Moodle 1.9 Multimedia


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  • Ideas and best practices for teachers and trainers on using multimedia effectively in Moodle
  • Ample screenshots and clear explanations to facilitate learning
  • Covers working with TeacherTube, embedding interactive Flash games, podcasting, and more
  • Create instructional materials and design students' activities around multimedia
  • A step-by-step approach where the reader is taken through examples

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 272 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : May 2009
ISBN : 1847195903
ISBN 13 : 9781847195906
Author(s) : João Pedro Soares Fernandes
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, e-Learning, Moodle, Open Source


Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Getting Ready for Multimedia in Moodle
Chapter 2: Picture This
Chapter 3: Sound and Music
Chapter 4: Video
Chapter 5: Web 2.0 and Other Multimedia Forms
Chapter 6: Multimedia and Assessments
Chapter 7: Synchronous Communication and Interaction
Chapter 8: Common Multimedia Issues in Moodle
Index
  • Chapter 1: Getting Ready for Multimedia in Moodle
    • Multimedia in Moodle
    • About the course
      • Course structure
      • Course content
      • Pre-requisites
        • Knowledge
        • Hardware
        • Software
    • Configuring Moodle for multimedia
    • Three simple things using Moodle and multimedia
      • Task 1 – Adding images to forums
        • Examples of uses of a forum with pictures
      • Task 2 – Adding sound to forums
        • Examples of uses of a forum with sound attachments
      • Task 3 – Adding videos to forums
        • Examples of uses of a forum with videos
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Picture This
    • Finding free pictures online
      • The basics of image formats
      • Flickr
      • Uploading photos to Flickr
        • License
      • Wikimedia Commons
      • Other picture sites
    • Moodle it!
      • Uploading images as attachments
      • Using Moodle's HTML editor
    • Capturing and enhancing pictures using GIMP
      • Tips for effective photo capturing
        • Composition
        • Lighting
        • Size
      • Enhancing pictures using GIMP
        • Cropping
        • Resizing
        • Saving
        • Rotating
        • Flipping and rotating
        • Correcting white balance and color
        • Correcting brightness and contrast
      • Creating digital photo collages
        • Adding layers
        • Eliminating photo areas
        • Adding text
    • Capturing screenshots
      • Capturing screenshots by using the Print Screen key
      • Capturing screenshots using Jing
    • Creating comic strips using Strip Generator
      • Adding elements
      • Publishing
    • Creating slideshows
      • Exporting PowerPoint slides as images to build Moodle lessons
      • Publishing presentations using Slideshare
      • Creating online photo slideshows
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Sound and Music
    • Finding free music and sounds online
      • The basics of audio formats
      • Internet Archive: Audio archive
      • Freesound
      • CCMixter
      • Imeem
        • Uploading audio to Imeem
        • Creating playlists in Imeem
      • Other music and sound sites
    • Moodle it!
    • Creating and delivering
      • Extracting audio from CDs using VLC
        • Ripping a CD track
      • Creating and editing audio using Audacity
        • Slicing a track
        • Capturing audio from a microphone (line in)
        • Remixing audio
    • Converting text to speech using Voki
      • Giving voice to an avatar
    • Podcasting using Podomatic
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Video
    • Finding free videos online
      • The basics of video formats
      • Instructables
      • Sclipo
      • TrueTube
      • Academic earth
      • Downloading YouTube and TeacherTube videos
    • Creating videos quickly and cheaply
      • Grabbing video selections from DVDs
      • Editing videos using Windows Movie Maker
        • Creating a project
        • Creating a collection
        • Importing multimedia (starting with video)
        • Splitting
        • Creating a story board
        • Inserting transitions and effects
        • Inserting a title at the beginning of the movie
        • Inserting an image at the end of the movie
        • Removing the original soundtrack and inserting a new one
        • Publishing the edited movie
    • Moodle it!
      • Uploading video directly to Moodle
      • Uploading videos to TeacherTube (or YouTube)
    • Creating a photo story with Windows Photo Story
      • Importing pictures
      • Adding titles to pictures
      • Adding narration and motion
      • Adding background music
      • Publishing the Photo Story
    • Creating a screencast with Jing
      • Recording the screen with audio
    • Creating an online TV station using Mogulus
    • Creating a stop motion movie with Animator DV Simple+
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Web 2.0 and Other Multimedia Forms
    • Creating gadgets to represent data by using Google Docs (Spreadsheets)
      • Insert a Gadget
      • Publish
      • Discuss, Share, Collaborate
    • Creating floor plans using a floor planner
      • Create a room
      • Add a floor
      • Add elements
      • Save and publish
    • Creating mind maps using Mindomo
      • Add topics
      • Add multimedia elements
      • Save and publish
    • Creating interactive timelines using Dipity
      • Add a topic
      • Add an event
      • Share
    • Creating custom maps using Google Maps
      • Create a new map
      • Add a placemark
      • Add a line
      • Share
    • Creating an online presentation using Voicethread
      • Upload media
      • Comment
      • Share
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Multimedia and Assessments
    • Adding multimedia to multiple choice answers in Moodle quizzes and lessons
      • Adding multimedia to quizzes, lessons, and assignments
    • Creating exercises with Hot Potatoes
      • JCross - Crosswords
      • JMix - Jumble exercises
      • Publish
      • Moodle it!
    • Creating interactive exercises with JClic
      • Start a new project
      • Creating a puzzle activity
      • Creating a finding pairs activity
      • Sequencing activities
      • Publish
      • Moodle it!
    • Assessing multimedia using rubrics
      • Criteria
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Synchronous Communication and Interaction
    • Communicating in real-time using text, audio, and video
      • Chat and group chat
      • Transferring files
      • Voice and video chat
    • Creating an online real-time classroom
      • Setting up a meeting
      • Starting a meeting
        • Sharing the desktop
        • Using the whiteboard
        • Uploading a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation or Adobe PDF document
      • Managing communication and participation
      • Recording
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Common Multimedia Issues in Moodle
    • Copyright issues
      • Fair use
      • Public domain
      • Licensing your work under a Creative Commons license
      • Referencing sources
      • Plagiarism
      • Seeking further advice
    • Safety issues
      • Personal details
      • Cyber-bullying
      • Seeking further advice
    • Selecting Web 2.0 applications
    • Moodle modules and plug-ins of interest
    • Summary

