Moodle 1.9 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds: Beginner's Guide

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  • Focus on the unique needs of young learners to create a fun, interesting, interactive, and informative learning environment your students will want to go on day after day
  • Engage and motivate your students with games, quizzes, movies, and podcasts the whole class can participate in
  • Go paperless! Put your lessons online and grade them anywhere, anytime
  • Ideal for teachers new to Moodle: easy to follow and abundantly illustrated with screenshots of the solutions you'll build

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 236 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : March 2009
ISBN : 1847197140
ISBN 13 : 9781847197146
Author(s) : Mary Cooch
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, e-Learning, Moodle, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting started
Chapter 2: Adding worksheets and resources
Chapter 3: Getting Interactive
Chapter 4: Self-marking Quizzes
Chapter 5: Games
Chapter 6: Multimedia
Chapter 7: Wonderful Web 2.O
Chapter 8: Practicalities
Chapter 9: Advanced tips and tricks
  • Chapter 1: Getting started
    • First impressions
      • Time for action-customising our course page
    • Making changes on the course page
      • Getting the best out of the side blocks
      • Time for action-moving, adding, and deleting blocks
      • Useful (and less useful) blocks
    • Making our own side blocks in Moodle
      • Time for action-configuring an HTML block
      • Customizing the middle section
      • Using the HTML editor
    • Where does Moodle store our stuff?
      • Time for action-setting up the course files area
    • Brightening up the course page with images
      • Time for action-uploading images to our Moodle page
    • Adding links to other web sites in Moodle
      • Time for action-making a 'click here' link to a web site
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Adding worksheets and resources
    • Putting a worksheet on Moodle
      • Time for action-uploading a factsheet on to Moodle
      • Time for action-displaying our factsheet on our course page
    • Putting a week's worth of slideshows into Moodle
      • Time for action-getting a whole folder of work into Moodle in one go
      • Time for action-displaying a whole folder on Moodle
    • Making a 'click here' type link to the River Thames web site
    • Recap—where do we stand now?
    • Creating a worksheet about flooding, directly in Moodle
      • Time for action-typing our flooding worksheet straight into Moodle
    • Online worksheets—some ideas to consider
    • Making our page look prettier
      • Time for action-improving the look of our course page
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Getting Interactive
    • How do we do all this?
    • Getting our class to reflect and discuss
      • Time for action-setting up a discussion forum on Moodle
      • How do we moderate the forum?
      • Why use a forum?
    • Carrying on the conversation in real time—outside of school
      • Time for action-setting up a chat room in Moodle
      • Why use Chat? (and why not?)
    • Making our own class Glossary
      • Time for action-getting students to create their own Glossary
    • Showcasing the plans in a database
      • Time for action-setting up a database
    • How far have we come?
    • Giving our class a chance to vote
      • Time for action-giving students a chance to choose a winner
      • Finding out the students' choice
      • Why use Choice?
      • Announcing the winner
    • Writing creatively in Moodle
      • Time for action-setting up an online creative writing exercise
    • Marking students' work on Moodle
      • Other ways to set and mark work in Moodle
    • Collaborative story-telling
      • Time for action-getting our class to work together on an online story
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Self-marking Quizzes
    • Forget the paper
    • Hot potatoes—cool learning
      • Time for action-getting a program to create our self-marking activities
      • Time for action-matching rivers to continents with the JMatch Hot Potato
      • Time for action-getting our matching activity into Moodle
    • Consolidating knowledge with Hot Potatoes activities
      • Time for action-creating a self-marking gap-fill exercise
      • Time for action-making a self-marking crossword exercise
      • Time for action-making a self-marking mixed up words exercise
      • Time for action-making a self-marking multiple-choice quiz
    • Adding pictures to our Hot Potatoes
      • Time for action-creating an exercise where words are matched with pictures
    • Words of warning
    • Making an assessment test with a Moodle quiz
      • Time for action-set up a Moodle quiz as test on rivers and continents
    • The quiz question screen is in two parts
      • Time for action-making a multiple-choice question
      • Time for action-making a true/false question
      • Time for action-making a matching question
    • Other types of questions
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Games
    • Making an Alien Abduction (hangman) game
      • Time for action-finding and making the Alien Abduction game
    • Garbage in the bins—making a sorting exercise
      • Time for action-finding and making the bin game
    • Bish Bash Bosh—a differentiation game with a hammer!
      • Time for action-finding and creating the Bish Bash Bosh game
    • WordWeb—making a spelling game using Spellmaster
      • Time for action-finding and making the WordWeb game from Spellmaster
    • I know what you're thinking!
    • Fling the Teacher—making a Moodle-marked homework
      • Time for action-finding and setting up 'Fling the Teacher'
      • Time for action-creating a 'Fling the Teacher' game
      • Time for action-getting our game to work in Moodle's grade book
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Multimedia
    • Making a sound recording to put into Moodle
      • Time for action-getting Audacity
      • Time for action-setting up to record
    • Improving the recording and involving our class
      • Time for action-getting rid of the coughs and giggles
      • Time for action-adding background music
      • Time for action-saving our recording
      • Time for action-adding a link to the audio file
    • Making a film to put into Moodle
      • Time for action-creating our movie
    • Improving our movie with effects and sound
      • Time for action-adding special effects to our movie
      • Time for action-adding sound to our movie
    • Getting the sound to match our images
    • Adding the finishing touches to make our movie ready for Moodle
      • Time for action-adding our opening credits
      • Time for action-saving and uploading the movie into Moodle
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Wonderful Web 2.O
    • Web 2.0 words of warning
    • Getting the pupils to Blog!
      • Time for action-introducing our project with a blog entry
      • Words of warning
    • Putting a map onto Moodle
      • Time for action-how to display a Google Map on our course page
      • Words of warning
    • Introducing the project with a cartoon character
      • Time for action-creating a moving and a talking teacher
      • Words of warning
    • Telling our story through a cartoon animation
      • Time for action-creating our animation
      • Time for action-saving our animation which is ready for Moodle
      • Words of warning
    • Summarizing our project in a word cloud
      • Time for action-making a Wordle word cloud
      • Words of warning
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Practicalities
    • Miss, I can't do the homework coz I haven't got Word at home!
      • Time for action-getting a free alternative to Microsoft Office
    • Choosing the best file type for Moodle
      • Time for action-saving a Rivers homework as a pdf file for
      • ease of access on Moodle
    • Making it easier for our students to view our slideshows
      • Time for action-getting a program that displays our interactive presentations
      • Time for action-saving our slideshow so that everyone can see it
    • Making sure that all of our images look correct on Moodle
      • Time for action-getting a program to help us edit images for Moodle
      • Time for action-resizing a single photo to display on Moodle
      • Time for action-re-sizing several photos, all in one go
    • Showing YouTube videos on Moodle when YouTube is banned
      • Time for action-how to download a YouTube video to use on Moodle
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9: Advanced tips and tricks
    • Using Moodle to get our students to make decisions
      • Time for action-creating a decision-making exercise (DME)
      • Time for action-finishing and viewing our DME
    • Keeping our students up-to-date with the latest news
      • Time for action-getting some appropriate news feeds for our topic
      • Time for action-keeping our students informed with a Moodle RSS block
    • Finishing off—what else can Moodle do for me?
    • Evaluating our course with a Moodle questionnaire
    • Rewarding our students efforts with a certificate
    • Making our course home page look more like a web page
      • Time for action-adding image links to our topic sections
      • Time for action-putting our activities into web pages
      • Time for action-link the topic web page to its image
    • Concealing our activities to make our course page neater
      • Time for action-making our course page look more like a web page
    • Summary

