Moodle 1.9 for Teaching Special Education Children (5-10): Beginner's Guide


Moodle 1.9 for Teaching Special Education Children (5-10): Beginner's Guide
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  • Focus on building rich and interactive activities to create least restrictive environments, your students will want to go on day after day
  • Learn to use netbooks, gamepads, touch screens, microphones, and Webcams to motivate children
  • Take advantage of all the new possibilities offered by the creation of rich User Experiences in your activities
  • Ideal for teachers who are new to Moodle as it is easy to follow and abundantly illustrated with screenshots of the solutions you'll build

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 324 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : July 2010
ISBN : 1849510946
ISBN 13 : 9781849510943
Author(s) : Vanesa S. Olsen
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Beginner's Guides, e-Learning, Moodle, Open Source


Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Matching Pictures
Chapter 2: Working with Abstraction and Sequencing Disabilities
Chapter 3: Associating Images with Words
Chapter 4: Developing Sorting Activities, Mixing Shapes and Pictures
Chapter 5: Creating Exercises to Improve Short-term Memory
Chapter 6: Reducing Attention Deficit Disorder Using Great Concentration Exercises
Chapter 7: Playing with Mathematical Operations
Chapter 8: Mental Operations with Language
Chapter 9: Writing Guided Sentences and Paragraphs
Chapter 10: Running Cognitive Evaluation Tests
Appendix: Pop Quiz Answers
Index
  • Chapter 1: Matching Pictures
    • Matching composite pictures
    • Time for action – installing tools to manipulate 2D scalable clipart
    • Time for action – searching for 2D scalable clipart to combine inside a box
    • Time for action – combining pictures with different sizes
    • Time for action – preparing texts using colors and fonts
      • Using HTML tags to define colors and fonts
      • Working with red, green, and blue components to define customized colors
    • Time for action – organizing composite pictures and texts
      • Using HTML tags to define background colors
    • Time for action – adding the activity to a Moodle course
      • Uploading multiple files in a ZIP folder
    • Time for action – running the matching composite pictures activity
    • Discovering sentences related to 3D scenes
    • Time for action – searching for 3D models to combine inside a 2D box
    • Time for action – organizing composite 3D models into a rendered 2D box
    • Time for action – grouping text blocks and changing colors
    • Time for action – adding the activity to a Moodle course
      • Organizing the exercises' files using folders
    • Time for action – running the discovering sentences activity
    • Time for action – using a gamepad to solve the exercise
      • Understanding the gamepad as an input device
    • Drawing an illustration according to speech bubbles
    • Time for action – creating speech bubbles and filling them with text
    • Time for action – adding the activity to a Moodle course
    • Time for action – using a digital pen as a mouse to solve the exercise
      • Tracing a drawing to solve the exercise
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Working with Abstraction and Sequencing Disabilities
    • Making a gap fill activity changing pictures to words
    • Time for action – getting pictures of animals and nature
    • Time for action – preparing a cloze using images
    • Time for action – adding the activity to a Moodle course
    • Time for action – executing and completing the cloze with images
    • Painting images according to the instructions
    • Time for action – drawing the background using a digital pen
    • Time for action – preparing the instructions with images, colors, and fonts in Moodle
    • Time for action – executing the activity to paint images in Moodle
    • Solving a yes/no multiple choice
    • Time for action – preparing several images and Boolean questions
    • Time for action – creating a YES button and a NO button with associated images
    • Time for action – executing the activity
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Associating Images with Words
    • Writing a sentence using two images
    • Time for action – looking for two images to generate the exercise
    • Time for action – searching for related sounds
    • Time for action – activating the MP3 player in Moodle
    • Time for action – integrating the visual and auditory resources in a Moodle exercise
    • Time for action – writing the sentence
    • Putting words inside an image with structure
    • Time for action – creating a scene
    • Time for action – adding floating labels to the image
    • Time for action – uploading the scene to Moodle
    • Time for action – running the exercise using a netbook's touchpad
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Developing Sorting Activities, Mixing Shapes and Pictures
    • Ordering the temporal sequence
    • Time for action – getting three pictures to represent a temporal sequence
    • Time for action – creating the mixed temporal sequence using images
    • Time for action – adding the activity to a Moodle course
    • Time for action – ordering the sequence by dragging and dropping images