João Pedro Soares Fernandes

João Fernandes is a science teacher from Portugal who has been working on Moodle since 2004. He has been involved in several Moodle initiatives at school, university, and at government levels, as a teacher, trainer, course and content developer, manager, consultant, designer, and researcher.

João is now living in London, pursuing a PhD in Science Education at King's College London and working on several projects on ICT in education. His main interests range from education to multimedia, the Web, participation, democracy, and human development.

In a single year he can be seen in several corners of the earth, either working, visiting schools, hiking, or taking photos in mostly non-touristic venues. He also loves music, old cheap cars, cooking, and spending his time in Nature.

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What you will learn from this book

 

  • Create and edit images, drawings, screenshots, sound, and music and integrate them into Moodle
  • Learn the basic procedures to create videos with simple equipment for course delivery
  • Download and publish videos from online video-sharing services
  • Convert between several video formats and integrate them into Moodle
  • Create multimedia elements such as interactive floor planners, online maps, and timelines using Web 2.0 tools and blend them with Moodle
  • Integrate multimedia elements in quizzes and lessons to make learning more interactive and fun
  • Create interactive exercises that can be assessed using software such as Hot Potatoes and JClic
  • Interact with students in real-time using a particular online phone service and a desktop sharing application

Chapter 1 takes a look at the evolution of multimedia—its advantages and uses in teaching and learning, and how these can be used with Moodle. We will also see some of the requirements for using multimedia in Moodle, and configure it accordingly, and make three simple experiments in a forum with pictures, sound, and video, to see if everything is working as expected in integrating these in Moodle.
We will finally consider the basic knowledge, equipment, and software required to start creating this course, Music for an everyday life, which will gather contributions from History, Geography, Social Sciences, Science, and other fields of human knowledge.
 
