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Integrate interactive math presentations, build feature-rich quizzes, set online quizzes and tests, incorporate Flash games, and monitor student progress using the Moodle e-learning platform
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847196446
Paperback276 pages

About This Book

  • Get to grips with converting your mathematics teaching over to Moodle
  • Engage and motivate your students with exciting, interactive, and engaging online math courses with Moodle, which include mathematical notation, graphs, images, video, audio, and more
  • Integrate multimedia elements in math courses to make learning math interactive and fun
  • Inspiring, realistic examples and interactive assessment exercises to give you ideas for your own Moodle math courses

Who This Book Is For

The book is aimed at math teachers who want to use Moodle to deliver or support their teaching. The book will also be useful for teachers of "mathematical sciences", or courses with a significant mathematical content that will benefit from the use of some of the tools explored in the book.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Moodle Mathematics
Are you a Moodle administrator?
Introduction to teaching Mathematics with Moodle
Starting an online discussion
Configuring your course
What we have learned so far
Summary
Chapter 2: Getting Started with Mathematical Notation
Equation editors
Configuring and testing the Algebra Filter
How the Algebra Filter works
Summary
Chapter 3: Enhancing Your Math Teaching
PowerPoint and Mathematics
Providing an audio commentary
Uploading to SlideShare
Including YouTube videos
Creating screencasts
Incorporating third-party content
Summary
Chapter 4: SCORM and Flash
SCORM
Being Flash
Java—a SCORM and Flash alternative
Summary
Chapter 5: Geometry
About GeoGebra
Summary
Chapter 6: Math Quizzes
Creating quizzes
The Feedback module
System for Teaching and Assessment using a Computer algebra Kernel (STACK)
Summary
Chapter 7: More Mathematical Notation
Why is including mathematical notation so complicated?
Advanced notation using the TeX filter
DragMath
ASCIIMathML
Summary
Chapter 8: Graphs and Charts
ASCIIMathML and ASCIIsvg
Creating charts in Microsoft Excel and OpenOffice.org Calc
Google Docs
Summary
Chapter 9: Doing More with Math and Science
Alternative ways to create math notation
Math teaching resources
Science modules
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Convert mathematics teaching over to Moodle
  • Enhance your course with interactive graphs, images, videos, and audio
  • Integrate interactive presentations and explore different ways to include them in your course
  • Create your own SCORM activities using both free and commercial tools
  • Add rich animation and fun games by incorporating Flash games and activities for engaging your students
  • Build feature-rich quizzes and set online assignments
  • Monitor student progress and assess your teaching success
  • Configure Moodle to display the complete set of mathematical symbols and objects

In Detail

Moodle is a popular e-learning platform that is making inroads into all areas of the curriculum. Using moodle helps you to develop exciting, interactive, and engaging online math courses. But teaching math requires use of graphs, equations, special notation, and other features that are not built into Moodle. Using Moodle to teach Mathematics presents its own challenges.

The book will show you how to set-up a Moodle course to support the teaching of mathematics. It will also help you to carefully explore the Moodle plugins that allow the handling of equations and enable other frequently used mathematical activities.

Taking a practical approach, this book will introduce you to the concepts of converting mathematics teaching over to Moodle. It provides you with everything you need to include mathematical notation, graphs, images, video, audio, and more in your Moodle courses. By following the practical examples in this book, you can create feature-rich quizzes that are automatically marked, use tools to monitor student progress, employ modules and plugins allowing students to explore mathematical concepts. You'll also learn the integration of presentations, interactive math elements, SCORM, and Flash objects into Moodle. It will take you through these elements in detail and help you learn how to create, edit, and integrate them into Moodle.

Soon you will develop your own exciting, interactive, and engaging online math courses with ease.

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