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Moodle 1.9 English Teacher's Cookbook

Book Description

80 simple but incredibly effective recipes for teaching reading comprehension, writing, and composing using Moodle 1.9

  • Packed with recipes to help you use Moodle effectively to teach English

  • Create a different atmosphere to help students improve their writing skills using Moodle

  • Implement different techniques in the teaching of reading comprehension, writing, and composition using a variety of resources from the free and open source software available

  • Enhance the writing activities created for students by embedding Twitter & Facebook into Moodle

  • In Detail

    Connecting the ideas of students is one of the most difficult tasks to carry out in the teaching process. Performing these types of tasks through Moodle will help you overcome complex situations while you teach. If you are looking for a guide that will show you how to improve your skills in using Moodle, as well as enhance your way of teaching in virtual classrooms, your search ends right here.

    This book begins with simple activities in order to enhance students' writing, such as connecting activities developed in different ways either using Moodle or free and open source software available in the Web 2.0. Then, it moves into matching images and different pieces of writing; it shows how to import different pictures to the Moodle course in different ways. It caters for a great variety of images that will brighten the creativity of students.

    Then reading comprehension is explored from the characters' point of view; students should explore the reading in such a way to become part of it and write as if they were part of the story.

    Twitter and Facebook social networks are embedded in the Moodle course in order to invent stories, create group works, and create social on fashion interaction hand in hand with the virtual classroom. There are step-by-step activities involving these websites and inserting Ishikawa's management technique in order to enhance group writing.

    Once you have reached this point of the book there are other writing techniques explored such as mathematical association to writing, cube technique, discussion clock, mind mapping, and tree diagrams among others. A step-by-step guide is provided for creating these techniques, uploading them into the Moodle course, and creating the writing activity.

    The book covers writing sentences, poems, songs, descriptions, compositions, essays, articles, cartoons, ads, and creating and describing superheroes.

    Achieve outstanding results with ready-to-use recipes for writing and composing holding hands with Moodle 1.9 in the Web 2.0 Era

