane Andrew, 1992) in preparation for analyzing, tracking and predicting landfall of the next hurricane to hit the United States during the school year. This module is part of Exploring the Environment.

SEACOOS: Virtual Hurricane Classroom is a collection of resources on hurricanes that includes a selection of activities in which students investigate storm surge, learn hurricane terminology, build and use their own weather instruments, and learn how to locate and plot points on a map using latitude and longitude.

In Community Lost: The State, Civil Society, and Displaced Survivors of Hurricane Katrinathe authors use extensive interviews with Katrina evacuees and reports from service providers to identify what helped or hindered the reestablishment of the lives of hurricane survivors who relocated to Austin, Texas.

What Could A Hurricane Do To My Home? has students investigate whether global climate change will intensify the effects of hurricanes on coastal communities by determining the areas most vulnerable to hurricane surges by using topographic maps, a physical model, and a time series of hurricane data.

What Does “Category 4” Mean? The Safir-Simpson Scale helps answer this question through a flash animation on The Associated Press website that shows the typical damage done by each of the five levels of hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. It shows the combined effect of the winds and the storm surge on buildings and trees in the hurricane’s path.

Here at Curriki, we extend our thoughts and support for all those impacted by the recent hurricanes and storms. Stay safe!

Lani deGuia is a Norfolk, VA-based Educational Consultant with experience writing and developing curriculum and managing school technology.

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New Learn Liberty Videos Make US Economic History Interesting

By Kim Jones, CEO, Curriki

Because one of the most challenging classes a high school student must tackle is AP History, Curriki’s partner Learn Liberty is now offering a new video series called US History: An Economic Perspective.

Learn Liberty created the series with the Bill of Rights Institute specifically for students preparing for AP US History or US History subject tests, or for anyone interested in learning about US history.

The Bill of Rights Institute and Learn Liberty worked together to determine which economic concepts are more difficult for students to grasp. Then they created nine interesting, easy-to-follow videos that cover everything from mercantilism in Colonial America to globalization in today’s economy.

Topics include:

How to Use the Videos

Students and teachers can use individual videos to learn about specific time periods and concepts, or watch the whole series for a full survey of US economic history.

The videos feature Professor Brian Domitrovic, associate professor and chairman of the History Department at Sam Houston State University in Texas. Domitrovic, who holds a PhD in history from Harvard University and a BA from Columbia University, is the author of Econoclasts: the Rebels Who Sparked the Supply-Side Revolution and Restored American Prosperity.

About Learn Liberty

Learn Liberty is your resource for exploring the ideas of a free society. It tackles big questions about what makes a society free or prosperous and how we can improve the world we live in. By working with professors from a range of academic disciplines and letting them share their opinions, Learn Liberty helps students explore new ways of looking for solutions to the world’s problems.

About The Bill of Rights Institute

The Bill of Rights Institute is a non-profit educational organization that works to engage, educate, and empower individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society.  The Institute develops educational resources and programs for a network of more than 50,000 educators and 30,000 students nationwide.

Kim Jones is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Curriki. Kim is active in driving policy initiatives and is regularly featured as an honorary speaker on the impact of technology in education at influential meetings around the world. Learn more at

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Muscle Up to Fantasy Football Economics

By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Curriki

Football season starts today in the United States, a great opportunity to engage sports-minded students in math.  It takes more than physical muscle to win at football – it also takes muscle between the ears!

In Econ 101, your students probably glazed over terms like “opportunity cost” and “gains from trade”, because what did they have to do with everyday life?

But now students can apply those concepts to the things they do for fun – like football.

Fantasy Football 101: The Economics of Winning Your League, from Learn Liberty, sparks students to examine questions like “Should I draft this first-round running back?” or “On which players should I spend the most?”, and overcome emotional pitfalls like “trade anxiety” (the fear of losing a trade).

Topics include:

What better way to examine the economics of football?

Photo of Janet PintoJanet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, leads and manages all of Curriki’s content development, user experience and academic direction. Learn more at

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