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Moodle 2 for Teaching 4-9 Year Olds Beginner's Guide

Book Description

No special technical skills or previous Moodle experience is needed to use the e-learning platform to create fun interactive teaching aids for young children. This step-by step guide makes it as easy as ABC.

  • A beginner's guide with lots of practical examples
  • Learn how to create a wealth of exciting activities to make teaching and learning fun
  • Minimize the stress of lesson planning with lots of exercises that can be used again and again
  • Written to Moodle 2, the examples in this book can also be used in previous versions of Moodle

In Detail

Moodle is a virtual learning environment that is being used in more and more schools worldwide. It is ideal for teaching a younger age group as interactive lessons enable children to learn quicker and with greater ease.

Moodle 2 for Teaching 4-9 Year Olds Beginner's Guide will help you to adapt your existing lesson plans to online Moodle courses and will give you ideas to create new activities, quizzes, and puzzles to make the learning process fun and interactive for young children.

The interactivity of Moodle means that it is perfect for teaching younger children as they can learn by watching, listening, and doing. Learn how to create activities and quizzes that are specially adapted for younger children and are quick and easy for you to incorporate in Moodle. Other highlights include spot-the-difference exercises, games, and embedded puzzles.

Teaching young children has just got easier with the help of Moodle to create fun, interactive, and informative learning activities.

