PacktLib: Moodle 2 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds Beginner's Guide

Moodle 2 for Teaching 7-14 Year Olds

Credits

About the Author

About the Reviewers

www.PacktPub.com

Preface

Getting Started

First impressions

Time for action — customizing our course page

Making changes on the course page

Time for action — moving, adding, and deleting blocks

Making our own side blocks in Moodle

Time for action — configuring an HTML block

Customizing the middle section

Brightening up the course page with images

Time for action — uploading images to our Moodle page

Adding links to other websites in Moodle

Time for action — making a click here link to a website

Summary

Adding Worksheets and Resources

Putting a worksheet on Moodle

Time for action — uploading a factsheet on to Moodle

What can you pick from the File picker?

Putting a week's worth of slideshows into Moodle

Time for action — getting a whole folder of work into Moodle in one go

Making a 'click here' type link to the River Thames website

Recap—where do we stand now?

Making a multimedia worksheet about flooding, directly in Moodle

Time for action — typing our flooding worksheet straight into Moodle

Online worksheets—some ideas to consider

Making our page look prettier

Time for action — improving the look of our course page

Summary

Getting Interactive

How do we do all this?

Getting our class to reflect and discuss

Time for action — setting up a discussion forum on Moodle

Carrying on the conversation in real time—outside of school

Time for action — setting up a chat room in Moodle

Making our own class Glossary

Time for action — getting students to create their own Glossary

Showcasing the plans in a database

Time for action — setting up a database

How far have we come?

Giving our class a chance to vote

Time for action — giving students a chance to choose a winner

Writing creatively in Moodle

Time for action — setting up an online creative writing exercise

Time for action — marking students' work on Moodle

Collaborative story-telling

Time for action — getting our class to work together on an online story

Summary

Self-marking Quizzes

Forget the paper

Hot potatoes—cool learning

Time for action — getting a program to create our self-marking activities

Time for action — matching rivers to continents with the JMatch Hot Potato

Time for action — getting our matching activity into Moodle

Consolidating knowledge with Hot Potatoes activities

Time for action — creating a self-marking gap-fill exercise

Time for action — making a self-marking crossword exercise

Time for action — making a self-marking mixed up words exercise

Time for action — making a self-marking multiple-choice quiz

How can we save the scores in Moodle

Words of warning

Adding pictures, sound, or video to our self-marking exercises

Making an assessment test with a Moodle quiz

Time for action — setting up a Moodle quiz as test on rivers and continents

The quiz question screen

Time for action — making a multiple-choice question

Time for action — adding a video to a Matching question

Previewing and using our Moodle assessment test

Other types of questions

Summary

Games

Making an Alien Abduction (hangman) game

Time for action — finding and making the Alien Abduction game

Time for action — showing just the game without the web page

Garbage in the bins—making a sorting exercise

Time for action — finding and making the bin game

Bish Bash Bosh—a differentiation game with a hammer!

Time for action — finding and creating the Bish Bash Bosh game

Time for action — uploading and displaying our game on Moodle

Making a Monster memory game from Languages Online

Time for action — downloading Memory Game Maker

Time for action — creating our memory game

I know what you're thinking!

Fling the Teacher—making a Moodle-marked homework

Time for action — finding and setting up Fling the Teacher

Time for action — creating a Fling the Teacher game

Time for action — getting our game to work in Moodle's gradebook

Summary

Multimedia

Making a sound recording to put into Moodle

Time for action — getting Audacity

Time for action — setting up to record

Improving the recording and involving our class

Time for action — getting rid of the coughs and giggles

Time for action — adding background music

Time for action — saving our recording

Time for action — displaying the audio file in a player on the page

Making a film to put into Moodle

Time for action — creating our movie

Improving our movie with effects and sound

Time for action — adding special effects to our movie

Time for action — adding sound to our movie

Getting the sound to match our images

Adding the finishing touches to make our movie ready for Moodle

Time for action — adding our opening credits

Time for action — saving and uploading the movie into Moodle

Summary

Wonderful Web 2.0

Web 2.0 words of warning

Getting the pupils to blog!

Time for action — adding the blog menu block so we can blog inside our course

Time for action — introducing our project with a blog entry

Putting a map onto Moodle

Time for action — how to display a Google Map on our course page

Introducing the project with a cartoon character

Time for action — creating a moving and a talking teacher

Telling our story through an online picture book

Time for action — signing up and making our picture book

Summarizing our project in a word cloud

Time for action — making a Wordle word cloud

Summary

Practicalities

Miss, I can't do the homework because I haven't got Word at home!

Time for action — getting a free alternative to Microsoft Office

Choosing the best file type for Moodle

Time for action — saving a Rivers homework as a .pdf file for ease of access on Moodle

Making it easier for our students to view our slideshows

Time for action — getting a program that displays our interactive presentations

Time for action — saving our slideshow so that everyone can see it

Making sure that all of our images look correct on Moodle

Time for action — getting a program to help us edit images for Moodle

Time for action — resizing a single photo to display on Moodle

Time for action — re-sizing several photos, all in one go

Showing YouTube videos on Moodle when YouTube is banned

Time for action — how to download a YouTube video to use on Moodle

Using Moodle on your i-devices

Summary

Advanced Tips and Tricks

Using Moodle to get our students to make decisions

Time for action — creating a decision-making exercise (DME)

Time for action — finishing and viewing our DME

Getting feedback from our students

Time for action — setting up a feedback activity at the end of our course

Controlling the learning path with Conditional Activities

Time for action — scheduling conditional activities (1)

Time for action — scheduling conditional activities (2)

Time for action — scheduling conditional activities (3)

Time for action — finalizing conditional activities

Finishing off—what else can Moodle do for me?

Making our course home page look more like a web page

Time for action — adding image links to our topic sections

Time for action — putting our activities into web pages

Time for action — link the topic page to its image

Concealing our activities to make our course page neater

Time for action — making our course page look more like a web page

Summary