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Moodle 1.9: The English Teacher's Cookbook

Silvina P. Hillar

80 simple but incredibly effective recipes for teaching reading comprehension, writing, and composing using Moodle 1.9
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849510882
Paperback304 pages

About This Book

  • Packed with recipes to help you use Moodle effectively to teach English
  • Create a different atmosphere to help students improve their writing skills using Moodle
  • Implement different techniques in the teaching of reading comprehension, writing, and composition using a variety of resources from the free and open source software available
  • Enhance the writing activities created for students by embedding Twitter & Facebook into Moodle

Who This Book Is For

If you are an English teacher who wants to discover practical, funny, and engaging activities to insert in your course, this is a perfectly designed book for you. It will help you to use different techniques in the teaching of reading comprehension, writing, and composition using a great variety of resources from the free and open source software available in the Web and interesting websites as well as social networks. You need basic experience with Moodle 1.9 or 1.9.5, as well as installation and configuration procedures.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Connecting Ideas
Matching sentences
Unjumbling and connecting sentences
Using Twitter and Facebook for a survey
Brainstorming ideas using Forums
Answering a quiz designed in a Lesson
Empty book, great story: upload pictures from Microsoft Word
Connecting stairs: Uploading drawings from Microsoft Word
Linking to websites and writing about an endangered animal
Chapter 2: Matching Pictures and Text
Picturing comprehension
Matching text to speech bubbles of comic strips
Picture paragraph matching
Sceneries and possible stories through flowcharts
Working with paintings—Salvador Dali's art
Choosing a book by its cover
Advising posters
Cooking recipes
Chapter 3: Looking at Things from Different Perspectives
Becoming a well-known character
Understanding secondary characters
Adding technology to a story
Statues can think
Changing an adventure
Old age versus childhood
Beauty versus ugliness
Curious characters
Chapter 4: Defining Types of Sentences
Embedding videos, games, and matching the correct topic sentence
Writing detailed sentences according to the topic sentence
Multiple choice: choose the correct concluding sentence
Mixing paragraphs
Selecting the correct sentences
Adding detailed sentences
Writing topics and concluding sentences
Hamburger paragraph: writing a composition using three types of sentences
Chapter 5: Creating Stories using Twitter and Facebook
Debating a topic
Cause-and-effect diagram, Fishbone, or Ishikawa diagram technique
Positive and negative points list
Play the reporter
Writing a story guessing facts
Writing a very short play using text messages
Chain composition
How to summarize information
Chapter 6: Improving Your Students' Writing
Cubing technique: Describe
Cubing technique: Compare
Cubing technique: Associate
Cubing technique: Analyse
Cubing technique: Apply
Cubing technique: Argue
Rolling a cube
How to correct this essay
Chapter 7: Comparing using Venn Diagrams
Summer holidays versus winter holidays— drawing Venn diagrams using OpenOffice Drawing
Living in the country versus living in an overcrowded city—drawing Venn diagrams with clip art from Microsoft Word
Being famous versus being unknown— drawing Venn diagrams with SmartDraw software
Having a healthy lifestyle versus bad habits—completing a Venn diagram using the website
Famous coincidences—drawing Venn diagrams of Abraham Lincoln and John Fitzgerald Kennedy using Paint
Comparing different types of pollution— drawing Venn diagrams using Microsoft Visio 2007
Types of students—drawing Venn diagrams using Edraw Max
Puzzles—placing adjectives and sentences in a Venn diagram according to the description of personal possessions
Chapter 8: Composing New Sceneries
Updating a fairy tale—using a database to guide writing activity
Changing a poem into a cartoon—using resources from Web 2.0
Listening to a poem and writing another end to it
Imagining that your house is a palace
Superheroes have other powers—creating your own hero using tools from Web 2.0
Flying shoes—creating an advertisement using
Becoming your idol—using Quandary 2 in Moodle
Creating a writing activity
Chapter 9: Working with Mind Maps and Tree Diagrams
Pictures in mind maps—using Buzan's iMindMap V4
Adding data to pictures—creating a mind map using MindMeister
Providing a situation to a story—drawing a mind map using Draw Anywhere
Creating mind maps using resources from Web 2.0
Creating a tree diagram using Microsoft Word
Pictures in a tree diagram—creating a tree diagram using
Completing a tree diagram comparing two people using
Comparing the Flintstones and the Simpsons—using to create a tree diagram
Chapter 10: Preparing a Discussion Clock
How to prepare a discussion clock—words to cover different viewpoints
Writing from a viewpoint—using tiny URLs in the discussion clock
Picturing the clock diagram—adding images
Music in the clock diagram—embedding MP3 files to our Moodle course
Just words—using a target diagram to create a discussion clock and creating a story out of it
Questions in the clock diagram—writing a newspaper article
Correcting through a clock diagram
Designing a discussion clock in order to create an aircraft using resources from Web 2.0

What You Will Learn

  • Create prewriting activities such as matching or unjumbling among others using Hot Potatoes or Moodle Quizzes
  • Develop a writing atmosphere for students to be creative bearing in mind Multiple Intelligences theory
  • Perform a quandary maze using Quandary 2 and make students write according to their choices
  • Display videos or images in the Moodle course as prewriting activities
  • Embed social networks in the Moodle course and design interactive activities
  • Insert management techniques in the teaching of writing and composing to enhance the students' learning experience
  • Design and upload different mind maps, Venn diagrams, or tree diagrams in the Moodle course
  • Use listening comprehension activities as prewriting ones
  • Inspire students to change a writing style into another one
  • Change sceneries  of classical stories, superheroes to create new ones or enhance them

In Detail

Connecting the ideas of students is one of the most difficult tasks to carry out in the teaching process. Performing these types of tasks through Moodle will help you overcome complex situations while you teach. If you are looking for a guide that will show you how to improve your skills in using Moodle, as well as enhance your way of teaching in virtual classrooms, your search ends right here.

This cookbook provides a practical, step-by-step guide to building a complete reading comprehension, writing, and composition course in Moodle 1.9 starting with simple activities and ending with complex ones. It covers many features and techniques in order to allow you to organize your ideas to improve writing using Moodle as a virtual learning platform.

This book begins with simple activities in order to enhance students' writing, such as connecting activities developed in different ways either using Moodle or free and open source software available in the Web 2.0. Then, it moves into matching images and different pieces of writing; it shows how to import different pictures to the Moodle course in different ways. It caters for a great variety of images that will brighten the creativity of students.

Then reading comprehension is explored from the characters' point of view; students should explore the reading in such a way to become part of it and write as if they were part of the story.

Twitter and Facebook social networks are embedded in the Moodle course in order to invent stories, create group works, and create social on fashion interaction hand in hand with the virtual classroom. There are step-by-step activities involving these websites and inserting Ishikawa's management technique in order to enhance group writing.

Once you have reached this point of the book there are other writing techniques explored such as mathematical association to writing, cube technique, discussion clock, mind mapping, and tree diagrams among others. A step-by-step guide is provided for creating these techniques, uploading them into the Moodle course, and creating the writing activity.

The book covers writing sentences, poems, songs, descriptions, compositions, essays, articles, cartoons, ads, and creating and describing superheroes.


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