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What I do (A week in the life…)

teaching pupilsWhat do I do? Well I teach children and I train adults. My rôle was changed a couple of years ago to allow more time for Moodle. I now have Much less money but Much more fun!

Every day is different. Here’s a typical week:


morning: 20 year 5s (9 year olds) bounce in to my classroom from one of our local primary schools to do some exploring on Google Earth and meet Moodle. Part of my job is aiding the transition from Primary to High school and an element of this involves getting them to use my school’s Moodle. Within five minutes of logging in for the first time ever, two of them have searched for and contacted their elder siblings via the messaging block. Should I be exasperated they are distracted or delighted they are digitally native?

afternoon: A new English teacher comes for her training session. Another part of my job is to ensure all new members of staff, teachers, admin or PGCE students get trained so they can comfortably contribute. Increasingly I  leave the “upload your powerpoints” to the end as a (deliberate) afterthought and instead, show them the benefits of forums, assignments and all things interactive.

Tuesday: Early start on the train to a Midlands school. ( I like the train because you don’t have to leave the internet to watch the road!) Much to  my colleagues’ amusement, my school  hires me out for £400  basically to do whatever you like!! OK, it has to be Moodle but that still leaves a lot of potential! Today I am visiting an 11-18 high school, working with the admin  in the morning and showing a group of “champions” some more advanced Moodle teaching ideas in the afternoon. Last week I had fun at an 8-13 Middle School, starting the whole staff on their first steps with Moodle. I go anywhere UK or Europe though I’ve not yet reached my ambition to Moodle en français…


morning: Year 10 Spanish (14 year olds) are recording themselves to upload to a course they share with a Spanish school. I’m supporting their teacher and pleasantly surprised at how much – with basic  Latin and  French degree – I can understand of their enthusiastic efforts.  Then straight to Year 7 who are blogging and making “views” (webpages) in Mahara about their early days at High School. This is pleasant because, having met them in previous years when introducing them to Moodle, it’s nice to keep the relationship up.


teaching pupilsSomething a bit different – training a local Solicitors’ company who plan to use Moodle for their CPD. A change from the schools’ angle for me and an interesting insight into business needs.  They are very keen on the “Activity Locking/Conditional Activities” element of Moodle and although we work on a Moodle 1.9, a discussion ensues about whether to start straight with 2.0 or not.


morning: Out at a different Primary school to chivvy along their Y6 (10 year olds) who are aiming to have the Bronze INGOT  certificate completed before they get to High School and who again are using our Moodle to upload their work. We also have a practice with CrazyTalk which their class teacher has bought for them to use in Assembly – but we have to be quiet as the Head is  not meant to know!


Working on a redesign of the Staffroom course on our Moodle and then making help resources, which I love. I love breaking things down step by step.  I use Snagit for screencasts and Screensteps for helpsheets – although I am also liking using styles in (the much maligned) MS Word as this enables me to make little booklets with tables of contents (with the screenshots dropped in from Snagit). In between times I am emailing back and forth a network manager in Norfolk who has paid my school for email support. I ask you  – me? solving people’s Moodle queries? It’s like I’m a chocolate addict working in a chocolate factory:) 🙂

Friday: My day off (in theory) but it’s changed this week as 3 people from different parts of the UK have come to learn about Moodle 2.0. I don’t know many places doing training in this just yet as Moodle 2.0 is still a baby with bugs and I am learning more each day – but the Moodle doesn’t break, the sandwiches are good and they seem satisfied so that’s a relief! Two of the three are Moodle admins of 1.9 sites, while the third is Head of ICT looking at beginning Moodle. They requested  predominantly admin training and once more we have that discussion over when to move to 2.0 and whether to start with 2.0 or play safe with 1.9. But I can’t stay in geek mode for too long, because as soon as they leave I’m brought back to reality with 20  Google Earth assignments still not marked from Monday and nearly 20  newbie Moodlers messaging me a reminder!

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  1. Hi Mary,
    It sounds like you’ve got an interesting job and I’m surprised you’re even able to keep track of it all!

    You mentioned CrazyTalk – is that the facial animation program you’re using? It looks very cool.

    BTW – I enjoy watching your tutorial videos so thanks for those. We’re also looking forward to the activity locking in 2.0.

    Comment: Lynn Hadfield – 27. October 2010 @ 9:23 pm

  2. Sometimes I use Voki and screenrecord the website with Snagit and other times I use Crazytalk – yes the facial animation program- which saves as a movie file -they each have their benefits. Thanks for the thanks.

    Comment: admin – 27. October 2010 @ 9:27 pm

  3. Keep sprinkling some fine Moodle fairy dust Mary 😀

    Big thanks on behalf of those who say thanks and those you (may/will) never hear from.



    PS Will do a Moodle 2.0 First Look review as soon as we get over this crazy pre-release caper. Have enjoyed reading it.

    Comment: Tomaz Lasic – 28. October 2010 @ 4:14 am

  4. sigh…so I guess your fee would be larger if we asked you to come to Canada??

    Love the blog – just discovered it – looking forward to implementing some of these wonderful ideas! I’m the “maverick” at our middle school (grade 7-9 in our district) and slowly I’m winning over converts!

    Happy Moodling!

    Comment: Raabster – 22. November 2010 @ 9:46 pm

  5. fee would be the same – travel expenses might be a bit higher though! 🙂 All the best with converting your staff to Moodle – all power to the “maverick”!

    Comment: admin – 22. November 2010 @ 11:16 pm

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