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Moodle 2 for Teaching 4-9 Year Olds Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide
Nicholas Freear

No special technical skills or previous Moodle experience is needed to use the e-learning platform to create fun interactive teaching aids for young children. This step-by step guide makes it as easy as ABC.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849513289
Paperback332 pages

About This Book

  • A beginner's guide with lots of practical examples
  • Learn how to create a wealth of exciting activities to make teaching and learning fun
  • Minimize the stress of lesson planning with lots of exercises that can be used again and again
  • Written to Moodle 2, the examples in this book can also be used in previous versions of Moodle
  • The complete software list accompanying this book is available here
  • The online Moodle course accompanying this book is available here

Who This Book Is For

This book is aimed at teachers of children aged 4 to 9 who wish to integrate the Moodle open source virtual learning environment into their teaching. It assumes a basic knowledge of the Web but no prior knowledge of Moodle, although it is expected that you will either have Moodle already set up in your school, or a friendly IT technician who can do it for you.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started
Introducing Moodle
Time for action – logging in for the first time
Creating your first Moodle course
Time for action – creating a course
Creating a quiz
Time for action – creating a quiz activity
Inserting an image
Time for action – inserting an image
Installing a text filter
Time for action – installing the SimpleSpeak filter
Using the filter
Time for action – using the SimpleSpeak filter
Summary
Chapter 2: Basic Math in Moodle
Searching for open content
Time for action – searching for open content
Creating a label
Time for action – creating a label resource
Embedding a video
Time for action – embedding video
Creating numerical questions
Time for action – creating numerical questions
Creating more math questions
Time for action – creating more maths questions
A calculated question
Time for action – creating a calculated question
Installing the Calculated Objects question type
Time for action – installing a question type
Creating your first calculated objects question
Time for action – creating a calculated objects question
Summary
Chapter 3: Telling Stories
Creating a database activity
Time for action – creating a database
Planning our database fields
Time for action – creating fields
Editing templates
Time for action – editing templates
Adding an entry
Time for action – adding an entry
Commenting on the database entry
Time for action – adding a story as a comment
Installing a sound recorder
Time for action – installing Audacity and LAME
Testing audio
Time for action – performing a test recording
Recording audio
Time for action – recording audio
Integrating an audio file with Moodle
Time for action – enabling the multimedia filter
Uploading audio files
Time for action uploading files
Embedding our audio file
Time for action – embedding audio
Running your lesson
Summary
Chapter 4: Spot the Difference
Introducing the lesson module
Creating our first lesson activity
Time for action – adding a lesson activity
Finding spot-the-difference images
Time for action – finding images online on OCAL
Installing an image editor
Time for action – installing Inkscape
Editing the images
Time for action – editing the first SVG image
Bringing it together
Time for action – adding images to our lesson
More difficult exercises
Time for action – adding more questions
Wrapping up the lesson
Time for action – adding a branch
Enrolling students
Time for action – creating and using an enrolment key
Time for action – uploading users
Summary
Chapter 5: Setting Homework
Introducing the SIMILE timeline widget
Installing a text editor
Time for action – installing Notepad2
Creating the timeline data file
Time for action – creating the XML
Installing the Timeline Widget filter
Time for action – installing the filter
Creating a follow-on activity
Time for action – adding a forum
Adding information to our XML file
Time for action – editing the XML
Embedding the timeline
Time for action – putting a timeline together
Integrating the timeline with teaching
Time for action – creating an assignment
Summary
Chapter 6: Fun Games
Introducing Games
Creating a glossary
Time for action – creating a glossary
Adding glossary entries
Time for action – adding glossary entries
Glossary auto-linking
Time for action – using auto-linking
Installing the Games module
Time for action – installing the module
Creating a game
Time for action – adding snakes and ladders
Adding a cryptex
Time for action – adding a word search puzzle
Hidden picture
Time for action – adding a hidden picture
Hidden picture questions
Time for action – adding questions
Creating the puzzle
Time for action – adding a hidden picture game
Summary
Chapter 7: Interactive Puzzles
An alternative word search
Time for action – planning the word search
Creating the word search XML
Time for action – creating the XML
Chapter 8: Stories Revisited
Finding a book
Time for action – finding a book
Installing the Book module
Time for action – installing the activity module
Creating a book
Time for action – creating a book
Improving our book
Time for action – adding custom styles
Adding pictures
Time for action – adding pictures to our book
Completing our online book
Time for action – adding the remaining parts to the book
Installing a dictionary
Time for action – installing a pop-up dictionary
Integrating a dictionary service
Time for action – using the dictionary
Summary
Chapter 9: Embedding the Web
What is Scratch?
Embedding Scratch projects
Time for action – embedding Scratch applets
The Scratch embed filter
Time for action – installing and using the filter
RSS feeds and blocks
Time for action – adding an RSS feed
Improving our RSS feed
Time for action – using Yahoo! Pipes
Science simulations
Time for action – incorporating PhET simulations
HTML5 jigsaw
Time for action – exploring the jigsaw
Creating your own jigsaw activity
Time for action – using an iframe
Summary
Chapter 10: Administration
Course backup
Time for action – creating a course backup
Restoring a course
Time for action – course restore
Recording and tracking progress
Time for action – making notes
Blogging
Time for action – writing a blog post
Gradebook
Time for action – viewing grades
Community
Contributed plugins
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Create a course and find your way around Moodle
  • Use the Moodle Database module to create story-telling activities
  • Create visual spot-the-difference exercises using the lesson module
  • Embed visualizations of historic and time-based events, using the SIMILE Timeline widget
  • Add fun games including word-search and hidden picture puzzles to your courses
  • Explore how to embed Flash-based puzzles to Moodle
  • Combine face-to-face teaching with online activities in a classroom environment

 

In Detail

Moodle is a virtual learning environment that is being used in more and more schools worldwide. It is ideal for teaching a younger age group as interactive lessons enable children to learn quicker and with greater ease.

Moodle 2 for Teaching 4-9 Year Olds Beginner's Guide will help you to adapt your existing lesson plans to online Moodle courses and will give you ideas to create new activities, quizzes, and puzzles to make the learning process fun and interactive for young children.

The interactivity of Moodle means that it is perfect for teaching younger children as they can learn by watching, listening, and doing. Learn how to create activities and quizzes that are specially adapted for younger children and are quick and easy for you to incorporate in Moodle. Other highlights include spot-the-difference exercises, games, and embedded puzzles.

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