Mary Cooch

Mary Cooch has taught Languages and Geography in the UK for over 20 years. She manages several websites, even more Moodles, and runs her own Moodle blog. A Moodle Certified Teacher, she now spends part of her working week travelling the country as a VLE trainer specializing in Moodle. She regularly promotes its benefits in Junior and High schools and has a deep understanding of what works best for younger students. Known online as the moodlefairy, Mary is a frequent contributor to the help forums of where she aims to enthuse others with her passion for this open source Virtual Learning Environment.
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What you will learn from this book

  • Make a Moodle class page that your students will want to visit and linger on
  • Display your worksheets for students to access at home
  • Set up your lessons directly onto Moodle to save paper and effort
  • Get your students doing homework on Moodle so you can grade and give feedback online
  • Get interactive with self-marking games and quizzes by including images, sounds, and animations
  • Use Moodle to encourage discussion and decision-making
  • Make movies and sound recordings to inspire your class
  • Make the most of what's free on the Web to get your children working and learning together

In Detail

Moodle is a very popular e-learning tool in universities and high schools. But what does it have to offer younger students who want a fun, interesting, interactive, and informative learning experience? Moodle empowers teachers to achieve all this and more and this book will show you how!

This book will show complete beginners in Moodle with no technical background how to make the most of its features to enhance the learning and teaching of children aged around 7-14.

This is a practical book for teachers, written by a teacher with two decades of practical experience, latterly in using Moodle to motivate younger students. Its aim is to give you some hints and advice on how to get your Moodle courses up and running with useful content that your students will actually want to go and learn from on a regular basis. We will assume that you have an installation of Moodle managed by somebody else, so you are responsible only for creating and delivering course content. Throughout the book we will be building a course from scratch, adaptable for ages 7 to 14 on Rivers and Flooding It could be any topic, as Moodle lends itself to all subjects and ages.

Make the most of Moodle to teach 7-14 year olds using this friendly, non-technical guide for teachers


This book is part of Packt's Beginner's Guide series. Written in a friendly tone, the book starts at the very beginning with a blank Moodle page and you are taken step by step through the most useful features of Moodle, helped with many illustrative screenshots. The chapters gradually build up your skills and by the end of the book you will be confident enough to design a fully functional, interactive course for 7-14 year olds.

Who this book is for

This book is for regular, non-technical teachers of pre-teen or early teenage children. It assumes no prior knowledge of Moodle and no particular expertise on the Web. Classroom assistants may also find this book a very useful resource.

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