Curipod Lesson Plan

Curipod lesson plan
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Curipod brings an exciting addition to the available presentation and slideshow digital tools available for educators. It has a focus on integration and interactivity, which brings students closer to the learning material. And to assist users with content creation, Curipod has an AI option. 

For an overview of Curipod, check out What is Curipod and How Can It Be Used for Teaching? Tips & Tricks

While it is designed to be used across K-12 grade levels and subject areas, this Curipod lesson plan is focused on high school-level United States history.  

Subject: Social Studies

Topic: United States History 

Grade Band: High School

Learning Objectives

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Confirm accuracy of United States history facts 
  • Create interactive content explaining segments of United States history 

Curipod Lesson Plan: Lesson Introduction 

Use Curipod to review content on United States history. Depending on the grade level and time of the year, some topics may include events such as the American Civil War or American Revolution, prominent people such as the first president George Washington or inventors such as Elijah McCoy. 

Curipod’s interactive features, such as polls, word clouds, drawing, and open questions, allows you to explore the subject in different ways, and serves a twofold purpose. First, students will be able to participate and contribute to the lesson, and second, you will model some of the features for when students create their own lessons.

Slide Creation 

Have students create a presentation using Curipod presenting on some aspects of United States history. The goal is to create an interactive presentation that they can engage their peers with while demonstrating their own learning to you as the teacher. 

If you allow the students to use the AI assistant for content generation, have them review the content that is generated and check the accuracy. This is a great way to have students practice using technology that includes AI, and building their understanding that content cannot be simply used from AI without reviewing and ensuring that the facts are correct.

Curipod Presentations 

Have students present their slideshows within the Curipod platform. This will give them a chance to see how their peers have approached the assignment differently, and inspire them. Also, if information is not accurate or if students still have questions, seeing alternative presentations could spark healthy debate and discourse. 

It also might be helpful to create a peer review template that other students can use to provide feedback for one another on their presentations. To capture the reviews for the class to see, Padlet would be a good option. If you would prefer to have the reviews private, a Google Form would do the trick. 

How Can I Connect with Other Educators About Curipod? 

An online Facebook community exists to connect with other educators who are using Curipod in their classroom. Since Curipod is a global company based in Norway, there is a built-in opportunity to connect with educators internationally to see how learning is taking place there. Global exchanges such as this can benefit students and elevate their learning experiences.  

What Type of Curipod Training is Available? 

Curipod offers a PD suite of resources on its website that educators can access, and educators can also earn badges and certificates for completing certain classes. Curipod also has a YouTube channel with more than 100 videos with screencasts showing how to use certain features within the platform. 

Curipod is a neat addition to available digital tools that educators and students can use to create presentation and slideshow materials. Consider trying this lesson or others with your students, and see how Curipod helps to engage your students in the learning activity.

Dr. Stephanie Smith Budhai is an associate clinical professor in the department of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum at Drexel University, in Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies and K-12 teaching certifications in Technology Education, Instructional Technology and Business, Computers, Information Technology, Special Education and Elementary Education. She is also the 2021 Emerging Leader for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) and the 2017 ISTE Awardee for Excellence in Teacher Education. Dr. Smith Budhai is a Nearpod, and VoiceThread Certified Educator.  Dr. Smith Budhai has more than a decade of online teaching experience, and has published myriad books, articles, and invited editorials surrounding the use of technology and online learning in education. Her publications include: 

- Leveraging Digital Tools to Assess Student Learning 

- Increasing Engagement in Online Learning: Quick Reference Guide

- Culturally Responsive Teaching Online and In-Person: An Action Planner for Dynamic Equitable Learning Environments 

- Teaching the 4Cs with Technology

- Best Practices in Engaging Online Learners through Active and Experiential Learning Strategies

- Nurturing Young Innovators: Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, Home and Community