Featured Wiki: Educational Origami

Andrew Churches started the Educational Origami wiki in April of 2007.

1. Briefly describe your group, your wiki, and what you use it to do:
The Educational Origami wiki is a starting point for education. When I first published the wiki I was working on taking traditional teaching practice and fitting it into the wide range of tools that we have available to us. Since then it’s expanded to cover Bloom’s Digital taxonomy, a revision of Benjamin Bloom’s original work and then the later revision by Lorin Anderson and David Krathwohl. Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy takes these works and brings them in to the 21st Century. I use the wiki as a resource hub, where I and the others who contribute to the wiki can share resources on a wide range of technology and education based topics ranging from Pedagogy to Leadership and management. We have starter sheets for different technologies and rubrics for their use, plus links to readings that challenge the reader to think and question their teaching practice.

2. Besides the Edit button, which wiki feature is your favorite?
The discussion tool – there are so many great discussions and these help to shape my thinking. It’s a huge privilege to have people take the time to comment and suggest, I really appreciate the conversations.

3. What is one way you’re using wikis and other web 2.0 tools in your projects?
As a teacher, Wikispaces wikis are one of the most powerful tools in my teaching toolbox. While I use tools like Google documents with my students for collaboration, this is always a short duration task, but for anything that requires permanence I use a wiki. We have global projects that run between schools in 5 or 6 countries and are over two years in duration and the foundation of the projects is the shared wiki.

4. Tell us about a particular moment that made you say, “Aha! THIS is why I use wikis!”
My AHA moment came after I had started the wiki and at that stage it was a private wiki, where to edit you had to be a member. A colleague of mine encouraged me to open it up, to make it public, to invite collaboration. I trusted his advice and watched it grow from there. It’s great and so worthwhile.

5. If you could ask it, what do you think your wiki would say about you?
I hope that it would say that as an educator and also about education is about sharing, openness, open doors, transparency and passion for learning.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted April 19, 2011 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    I closely work with a group in higher education (in India) where Wiki and other FOS tools are used. I am quite amazed to see so much work around Bloom’s taxonomy in this context. I am also a teacher/faculty trainer and will explore your site further. My group will post experiences with these tools.

  2. Posted April 28, 2011 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    As librarians we have developed Classroom Assignments by subject area so we can collaborate with teachers and post their assignment based links on the Wiki. Because the subject area teachers and the librarians are members of the Wiki, we are looking forward to developing and improving this shared space. It is currently a work in progress but it is providing the “sandbox” experience for the teachers to consider Wiki as a virtual solution while the librarians offer support as needed.

  3. Madeleine
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    As librarians we have developed Classroom Assignments by subject area so we can collaborate with teachers and post their assignment based links on the Wiki. Because the subject area teachers and the librarians are members of the Wiki, we are looking forward to developing and improving this shared space. It is currently a work in progress but it is providing the “sandbox” experience for the teachers to consider Wiki as a virtual solution while the librarians offer support as needed.

  4. Tim
    Posted April 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Wiki’s have been an outstanding tool for HSC course teachers as they have allowed questions to be posted for all studded to see. Students are then able to contribute threads to ultimately produce an exemplar response. The threads allow for commentary about why the contributor entered the thread they did.

  5. Posted May 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I Love Wikispaces! We use them in school for posting what we think about the books! Its so much better than writing it!!!!!!!

  6. Cat Martin
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Hi there, what a wonderful idea. Is it possible for me to join your Wiki to have a read about what you are writing?
    I am studying to be a teacher in Melbourne, Australia and this would be a really helpful and interesting read for me.
    I’ve just become a member of Wiki Spaces and am a little unsure about how this would work.
    Thanks.

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