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Science Teaching with Moodle 2.0

Book Description

Create interactive lessons and activities in Moodle to enhance your students' understanding and enjoyment of science

  • Follow a sample course to see how lessons, groups, and forums are created

  • Make your student's homework more exciting by enabling them to watch videos, participate in group discussions, and complete quizzes from home

  • Simplify the teaching of difficult scientific notation using animations

  • Monitor your students' progress using Gradebook

  • In Detail

    Moodle is an open source virtual learning environment that is becoming increasingly popular in schools worldwide due to its ease of use and flexibility. Science is the perfect subject to benefit from the features of Moodle as students will find it easier to learn with the help of interactive content, rather than reading ancient textbooks.

    Science Teaching with Moodle 2.0 will give you lots of tips and tricks for teaching science using Moodle. This book will make learning more fun for your students and explain complicated concepts with ease with the help of images, diagrams, and interactive quizzes. It will teach you how to create quizzes, start forum discussions, embed videos, and much more, all while keeping the students' performance at the front of your mind, which is easily monitored using the Gradebook function.

    Use Moodle to create quizzes, forums, activities, and much more, to make your science lessons more interactive

    Table of Contents

    1. Science Teaching with Moodle 2.0
      1. Science Teaching with Moodle 2.0
      2. Credits
      3. Foreword
      4. About the Author
      5. Acknowledgement
      6. About the Reviewers
      7. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
          1. Why Subscribe?
          2. Free Access for Packt account holders
      8. 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
      9. 1. Getting Started
        1. Before you start
          1. Assumptions and prior knowledge
          2. Why use Moodle to help teach science?
          3. What does a great science course look like?
            1. Setting up a Moodle course
            2. A little bit about roles
          4. Planning in advance
        2. Orientation around a Moodle course
          1. Course settings
          2. Editing your course
          3. Resources and activities
            1. Adding files
              1. File sizes
            2. Linking to an external website
            3. Composing a page
            4. Ideas for resources
          4. Blocks
        3. Administration
          1. Grouping your learners
            1. Enabling groups
            2. Creating groups manually
            3. Creating groups automatically
          2. Backing up your courses
          3. Working offline
        4. Summary
      10. 2. Making it Look Great
        1. Changing the theme
          1. Switching to a different theme
          2. Using other themes
        2. Improving the layout of the course content
          1. Section titles
            1. Adding a section title
          2. Adding labels
            1. Adding a picture in a label
            2. Adding a video in a label
              1. Embedding a YouTube video
              2. Using other video sites
          3. Adding your own multimedia
            1. Multimedia plugins
              1. Which media formats are supported?
          4. Using animated GIFs in labels
            1. Arranging the label content in a table
          5. Displaying a directory
        3. Adding content around the side of your course
          1. HTML block
            1. Adding widgets to the HTML block
            2. Linking to another activity in the HTML block
            3. Adding other content to the HTML block
          2. RSS feeds
        4. Summary
      11. 3. Learning through Discussion: Forums, Chat, and Messaging
        1. Forums
          1. Setting up a forum
            1. Subscription mode
            2. Read tracking and attachments
            3. RSS feed for this activity
            4. Post threshold for blocking
            5. Ratings
            6. Common module settings
            7. Restrict availability
          2. Other creative ways you can use forums
          3. Moderating forums
        2. Chat
          1. Adding a chat
            1. Group chat
          2. Other creative ways you can use chat
          3. Useful tips for using chats
            1. Guidelines for students using chats
        3. Messaging
          1. Sending a message
            1. Blacklisting users from messaging using roles
        4. Summary
      12. 4. Assessing your Learners' Understanding of Science
        1. Assessment for learning
        2. Feedback
          1. The feedback cycle
        3. Using ratings in forums
          1. Why use ratings?
          2. Aggregate of ratings
          3. Grade scales
        4. Assignments
          1. Online text
            1. Upload a single file
          2. Advanced uploading of files
          3. Offline activity
        5. How to create quizzes
          1. Question bank
            1. True or false questions
            2. Other question types
            3. Multiple choice
            4. Short answer
            5. Numerical questions
            6. Adding an essay question
            7. Adding a matching question
            8. Adding a random short-answer matching question
            9. Adding an embedded answer (cloze) question
            10. Adding a simple calculated question
            11. Calculated questions
            12. Organizing categories
          2. Creating the quiz
            1. Adding questions to the quiz
        6. Summary
      13. 5. Monitoring Your Students' Progress
        1. Checking usage and completion of tasks
          1. Tracking usage of course materials
        2. Preparation for course completion reports
          1. Completion settings for resources
          2. Completion settings for activities
            1. Forum activity completion settings
            2. Quiz activity completion
            3. Chat activity completion
        3. Completion tracking for your whole course
          1. Course completion reports
            1. Course reports
              1. Activity report
              2. View course logs
              3. Participation report
        4. Further analysis of activities
          1. Analysis of quiz results
            1. Quiz grades
            2. Responses
            3. Statistics
              1. Quiz information
