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"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow." John Dewey

Widged
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Widgeds?

A widged is an interactive widget for education .

Embrace the 21st century and the open web

Each activity attempts to do two things. On the one hand provide examples of activities written specifically for an interactive environment (rather than some port of traditional paper format ones like MCQs). Second, provide pointers to image and media resources that are freely available on the internet.

Write Once, Deploy Anywhere

All activities are written in jQuery and work across platforms.
  • They have been tested on Safari (desktop), iPad, NexusOne (Android smartphone).
  • They can be embedded in any web environment that let you execute javascript code. For instance, they can be embedded in any part of a wikispace page using the "Widget > Other HTML" option.
  • An offline mode is possible, with activities embedded in an html file launched from the local file system.
  • A five minutes check suggests that the activities also run on OLPC machines. This would require further testing.
  • Integration work is in progress for some of the most popular environments in education: Moodle, WikiEducator and GoogleApps.
  • It should also be possible to embed these activities into Virtual Worlds. Via DOM communication, in Reaction Grids or on the embedded browser in Sloodle . I haven't had a chance to test that yet, though.

The source for the activities presented here is available on github: widged modules

Ask for new activities

Feel free to suggest new modules. The fastest way is to contribute to the discussion (under the "Discussion" tab). You will need to request to join the group first. If you find the space there too limited, simply add another page. It would be really great if you could contribute some form of case study. A short paragraph that describes who you are as I am keen to identify a few personas or abstract user profiles (I recommend to use nicknames like Mrs H to protect your privacy). Another one on how you would like to use such small activities in the classroom.