As part of the selection process for a job I recently applied for I have to teach the interview panel something, anything at all in 10 minutes. That’s a pretty scary concept as you can easily get bogged down with the detail of the topic or overcome with the enormity of the task and not do yourself justice. So I first thought what do they want to see from me? Answer, more than likely is how clearly I explain / teach people something so I decided to go for a simple concept – the origami hopping frog. However, in customising my template and deciding how I would best explain the construction of said frog I felt it wasn’t showing my understanding of technology enhanced learning. So this blog illustrates one of my attempts to make an origami hoping frog an online learning experience:
How to make an origami hopping frog:
Fold the paper in half lengthways then open it back up
Fold each of the two top corners towards the middle your fold lines should look like the do in the photo
Fold your paper backwards at the point where the diagonal folds cross and then open it back up – the folds should now look a bit like the Union Jack Flag pattern.
Hold your template on the red dots and gently pull the edges in towards the middle (blue dot) – the folds should help with this … then flatten the top into a triangle like this.
To make the frogs front legs, fold each corner of the triangle’s top layer towards the centre so they sit side by side or the tip of the triangle.
Now fold each side towards the middle.
Fold the bottom part upwards (in half) so the top meets the bottom of the frogs front legs.
Now fold this flap back on itself so it looks like this.
Now flip it over and you have your own funky hopping frog – to make your frog hop, push down on the frogs back and let go.
Teaching online and offline:
When you present an activity like this face to face you can immediately answer people’s questions, you can show things that are not clear and you can interact with the material and the learners. Online, in this format, I have had to take pictures, adjust the template and give written instructions that I hope you can follow. I have also created a downloadable pdf of the instructions which again had to be constructed in a different way. To be a good instructional designer, e-learning strategist or learning technology manager you have to be aware of what the benefits and consequences are of using technology for learning. What formats work for delivering different types of learning activities and which don’t. I don’t think the frog blog works brilliantly for transmitting this type of practical information so I am now off to make a video and see how that works …