Science Teaching with Moodle 2.0

Science Teaching with Moodle 2.0
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Follow a sample course to see how lessons, groups, and forums are created
  • Make your student's homework more exciting by enabling them to watch videos, participate in group discussions, and complete quizzes from home
  • Simplify the teaching of difficult scientific notation using animations
  • Monitor your students' progress using Gradebook

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 296 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : March 2011
ISBN : 1849511489
ISBN 13 : 9781849511483
Author(s) : Vincent Lee Stocker
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, e-Learning, Moodle, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Making It Look Great
Chapter 3: Learning through Discussion: Forums, Chat, and Messaging
Chapter 4: Assessing your Learners' Understanding of Science
Chapter 5: Monitoring Your Students' Progress
Chapter 6: Tools for Collaborative Learning
Chapter 7: Using Mathematical Equations, Animated Molecules, and Creating 'Live' Graphs
Chapter 8: Self-Assessment, Reflection, and Personalized Learning
Chapter 9: Using Student Voice to Improve Your Course
Chapter 10: Housekeeping for the New School Year
Chapter 11: Making Moodle Magic
  • Chapter 1: Getting Started
    • Before you start
      • Assumptions and prior knowledge
      • Why use Moodle to help teach science?
      • What does a great science course look like?
        • Setting up a Moodle course
        • A little bit about roles
      • Planning in advance
    • Orientation around a Moodle course
      • Course settings
      • Editing your course
      • Resources and activities
        • Adding files
        • Linking to an external website
        • Composing a page
        • Ideas for resources
      • Blocks
    • Administration
      • Grouping your learners
        • Enabling groups
        • Creating groups manually
        • Creating groups automatically
      • Backing up your courses
      • Working offline
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Making It Look Great
      • Changing the theme
        • Switching to a different theme
        • Using other themes
      • Improving the layout of the course content
        • Section titles
          • Adding a section title
        • Adding labels
          • Adding a picture in a label
          • Adding a video in a label
        • Adding your own multimedia
          • Multimedia plugins
        • Using animated GIFs in labels
          • Arranging the label content in a table
        • Displaying a directory
      • Adding content around the side of your course
        • HTML block
          • Adding widgets to the HTML block
          • Linking to another activity in the HTML block
          • Adding other content to the HTML block
        • RSS feeds
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Learning through Discussion: Forums, Chat, and Messaging
        • Forums
          • Setting up a forum
            • Subscription mode
            • Read tracking and attachments
            • RSS feed for this activity
            • Post threshold for blocking
            • Ratings
            • Common module settings
            • Restrict availability
          • Other creative ways you can use forums
          • Moderating forums
        • Chat
          • Adding a chat
            • Group chat
          • Other creative ways you can use chat
          • Useful tips for using chats
            • Guidelines for students using chats
        • Messaging
          • Sending a message
            • Blacklisting users from messaging using roles
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Assessing your Learners' Understanding of Science
          • Assessment for learning
          • Feedback
            • The feedback cycle
          • Using ratings in forums
            • Why use ratings?
            • Aggregate of ratings
            • Grade scales
          • Assignments
            • Online text
              • Upload a single file
            • Advanced uploading of files
            • Offline activity
          • How to create quizzes
            • Question bank
              • True or false questions
              • Other question types
              • Multiple choice
              • Short answer
              • Numerical questions
              • Adding an essay question
              • Adding a matching question
              • Adding a random short-answer matching question
              • Adding an embedded answer (cloze) question
              • Adding a simple calculated question
              • Calculated questions
              • Organizing categories
            • Creating the quiz
              • Adding questions to the quiz
          • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Monitoring Your Students' Progress
            • Checking usage and completion of tasks
              • Tracking usage of course materials
            • Preparation for course completion reports
              • Completion settings for resources
              • Completion settings for activities
                • Forum activity completion settings
                • Quiz activity completion
                • Chat activity completion
            • Completion tracking for your whole course
              • Course completion reports
                • Course reports
            • Further analysis of activities
              • Analysis of quiz results
                • Quiz grades
                • Responses
                • Statistics
                • Manual grading
              • Marking and analysis of assignments
              • Outcomes
            • Using the gradebook
              • Viewing grades
              • Grader report
              • Outcomes report
              • Overview report
              • User report
              • Import and export of grades
              • Course grade settings
              • Organizing your gradebook
                • Categories and items, simple view
            • Summary
            • Chapter 6: Tools for Collaborative Learning
              • Working together
              • Wikis
                • Adding a wiki
                  • Other wiki settings
                • Getting users started on the wiki
                  • Adding a new page to a wiki
                  • Comments in wikis
                  • Using the History tab
                  • Map
                • Ideas for how to use wikis
              • Glossary activity
                • Adding a glossary
                  • Glossary RSS feed
                  • Glossary grade and ratings
                • Ideas for glossaries
              • Workshops
              • Setting up a workshop
                • General workshop settings
                • Workshop features
                  • Grading
                  • Submission and assessment settings
