the WWILD Team
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World Wide Interactive Learning Design Team
The WWILD Team
An Online Community of Teachers, Parents, Students, and Software Developers Promoting Experiential Learning
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Try to imagine the entire world as one big team dedicated to designing and evaluating the best interactive learning experiences for all people. Anyone can join the team -- teachers, parents, students, software developers, etc. -- anyone with a real interest in helping people learn through the power of interactivity. The WWILD Team web site tries to make this possible by letting everyone search and contribute to a database of links to interactive software on the Internet. This is also a place where all members can evaluate interactive software and share their reviews for other members to read and consider. By joining together we can become an online community dedicated to interactive learning!
The WWILD Team looks for special kinds of interactive software that we call interactive modules. An interactive module, similar to any reusable learning object, is any self-contained, short, interactive experience that is relevant to school-based learning -- they are not lessons, but resources for lessons and learning. The Internet is full of them, ranging from small simulations to games to drills. The difficulty is finding the best ones and letting others know about them. The WWILD Team database is designed to do just that. It's a place for members to let others know what they have found by organizing the modules by type, content area, intended audience, and lots more. This is also a place for non-commercial software developers to share their work (see The Best Archive for information about a partnership of universities dedicated to sharing graduate student-created educational multimedia).
WWILD Team members can also contribute to the definition of "quality" by sharing their evaluations, or even just stories, of their experiences using the modules. As teachers search for methods of integrating technology into their classroom strategies, this database can become an invaluable resource. It allows teachers to better use their valuable time by providing a single place to find technology resources necessary to complement their creative lesson plan energies. By having students and parents contribute as well, we can bridge the gaps between school, home, work, and play.
The WWILD Team web site is offered free of charge to the educational community. It is sponsored and hosted by the Department of Educational Psychology & Instructional Technology at the University of Georgia.
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