Moodle 2 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds Beginner's Guide

You need no special technical skills or previous Moodle experience to use the e-learning platform to create fantastic interactive teaching aids for pre-teen and early teenage students. This book takes you from A-Z in easy steps.

Moodle 2 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide
Mary Cooch

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You need no special technical skills or previous Moodle experience to use the e-learning platform to create fantastic interactive teaching aids for pre-teen and early teenage students. This book takes you from A-Z in easy steps.
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ISBN 139781849518321
Paperback258 pages

Book Description

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!

Moodle 2 For Teaching 7-14 Year Olds 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. The book focuses on the unique needs of young learners to create a fun, interesting, interactive, and informative learning environment your students will want to go to day after day.

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. Learn how to put your lessons online in minutes; how to set creative homework that Moodle will mark for you and how to get your students working together to build up their knowledge. Throughout the book we will build a course from scratch, adaptable for ages 7 to 14, on Rivers and Flooding. You can adapt this to any topic, as Moodle lends itself to all subjects and ages.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started
First impressions
Time for action — customizing 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
Customizing the middle section
Brightening up the course page with images
Time for action — uploading images to our Moodle page
Adding links to other websites in Moodle
Time for action — making a click here link to a website
Summary
Chapter 2: Adding Worksheets and Resources
Putting a worksheet on Moodle
Time for action — uploading a factsheet on to Moodle
What can you pick from the File picker?
Putting a week's worth of slideshows into Moodle
Time for action — getting a whole folder of work into Moodle in one go
Making a 'click here' type link to the River Thames website
Recap—where do we stand now?
Making a multimedia 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
Summary
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
Time for action — marking students' work on Moodle
Collaborative story-telling
Time for action — getting our class to work together on an online story
Summary
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
How can we save the scores in Moodle
Words of warning
Adding pictures, sound, or video to our self-marking exercises
Making an assessment test with a Moodle quiz
Time for action — setting up a Moodle quiz as test on rivers and continents
The quiz question screen
Time for action — making a multiple-choice question
Time for action — adding a video to a Matching question
Previewing and using our Moodle assessment test
Other types of questions
Summary
Chapter 5: Games
Making an Alien Abduction (hangman) game
Time for action — finding and making the Alien Abduction game
Time for action — showing just the game without the web page
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
Time for action — uploading and displaying our game on Moodle
Making a Monster memory game from Languages Online
Time for action — downloading Memory Game Maker
Time for action — creating our memory game
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 gradebook
Summary
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 — displaying the audio file in a player on the page
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
Summary
Chapter 7: Wonderful Web 2.0
Web 2.0 words of warning
Getting the pupils to blog!
Time for action — adding the blog menu block so we can blog inside our course
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 an online picture book
Time for action — signing up and making our picture book
Summarizing our project in a word cloud
Time for action — making a Wordle word cloud
Summary
Chapter 8: Practicalities
Miss, I can't do the homework because 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
Using Moodle on your i-devices
Summary
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
Getting feedback from our students
Time for action — setting up a feedback activity at the end of our course
Controlling the learning path with Conditional Activities
Time for action — scheduling conditional activities (1)
Time for action — scheduling conditional activities (2)
Time for action — scheduling conditional activities (3)
Time for action — finalizing conditional activities
Finishing off—what else can Moodle do for me?
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 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
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • 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
  • Use Moodle to encourage discussion and decision-making
  • Introduce your children to the world of blogging within the safety of Moodle
  • Get interactive with self-marking games and quizzes by including images, sounds, and animations
  • Make movies and sound recordings to inspire your class
  • Learn how to make games that will please both the children’s need to play and your headteacher’s need for assessment grades
  • Make the most of what's free on the Web to get your children working and learning together

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started
First impressions
Time for action — customizing 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
Customizing the middle section
Brightening up the course page with images
Time for action — uploading images to our Moodle page
Adding links to other websites in Moodle
Time for action — making a click here link to a website
Summary
Chapter 2: Adding Worksheets and Resources
Putting a worksheet on Moodle
Time for action — uploading a factsheet on to Moodle
What can you pick from the File picker?
Putting a week's worth of slideshows into Moodle
Time for action — getting a whole folder of work into Moodle in one go
Making a 'click here' type link to the River Thames website
Recap—where do we stand now?
Making a multimedia 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
Summary
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
Time for action — marking students' work on Moodle
Collaborative story-telling
Time for action — getting our class to work together on an online story
Summary
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
How can we save the scores in Moodle
Words of warning
Adding pictures, sound, or video to our self-marking exercises
Making an assessment test with a Moodle quiz
Time for action — setting up a Moodle quiz as test on rivers and continents
The quiz question screen
Time for action — making a multiple-choice question
Time for action — adding a video to a Matching question
Previewing and using our Moodle assessment test
Other types of questions
Summary
Chapter 5: Games
Making an Alien Abduction (hangman) game
Time for action — finding and making the Alien Abduction game
Time for action — showing just the game without the web page
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
Time for action — uploading and displaying our game on Moodle
Making a Monster memory game from Languages Online
Time for action — downloading Memory Game Maker
Time for action — creating our memory game
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 gradebook
Summary
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 — displaying the audio file in a player on the page
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
Summary
Chapter 7: Wonderful Web 2.0
Web 2.0 words of warning
Getting the pupils to blog!
Time for action — adding the blog menu block so we can blog inside our course
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 an online picture book
Time for action — signing up and making our picture book
Summarizing our project in a word cloud
Time for action — making a Wordle word cloud
Summary
Chapter 8: Practicalities
Miss, I can't do the homework because 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
Using Moodle on your i-devices
Summary
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
Getting feedback from our students
Time for action — setting up a feedback activity at the end of our course
Controlling the learning path with Conditional Activities
Time for action — scheduling conditional activities (1)
Time for action — scheduling conditional activities (2)
Time for action — scheduling conditional activities (3)
Time for action — finalizing conditional activities
Finishing off—what else can Moodle do for me?
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 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
Summary

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ISBN 139781849518321
Paperback258 pages
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