                  • Access control
                  • Workshop planner
                  • Edit assessment form
                  • Adding a sample submission
                  • Allocating submissions
                  • Controlling the stages of the workshop
                  • Viewing the workshop as a pupil
                  • Grading the workshop
                • Other ideas for workshops
              • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Using Mathematical Equations, Animated Molecules, and Creating 'Live' Graphs
                • Jmol: an open-source Java viewer for chemical structures in 3D
                  • Using Jmol files
                  • Setting up the Jmol filter
                  • Using the Jmol filter in your course
                  • Looking at examples of molecules
                  • Embedding and displaying the files
                    • Adding a 3D molecular model to the course page
                  • Embedding Jmol files into questions
                • TeX notation
                • Using LaTeX notation
                  • DragMath equation editor
                  • TeX code examples
                  • Using the DragMath equation editor to create a page with embedded equations
                  • Adding equations to quiz questions
                  • TeX for teaching science
                  • Finding a particular symbol
                  • TeX Notation glossary
                • Creating graphs in Moodle
                  • Creating graphs using Google docs
                  • Embedding the graph
                  • Using 'live' graphs with students
                • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Self-Assessment, Reflection, and Personalized Learning
                  • Using self-assessment
                  • Using lessons to provide differentiated personalized learning
                    • Lesson activity planning
                    • Adding a lesson activity
                    • General settings
                    • Grade options
                    • Flow control
                    • Adding question pages
                    • Clusters
                    • Branches
                  • Blogs
                    • Why use blogs?
                    • Blogging activities
                    • Blogs for reflection on learning
                    • Site blogs vs course blogs
                    • Site blogs
                    • Leading by example
                    • Setting up a course blog
                    • Publishing a blog
                    • Accessing and sharing blogs
                    • Blog menu block
                    • Comments
                    • Show them what a good blog is
                    • Blogs and RSS
                  • Microblogging
                  • Summary
                  • Chapter 9: Using Student Voice to Improve Your Course
                    • Eliciting suggestions for course improvement
                      • Where is the feedback module?
                      • Using surveys to improve my course
                      • Expectations at the start of the course
                        • Why pre-test your students?
                      • End of unit/topic review
                      • End of course feedback
                      • Questions to find out how your course could be even better
                        • Think about the questions
                      • Adding a feedback activity
                        • Setting up the feedback
                        • Choosing the questions
                    • Using the suggestions for improvement
                      • Ask the experts
                      • Get pupils to rate each topic
                      • Allow pupils to create quiz questions
                      • Customizing roles
                        • Giving a user a new role
                      • Set up a suggestion box
                    • Set up a database to collect their favorite links
                      • Add a database activity
                      • What other content could I get my learners to create?
                      • Importing content into your course
                        • Using Restore
                      • Community hubs
                        • Adding a community block to your course
                    • Summary
                    • Chapter 10: Housekeeping for the New School Year
                      • Why would you want to reset your course?
                      • Back up everything
                        • Anonymize the user data
                      • Exporting useful data
                      • Resetting your course
                        • Reset settings - General
                        • Reset settings - Roles
                        • Reset settings – Gradebook and Groups
                        • Reset settings – Assignments, Chats, Databases, and Feedback
                        • Reset settings – Forums
                        • Reset settings – Glossaries
                        • Reset settings – Lessons, Quizzes, and Wikis
                      • Tidying up your reset course
                        • Removing the students
                        • Editing the Course settings
                        • Other activities
                        • Editing the Group settings
                      • Summary
                      • Chapter 11: Making Moodle Magic
                        • Contributed modules and plugins
                          • Book module
                          • Game module
                          • Hot Potatoes
                          • Lightbox
                          • MRBS block
                          • Flashcard module
                          • Nanogong
                          • Stamp Collection Activity module
                        • SCORM
                          • LabSkills
                          • General SCORM resources
                          • SCORM creation
                        • Create content using other websites
                          • Animoto
                          • Answer Garden
                          • Blabberize
                          • Dipity
                          • Gliffy
                          • Glogster
                          • Google Earth
                          • Google Moon/Mars
                          • Juxio
                          • Mindmeister
                          • Montage
                          • Prezi
                          • Scriblink
                          • Tagxedo
                          • Toondoo
                          • Tubechop
                          • Twitter
                          • Voki
                          • Wallwisher
                          • Weebly
                          • Wordle
                          • Wordpress
                          • Xtranormal
                        • Summary