    • Ordering the images according to their sizes in a pyramid
    • Time for action – building the pyramid
    • Time for action – creating the mixed parts of the pyramid using images
    • Time for action – adding the activity to a Moodle course
    • Time for action – ordering the sequence by dragging and dropping images with the mouse
    • Time for action – executing the exercise using a multi–touch screen
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Creating Exercises to Improve Short-term Memory
    • Finding pairs of matching animations
    • Time for action – generating the animated virtual cards
    • Time for action – organizing the virtual cards
    • Time for action – installing a module to integrate JClic and Moodle
    • Time for action – adding the activity to a Moodle course
    • Time for action – finding the matching pairs by flipping virtual cards
    • Working with a list of words organized in rows
    • Time for action – creating an animation with a list of words
    • Time for action – exporting a video with animated words
    • Time for action – adding the activity to a Moodle course
    • Time for action – writing the memorized words
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Reducing Attention Deficit Disorder Using Great Concentration Exercises
    • Solving a puzzle
    • Time for action – choosing a high definition picture adequate for a puzzle
    • Time for action – generating an exchange puzzle
    • Time for action – adding the activity to a Moodle course
    • Time for action – solving the puzzle using a gamepad
    • Time for action – solving the puzzle using a multi-touch device
    • Looking for words in a word search puzzle
    • Time for action – creating a background picture by combining two images
    • Time for action – generating a word search puzzle with letters and pictures
    • Time for action – adding the activity to a Moodle course
    • Time for action – solving the word search puzzle
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Playing with Mathematical Operations
    • Solving a multiple choice with multiple images
    • Time for action – preparing a scene to count elements
    • Time for action – creating a visual multiple choice with many animals
    • Time for action – executing the activity
    • Completing a grid of visual mathematical operations
    • Time for action – combining pictures with mathematical symbols
    • Time for action – generating a grid with images and mathematical symbols
    • Time for action – adding the activity to a Moodle course
    • Time for action – solving the visual mathematical operations
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Mental Operations with Language
    • Completing visual sequences
    • Time for action – generating the pictures for a visual sequence
    • Time for action – generating the initial visual sequence
    • Time for action – adding the activity to a Moodle course
    • Time for action – arranging the sequence by dragging and dropping images
      • Arranging the sequence using a netbook's touchpad
    • Completing the colored sequence
    • Time for action – preparing many images with different colors using GIMP
    • Time for action – generating the initial color sequence
    • Time for action – adding the activity to a Moodle course
    • Time for action – arranging the sequence with different color tones by dragging and dropping images
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9: Writing Guided Sentences and Paragraphs
    • Creating a sentence using certain words
    • Time for action – choosing and preparing the words to be used in a sentence
    • Time for action – writing and recording the sentence
    • Time for action – installing a NanoGong assignment to set speaking homework
    • Time for action – creating a NanoGong assignment to record a sentence
    • Time for action – recording the sentence with the NanoGong recorder
    • Describing spatial relationships between different objects
    • Time for action – creating a scene with a 2D picture related to a geometric shape
    • Time for action – uploading the scene to Moodle
    • Time for action – writing sentences to describe the spatial relationships
    • Summary
  • Chapter 10: Running Cognitive Evaluation Tests
    • Working with simple and complex instructions
    • Time for action – generating pictures to prepare the instructions
    • Time for action – using pictures to prepare the instructions
    • Time for action – using a Webcam to record the results of executing the exercise
    • Testing the comprehension of different situations
    • Time for action – generating a questionnaire related to a situation
    • Time for action – recording the answers
    • Summary
  • Appendix: Pop Quiz Answers
    • Chapter 1—Matching Pictures
    • Chapter 2—Working with Abstraction and Sequencing Disabilities
    • Chapter 3—Associating Images with Words
    • Chapter 4—Developing Sorting Activities, Mixing Shapes and Pictures
    • Chapter 5—Creating Exercises for Improving Short-term Memory
    • Chapter 6— Reducing Attention Deficit Disorder Using Great Concentration Exercises
    • Chapter 7— Playing with Mathematical Operations
    • Chapter 8—Mental Operations with Language
    • Chapter 9—Writing Guided Sentences and Paragraphs
    • Chapter 10— Running Cognitive Evaluation Tests

