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Moodle 1.9 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds Beginner's Guide

Book Description

Effective e-learning for younger students using Moodle as your Classroom Assistant

  • Focus on the unique needs of young learners to create a fun, interesting, interactive, and informative learning environment your students will want to go on day after day

  • Engage and motivate your students with games, quizzes, movies, and podcasts the whole class can participate in

  • Go paperless! Put your lessons online and grade them anywhere, anytime

  • Ideal for teachers new to Moodle: easy to follow and abundantly illustrated with screenshots of the solutions you'll build

  • 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!

    This book 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.

    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. Its aim is to give you some hints and advice on how to get your Moodle courses up and running with useful content that your students will actually want to go and learn from on a regular basis. 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. Throughout the book we will be building a course from scratch, adaptable for ages 7 to 14 on Rivers and Flooding It could be any topic, as Moodle lends itself to all subjects and ages.

    Make the most of Moodle to teach 7-14 year olds using this friendly, non-technical guide for teachers

    Table of Contents

    1. Moodle 1.9 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds Beginner's Guide
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Moodle 1.9 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds
      3. Credits
      4. About the author
      5. About the reviewers
      6. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who is this book for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      7. 1. Getting started
        1. First impressions
        2. Time for action-customising our course page
          1. What just happened?
        3. Making changes on the course page
          1. Getting the best out of the side blocks
        4. Time for action-moving, adding, and deleting blocks
          1. Useful (and less useful) blocks
          2. Have a go hero-get the right choice of blocks for your course!
        5. Making our own side blocks in Moodle
        6. Time for action-configuring an HTML block
          1. What just happened?
          2. Customizing the middle section
          3. Using the HTML editor
          4. Have a go hero-give titles to each section of your course
          5. What just happened?
        7. Where does Moodle store our stuff?
        8. Time for action-setting up the course files area
          1. What just happened?
        9. Brightening up the course page with images
        10. Time for action-uploading images to our Moodle page
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-add an image to your HTML block
        11. Adding links to other web sites in Moodle
        12. Time for action-making a 'click here' link to a web site
          1. What just happened?
        13. Summary
      8. 2. Adding worksheets and resources
        1. Putting a worksheet on Moodle
        2. Time for action-uploading a factsheet on to Moodle
          1. What just happened?
        3. Time for action-displaying our factsheet on our course page
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-putting a slideshow onto Moodle
        4. Putting a week's worth of slideshows into Moodle
        5. Time for action-getting a whole folder of work into Moodle in one go
          1. What just happened?
        6. Time for action-displaying a whole folder on Moodle
          1. What just happened?
        7. Making a 'click here' type link to the River Thames web site
          1. Have a go hero-linking to a web site
        8. Recap—where do we stand now?
        9. Creating a worksheet about flooding, directly in Moodle
        10. Time for action-typing our flooding worksheet straight into Moodle
          1. What just happened?
        11. Online worksheets—some ideas to consider
        12. Making our page look prettier
        13. Time for action-improving the look of our course page
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-move the label
        14. Summary
      9. 3. Getting Interactive
        1. How do we do all this?
        2. Getting our class to reflect and discuss
        3. Time for action-setting up a discussion forum on Moodle
          1. What just happened?
          2. How do we moderate the forum?
          3. Why use a forum?
        4. Carrying on the conversation in real time—outside of school
        5. Time for action-setting up a chat room in Moodle
          1. What just happened?
          2. Why use Chat? (and why not?)
        6. Making our own class Glossary
        7. Time for action-getting students to create their own Glossary
          1. What just happened?
        8. Showcasing the plans in a database
        9. Time for action-setting up a database
          1. What just happened?
        10. How far have we come?
        11. Giving our class a chance to vote
        12. Time for action-giving students a chance to choose a winner
          1. What just happened?
          2. Finding out the students' choice
          3. Have a go hero-getting the class to give us feedback
          4. Why use Choice?
          5. Announcing the winner
        13. Writing creatively in Moodle
        14. Time for action-setting up an online creative writing exercise
          1. What just happened?
        15. Marking students' work on Moodle
          1. What just happened?
          2. Other ways to set and mark work in Moodle
          3. Have a go hero-mark their campsite design
        16. Collaborative story-telling
        17. Time for action-getting our class to work together on an online story
          1. What just happened?
        18. Summary
      10. 4. Self-marking Quizzes
        1. Forget the paper
        2. Hot potatoes—cool learning
        3. Time for action-getting a program to create our self-marking activities
          1. What just happened?
        4. Time for action-matching rivers to continents with the JMatch Hot Potato
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-make the rivers and continents into a drag-and-drop activity
        5. Time for action-getting our matching activity into Moodle
          1. What just happened?
        6. Consolidating knowledge with Hot Potatoes activities
        7. Time for action-creating a self-marking gap-fill exercise
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-make differentiated exercises for students with mixed abilities
        8. Time for action-making a self-marking crossword exercise
          1. What just happened?
        9. Time for action-making a self-marking mixed up words exercise
          1. What just happened?
        10. Time for action-making a self-marking multiple-choice quiz
          1. What just happened?
        11. Adding pictures to our Hot Potatoes
        12. Time for action-creating an exercise where words are matched with pictures
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-put a Hot Potato exercise with pictures onto Moodle
        13. Words of warning
        14. Making an assessment test with a Moodle quiz
        15. Time for action-set up a Moodle quiz as test on rivers and continents
          1. What just happened?
        16. The quiz question screen is in two parts
