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Moodle for Teaching 7 -14 Year Olds

Friday, 20. March 2009 von admin

Moodle for Teaching 7 -14 year oldsMoodleFairy wrote a book – for “real” teachers using Moodle with younger pupils. The book draws from my experience training teachers every week. I found I was saying similar  things time and again, both in explaining the mechanics of Moodle, and in suggesting ways teachers might use it with their classes so I crystallised my words into Moodle for Teaching 7 -14 Year Olds. I  regularly get people – and it’s usually women! – who  apologise in advance: I’ll be really slow I’m afraid; I’m no good on computers… Yet with some gentle coaxing and some practical ideas, they get the idea just fine and leave feeling very enthused about the whole Moodle experience.  I’d like to think it will  be of use to those teachers in junior and secondary schools who have to work with Moodle – hopefully even want to work with Moodle – but feel they have no technical expertise and are anxious the learning curve might be too steep. Don’t worry; it isn’t!  If you can surf the net and maybe attach a photo to an email you can use Moodle. Try it! More details plus  information about what’s in each chapter can  be found on the Moodle book page of Packtpublishing.

Moodle Blog 10: Basic Moodle – Assignments for Beginners

Saturday, 02. February 2008 von admin

where to find assignmentsIf Level 1 moodling is being able to upload worksheets and level 2 moodling is being able to type said sheet directly onto a webpage within moodle, then level 3 must be the ability to create an assignment – put simply, an online worksheet linked to the gradebook. Assignments can be located in the ‘add an activity’ section and there are four types – although one of them, the ‘offline assignment’ is something of a cheat because there is no task attached; it just offers an area to add marks for something done outside of Moodle. Of the others, the one most frequently used at Our Lady’s is the ‘upload a single file’.assignment example Pupils are presented with a page of instructions – this can be in the form of a webquest with hyperlinks to sites specially chosen by their teacher, or it can simply contain copies of tasks done in class. The student works his/her way through the activities and then produces a piece of work which they then upload via the box at the bottom of the screen. An excellent way of ensuring everyone has completed the work in time for the bell is to bring up the gradebook in the last five minutes of the lesson and watch the work arrive – students will ask you to refresh the page to prove they’ve sent theirs and are allowed to go! The third type of assignment is an online text. online textThis presents the student with a text box into which they type their work directly, rather than leaving Moodle to go to Word/PowerPoint and then returning later. This is quicker for a teacher to mark as it requires just one click to open up and view the text, rather than having to deal with uploaded documents – open? save?- time-consuming choice when there are 32 in a class! The fourth type of assignment, advanced uploading of files, allows for students to send in more than one piece of work – useful if they are doing GCSE coursework for instance, or any project requiring a number of items. Hint: learn how to use ‘groups’ ; it will make the marking far easier when you can filter the students to be left with your own class. How to mark in Moodle? That’s for another time…

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