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K-12 Evaluated Resource Collection

CK-12

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Author/Publisher/Website: www.ck12.org
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Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Apr/2020
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-12
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Resource Description

This well-designed, online reference tool is a free, open-education resource that provides thorough explanations and clear examples across a broad range of subjects, including literacy, mathematics, and science. An engaging and customizable resource, “cK-12” provides a platform for teachers to incorporate multi-modal instruction. The website offers content relevant to various courses within the BC curriculum and is appropriate for usage for students from Kindergarten through to Grade 12. Teachers can use this resource as a platform to create their own online textbooks, to offer homework help via forums, and to provide additional activities to support in-class instruction.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Comments:
This resource, while based on the common core standards of the USA, offers content directly applicable to the BC curriculum. The content aligns with English Language Arts K–9, supporting content-based aspects such as grammar, spelling, literary tools, and basic reading comprehension for younger grades. The math provides basic concepts but will require selective curation to match the BC curriculum for Grade 9–12. The science is well supported across the K–12 curricula, with only minor sequencing differences in content delivery. Physics, Chemistry, and Life Science 11 and 12 are a near perfect match. Caution must be taken with Social Studies as it is from an American perspective.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Can the content be differentiated?
Moderately
Can reading level be adjusted?
Moderately
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
The “cK-12” site is engaging and provides thorough explanations and clear examples within the subject modules. If a teacher is using this resource as a supplement to their instruction or curating their own FlexBook, the content can be altered to offer differentiated reading levels. The text within a FlexBook can be directly changed; the quizzes and assignments offer differentiation via adaptive questioning.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the navigation throughout the site intuitive?
Extensively
Are the presentation controls (e.g. sizing, resolutions, volume, etc.) suitable for the classroom?
Extensively
Are images clear?
Extensively
Is the sound quality clear?
Extensively
Is the interface uncluttered?
Extensively
Descriptors:
User-managed password resets
Accessible for people with disabilities. (Look for personal preferences tools, adjustable font size, volume controls).
Print and online help provided in simple and brief segments (FAQ, Quick help, etc.)
Search engine can search the entire site
External links are operational
Technical specifications given
Provides optional print formats
Provides file format options for saving
Displays in mobile devices
Comments:
The site has clear topic and content headings and is easy to navigate on a variety of devices. Material can be searched by topic, concept, or course, but not by individual files. Assignments and content are in a sequencing format and easy for students to follow. In the teacher resources, answer keys are available for embedded student questions, and many modules have quizzes, tests, and answer keys, downloadable as editable Word or PDF files. If a teacher plans to create their own course, FlexBook, PLIX, or assignments, it is recommended to read the FAQ and examine the support information first, as it can be challenging to start from scratch without background knowledge of the platform.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the instructional design effective and appropriate for the intended audience?
Extensively
Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Moderately
Are the instructional elements consistent with the purpose of the resource?
Extensively
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Extensively
Does the progression in learning go from the simple to the complex?
Extensively
Are the content chunking and sequencing appropriate?
Extensively
Does the resource provide multiple strategies to help learners construct meaning?
Extensively
Does the resource support a gradual release of responsibility i.e. explicit instruction, guided practice, independent learning?
Moderately
Does the resource provide varied opportunities to demonstrate learning and extend thinking?
Moderately
Does the resource provide appropriate tools for assessment?
Moderately
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Extensively
Comments:
This site offers a platform for teachers to incorporate multi-modal instruction. Beginner technological skill is required to navigate the site and use its individual components; those who are comfortable with technology can use advanced customization features. Modules contain adaptive practice quizzes, which tailor the student experience to reflect learning gaps. The main goal of the platform is to disseminate information and test for comprehension and recall. Quizzes and assignments can be used as an assessment for learning or assessment as learning. Real-life examples are used extensively, however, there are limited options for students to demonstrate deeper application of their knowledge.

DIGITAL CLASSROOM REFERENCE

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Extensively
Does the classroom reference have a bibliography and footnotes?
Not at all or slightly
Does the classroom reference use multimedia to support learning?
Extensively
Are the subject area list and/or subtopics extensive?
Extensively
Is the keyword search adequate?
Extensively
Do the external links contribute to the learning experience
Moderately
Descriptors:
Basic search
Student social media tools
Secondary reference material such as summaries or reviews of research
Notetaking tools
My folders tool
Comments:
This is a well-designed, well-laid-out, and informative resource. More than a reference tool, this site offers an online classroom experience. Junior grades could use material on the site as a reference, but this would not be appropriate for senior level students. Internal links to PLIX, FlexBooks, Braingenie, etc., are active, but are copyrighted within the “cK-12” suite of learning resources. Many images and activities are offered under creative common license. Content is not attributed to specific authors or researchers, with the exception of external links to YouTube videos. Links within the “cK-12” site are ad-free; if videos are watched externally on YouTube, they are subject to ads.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE VENDOR

Mac Version(s) :
na
Win Version(s) :
na
Is Active Directory integration available for updating user data?
Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
This California-based, non-profit site offers teachers, students, and parents their own customizable sections in this free, open-education resource. With the creation of a free account, some material can be downloaded for offline reading. Teacher guides are available online or as downloadable files. Additional options are available to teachers to create classes, assignments, and edit content, including customizing the text and content in FlexBooks and assignments.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
The platform provides teacher options to design your own FlexBook (an online textbook) and mix and match content areas to align directly with your course. It can also be used to offer homework help by connecting students and teachers via forums. Additional activities to support in-class instruction include multi-modal opportunities, PLIX (used for review games), and adaptive quizzes to reflect the learning journey. Many features can be used without an account. As the servers are held in the USA, one must be mindful of the privacy concerns if teachers plan to create and house an entire class on the platform.
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