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Moodle 1.9 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds: Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide
Mary Cooch

Effective e-learning for younger students using Moodle as your Classroom Assistant
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847197146
Paperback236 pages

About This Book

  • Focus on the unique needs of young learners to create a fun, interesting, interactive, and informative learning environment your students will want to go on day after day
  • Engage and motivate your students with games, quizzes, movies, and podcasts the whole class can participate in
  • Go paperless! Put your lessons online and grade them anywhere, anytime
  • Ideal for teachers new to Moodle: easy to follow and abundantly illustrated with screenshots of the solutions you'll build

Who This Book Is For

This book is for regular, non-technical teachers of pre-teen or early teenage children. It assumes no prior knowledge of Moodle and no particular expertise on the Web. Classroom assistants may also find this book a very useful resource.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting started
First impressions
Time for action-customising our course page
Making changes on the course page
Time for action-moving, adding, and deleting blocks
Making our own side blocks in Moodle
Time for action-configuring an HTML block
Where does Moodle store our stuff?
Time for action-setting up the course files area
Brightening up the course page with images
Time for action-uploading images to our Moodle page
Adding links to other web sites in Moodle
Time for action-making a 'click here' link to a web site
Chapter 2: Adding worksheets and resources
Putting a worksheet on Moodle
Time for action-uploading a factsheet on to Moodle
Time for action-displaying our factsheet on our course page
Putting a week's worth of slideshows into Moodle
Time for action-getting a whole folder of work into Moodle in one go
Time for action-displaying a whole folder on Moodle
Making a 'click here' type link to the River Thames web site
Recap—where do we stand now?
Creating a worksheet about flooding, directly in Moodle
Time for action-typing our flooding worksheet straight into Moodle
Online worksheets—some ideas to consider
Making our page look prettier
Time for action-improving the look of our course page
Chapter 3: Getting Interactive
How do we do all this?
Getting our class to reflect and discuss
Time for action-setting up a discussion forum on Moodle
Carrying on the conversation in real time—outside of school
Time for action-setting up a chat room in Moodle
Making our own class Glossary
Time for action-getting students to create their own Glossary
Showcasing the plans in a database
Time for action-setting up a database
How far have we come?
Giving our class a chance to vote
Time for action-giving students a chance to choose a winner
Writing creatively in Moodle
Time for action-setting up an online creative writing exercise
Marking students' work on Moodle
Collaborative story-telling
Time for action-getting our class to work together on an online story
Chapter 4: Self-marking Quizzes
Forget the paper
Hot potatoes—cool learning
Time for action-getting a program to create our self-marking activities
Time for action-matching rivers to continents with the JMatch Hot Potato
Time for action-getting our matching activity into Moodle
Consolidating knowledge with Hot Potatoes activities
Time for action-creating a self-marking gap-fill exercise
Time for action-making a self-marking crossword exercise
Time for action-making a self-marking mixed up words exercise
Time for action-making a self-marking multiple-choice quiz
Adding pictures to our Hot Potatoes
Time for action-creating an exercise where words are matched with pictures
Words of warning
Making an assessment test with a Moodle quiz
Time for action-set up a Moodle quiz as test on rivers and continents
The quiz question screen is in two parts
Time for action-making a multiple-choice question
Time for action-making a true/false question
Time for action-making a matching question
Other types of questions
Chapter 5: Games
Making an Alien Abduction (hangman) game
Time for action-finding and making the Alien Abduction game
Garbage in the bins—making a sorting exercise
Time for action-finding and making the bin game
Bish Bash Bosh—a differentiation game with a hammer!
Time for action-finding and creating the Bish Bash Bosh game
WordWeb—making a spelling game using Spellmaster
Time for action-finding and making the WordWeb game from Spellmaster
I know what you're thinking!
Fling the Teacher—making a Moodle-marked homework
Time for action-finding and setting up 'Fling the Teacher'
Time for action-creating a 'Fling the Teacher' game
Time for action-getting our game to work in Moodle's grade book
Chapter 6: Multimedia
Making a sound recording to put into Moodle
Time for action-getting Audacity
Time for action-setting up to record
Improving the recording and involving our class
Time for action-getting rid of the coughs and giggles
Time for action-adding background music
Time for action-saving our recording
Time for action-adding a link to the audio file
Making a film to put into Moodle
Time for action-creating our movie
Improving our movie with effects and sound
Time for action-adding special effects to our movie
Time for action-adding sound to our movie
Getting the sound to match our images
Adding the finishing touches to make our movie ready for Moodle
Time for action-adding our opening credits
Time for action-saving and uploading the movie into Moodle
Chapter 7: Wonderful Web 2.O
Web 2.0 words of warning
Getting the pupils to Blog!
Time for action-introducing our project with a blog entry
Putting a map onto Moodle
Time for action-how to display a Google Map on our course page
Introducing the project with a cartoon character
Time for action-creating a moving and a talking teacher
Telling our story through a cartoon animation
Time for action-creating our animation
Time for action-saving our animation which is ready for Moodle
Summarizing our project in a word cloud
Time for action-making a Wordle word cloud
Chapter 8: Practicalities
Miss, I can't do the homework coz I haven't got Word at home!
Time for action-getting a free alternative to Microsoft Office
Choosing the best file type for Moodle
Time for action-saving a Rivers homework as a pdf file for ease of access on Moodle
Making it easier for our students to view our slideshows
Time for action-getting a program that displays our interactive presentations
Time for action-saving our slideshow so that everyone can see it
Making sure that all of our images look correct on Moodle
Time for action-getting a program to help us edit images for Moodle
Time for action-resizing a single photo to display on Moodle
Time for action-re-sizing several photos, all in one go
Showing YouTube videos on Moodle when YouTube is banned
Time for action-how to download a YouTube video to use on Moodle
Chapter 9: Advanced tips and tricks
Using Moodle to get our students to make decisions
Time for action-creating a decision-making exercise (DME)
Time for action-finishing and viewing our DME
Keeping our students up-to-date with the latest news
Time for action-getting some appropriate news feeds for our topic
Time for action-keeping our students informed with a Moodle RSS block
Finishing off—what else can Moodle do for me?
Evaluating our course with a Moodle questionnaire
Rewarding our students efforts with a certificate
Making our course home page look more like a web page
Time for action-adding image links to our topic sections
Time for action-putting our activities into web pages
Time for action-link the topic web page to its image
Concealing our activities to make our course page neater
Time for action-making our course page look more like a web page