Table of Contents

  1. Moodle 2 for Teaching 4-9 Year Olds
    1. Moodle 2 for Teaching 4-9 Year Olds Beginner's Guide
    2. Credits
    3. About the Author
    4. Acknowledgement
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. A note on versions
      4. Who this book is for
      5. Conventions
      6. Time for action – heading
        1. What just happened?
        2. Pop quiz - heading
        3. Have a go hero - heading
      7. Reader feedback
      8. Customer support
        1. Downloading the example code
        2. Errata
        3. Piracy
        4. Questions
    8. 1. Getting Started
      1. Introducing Moodle
      2. Time for action – logging in for the first time
        1. What just happened?
      3. Creating your first Moodle course
      4. Time for action – creating a course
        1. What just happened?
        2. Exploring roles
      5. Creating a quiz
      6. Time for action – creating a quiz activity
        1. What just happened?
      7. Inserting an image
      8. Time for action – inserting an image
        1. What just happened?
      9. Installing a text filter
      10. Time for action – installing the SimpleSpeak filter
        1. What just happened?
      11. Using the filter
      12. Time for action – using the SimpleSpeak filter
        1. What just happened?
        2. Troubleshooting
        3. Incorporating the quiz in your teaching
        4. Have a go hero
        5. Pop quiz
      13. Summary
    9. 2. Basic Math in Moodle
      1. Searching for open content
      2. Time for action – searching for open content
        1. What just happened?
      3. Creating a label
      4. Time for action – creating a label resource
        1. What just happened?
      5. Embedding a video
      6. Time for action – embedding video
        1. What just happened?
      7. Creating numerical questions
      8. Time for action – creating numerical questions
        1. What just happened?
      9. Creating more math questions
      10. Time for action – creating more maths questions
        1. What just happened?
      11. A calculated question
      12. Time for action – creating a calculated question
        1. What just happened?
      13. Installing the Calculated Objects question type
      14. Time for action – installing a question type
        1. What just happened?
      15. Creating your first calculated objects question
      16. Time for action – creating a calculated objects question
        1. What just happened?
        2. Pop quiz -
        3. Have a go hero
      17. Summary
    10. 3. Telling Stories
      1. Creating a database activity
      2. Time for action – creating a database
        1. What just happened?
      3. Planning our database fields
      4. Time for action – creating fields
        1. What just happened?
      5. Editing templates
      6. Time for action – editing templates
        1. What just happened?
      7. Adding an entry
      8. Time for action – adding an entry
        1. What just happened?
      9. Commenting on the database entry
      10. Time for action – adding a story as a comment
        1. What just happened?
      11. Installing a sound recorder
        1. Audacity and LAME
      12. Time for action – installing Audacity and LAME
        1. What just happened?
      13. Testing audio
      14. Time for action – performing a test recording
        1. What just happened?
      15. Recording audio
      16. Time for action – recording audio
        1. What just happened?
      17. Integrating an audio file with Moodle
      18. Time for action – enabling the multimedia filter
        1. What just happened?
      19. Uploading audio files
      20. Time for action uploading files
        1. What just happened?
      21. Embedding our audio file
      22. Time for action – embedding audio
        1. What just happened?
      23. Running your lesson
        1. Have a go hero
        2. Pop quiz -
      24. Summary
    11. 4. Spot the Difference
      1. Introducing the lesson module
      2. Creating our first lesson activity
      3. Time for action – adding a lesson activity
        1. What just happened?
      4. Finding spot-the-difference images
      5. Time for action – finding images online on OCAL
        1. What just happened?
      6. Installing an image editor
      7. Time for action – installing Inkscape
        1. What just happened?
      8. Editing the images
      9. Time for action – editing the first SVG image
        1. What just happened?
      10. Bringing it together
      11. Time for action – adding images to our lesson
        1. What just happened?
      12. More difficult exercises
      13. Time for action – adding more questions
        1. What just happened?
      14. Wrapping up the lesson
      15. Time for action – adding a branch
        1. What just happened?
      16. Enrolling students
        1. Configuring an enrolment key
      17. Time for action – creating and using an enrolment key
        1. What just happened?
        2. Enrolling via user upload
      18. Time for action – uploading users
        1. What just happened?
        2. Pop quiz -
        3. Have a go hero
      19. Summary
    12. 5. Setting Homework
      1. Introducing the SIMILE timeline widget
      2. Installing a text editor
      3. Time for action – installing Notepad2
        1. What just happened?
      4. Creating the timeline data file
      5. Time for action – creating the XML
        1. What just happened?
        2. Troubleshooting
        3. What just happened?
      6. Installing the Timeline Widget filter
      7. Time for action – installing the filter
        1. What just happened?
      8. Creating a follow-on activity
      9. Time for action – adding a forum
        1. What just happened?
      10. Adding information to our XML file
      11. Time for action – editing the XML
        1. What just happened?
      12. Embedding the timeline
      13. Time for action – putting a timeline together
        1. What just happened?
      14. Integrating the timeline with teaching
      15. Time for action – creating an assignment
        1. What just happened?
        2. Pop quiz -
        3. Have a go hero - Generating a timeline dynamically
      16. Summary
    13. 6. Fun Games
      1. Introducing Games
      2. Creating a glossary
      3. Time for action – creating a glossary
        1. What just happened?
      4. Adding glossary entries
      5. Time for action – adding glossary entries
        1. What just happened?
      6. Glossary auto-linking
      7. Time for action – using auto-linking
        1. What just happened?
      8. Installing the Games module
      9. Time for action – installing the module
        1. What just happened?
      10. Creating a game
      11. Time for action – adding snakes and ladders
        1. What just happened?
      12. Adding a cryptex
      13. Time for action – adding a word search puzzle
        1. What just happened?
      14. Hidden picture
      15. Time for action – adding a hidden picture
        1. What just happened?
      16. Hidden picture questions
      17. Time for action – adding questions
        1. What just happened?
      18. Creating the puzzle
      19. Time for action – adding a hidden picture game
        1. What just happened?
        2. Pop quiz -
        3. Have a go hero
      20. Summary
    14. 7. Interactive Puzzles
      1. An alternative word search
      2. Time for action – planning the word search
        1. What just happened?
      3. Creating the word search XML
      4. Time for action – creating the XML
        1. What just happened?
        2. Uploading the puzzle XML
        3. Time for action – uploading the XML file
          1. What just happened?
        4. Creating a word search puzzle
        5. Time for action – embedding Flash
          1. What just happened?
        6. Online word search generator
        7. Time for action – using an online generator
          1. What just happened?
        8. A jigsaw puzzle
        9. Time for action – uploading a jigsaw picture
          1. What just happened?
        10. Creating the online jigsaw
        11. Time for action – creating the jigsaw
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz -
          3. Have a go hero - jigsaw class exercise
          4. Have a go hero - more Flash games
        12. Summary
    15. 8. Stories Revisited
      1. Finding a book
      2. Time for action – finding a book
        1. What just happened?
      3. Installing the Book module
      4. Time for action – installing the activity module
        1. What just happened?
      5. Creating a book
      6. Time for action – creating a book
        1. What just happened?
      7. Improving our book
      8. Time for action – adding custom styles
        1. What just happened?
      9. Adding pictures
      10. Time for action – adding pictures to our book
        1. What just happened?
      11. Completing our online book
      12. Time for action – adding the remaining parts to the book
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
      13. Installing a dictionary
      14. Time for action – installing a pop-up dictionary
        1. What just happened?
      15. Integrating a dictionary service
      16. Time for action – using the dictionary
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
        3. Pop quiz -
      17. Summary
    16. 9. Embedding the Web
      1. What is Scratch?
      2. Embedding Scratch projects
      3. Time for action – embedding Scratch applets
        1. What just happened?
      4. The Scratch embed filter
      5. Time for action – installing and using the filter
        1. What just happened?
      6. RSS feeds and blocks
      7. Time for action – adding an RSS feed
        1. What just happened?
      8. Improving our RSS feed
      9. Time for action – using Yahoo! Pipes
        1. What just happened?
        2. Feeds
        3. Have a go hero
      10. Science simulations
      11. Time for action – incorporating PhET simulations
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
      12. HTML5 jigsaw
      13. Time for action – exploring the jigsaw
        1. What just happened?
      14. Creating your own jigsaw activity
      15. Time for action – using an iframe
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
        3. Pop quiz -
      16. Summary
    17. 10. Administration
      1. Course backup
      2. Time for action – creating a course backup
        1. What just happened?
        2. Have a go hero
      3. Restoring a course
      4. Time for action – course restore
        1. What just happened?
      5. Recording and tracking progress
      6. Time for action – making notes
        1. What just happened?
      7. Blogging
      8. Time for action – writing a blog post
        1. What just happened?
        2. Tags
        3. Have a go hero
      9. Gradebook
      10. Time for action – viewing grades
        1. What just happened?
      11. Community
        1. Have a go hero
      12. Contributed plugins
        1. Pop quiz -
      13. Summary
    18. A. Accessibility for Online Teaching
      1. What is accessibility?
      2. Why accessibility for teachers?
      3. Guidance for teachers and online authors
        1. Perceivable
        2. Operable
        3. Usable
        4. Robust
      4. Useful links
      5. Final words
    19. B. Pop quiz - Answers
      1. Chapter 1
        1. Getting Started
      2. Chapter 2
        1. Basic Math in Moodle
      3. Chapter 3
        1. Telling Stories
      4. Chapter 4
        1. Spot the Difference
      5. Chapter 5
        1. Setting Homework
      6. Chapter 6
        1. Fun Games
      7. Chapter 7
        1. Interactive Puzzles
      8. Chapter 8
        1. Stories Revisited
      9. Chapter 9
        1. Embedding the Web
      10. Chapter 10
        1. Administration