In Chapter 2, we will start by seeing how to find free pictures online to add to our course materials (and assignments, from a students' perspective) in services such as Flickr and Wikimedia Commons.
We will then have a look at different ways of inserting images in Moodle, especially using the HTML editor image upload function. We then start using GIMP for main image editing tasks, such as cropping, resizing, capturing (together with some photography concepts), color correction, photo collage, and saving in different formats. Some issues regarding images in Moodle, such as file formats and appropriate sizes, will also be discussed, and how to use the Print screen function and Jing to collect screenshots.  Strip generator will be used to easily create comic strips. We will also learn how to export PowerPoint presentations to images, adding them to a Moodle lesson, or as an alternative publishing these presentations in Slideshare. We will conclude this chapter by looking at ways to create photo slideshows using Slide.
 
In Chapter 3 we will focus on tasks for the Moodle integration of sound and music elements. The resources created will make information available in improved ways to students and will also get them to create audio artifacts, such as slices, remixes, voice recordings, text-to-speech, and podcasts.
We will use several tools to achieve this, especially Audacity, VLC media player, Voki, Podomatic, and Imeem and we will also see where to find free sounds and music on the Web.
 
In Chapter 4 we will focus on video production and editing, looking at different ways of using these in Moodle. We will start by looking at places to find free video online, followed by ways of downloading videos from YouTube and TeacherTube, concluding with the basics of video formats.  We will then look at ways of extracting DVD selections for later editing, and how to create photo stories, screencasts, an online TV station, and a stop motion video.
 
Chapter 5 focuses on activities that we can do with Moodle and some Web 2.0 tools. The objective is to show how this integration can open several possibilities for teaching and learning, providing free applications where teachers and students can create their own multimedia works and then embed them in Moodle for instruction, discussion, or assessment.  We will create interactive floor plans, timelines, maps, online presentations, gadgets to represent data and mind maps. We will also see the possibilities of having collaboration in the construction of these multimedia works, as most Web 2.0 tools have as a standard the option to create with others a collective work.
 
In Chapter 6, we will learn to integrate multimedia elements in quizzes, lessons, and assignments. We will also use applications that allow us to create interactive exercises and games that can be easily assessed from and integrated into Moodle, such as crosswords, puzzles, matching pairs among others. We will look at rubrics as ways of assessing multimedia works in a quick and easy way.
 
Chapter 7 teaches us how to interact with students in Moodle courses in real-time by using an online chat service and a Web meeting tool. This will allow text, audio, and video chat, and also whiteboard, presentation, and desktop sharing.
 
Chapter 8 deals with some common issues on multimedia in Moodle related to copyright, e-safety, referencing sources, and other similar issues. We will conclude with some possible modules and plug-ins to install in Moodle to expand its possibilities and some criteria for selecting Web 2.0 services for our classes.

In Detail

In today's world, multimedia can provide a more engaging experience for learners. You can embed your own audio, link to pages off-site, or pull a YouTube video into your course. You can use feature-rich quizzes that allow you to assess your students, or provide them with tools and feedback to test their own knowledge. All these require standard procedures and cutting-edge tools.

Selecting tools to make multimedia integration in Moodle faster, simpler, and more precise is not child's play.

This book provides you with everything you need to include sound, video, animation, and more in your Moodle courses. You'll develop Moodle courses that you are proud of, and that your students enjoy.

This book covers integration of multimedia into Moodle, covering major multimedia elements such as images, audio, and video. It will take you through these elements in detail where you will learn how to create, edit, and integrate these elements into Moodle. The book is written around the design of an online course called "Music for Everyday Life" using Moodle, where teachers and students create, share, and discuss multimedia elements. You will also learn how to use Web 2.0 tools to create images, audio, and video and then we will take a look at the web applications that allow easy creation, collaboration, and sharing of multimedia elements. Finally, you will learn how to interact with students in real-time using a particular online phone service and a desktop sharing application.

A clear, step-by-step guide to create and add sound, video, animation, and interaction to your Moodle courses

Approach

The book is written in a tutorial style where you work through examples that describe how you can create multimedia applications using Moodle and integrate your existing multimedia resources into your Moodle course. It also tells you how to use multimedia effectively giving ideas and best practices.

Who this book is for

The book is primarily aimed at teachers and trainers who run professional courses and have experience in the use of Moodle. At the same time, it is not necessary to have an advanced technical background to create multimedia elements, as the tasks will be simple and as little time consuming as possible, relevant to everyday use.

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