Curriki supports LodeStar projects.
Curriki is a terrific resource. If you don’t have access to a learning management system and you are willing to share your resource with the educational community as well as your students, choose Curriki.
Curriki is an open education resource library. Curriki enables educators around the world to access and contribute free open educational resources.
At the conclusion of this post, you will find a short video that describes how to import a LodeStar project into Curriki. But before you can import LodeStar, you must contact Curriki at http://www.curriki.org/about-curriki/contact-us/ and request to be a trusted user.
Once you are a trusted user, follow these steps. The video is a little difficult to view, but these steps will help you. Print them out.
- Open a LodeStar project.
- Select Export.
- In the Export dialog, select the ‘Simple Zip’ option.
- Fill in the fields and click on the “Create Export’ button.
- Pay attention to where LodeStar saves your exported file!!
- Register as a Curriki user (free) and contact Curriki to become a trusted user (free).
- Log in to Curriki.
- Go to ‘My Dashboard’ if you are not already there.
- Click on ‘Contribute a Resource’.
- Fill in the ‘Title’ and ‘Abstract’ fields.
- In the Content area, click on the HTML Editor and select ‘Insert’ from the HTML editor toolbar.
- Select ‘Insert LodeStar Zip’. This is the simple zip that you created earlier. It is in your LodeStar/Exports folder.
- Follow the rest of the Curriki information collection process.
- Once you have completed all of the steps, you will be able to ‘Start’ the LodeStar activity.
- To find your project (resource), go to ‘My Dashboard’ and to ‘My library’.
- Click on the resource. Click on the ‘Start’ button to launch.
- Share the resource website address with your students. Test the address.
Screenshot of the Curriki HTML Editor with Insert LodeStar Zip.
Screenshot of the activity web page. Notice the Website address near the top of the screen. Notice the start button near the bottom of the screen.
Curriki supports Google Classroom. If your school cannot afford a learning management system like Moodle, consider Google Classroom. LodeStar objects added to the Curriki library can be easily shared with Google Classroom.
There are two ways to link a PDF (or any other web friendly file) to a LodeStar ActivityMaker page. The first way involves copying the PDF to the root directory of the project so that PDF always remains with the project. The second way involves linking to a PDF located anywhere on the public internet.
Linking to a local PDF file
Open or start an ActivityMaker project. Every project has its own directory under LodeStar > Projects. Copy the PDF to the root of that directory. In my example I have a project named Demo_PDF. In the screenshot, you will see that I have copied the pdf to the Demo_PDF directory. My pdf file is called GuitarTab.pdf. It is not obvious, but note that the pdf file sits inside my Demo_PDF project directory.
Next, I click on the link icon in the HTML Editor toolbar on the ‘Text’ page.
In the URL field, type in the name of the PDF file. In my case, I typed GuitarTab.pdf. Type in a text to display to your students, as pictured below:
Click Ok. To preview your work, click on Preview. This will copy the address of the project to the clipboard. Preview will not show the popup with your PDF. To see this in action, launch Firefox, and paste in the project URL from the clipboard. (If you previewed, the project URL is on the clipboard.) Once your project loads, you can click on your link and see it work.
Linking to a PDF on the Public Internet
Follow all of the steps above, but instead of a filename as a URL paste in the complete address of the PDF on the internet.
See below for how either scenario should appear:
- Launch LodeStar and choose a project based on the ActivityMaker template.
- Add a new page to your project.
- Select the page type ‘Video’ (not Video Scenario).
- Copy the URL (the address) from YouTube. Notice the screen shot below. Copy the address that is highlighted with blue.
- Paste the address into the first field (box) on the LodeStar Video Page. Ignore everything else.
- Click Preview. Your video wont show in the preview. Now jump out to the Firefox browser. Because you clicked on the LodeStar Preview button, the address of your project was saved to the clipboard. Now paste it in the Firefox address field. You should now see your project and be able to view your video, provided that YouTube hasn’t blocked it.
Please note: You will need to manually pause your video, but once you publish your project to a learning management system, LodeStar will automatically pause the video when the student turns the page.