Vanesa S. Olsen

Vanesa Olsen is a Speech Therapist. She has been working for more than five years in therapeutic centers, schools, and hospitals. She has been applying modern technologies in language disorders and learning disability treatments, and in helping schools to keep the students in the least restrictive environment. Specifically, she has been working with Moodle as an e-Learning platform, Alice and other tools, combined with the usage of Web 2.0 and general purpose modern hardware as gamepads, pen sketches, touch screens, netbooks and joysticks. She enjoys helping children and teenagers to improve their skills.
She has written another book for Packt Publishing, Moodle 1.9 for Teaching Special Education Children (5-10): Beginner's Guide.
She lives with her husband, Gaston, and her little son, Kevin. When she is not working she devotes her spare time to her family and hobbies. She enjoys modeling in cold porcelain, swimming, and researching about new technologies and techniques to apply in her treatments.
You can contact her at vanesaolsen@gmail.com and at olsenvanesa@live.com

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What you will learn from this book

  • Create activities to match composite pictures with sentences and rich exercises to stimulate both the attention and the concentration.
  • Search and organize 3D models to create a 3D scene and work with colors to define skill levels.
  • Learn to take advantage of a gamepad and a digital pen to create funny exercises.
  • Learn to save portions of the screen as new pictures to use in new activities and create activities to complete words of a sentence according to the pictures.
  • Use images and colors to evaluate the mental abstraction of instructions.
  • Use pictures, zones, elements, layers, words and colors to evaluate the children association capabilities and the reverse thinking process.
  • Create visual activities to find matching pairs and exercise audio patterns recognition and matching.
  • Combine videos, sounds, photos, letters, and words to improve long-term memory management.
  • Create a complex association activity with visual mathematical operations and their possible results.
  • Learn to combine pictures and symbols to improve the concentration when working with mathematical operations.
  • Work with image manipulation software to adjust color saturation levels and prepare images with different color tones to use in a colored sequence
  • Create exercises to help the parents of the child with SEN to interact with them.
  • Use different tools and resources to improve the memory.of the child with SEN

In Detail

Moodle is a free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites. But what does it have to offer to the children with special educational needs who want a fun, inspiring, interactive, and informative learning experience? Moodle 1.9 empowers educators achieve all these set of rich experiences with many related activities - this book shows you how!

This book offers solutions to developing interactive courses and therapies for children with special education needs who are between the age group of 5 to 10 years. It teaches to combine Moodle 1.9 with the opportunities offered by Web 2.0, free and commercial software, and general purpose hardware devices. This book will guide the reader step-by-step in using many different tools to create exciting experiences to offer great motivation to children with special educational needs, considering the opportunities for online education.

This book will help the reader to build interactive and rich online content oriented to children with special educational needs using different techniques and open source tools. It teaches you to create exercises as if you were playing with children at the school, the zoo, the beach, the supermarket, a birthday party, an aquarium, a farm, at the shopping, a circus or at home. You will be able to work with drawings, music, sounds, videos, photographs and text, and you will combine all these pieces into nice experiences for children who need to find extra motivation to improve their learning skills.

Besides, it will teach you to take advantage of general purpose, non-expensive hardware like gamepads, joysticks, digital pens also known as pen-sketches, multi-touch screens, netbooks and touchpads. The usage of some of these hardware devices combined with visually rich activities usually offer children an extra motivation to focus on solving the exercises.

Develop interactive and feature-rich online content for children with special education needs (SEN) using this friendly, non-technical guide for teachers and therapists.

Approach

Written with a step-by-step but friendly and engaging approach, this Packt Beginner's Guide is designed to be placed alongside the computer as your guide and mentor. Step-by-step tutorials are boosted by explanations of the reasoning behind what you are doing. You will quickly pick up the necessary skills, tips, and tricks for creating practical exercises using Moodle 1.9 with practical examples and see how the child with special education needs progresses.

Who this book is for

If you are an SEN teacher or SEN therapist with minimal knowledge of Moodle who is willing to exploit Web 2.0 possibilities using Moodle 1.9 as the background platform, this book is for you.

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