                        Vincent Lee Stocker

                        Compulsive technology explorer Vincent Lee Stocker is E-Learning Leader at Garden International School, Kuala Lumpur, where he leads/pioneers developments in Moodle, SIMs and other key areas. He has piloted innovative ICT use in a wide range of educational contexts including Hampshire, Kent, Bangkok, and Istanbul as well as developing a popular, internationally renowned Moodle-based website. Vincent is also a secondary school Chemistry specialist, subject leader, and pastoral manager with 15 years of teaching experience.

                        His curiosity in using ICT to enhance his classroom practice started with setting up websites for his students to revise from in the early days of the Internet, and exploded with the realization of the power of tools such as Moodle. Vincent began using Moodle in 2004 with the release of version 1.3 and has gone on to train in excess of 200 teachers to use various versions of the software.

                        His other interests include wakesurfing, music production, local exploration, cookery, and home-brewing … anything that gives Vincent the excuse to tinker with technology and flex his secret geek side.

                        Vincent is married to Rhiannon Stocker. They recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Seren.

                        Science Teaching with Moodle 2.0 is his first published work.

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                        What you will learn from this book

                        • Use scientific notation, mathematical functions, and display molecules to make your students understand difficult concepts more easily
                        • Use the DragMath Equation editor to teach about kinetic energy and momentum
                        • Set up surveys to enable your students to help one another and improve the course with their suggestions
                        • Create databases to classify elements, materials, and structures
                        • Embed videos and images that students can access from home
                        • Monitor your students with Gradebook
                        • Set up quizzes and collect the results to see how your students are progressing
                        • Easily explain difficult concepts such as light and sound waves using animations
                        • Theme your site to make it more science-centric

                        In Detail

                        Moodle is an open source virtual learning environment that is becoming increasingly popular in schools worldwide due to its ease of use and flexibility. Science is the perfect subject to benefit from the features of Moodle as students will find it easier to learn with the help of interactive content, rather than reading ancient textbooks.

                        Science Teaching with Moodle 2.0 will give you lots of tips and tricks for teaching science using Moodle. This book will make learning more fun for your students and explain complicated concepts with ease with the help of images, diagrams, and interactive quizzes. It will teach you how to create quizzes, start forum discussions, embed videos, and much more, all while keeping the students' performance at the front of your mind, which is easily monitored using the Gradebook function.

                        Use Moodle to create quizzes, forums, activities, and much more, to make your science lessons more interactive


                        Packed with lots of practical examples, each chapter takes you through a different aspect of teaching using Moodle. All examples are based around a sample science course, which you can see growing throughout the book.

                        Who this book is for

                        This book is for science teachers who would like to enhance their lessons using Moodle. It doesn't matter if you haven't used Moodle before; as long as someone has set it up for you, you can get started with the exercises in the book straightaway.

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