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Moodle 2 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds

Book Description

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.

  • 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

  • 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.

    Table of Contents

    1. Moodle 2 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Moodle 2 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      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. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Time for action — heading
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero — heading
        6. Reader feedback
        7. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      8. 1. Getting Started
        1. First impressions
        2. Time for action — customizing 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. What just happened?
          2. Useful and less useful blocks
          3. 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?
        7. Customizing the middle section
          1. Using the text editor
          2. Have a go hero — give titles to each section of your course
          3. What just happened?
        8. Brightening up the course page with images
        9. Time for action — uploading images to our Moodle page
          1. What just happened?
          2. What if you don't have any good images on your computer?
          3. Have a go hero — add an image to your HTML block
        10. Adding links to other websites in Moodle
        11. Time for action — making a click here link to a website
          1. What just happened?
        12. Summary
      9. 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?
          2. Have a go hero — putting a slideshow onto Moodle
        3. What can you pick from the File picker?
        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. Making a 'click here' type link to the River Thames website
          1. Have a go hero — linking to a website
        7. Recap—where do we stand now?
        8. Making a multimedia worksheet about flooding, directly in Moodle
        9. Time for action — typing our flooding worksheet straight into Moodle
          1. What just happened?
        10. Online worksheets—some ideas to consider
        11. Making our page look prettier
        12. Time for action — improving the look of our course page
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero — move the label!
        13. Summary
      10. 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. Have a go hero — getting the class to give us feedback
          3. Why use Choice?
          4. Announcing the winner
        13. Writing creatively in Moodle
        14. Time for action — setting up an online creative writing exercise
          1. What just happened?
        15. Time for action — 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
      11. 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. How can we save the scores in Moodle
        12. Words of warning
        13. Adding pictures, sound, or video to our self-marking exercises
        14. Making an assessment test with a Moodle quiz
        15. Time for action — setting up a Moodle quiz as test on rivers and continents
          1. What just happened?
        16. The quiz question screen
        17. Time for action — making a multiple-choice question
          1. Have a go hero — Jazz up the question with an image!
          2. What just happened?
          3. Have a go hero — making a true/false question
        18. Time for action — adding a video to a Matching question
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero — Add a sound file to a quiz question
        19. Previewing and using our Moodle assessment test
        20. Other types of questions
        21. Summary
      12. 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 our game in Moodle
        3. Time for action — showing just the game without the web page
          1. What just happened?
        4. Garbage in the bins—making a sorting exercise
        5. Time for action — finding and making the bin game
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero(1) — adding a link to a file (our game) in Moodle
          3. Have a go hero(2) — embedding the game into a Moodle page
        6. Bish Bash Bosh—a differentiation game with a hammer!
        7. Time for action — finding and creating the Bish Bash Bosh game
          1. What just happened?
        8. Time for action — uploading and displaying our game on Moodle
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero — make a wheel of fortune game
        9. Making a Monster memory game from Languages Online
        10. Time for action — downloading Memory Game Maker
          1. What just happened?
        11. Time for action — creating our memory game
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero(1) — upload the game to Moodle
          3. Have a go hero(2) — create a different type of game
        12. I know what you're thinking!
        13. Fling the Teacher—making a Moodle-marked homework
        14. Time for action — finding and setting up Fling the Teacher
          1. What just happened?
        15. Time for action — creating a Fling the Teacher game
          1. What just happened?
        16. Time for action — getting our game to work in Moodle's gradebook
          1. Have a go hero — playing the game
        17. Summary
      13. 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. What just happened?
          2. 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
          1. What just happened?
        6. Time for action — adding background music
          1. What just happened?
        7. Time for action — saving our recording
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero — displaying our MP3 file on Moodle
        8. Time for action — displaying the audio file in a player on the page
          1. What just happened?
        9. Making a film to put into Moodle
          1. What can we use to make our movie?
          2. Getting Windows Movie Maker
        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. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero — adding our closing credits
        17. Time for action — saving and uploading the movie into Moodle
          1. Have a go hero — displaying our movie in Moodle
        18. Summary
      14. 7. Wonderful Web 2.0
        1. Web 2.0 words of warning
        2. Getting the pupils to blog!
        3. Time for action — adding the blog menu block so we can blog inside our course
          1. What just happened?
        4. Time for action — introducing our project with a blog entry
          1. What just happened?
          2. Words of warning
          3. Have a go hero — commenting on our pupils' blogs
        5. Putting a map onto Moodle
        6. Time for action — how to display a Google Map on our course page
          1. What just happened?
          2. Words of warning
        7. Introducing the project with a cartoon character
        8. 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
        9. Telling our story through an online picture book
        10. Time for action — signing up and making our picture book
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero — add our online picture book to Moodle
          3. Have a go hero — setting up our Moodle Storybird forum
        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
      15. 8. Practicalities
        1. Miss, I can't do the homework because 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?
        14. Using Moodle on your i-devices
          1. What's good
          2. What's not so good
        15. Summary
      16. 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. Getting feedback from our students
        5. Time for action — setting up a feedback activity at the end of our course
          1. What just happened?
        6. Controlling the learning path with Conditional Activities
        7. Time for action — scheduling conditional activities (1)
          1. What just happened?
        8. Time for action — scheduling conditional activities (2)
          1. What just happened?
        9. Time for action — scheduling conditional activities (3)
          1. What just happened?
        10. Time for action — finalizing conditional activities
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero — set this up in your course?
        11. Finishing off—what else can Moodle do for me?
        12. 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
        13. Time for action — adding image links to our topic sections
          1. What just happened?
        14. Time for action — putting our activities into web pages
          1. What just happened?
        15. Time for action — link the topic page to its image
          1. Have a go hero — link the other topics to their images
        16. Concealing our activities to make our course page neater
        17. Time for action — making our course page look more like a web page
          1. What just happened?
        18. Summary
      17. Index