        17. Time for action-making a multiple-choice question
        18. Time for action-making a true/false question
        19. Time for action-making a matching question
          1. What just happened?
        20. Other types of questions
        21. Summary
      11. 5. Games
        1. Making an Alien Abduction (hangman) game
        2. Time for action-finding and making the Alien Abduction game
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-adding a link to a web site in Moodle
        3. Garbage in the bins—making a sorting exercise
        4. Time for action-finding and making the bin game
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-adding a link to a file (our game) in Moodle
        5. Bish Bash Bosh—a differentiation game with a hammer!
        6. Time for action-finding and creating the Bish Bash Bosh game
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-uploading and displaying our game on Moodle
        7. WordWeb—making a spelling game using Spellmaster
        8. Time for action-finding and making the WordWeb game from Spellmaster
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-uploading and displaying our game in Moodle
        9. I know what you're thinking!
        10. Fling the Teacher—making a Moodle-marked homework
        11. Time for action-finding and setting up 'Fling the Teacher'
          1. What just happened?
        12. Time for action-creating a 'Fling the Teacher' game
          1. What just happened?
        13. Time for action-getting our game to work in Moodle's grade book
          1. Have a go hero-playing the game
        14. Summary
      12. 6. Multimedia
        1. Making a sound recording to put into Moodle
        2. Time for action-getting Audacity
          1. What just happened?
        3. Time for action-setting up to record
          1. Have a go hero-recording audio
        4. Improving the recording and involving our class
        5. Time for action-getting rid of the coughs and giggles
        6. Time for action-adding background music
          1. What just happened?
        7. Time for action-saving our recording
          1. Have a go hero-displaying our MP3 file on Moodle
        8. Time for action-adding a link to the audio file
          1. What just happened?
        9. Making a film to put into Moodle
        10. Time for action-creating our movie
          1. Have a go hero-adding photos to the movie and testing it out
          2. What just happened?
        11. Improving our movie with effects and sound
        12. Time for action-adding special effects to our movie
          1. Have a go hero-make your movie zoom in and change color!
        13. Time for action-adding sound to our movie
          1. What just happened?
        14. Getting the sound to match our images
        15. Adding the finishing touches to make our movie ready for Moodle
        16. Time for action-adding our opening credits
          1. Have a go hero-adding our closing credits
          2. What just happened?
        17. Time for action-saving and uploading the movie into Moodle
          1. Have a go hero-displaying our movie in Moodle
        18. Summary
      13. 7. Wonderful Web 2.O
        1. Web 2.0 words of warning
        2. Getting the pupils to Blog!
        3. Time for action-introducing our project with a blog entry
          1. What just happened?
          2. Words of warning
        4. Putting a map onto Moodle
        5. Time for action-how to display a Google Map on our course page
          1. What just happened?
          2. Words of warning
        6. Introducing the project with a cartoon character
        7. Time for action-creating a moving and a talking teacher
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-put your Voki onto Moodle!
          3. Words of warning
        8. Telling our story through a cartoon animation
        9. Time for action-creating our animation
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-add several scenes to an animation
        10. Time for action-saving our animation which is ready for Moodle
          1. Have a go hero-setting up our Moodle animation activity
          2. Words of warning
        11. Summarizing our project in a word cloud
        12. Time for action-making a Wordle word cloud
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-getting our students to send us their Wordle word clouds
          3. Words of warning
        13. Summary
      14. 8. Practicalities
        1. Miss, I can't do the homework coz I haven't got Word at home!
        2. Time for action-getting a free alternative to Microsoft Office
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-giving our students an alternative to Microsoft Office
        3. Choosing the best file type for Moodle
        4. Time for action-saving a Rivers homework as a pdf file for ease of access on Moodle
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-convert a PowerPoint to a PDF and upload it to Moodle
        5. Making it easier for our students to view our slideshows
        6. Time for action-getting a program that displays our interactive presentations
          1. What just happened?
        7. Time for action-saving our slideshow so that everyone can see it
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-uploading and displaying our new slideshow in Moodle
        8. Making sure that all of our images look correct on Moodle
        9. Time for action-getting a program to help us edit images for Moodle
          1. What just happened?
        10. Time for action-resizing a single photo to display on Moodle
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-proving the importance of resizing images!
        11. Time for action-re-sizing several photos, all in one go
          1. What just happened?
        12. Showing YouTube videos on Moodle when YouTube is banned
        13. Time for action-how to download a YouTube video to use on Moodle
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-display a YouTube video in Moodle
        14. Summary
      15. 9. Advanced tips and tricks
        1. Using Moodle to get our students to make decisions
        2. Time for action-creating a decision-making exercise (DME)
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero-carry on decision making!
        3. Time for action-finishing and viewing our DME
        4. Keeping our students up-to-date with the latest news
        5. Time for action-getting some appropriate news feeds for our topic
          1. What just happened?
        6. Time for action-keeping our students informed with a Moodle RSS block
          1. What just happened?
        7. Finishing off—what else can Moodle do for me?
        8. Evaluating our course with a Moodle questionnaire
        9. Rewarding our students efforts with a certificate
        10. Making our course home page look more like a web page
          1. Have a go hero-source and resize suitable images for each topic section
        11. Time for action-adding image links to our topic sections
          1. What just happened?
        12. Time for action-putting our activities into web pages
          1. What just happened?
        13. Time for action-link the topic web page to its image
          1. Have a go hero-link the other topics to their images
        14. Concealing our activities to make our course page neater
        15. Time for action-making our course page look more like a web page
          1. What just happened?
        16. Summary
      16. Index