Educational Origami is a blog and a wiki, about the integration of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) into the classroom. Created by Arthur Churches, the wiki is about 21st century teaching and learning. In 2008 and 2009, the Educational Origami wiki was nominated for the Edublogs Best wiki awards.
Type of Material:
Social networking learning object with reference material.
The site is a valuable resource for teachers and educators who want to learn more about incorporating digital tools into their classrooms and teaching practice. The wikki provides links to research articles and Web 2.0 tools and resources. Information and resources are provided for Bloom's taxonomy, learning styles, multiple intelligences, cyber safety, Web 2.0, and digital citizens.
This site would be valuable for any course that asks teachers-in-training to integrate technology into their instruction, or for inservice teachers who wish to do the same.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
The site offers information for matching ICT tools to traditional classroom practice and Bloom's Taxonomy. A table compares traditional classroom practice to potential digital alternatives and software tools (proprietary, open source/free (FOSS) and Web 2.0)
Target Student Population:
The website provides resources that can be used with learners of all ages.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Learners should have basic internet navigation skills and a willingness to learn new Web 2.0 technologies to address different levels of Bloom's Digital Taxonomy with their students.
Evaluation and Observation
The site presents current research and information about teaching and learning in the 21st century. Traditional teaching approaches are compared to digital options used by "digital natives." The content contains significant concepts for today's educator.
Churches has done an excellent job of aggregating important ICT resources that support Bloom's Digital Taxonomy. He provides examples of free Web 2.0 resources that can be used to address each level. He continues to update the site regularly with new content. He also addresses other important topics such as digital citizenship
The only concern may be considered a compliment. There is so much information packed into this site, it would be difficult for anyone to read through it all in a timely manner.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The potential effectiveness of the site is unlimited. Each user can determine their own degree of comfort about teaching and learning in the 21st century; and explore the wiki and blog for updated and current information. The material presented helps explain and expand ways to incorporate digital tools into current curriculum.
This site could be used as the textbook for an educational technology course. It definitely should be included as a resource for learners who desire a deeper learning experience into current curriculum.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Churches has organized this site into five main areas and includes subtopics in the side navigation to make it easy to navigate between levels. He has clearly thought through what questions teachers will have and provided primers for various Web 2.0 tools.
The site could be cleaned up to make sure all links have consistent formatting. For example, some PDF links include "PDF" as part of the link name while others do not.