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History Teaching with Moodle 2

John Mannion

History teaching can gain a lot from the interactive elements of the Moodle virtual learning environment, and this book will show you how to transform your existing courses easily and quickly with no technical knowledge needed.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849514040
Paperback280 pages

About This Book

  • Follow the creation of a history course that includes activities for all age groups, with subjects ranging from the medieval times up to the fall of the Third Reich
  • Make your students ' homework more exciting by enabling them to watch videos of historical documentaries, participate in group discussions, and complete quizzes from home
  • Save time by transforming your existing lesson plans into interactive courses
  • Monitor your students' progress using the Gradebook


Who This Book Is For

This book is for history 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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Course Structure
Moodle Ideal for teaching History
Your first History course
Naming your course
Creating and enrolling users
Adding topic labels
Your first forum
Clio's Challenge a social format
Chapter 2: Create Attractive Courses
Preparing images
Word clouds
Chapter 3: Adding Interactive Content
Making files accessible to students
A dictionary style glossary
Random Glossary Entry
RSS feeds
Chapter 4: Quizzes
Types of questions
Compiling the quiz
Displaying a Quiz Results table
Creating an end of topic quiz
Chapter 5: The Gradebook
The Gradebook
Chapter 6: Student Collaboration
Using a poll to stimulate discussion
Using a database
Encouraging collaboration using wikis
Chapter 7: Lessons and Blogs
Approaching the lesson
Adding a contents page
Chapter 8: Using Xerte and Audacity
Chapter 9: Moodle Workshops
What to assess in a workshop?

What You Will Learn

  • Set up a database of important figures in History
  • Create a theme for your course to make it interesting and accessible to all students
  • Design workshops that encourage students to work collaboratively and perform peer-to-peer assessment
  • Simplify grading and reporting to parents
  • Update the content regularly with random glossaries and RSS feeds, linking to history in the news
  • Create quizzes to reinforce understanding or to challenge the gifted and talented
  • Use timers, videos, and podcasts to add a level of difficulty or complexity
  • Post videos of school trips, or historical documentaries
  • Set up groups to put together their very own story on a collaborative wiki page
  • Set up debates about important events in History using forums


In Detail

Moodle is an open source virtual learning environment that is coming to be used in more and more schools worldwide. History and Moodle complement each other perfectly in terms of content and delivery. This book will show you how to set up tasks and activities that will enable your students to forge a greater understanding of complex issues, bringing History into the 21st century.

History Teaching with Moodle 2 presents new and exciting ideas for the delivery of History content making use of tried-and-trusted methods of teaching the subject. By following a sample course, you will find it easy to transform your existing lesson plans into a Moodle course that will become even more efficient, attractive, and useful over time.

Make the past come to life using a range of tasks and activities that can consolidate learning for some, enhance understanding for others, and enthuse all. Learn how to add an RSS feed to your home page to display daily 'On this day in history' posts. Create a one-minute quiz about how the Second World War began. Post video footage of a trip to a castle and set some questions for students in anticipation of their next visit. Set up a wiki so that student groups can create their own story about 'murder at a monastery'. Moodle's built-in features allow students to get a better grasp of historical concepts and will rejuvenate their interest in the subject.


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