Moodle 1.9 for Teaching Special Education Children (5-10): Beginner's Guide

Create courses and therapies for children with special educational needs using Moodle for effective e-learning

Moodle 1.9 for Teaching Special Education Children (5-10): Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide
Vanesa S. Olsen

Create courses and therapies for children with special educational needs using Moodle for effective e-learning
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849510943
Paperback324 pages

About This Book

  • Focus on building rich and interactive activities to create least restrictive environments, your students will want to go on day after day
  • Learn to use netbooks, gamepads, touch screens, microphones, and Webcams to motivate children
  • Take advantage of all the new possibilities offered by the creation of rich User Experiences in your activities
  • Ideal for teachers who are new to Moodle as it is easy to follow and abundantly illustrated with screenshots of the solutions you'll build

Who This Book Is For

If you are an SEN teacher or SEN therapist with minimal knowledge of Moodle who is willing to exploit Web 2.0 possibilities using Moodle 1.9 as the background platform, this book is for you.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Matching Pictures
Matching composite pictures
Time for action - installing tools to manipulate 2D scalable clipart
Time for action - searching for 2D scalable clipart to combine inside a box
Time for action - combining pictures with different sizes
Time for action - preparing texts using colors and fonts
Time for action - organizing composite pictures and texts
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - running the matching composite pictures activity
Discovering sentences related to 3D scenes
Time for action - searching for 3D models to combine inside a 2D box
Time for action - organizing composite 3D models into a rendered 2D box
Time for action - grouping text blocks and changing colors
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - running the discovering sentences activity
Time for action - using a gamepad to solve the exercise
Drawing an illustration according to speech bubbles
Time for action - creating speech bubbles and filling them with text
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - using a digital pen as a mouse to solve the exercise
Summary
Chapter 2: Working with Abstraction and Sequencing Disabilities
Making a gap fill activity changing pictures to words
Time for action - getting pictures of animals and nature
Time for action - preparing a cloze using images
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - executing and completing the cloze with images
Painting images according to the instructions
Time for action - drawing the background using a digital pen
Time for action - preparing the instructions with images, colors, and fonts in Moodle
Time for action - executing the activity to paint images in Moodle
Solving a yes/no multiple choice
Time for action - preparing several images and Boolean questions
Time for action - creating a YES button and a NO button with associated images
Time for action - executing the activity
Summary
Chapter 3: Associating Images with Words
Writing a sentence using two images
Time for action - looking for two images to generate the exercise
Time for action - searching for related sounds
Time for action - activating the MP3 player in Moodle
Time for action - integrating the visual and auditory resources in a Moodle exercise
Time for action - writing the sentence
Putting words inside an image with structure
Time for action - creating a scene
Time for action - adding floating labels to the image
Time for action - uploading the scene to Moodle
Time for action - running the exercise using a netbook's touchpad
Summary
Chapter 4: Developing Sorting Activities, Mixing Shapes and Pictures
Ordering the temporal sequence
Time for action - getting three pictures to represent a temporal sequence
Time for action - creating the mixed temporal sequence using images
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - ordering the sequence by dragging and dropping images
Ordering the images according to their sizes in a pyramid
Time for action - building the pyramid
Time for action - creating the mixed parts of the pyramid using images
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - ordering the sequence by dragging and dropping images with the mouse
Time for action - executing the exercise using a multi touch screen
Summary
Chapter 5: Creating Exercises to Improve Short-term Memory
Finding pairs of matching animations
Time for action - generating the animated virtual cards
Time for action - organizing the virtual cards
Time for action - installing a module to integrate JClic and Moodle