    Table of Contents

    1. Moodle 1.9 English Teacher's Cookbook
      1. Moodle 1.9 English Teacher's Cookbook
      2. Credits
      3. About the Author
      4. Acknowledgement
      5. About the Reviewer
      6. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      7. 1. Connecting Ideas
        1. Introduction
        2. Matching sentences
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Carry out the activity in Hot Potatoes
            2. Hot Potatoes website
            3. Showing Hot Potatoes Quiz in Moodle
            4. Creating a matching activity in Hot Potatoes
        3. Unjumbling and connecting sentences
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        4. Using Twitter and Facebook for a survey
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Protecting Students' Rights and Privacy
        5. Brainstorming ideas using Forums
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Answering a quiz designed in a Lesson
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Writing somebody's biography using a link to a website
        7. Empty book, great story: upload pictures from Microsoft Word
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        8. Connecting stairs: Uploading drawings from Microsoft Word
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating a link with a Microsoft file
        9. Linking to websites and writing about an endangered animal
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      8. 2. Matching Pictures and Text
        1. Introduction
        2. Picturing comprehension
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Students justifying their choice in a Forum
        3. Matching text to speech bubbles of comic strips
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Ordering and writing a story based on the comic strip
        4. Picture paragraph matching
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        5. Sceneries and possible stories through flowcharts
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Working with paintings—Salvador Dali's art
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        7. Choosing a book by its cover
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        8. Advising posters
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        9. Cooking recipes
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      9. 3. Looking at Things from Different Perspectives
        1. Introduction
        2. Becoming a well-known character
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        3. Understanding secondary characters
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating a glossary with the characters
            2. Creating a crossword using the Glossary
            3. Uploading the crossword to Moodle
        4. Adding technology to a story
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        5. Statues can think
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Changing an adventure
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Linking to a website where students can listen to Alice in Wonderland
            2. Reading Alice in Wonderland in your iPod touch, iPad, or iPhone
        7. Old age versus childhood
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        8. Beauty versus ugliness
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. Creating a writing activity after chatting and reading
        9. Curious characters
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      10. 4. Defining Types of Sentences
        1. Introduction
        2. Embedding videos, games, and matching the correct topic sentence
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more
            1. Embedding the game
        3. Writing detailed sentences according to the topic sentence
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        4. Multiple choice: choose the correct concluding sentence
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        5. Mixing paragraphs
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Selecting the correct sentences
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Adding more True/False questions in the Quiz
        7. Adding detailed sentences
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        8. Writing topics and concluding sentences
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        9. Hamburger paragraph: writing a composition using three types of sentences
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      11. 5. Creating Stories using Twitter and Facebook
        1. Introduction
        2. Debating a topic
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Inserting a Twitter button in Moodle
            2. Inserting a Twitter button in the HTML block in the Moodle course
        3. Cause-and-effect diagram, Fishbone, or Ishikawa diagram technique
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Inserting a Facebook button in our Moodle course
        4. Positive and negative points list
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. Inserting a Twitter button in Moodle
        5. Play the reporter
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating a writing activity using the answers in the Database
            2. Tweeting in an easier way
        6. Writing a story guessing facts
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        7. Writing a very short play using text messages
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        8. Chain composition
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        9. How to summarize information
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      12. 6. Improving Your Students' Writing
        1. Introduction
        2. Cubing technique: Describe
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Connecting both activities automatically
        3. Cubing technique: Compare
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        4. Cubing technique: Associate
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        5. Cubing technique: Analyse
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Using Sweet Home 3D to design the floor plan
        6. Cubing technique: Apply
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        7. Cubing technique: Argue
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        8. Rolling a cube
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        9. How to correct this essay
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      13. 7. Comparing using Venn Diagrams
        1. Introduction
        2. Summer holidays versus winter holidays— drawing Venn diagrams using OpenOffice Drawing
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        3. Living in the country versus living in an overcrowded city—drawing Venn diagrams with clip art from Microsoft Word
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        4. Being famous versus being unknown— drawing Venn diagrams with SmartDraw software
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        5. Having a healthy lifestyle versus bad habits—completing a Venn diagram using the classtools.net website
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Famous coincidences—drawing Venn diagrams of Abraham Lincoln and John Fitzgerald Kennedy using Paint
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        7. Comparing different types of pollution— drawing Venn diagrams using Microsoft Visio 2007
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        8. Types of students—drawing Venn diagrams using Edraw Max
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        9. Puzzles—placing adjectives and sentences in a Venn diagram according to the description of personal possessions
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      14. 8. Composing New Sceneries
        1. Introduction
        2. Updating a fairy tale—using a database to guide writing activity
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        3. Changing a poem into a cartoon—using resources from Web 2.0
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Cartoonizing ourselves
            2. Cartoonizing ourselves using Photo to Cartoon
        4. Listening to a poem and writing another end to it
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        5. Imagining that your house is a palace
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Superheroes have other powers—creating your own hero using tools from Web 2.0
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Writing about a hero designed using a link to a website
        7. Flying shoes—creating an advertisement using animoto.com
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        8. Becoming your idol—using Quandary 2 in Moodle
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        9. Creating a writing activity
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      15. 9. Working with Mind Maps and Tree Diagrams
        1. Introduction
        2. Pictures in mind maps—using Buzan's iMindMap V4
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Uploading the mind map as .png file
            2. Drawing pictures using pen sketch
            3. Creating a writing activity
        3. Adding data to pictures—creating a mind map using MindMeister
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        4. Providing a situation to a story—drawing a mind map using Draw Anywhere
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        5. Creating mind maps using resources from Web 2.0
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Creating a tree diagram using Microsoft Word
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        7. Pictures in a tree diagram—creating a tree diagram using creately.com
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Designing a writing activity out of the tree diagram
        8. Completing a tree diagram comparing two people using my.lovelycharts.com
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating a description activity out of the tree diagram
        9. Comparing the Flintstones and the Simpsons—using cacoo.com to create a tree diagram
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
      16. 10. Preparing a Discussion Clock
        1. Introduction
        2. How to prepare a discussion clock—words to cover different viewpoints
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating a writing activity
        3. Writing from a viewpoint—using tiny URLs in the discussion clock
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating another writing activity
        4. Picturing the clock diagram—adding images
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        5. Music in the clock diagram—embedding MP3 files to our Moodle course
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        6. Just words—using a target diagram to create a discussion clock and creating a story out of it
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Designing a creating a story activity through Web 2.0
        7. Questions in the clock diagram—writing a newspaper article
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating a writing activity using the template of a newspaper
        8. Correcting through a clock diagram
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
        9. Designing a discussion clock in order to create an aircraft using resources from Web 2.0
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Using Facebook to create another writing activity