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Curriculet (originally called Gobstopper) began with the dream of English teacher and former principal Jason Singer. He wanted to "flip reading instruction in the same way Khan Academy flipped…math [instruction]". The program lets teachers integrate multimedia components into electronic books to support student learning as they read a text. Embed a layer of questions, quizzes, and rich media annotations into any reading assignment. These items can include video snippets of teachers explaining parts of a text, quizzes to check comprehension, vocabulary, and other items that might have once been available separately or not at all.
Instructors place questions, quizzes and other media directly into the texts their students are reading, precisely where stuydents should interact with the material.
He observed that it is difficult for teachers to assess how much students understand -- or are even engaged -- literary assignments. In addition, teachers typically spend big blocks of time grading written assignments.
By enabling teachers to insert short quizzes for comprehension directly in texts, Curriculet can help teachers spot students who are struggling (or not engaging in the texts at all).
The original package used public domain books such as The Scarlet Letter, Huckleberry Finn, "The Raven," and Shakespeare's plays. It has since entered a partnership with publishers to offer copyrighted works for a low cost.