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Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook

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Silvina P. Hillar

Add images, videos, music, and much more to make your Moodle course interactive and fun
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849514705
Paperback256 pages

About This Book

  • Learn how to add photographs, videos, animations, and much more to make your Moodle course even more interactive
  • Embed 2D or 3D maps, interactive or static charts, resources, assets, videos, bitmaps, and photographs into Moodle courses
  • Learn how to design and work with podcasts, audio assets, sound, music, and screencasts and integrate them into Moodle
  • Part of Packt's Cookbook series, which is ideal if you want to follow clear recipes to quickly add effects to your course without the need for extra reading

Who This Book Is For

This cookbook is designed for teachers who want to learn how to insert different multimedia assets into their Moodle courses. It is expected that you will have basic knowledge of Moodle 1.9 or 2.0 and have Moodle installed and ready to be worked on. Teachers of different subjects can adapt the recipes to best suit their specific subject.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Creating Interactive User eXperiences
Introduction
Creating a cloze with pictures
Designing a True or False quiz
Developing a quandary maze activity with images
Carrying out and embedding an interactive flowchart
Designing matching activities with images
Ordering paragraphs with related scenes
Linking external 2D interactive activities
Linking external 3D interactive activities
Chapter 2: Working with 2D and 3D Maps
Introduction
Creating maps with sceneries
Drawing regions within a map
Labeling a map with pins
Drawing 3D maps using Bing Maps
Drawing 3D maps using 3DVIA Shape for Maps
Using Google maps to locate European bridges
Displaying interactive information about the solar system
Working with constellation maps
Embedding a map of Mars
Labeling the moon
Watching the universe
Chapter 3: Working with Different Types of Interactive Charts
Introduction
Inserting column charts
Embedding a line chart
Designing an interactive pie chart with labels
Creating bar charts with hyperlinks
Working with area charts
Inserting an X Y (Scatter) chart
Working with stock charts
Creating a poll and designing a surface chart
Drawing a donut interactive chart
Chapter 4: Integrating Interactive Documents
Introduction
Developing collaborative writing exercises with Google Docs
Using Open Office and uploading the file to Moodle
Using Flickr images in Open Office documents
Including live PDF documents in Moodle exercises
Reviewing PDF documents
Designing a Wiki
Chapter 5: Working with Audio, Sound, Music, and Podcasts
Introduction
Recording audio using a microphone
Creating and embedding a podcast
Creating MP3 files from diverse audio formats
Embedding free sound available on the Web
Working with MIDI music
Editing MIDI files
Allowing students to record audio
Chapter 6: Creating and Integrating Screencasts and Videos
Introduction
Creating a screencast
Enhancing a screencast with annotations
Embedding a YouTube video
Embedding a Dailymotion video
Recording a video
Editing a video
Creating a playlist
Enhancing a video with comments
Chapter 7: Working with Bitmap Images and Photographs
Introduction
Selecting between lossy and lossless compression schemes
Creating animated graphics
Resizing photos to their appropriate size
Adding hotspots to photos
Editing color curves
Adding effects and applying filters
Uploading images to Moodle
Linking external image files
Chapter 8: Working with Vector Graphics
Introduction
Converting vector graphics to bitmap images
Rendering parts of a vector drawing
Embedding scalable vector graphics
Improving vector graphics rendering with anti-aliasing
Include vector graphics in Open Office documents
Include vector graphics in PDF files
Linking to scalable vector graphics
Enhancing scalable vector graphics with hyperlinks
Chapter 9: Designing and Integrating E-portfolios
Introduction
Enabling a portfolio
Preparing a portfolio strategy using a Google Docs portfolio
Gathering students' work using a File download portfolio
Enabling a Box.net portfolio
Using a Box.net portfolio
Embedding a Box.net folder in Moodle

What You Will Learn

  • Create and embed 2D and 3D interactive maps in Moodle courses using web resources and free software
  • Work with different types of audio files to offer sounds, music, and podcasts in your Moodle courses
  • Record, edit, and convert audio files to make them compatible with Moodle
  • Use open source multiplatform tools to create screencasts and edit, link, and embed videos into your Moodle courses
  • Edit, enhance, and convert image files and embed them in Moodle
  • Design and integrate e-Portfolios in Moodle courses to organize the information for students

In Detail

Moodle is an open source virtual learning environment that is widely used in schools and businesses. By including multimedia, such as animated graphics, bitmaps, photographs, and videos in your Moodle site, you can enhance the enjoyment of your site's users and sustain their attention.

Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook provides a plethora of recipes showing you how to manage, link, and embed different multimedia resources into your Moodle course – ideal if you don't have the time to read a long tutorial and want quick ways to enhance your Moodle course.

Go beyond your normal use of Moodle and make your courses really attractive! This cookbook will give you inspiration and teach you to do things you never knew were possible. Link, edit, and embed bitmaps and photographs to illustrate your lessons. Learn to resize and convert images to the most appropriate formats for Moodle courses, interactive documents, and e-Portfolios. Work with animated graphics to create engaging activities and learn the most complex topics related to formats, compression, bitmaps, and vector graphics while following steps in these simple recipes.

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