              2. Quiz structure analysis
              3. Statistics for question positions
            4. Manual grading
          2. Marking and analysis of assignments
          3. Outcomes
        5. Using the gradebook
          1. Viewing grades
          2. Grader report
          3. Outcomes report
          4. Overview report
          5. User report
          6. Import and export of grades
          7. Course grade settings
          8. Organizing your gradebook
            1. Categories and items, simple view
        6. Summary
      14. 6. Tools for Collaborative Learning
        1. Working together
        2. Wikis
          1. Adding a wiki
            1. Other wiki settings
          2. Getting users started on the wiki
            1. Adding a new page to a wiki
            2. Comments in wikis
            3. Using the History tab
            4. Map
          3. Ideas for how to use wikis
        3. Glossary activity
          1. Adding a glossary
            1. Glossary RSS feed
            2. Glossary grade and ratings
          2. Ideas for glossaries
        4. Workshops
        5. Setting up a workshop
          1. General workshop settings
          2. Workshop features
            1. Grading
              1. Grading strategy
            2. Submission and assessment settings
            3. Access control
            4. Workshop planner
            5. Edit assessment form
            6. Adding a sample submission
            7. Allocating submissions
            8. Controlling the stages of the workshop
            9. Viewing the workshop as a pupil
            10. Grading the workshop
          3. Other ideas for workshops
        6. Summary
      15. 7. Using Mathematical Equations, Animated Molecules, and Creating 'Live' Graphs
        1. Jmol: an open-source Java viewer for chemical structures in 3D
          1. Using Jmol files
          2. Setting up the Jmol filter
          3. Using the Jmol filter in your course
          4. Looking at examples of molecules
          5. Embedding and displaying the files
            1. Adding a 3D molecular model to the course page
          6. Embedding Jmol files into questions
        2. TeX notation
        3. Using LaTeX notation
          1. DragMath equation editor
          2. TeX code examples
          3. Using the DragMath equation editor to create a page with embedded equations
          4. Adding equations to quiz questions
          5. TeX for teaching science
          6. Finding a particular symbol
          7. TeX Notation glossary
        4. Creating graphs in Moodle
          1. Creating graphs using Google docs
          2. Embedding the graph
          3. Using 'live' graphs with students
        5. Summary
      16. 8. Self-Assessment, Reflection, and Personalized Learning
        1. Using self-assessment
        2. Using lessons to provide differentiated personalized learning
          1. Lesson activity planning
          2. Adding a lesson activity
          3. General settings
          4. Grade options
          5. Flow control
          6. Adding question pages
          7. Clusters
          8. Branches
        3. Blogs
          1. Why use blogs?
          2. Blogging activities
          3. Blogs for reflection on learning
          4. Site blogs vs course blogs
          5. Site blogs
          6. Leading by example
          7. Setting up a course blog
          8. Publishing a blog
          9. Accessing and sharing blogs
          10. Blog menu block
          11. Comments
          12. Show them what a good blog is
          13. Blogs and RSS
        4. Microblogging
        5. Summary
      17. 9. Using Student Voice to Improve your Course
        1. Eliciting suggestions for course improvement
          1. Where is the feedback module?
          2. Using surveys to improve my course
          3. Expectations at the start of the course
            1. Why pre-test your students?
          4. End of unit/topic review
          5. End of course feedback
          6. Questions to find out how your course could be even better
            1. Think about the questions
          7. Adding a feedback activity
            1. Setting up the feedback
            2. Choosing the questions
        2. Using the suggestions for improvement
          1. Ask the experts
          2. Get pupils to rate each topic
          3. Allow pupils to create quiz questions
          4. Customizing roles
            1. Giving a user a new role
          5. Set up a suggestion box
        3. Set up a database to collect their favorite links
          1. Add a database activity
          2. What other content could I get my learners to create?
          3. Importing content into your course
            1. Using Restore
          4. Community hubs
            1. Adding a community block to your course
        4. Summary
      18. 10. Housekeeping for the New School Year
        1. Why would you want to reset your course?
        2. Back up everything
          1. Anonymize the user data
        3. Exporting useful data
        4. Resetting your course
          1. Reset settings - General
          2. Reset settings - Roles
          3. Reset settings—Gradebook and Groups
          4. Reset settings—Assignments, Chats, Databases, and Feedback
          5. Reset settings—Forums
          6. Reset settings—Glossaries
          7. Reset settings—Lessons, Quizzes, and Wikis
        5. Tidying up your reset course
          1. Removing the students
          2. Editing the Course settings
          3. Other activities
          4. Editing the Group settings
        6. Summary
      19. 11. Making Moodle Magic
        1. Contributed modules and plugins
          1. Book module
          2. Game module
          3. Hot Potatoes
          4. Lightbox
          5. MRBS block
          6. Flashcard module
          7. Nanogong
          8. Stamp Collection Activity module
        2. SCORM
          1. LabSkills
          2. General SCORM resources
          3. SCORM creation
        3. Create content using other websites
          1. Animoto
          2. Answer Garden
          3. Blabberize
          4. Bubbl.us
          5. Dipity
          6. Gliffy
          7. Glogster
          8. Google Earth
          9. Google Moon/Mars
          10. Juxio
          11. Mindmeister
          12. Montage
          13. Prezi
          14. Scriblink
          15. Tagxedo
          16. Toondoo
          17. Tubechop
          18. Twitter
          19. Voki
          20. Wallwisher
          21. Weebly
          22. Wordle
          23. Wordpress
          24. Xtranormal
        4. Summary