Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook

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  • Learn how to add photographs, videos, animations, and much more to make your Moodle course even more interactive
  • Embed 2D or 3D maps, interactive or static charts, resources, assets, videos, bitmaps, and photographs into Moodle courses
  • Learn how to design and work with podcasts, audio assets, sound, music, and screencasts and integrate them into Moodle
  • Part of Packt's Cookbook series, which is ideal if you want to follow clear recipes to quickly add effects to your course without the need for extra reading

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 256 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : May 2011
ISBN : 1849514704
ISBN 13 : 9781849514705
Author(s) : Silvina P. Hillar
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Cookbooks, e-Learning, Moodle, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Creating Interactive User eXperiences
Chapter 2: Working with 2D and 3D Maps
Chapter 3: Working with Different Types of Interactive Charts
Chapter 4: Integrating Interactive Documents
Chapter 5: Working with Audio, Sound, Music, and Podcasts
Chapter 6: Creating and Integrating Screencasts and Videos
Chapter 7: Working with Bitmap Images and Photographs
Chapter 8: Working with Vector Graphics
Chapter 9: Designing and Integrating E-portfolios
  • Chapter 1: Creating Interactive User eXperiences
    • Introduction
    • Creating a cloze with pictures
    • Designing a True or False quiz
    • Developing a quandary maze activity with images
    • Carrying out and embedding an interactive flowchart
    • Designing matching activities with images
    • Ordering paragraphs with related scenes
    • Linking external 2D interactive activities
    • Linking external 3D interactive activities
    • Chapter 2: Working with 2D and 3D Maps
      • Introduction
      • Creating maps with sceneries
      • Drawing regions within a map
      • Labeling a map with pins
      • Drawing 3D maps using Bing Maps
      • Drawing 3D maps using 3DVIA Shape for Maps
      • Using Google maps to locate European bridges
      • Displaying interactive information about the solar system
      • Working with constellation maps
      • Embedding a map of Mars
      • Labeling the moon
      • Watching the universe
      • Chapter 3: Working with Different Types of Interactive Charts
        • Introduction
        • Inserting column charts
        • Embedding a line chart
        • Designing an interactive pie chart with labels
        • Creating bar charts with hyperlinks
        • Working with area charts
        • Inserting an X Y (Scatter) chart
        • Working with stock charts
        • Creating a poll and designing a surface chart
        • Drawing a donut interactive chart
        • Chapter 4: Integrating Interactive Documents
          • Introduction
          • Developing collaborative writing exercises with Google Docs
          • Using Open Office and uploading the file to Moodle
          • Using Flickr images in Open Office documents
          • Including live PDF documents in Moodle exercises
          • Reviewing PDF documents
          • Designing a Wiki
          • Chapter 5: Working with Audio, Sound, Music, and Podcasts
            • Introduction
            • Recording audio using a microphone
            • Creating and embedding a podcast
            • Creating MP3 files from diverse audio formats
            • Embedding free sound available on the Web
            • Working with MIDI music
            • Editing MIDI files
            • Allowing students to record audio
              • Chapter 7: Working with Bitmap Images and Photographs
                • Introduction
                • Selecting between lossy and lossless compression schemes
                • Creating animated graphics
                • Resizing photos to their appropriate size
                • Adding hotspots to photos
                • Editing color curves
                • Adding effects and applying filters
                • Uploading images to Moodle
                • Linking external image files
                • Chapter 8: Working with Vector Graphics
                  • Introduction
                  • Converting vector graphics to bitmap images
                  • Rendering parts of a vector drawing
                  • Embedding scalable vector graphics
                  • Improving vector graphics rendering with anti-aliasing
                  • Include vector graphics in Open Office documents
                  • Include vector graphics in PDF files
                  • Linking to scalable vector graphics
                  • Enhancing scalable vector graphics with hyperlinks
                  • Chapter 9: Designing and Integrating E-portfolios
                    • Introduction
                    • Enabling a portfolio
                    • Preparing a portfolio strategy using a Google Docs portfolio
                    • Gathering students' work using a File download portfolio
                    • Enabling a portfolio
                    • Using a portfolio
                    • Embedding a folder in Moodle

                    Silvina P. Hillar

                    Silvina P. Hillar is an Italian, who has been teaching English since 1993. She has always had a great interest in teaching writing and composing techniques, and has done a lot of research on this subject. She has been investigating and using mind mapping for more than ten years in order to embed it into teaching. She is an English teacher, a certified legal translator (English/Spanish) and has a post graduate degree in Education (in which she graduated with honors). Silvina has been working in several schools and institutes with native English speaking students and as an independent consultant for many international companies as an interpreter, translator, and VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) course designer. She has always had a passion for technological devices concerning education. Former videos and cassettes were a must in her teaching lessons, and the computer was and still is present. Her brother Gastón C. Hillar designed some programs and games for her teaching. Lately, she has been teaching using Moodle and the Web 2.0. She believes that one of the most amazing challenges in education is bridging the gap between classic education and modern technologies. She has been doing a lot of research on multimedia assets which enhance the teaching and learning through VLE platforms. She tries to embed the learning of students through new resources which are appealing and innovative for them. Thus, multimedia stimulates cognitive as well as creative abilities. Silvina has also authored three books at Packt Publishing, which are Moodle 1.9: The English Teacher’s Cookbook, Moodle 2 Multimedia Cookbook, and MindMapping with FreeMind.
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                    What you will learn from this book

                    • Create and embed 2D and 3D interactive maps in Moodle courses using web resources and free software
                    • Work with different types of audio files to offer sounds, music, and podcasts in your Moodle courses
                    • Record, edit, and convert audio files to make them compatible with Moodle
                    • Use open source multiplatform tools to create screencasts and edit, link, and embed videos into your Moodle courses
                    • Edit, enhance, and convert image files and embed them in Moodle
                    • Design and integrate e-Portfolios in Moodle courses to organize the information for students

                    In Detail

                    Moodle is an open source virtual learning environment that is widely used in schools and businesses. By including multimedia, such as animated graphics, bitmaps, photographs, and videos in your Moodle site, you can enhance the enjoyment of your site's users and sustain their attention.

                    Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook provides a plethora of recipes showing you how to manage, link, and embed different multimedia resources into your Moodle course – ideal if you don't have the time to read a long tutorial and want quick ways to enhance your Moodle course.

                    Go beyond your normal use of Moodle and make your courses really attractive! This cookbook will give you inspiration and teach you to do things you never knew were possible. Link, edit, and embed bitmaps and photographs to illustrate your lessons. Learn to resize and convert images to the most appropriate formats for Moodle courses, interactive documents, and e-Portfolios. Work with animated graphics to create engaging activities and learn the most complex topics related to formats, compression, bitmaps, and vector graphics while following steps in these simple recipes.

                    A cookbook with many practical recipes for teachers who want quick solutions to integrate multimedia resources with Moodle to create rich and interactive courses


                    Part of Packt's Cookbook series, each chapter focuses on a different multimedia effect. If you don't have the time to work your way through a long tutorial, then this is the book for you. The step-by-step recipes are independent from each other so you can dip in and out of the book to add great effects to your course as and when you need them.

                    Who this book is for

                    This cookbook is designed for teachers who want to learn how to insert different multimedia assets into their Moodle courses. It is expected that you will have basic knowledge of Moodle 1.9 or 2.0 and have Moodle installed and ready to be worked on. Teachers of different subjects can adapt the recipes to best suit their specific subject.

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