Curriculet’s founder, Jason Singer, created the reading program after seeing his students use and excel at advanced, complex, text-heavy video games, but fail to comprehend a traditional book at their reading level. And an unsettling trend began to emerge that children’s love of reading only decreased as they got older. Singer devised Curriculet to counteract this trend.
He created a platform that took the digital learning experience and applied it to books. The program overlaid digital texts with embedded questions, multimedia, annotations, and quizzes to model, teach, and support students in comprehension strategies, including recalling, questioning, visualizing, inferring, and summarizing – mimicking the learning experience in video game tutorials.
The digital reading platform – Curriculet – engages students who are wired to respond to, even require, instant feedback, making normally static print as vibrant as interactive entertainment.
Founded in 2012, Curriculet attracted over 1.2 million teachers to sign up and use the platform for over four years, encouraging their students to read independently and further their love of literature. However due to increased pressure from for-profit investors, Curriculet was forced to close its doors in early 2016.