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - finding the matching pairs by flipping virtual cards
Working with a list of words organized in rows
Time for action - creating an animation with a list of words
Time for action - exporting a video with animated words
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - writing the memorized words
Summary
Chapter 6: Reducing Attention Deficit Disorder Using Great Concentration Exercises
Solving a puzzle
Time for action - choosing a high definition picture adequate for a puzzle
Time for action - generating an exchange puzzle
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - solving the puzzle using a gamepad
Time for action - solving the puzzle using a multi-touch device
Looking for words in a word search puzzle
Time for action - creating a background picture by combining two images
Time for action - generating a word search puzzle with letters and pictures
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - solving the word search puzzle
Summary
Chapter 7: Playing with Mathematical Operations
Solving a multiple choice with multiple images
Time for action - preparing a scene to count elements
Time for action - creating a visual multiple choice with many animals
Time for action - executing the activity
Completing a grid of visual mathematical operations
Time for action - combining pictures with mathematical symbols
Time for action - generating a grid with images and mathematical symbols
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - solving the visual mathematical operations
Summary
Chapter 8: Mental Operations with Language
Completing visual sequences
Time for action - generating the pictures for a visual sequence
Time for action - generating the initial visual sequence
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - arranging the sequence by dragging and dropping images
Completing the colored sequence
Time for action - preparing many images with different colors using GIMP
Time for action - generating the initial color sequence
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - arranging the sequence with different color tones by dragging and dropping images
Summary
Chapter 9: Writing Guided Sentences and Paragraphs
Creating a sentence using certain words
Time for action - choosing and preparing the words to be used in a sentence
Time for action - writing and recording the sentence
Time for action - installing a NanoGong assignment to set speaking homework
Time for action - creating a NanoGong assignment to record a sentence
Time for action - recording the sentence with the NanoGong recorder
Describing spatial relationships between different objects
Time for action - creating a scene with a 2D picture related to a geometric shape
Time for action - uploading the scene to Moodle
Time for action - writing sentences to describe the spatial relationships
Summary
Chapter 10: Running Cognitive Evaluation Tests
Working with simple and complex instructions
Time for action - generating pictures to prepare the instructions
Time for action - using pictures to prepare the instructions
Time for action - using a Webcam to record the results of executing the exercise
Testing the comprehension of different situations
Time for action - generating a questionnaire related to a situation
Time for action - recording the answers
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Create activities to match composite pictures with sentences and rich exercises to stimulate both the attention and the concentration.
  • Search and organize 3D models to create a 3D scene and work with colors to define skill levels.
  • Learn to take advantage of a gamepad and a digital pen to create funny exercises.
  • Learn to save portions of the screen as new pictures to use in new activities and create activities to complete words of a sentence according to the pictures.
  • Use images and colors to evaluate the mental abstraction of instructions.
  • Use pictures, zones, elements, layers, words and colors to evaluate the children association capabilities and the reverse thinking process.
  • Create visual activities to find matching pairs and exercise audio patterns recognition and matching.
  • Combine videos, sounds, photos, letters, and words to improve long-term memory management.
  • Create a complex association activity with visual mathematical operations and their possible results.
  • Learn to combine pictures and symbols to improve the concentration when working with mathematical operations.
  • Work with image manipulation software to adjust color saturation levels and prepare images with different color tones to use in a colored sequence
  • Create exercises to help the parents of the child with SEN to interact with them.
  • Use different tools and resources to improve the memory.of the child with SEN

