Educational Origami

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Andrew Church, a New Zealand educator, writes about education and ICT on his blog at Educational Origami. His latest post is an update of a project started over twelve months ago, where he matches traditional teaching approaches to web 2.0 tools. He has provided an extensive list of digital alternatives to traditional teaching practises and corresponding software, both commercial and Opensource (free).

I found his “Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy” (available on Scribd) to be an especially interesting and useful document that brings the familiar principles of “Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation” into the 21st century classroom. He suppplies quality rubrics for assessment of web 2.0 skills, such as using advanced and Boolean searching, Blogging, Collaboration using electronic tools (Skype, Elluminate and other audio/visual conferencing tools), Data Analysis, Evaluation, Wiki editing, and even Interactive Whiteboard use. (I think I rated very poorly on that one by the way!). This generously shared document will give me a head-start with my planning for next year’s curriculum, and some great assessment tools for report writing this time next year!

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