What You Will Learn

  • Make a Moodle class page that your students will want to visit and linger on
  • Display your worksheets for students to access at home
  • Set up your lessons directly onto Moodle to save paper and effort
  • Get your students doing homework on Moodle so you can grade and give feedback online
  • Get interactive with self-marking games and quizzes by including images, sounds, and animations
  • Use Moodle to encourage discussion and decision-making
  • Make movies and sound recordings to inspire your class
  • Make the most of what's free on the Web to get your children working and learning together

In Detail

Moodle is a very popular e-learning tool in universities and high schools. But what does it have to offer younger students who want a fun, interesting, interactive, and informative learning experience? Moodle empowers teachers to achieve all this and more and this book will show you how!

This book will show complete beginners in Moodle with no technical background how to make the most of its features to enhance the learning and teaching of children aged around 7-14.

This is a practical book for teachers, written by a teacher with two decades of practical experience, latterly in using Moodle to motivate younger students. Its aim is to give you some hints and advice on how to get your Moodle courses up and running with useful content that your students will actually want to go and learn from on a regular basis. We will assume that you have an installation of Moodle managed by somebody else, so you are responsible only for creating and delivering course content. Throughout the book we will be building a course from scratch, adaptable for ages 7 to 14 on Rivers and Flooding It could be any topic, as Moodle lends itself to all subjects and ages.


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