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

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

About This Book

  • Ideal for teachers new to Moodle: easy to follow and abundantly illustrated with screenshots of the solutions you'll build
  • Go paperless! Put your lessons online and grade them anywhere, anytime
  • Engage and motivate your students with games, quizzes, movies, blogs and podcasts the whole class can participate in

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. 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.

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

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!

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.

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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

Book Details

ISBN 139781849518321
Paperback258 pages
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