In our Common Questions series, StarrMatica’s CEO, Emily Starr, answers some of the questions we are most commonly asked.
Yes and no. As with any curriculum resource, yes, of course it is going to take time to choose content that fits best with your lessons and for your students. However, think about the amount of time teachers are currently spending:
- learning to use new programs such as SMART Notebook, designing lessons, and creating those lessons using the software
- on interactive whiteboard communities sifting through other teachers lessons, downloading lessons, and modifying lessons.
- on Google searches trying and find interactive content that fits with their lesson, that doesn’t have ads, and that was designed for education
- searching for resources to help individual students and photocopying worksheets and creating independent learning activities
And after they have done all of that work searching for content, teachers have often run out of time to plan how to use that content effectively within their overall lesson.
StarrMatica actually saves teachers time by providing multiple search functions so teachers can find targeted content and quickly make content choices. Then they have the time to plan how to use that content effectively within their lesson structure or with specific students.
The overall structure of StarrMatica’s search and share features are intuitive and easy-to-use which also streamlines the process. One of the most common comments we receive from our members is that they can tell StarrMatica was designed by a teacher. The library is structured the way teachers typically think about and organize content, which makes finding the content they are looking for a snap.