In Detail

Moodle is a free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites. But what does it have to offer to the children with special educational needs who want a fun, inspiring, interactive, and informative learning experience? Moodle 1.9 empowers educators achieve all these set of rich experiences with many related activities - this book shows you how!

This book offers solutions to developing interactive courses and therapies for children with special education needs who are between the age group of 5 to 10 years. It teaches to combine Moodle 1.9 with the opportunities offered by Web 2.0, free and commercial software, and general purpose hardware devices. This book will guide the reader step-by-step in using many different tools to create exciting experiences to offer great motivation to children with special educational needs, considering the opportunities for online education.

This book will help the reader to build interactive and rich online content oriented to children with special educational needs using different techniques and open source tools. It teaches you to create exercises as if you were playing with children at the school, the zoo, the beach, the supermarket, a birthday party, an aquarium, a farm, at the shopping, a circus or at home. You will be able to work with drawings, music, sounds, videos, photographs and text, and you will combine all these pieces into nice experiences for children who need to find extra motivation to improve their learning skills.

Besides, it will teach you to take advantage of general purpose, non-expensive hardware like gamepads, joysticks, digital pens also known as pen-sketches, multi-touch screens, netbooks and touchpads. The usage of some of these hardware devices combined with visually rich activities usually offer children an extra motivation to focus on solving the exercises.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Matching Pictures
Matching composite pictures
Time for action - installing tools to manipulate 2D scalable clipart
Time for action - searching for 2D scalable clipart to combine inside a box
Time for action - combining pictures with different sizes
Time for action - preparing texts using colors and fonts
Time for action - organizing composite pictures and texts
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - running the matching composite pictures activity
Discovering sentences related to 3D scenes
Time for action - searching for 3D models to combine inside a 2D box
Time for action - organizing composite 3D models into a rendered 2D box
Time for action - grouping text blocks and changing colors
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - running the discovering sentences activity
Time for action - using a gamepad to solve the exercise
Drawing an illustration according to speech bubbles
Time for action - creating speech bubbles and filling them with text
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - using a digital pen as a mouse to solve the exercise
Summary
Chapter 2: Working with Abstraction and Sequencing Disabilities
Making a gap fill activity changing pictures to words
Time for action - getting pictures of animals and nature
Time for action - preparing a cloze using images
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - executing and completing the cloze with images
Painting images according to the instructions
Time for action - drawing the background using a digital pen
Time for action - preparing the instructions with images, colors, and fonts in Moodle
Time for action - executing the activity to paint images in Moodle
Solving a yes/no multiple choice
Time for action - preparing several images and Boolean questions
Time for action - creating a YES button and a NO button with associated images
Time for action - executing the activity
Summary
Chapter 3: Associating Images with Words
Writing a sentence using two images
Time for action - looking for two images to generate the exercise
Time for action - searching for related sounds
Time for action - activating the MP3 player in Moodle
Time for action - integrating the visual and auditory resources in a Moodle exercise
Time for action - writing the sentence
Putting words inside an image with structure
Time for action - creating a scene
Time for action - adding floating labels to the image
Time for action - uploading the scene to Moodle
Time for action - running the exercise using a netbook's touchpad
Summary
Chapter 4: Developing Sorting Activities, Mixing Shapes and Pictures
Ordering the temporal sequence
Time for action - getting three pictures to represent a temporal sequence
Time for action - creating the mixed temporal sequence using images
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - ordering the sequence by dragging and dropping images
Ordering the images according to their sizes in a pyramid
Time for action - building the pyramid
Time for action - creating the mixed parts of the pyramid using images
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - ordering the sequence by dragging and dropping images with the mouse
Time for action - executing the exercise using a multi touch screen
Summary
Chapter 5: Creating Exercises to Improve Short-term Memory
Finding pairs of matching animations
Time for action - generating the animated virtual cards
Time for action - organizing the virtual cards
Time for action - installing a module to integrate JClic and Moodle
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - finding the matching pairs by flipping virtual cards
Working with a list of words organized in rows
Time for action - creating an animation with a list of words
Time for action - exporting a video with animated words
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - writing the memorized words
Summary
Chapter 6: Reducing Attention Deficit Disorder Using Great Concentration Exercises
Solving a puzzle
Time for action - choosing a high definition picture adequate for a puzzle
Time for action - generating an exchange puzzle
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - solving the puzzle using a gamepad
Time for action - solving the puzzle using a multi-touch device
Looking for words in a word search puzzle
Time for action - creating a background picture by combining two images
Time for action - generating a word search puzzle with letters and pictures
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - solving the word search puzzle
Summary
Chapter 7: Playing with Mathematical Operations
Solving a multiple choice with multiple images
Time for action - preparing a scene to count elements
Time for action - creating a visual multiple choice with many animals
Time for action - executing the activity
Completing a grid of visual mathematical operations
Time for action - combining pictures with mathematical symbols
Time for action - generating a grid with images and mathematical symbols
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - solving the visual mathematical operations
Summary
Chapter 8: Mental Operations with Language
Completing visual sequences
Time for action - generating the pictures for a visual sequence
Time for action - generating the initial visual sequence
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - arranging the sequence by dragging and dropping images
Completing the colored sequence
Time for action - preparing many images with different colors using GIMP
Time for action - generating the initial color sequence
Time for action - adding the activity to a Moodle course
Time for action - arranging the sequence with different color tones by dragging and dropping images
Summary
Chapter 9: Writing Guided Sentences and Paragraphs
Creating a sentence using certain words
Time for action - choosing and preparing the words to be used in a sentence
Time for action - writing and recording the sentence
Time for action - installing a NanoGong assignment to set speaking homework
Time for action - creating a NanoGong assignment to record a sentence
Time for action - recording the sentence with the NanoGong recorder
Describing spatial relationships between different objects
Time for action - creating a scene with a 2D picture related to a geometric shape
Time for action - uploading the scene to Moodle
Time for action - writing sentences to describe the spatial relationships
Summary
Chapter 10: Running Cognitive Evaluation Tests
Working with simple and complex instructions
Time for action - generating pictures to prepare the instructions
Time for action - using pictures to prepare the instructions
Time for action - using a Webcam to record the results of executing the exercise
Testing the comprehension of different situations
Time for action - generating a questionnaire related to a situation
Time for action - recording the answers
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781849510943
Paperback324 pages
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